• Home
  • Resources
  • Creative Directory
  • Businesses
  • Creative Industry Partnerships

Stephen Joseph Theatre

Two auditoria, one in-the-round, one end stage with restaurant and bars.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre was founded in Scarborough by theatrical pioneer Stephen Joseph.

Stephen, the son of actress Hermione Gingold and publisher Michael Joseph, had seen theatre in the round in America and determined to bring it back to Britain. A series of events brought him to the seaside town of Scarborough on the North-East coast where in 1955 he established a tiny theatre in the round on the first floor of the Public Library.

The theatre flourished and in 1976 moved to a supposedly temporary home on the ground floor of the former Scarborough Boys' High School.

However, a permanent home proved difficult to find and it wasn't until late 1988 and the closure of the local Odeon cinema by Rank Leisure that the theatre's long-standing Artistic Director, Alan Ayckbourn, found a suitable venue.

The new theatre, known simply as the Stephen Joseph Theatre opened on 30th April 1996 and has two auditoria: The Round, a 404-seat in the round and The McCarthy, a 165-seat endstage/cinema. The building also contains a restaurant, shop, and full front-of-house and backstage facilities.


  • Westborough
  • Scarborough
  • YO11 1JW


  • Telephone: 01723 370540 or 01723 370541 (box office)
  • Fax: 01723 360506
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.