Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre is 60 next year and it celebrates with a diamond jubilee programme of events taking place throughout 2015.
Opened by Stephen Joseph in 1955, the company has become an internationally-renowned cultural icon specialising in new writing.
In celebration of its people, plays and history, the anniversary year features 60 events.
To start the year, the theatre will undergo a £350,000 renovation project to create a brand new OutReach centre and onsite wardrobe and prop storage facilities, enabling the SJT to expand on its work in and with the community.
Among the main events, Alan Ayckbourn will direct a revival of his 1974 play Confusions and the world premiere of his 79th play Hero’s Welcome.
Original SJT productions will return home and special guests will join the theatre for a series of fringe events including play readings, talks, exhibitions and master-classes.
Robin Herford direct The Woman In Black in a production especially for the theatre’s diamond jubilee and with a cast who will go direct to London’s West End.
First staged at the SJT 27 years ago, it is now one of the West End’s most successful plays ever.
A revival of Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island which was originally produced by the company in 1992 and has continued to achieve global recognition will be staged.
True to its tradition, the theatre will also commission an entirely new play.
More events will be announced throughout the year.