Friday, February 13, 2015

Scarborough Art Gallery to Celebrate Stephen Joseph Theatre Anniversary

Scarborough Art Gallery will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Stephen Joseph opening the Library Theatre with a major exhibition this summer.
SJT At 60 will run from 11 July to 13 September, 2015, and will look at the entire history of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre from its opening as the Library Theatre on 14 July 1955 through to the present day at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
The exhibition is included in the gallery's new summer brochure which describes the exhibition as: "In 1955 theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph started the first theatre-in-the-round in the UK - in a room above Scarborough Library. Sixty years, and a few different homes later, the Stephen Joseph Theatre is still going strong. Scarborough Museums Trust has joined forces with the SJT, Sir Alan and Lady Ayckbourn and Scarborough Library to bring you this stunning celebratory exhibition to mark the SJT's 60th birthday!"
The exhibition will also be accompanied by a number of talks and events:

> Dr Paul Elsam, author of Stephen Joseph: Theatre Pioneer and Provocateur, will give a talk about Stephen Joseph on 17 July at 7.30pm. Tickets: £5.
> Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd leads a walking tour of the SJT's homes looking back at 60 years of history on 22 July & 26 August at 2pm. Tickets: £5.
> The Stephen Joseph Theatre's Artistic Director Chris Monks will do a lunchtime talk SJT Today on 23 July at 12.30pm. Tickets: £2.
> SJT Wardrobe Technician Ruth Hill-Beeley will give a lunchtime talk on costuming for the theatre on 20 August at 12.30pm. Tickets: £2.
> Heather Stoney - better known as Lady Ayckbourn - will talk about her acting experiences at the SJT from the '60s to the '80s in An Actress Remembers on 10 September at 12.30pm. Tickets: £2.

Entry to the exhibition is £3 - which includes a year's entry into Scarborough Museums Trust venues.
Further details can be found at the Scarborough Museums Trust website here and the blog and Scarborough In The Round website will carry more news on the exhibitions it is announced.