2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn joining the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
This will be marked as part of the Inner Circle, a special event running at the theatre from 10 - 17 September 2017 celebrating the past, present and future of the theatre most associated with Alan Ayckbourn.
The event will be book-ended by two special Gala events with Alan Ayckbourn marking his long association with the company as well as the chance to see his latest play and his revival of one of his classic '70s plays.
The eight-day event will explore the history and future of the company with events ranging from discussion of the man who started it all and most inspired Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen Joseph, to seeing how his legacy of new writing is still central to the company by going behind the scenes of and seeing the world premiere of a new play by an exciting new writer.
A spokesman for Alan Ayckbourn said this promised to be a special week for fans of both Alan Ayckbourn and the theatre which launched his writing and director careers and which continues to promote the new writing legacy of Alan's most influential mentor, Stephen Joseph.
“It seems very apt that as Alan Ayckbourn celebrates the 60th anniversary of his association with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, that the company is celebrating the past, present and future with this exciting event. Not only will it mark Alan's long-standing connection to the SJT with two special gala events, but also look back at the man who inspired him, Stephen Joseph, as well as the exciting new direction the SJT is taking as it moves forward under the new Executive and Artistic Directors, Steve Freeman and Paul Robinson. Whether you're interested in Alan Ayckbourn, the Stephen Joseph Theatre or just want to see behind the scenes at a major regional theatre, this will be an event not to be missed."
Places are strictly limited on this exclusive event which will include two gala events with Alan Ayckbourn, three performances at the SJT, and two Inner Circle evening meals alongside workshops, talks and other events going behind the scenes of the theatre during tech week for a new play. You'll also hear from writers, directors and designers and meet the people who bring the plays to the stage and who run a major regional theatre.
By supporting the Inner Circle, you not only get a chance for an exciting week being the scenes, but are also supporting the SJT's commitment to new writing, according to Executive Director Steve Freeman.
"By becoming part of the Inner Circle, you will make a crucial investment in new writing, nurturing promising talent and commissioning work, and you’ll get exclusive access to the season’s biggest events at the SJT."
A special early bird offer gives substantial discounts for anyone booking before 30 March 2017 and further details about how to book alongside more details of the Inner Circle event can be found at www.sjt.uk.com and Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website.