Researching The SJT Play List

The Play-List within this website is the most accurate play-list for the Stephen Joseph Theatre to have been produced and is the culmination of several years of research by Alan Ayckbourn's archivist Simon Murgatroyd.

Although a play listing of productions staged since 1955 at the Library Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and Stephen Joseph Theatre has always existed in some form, the play-list on this website marks the first time an attempt has been made to cross-reference every production between brochures, programmes, press cuttings, listings and official theatre documents. The result is the most accurate play-list yet compiled for the Stephen Joseph Theatre which corrects numerous errors from previous lists.

This extensive research has revealed a significant number of inaccuracies and discrepancies in previous lists where productions runs were delayed, extended or even replaced. As a result, the new list has the correct dates of productions as well as making note of plays which were announced but not produced.

From the play-list, clicking on a play-title will provide production details for every play produced since 1955 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Again, these details have been extensively cross-referenced and mark the first time all this information has been compiled and made available in a single resource.

The research which has gone into the Scarborough In The Round website has been extensive and original, as a result, it is much appreciated that if any of it is reproduced or used in research, articles or other media, the website
www.alanayckbourn.net and Simon Murgatroyd are acknowledged and credited.

What Criteria Was Used To Compile The Play-List?

The plays in the play-list are, predominantly, the professional productions performed at the Library Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and Stephen Joseph Theatre since 1955. Plays automatically considered are those performed by the professional company in the Concert & Lecture Rooms at the Library Theatre, the main house and studio at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and The Round, The McCarthy and The Restaurant / Bistro at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Plays produced by the company and performed in other Scarborough venues are also considered part of the play-list, as long as it was performed by the professional company; plays produced around Scarborough by the OutReach department - for instance - featuring workshop participants or non-professional actors are not considered part of the play-list.

Tiny Times Tales / OutReach

One of the biggest issues compiling any play-list for the Stephen Joseph Theatre is the status of productions presented by the OutReach (formerly the Education Department); particularly the regular presentations for children marketed under the banner Tiny Time Tales.

Tiny Time Tales began in 2003 and continue to run to the present day, organised initially by the SJT Education Department and now SJT OutReach. A number of new plays by professional writers have been commissioned for the Tiny Time Tales slot including several by Alan Ayckbourn. However, they are generally considered different to, for example, the theatre's Christmas shows for families or Alan Ayckbourn's family plays which are produced and scheduled by the Stephen Joseph Theatre and feature the Stephen Joseph Theatre company.

Although OutReach productions are now clearly labelled and are considered separate to the canon play list of show, during the 2003 - 2006 period, it is less clear as the plays were not advertised as OutReach produced and featured a mix of professional and amateur actors. This raises the question of whether they should be included in the play-list.

There is no simple answer to this and any solution will be always contentious. However, as of 2018, the SJT play-list only includes professional productions featuring the SJT company. Any plays which were advertised under the
Tiny Time Tales banner or advertised as an SJT Education Department or SJT OutReach department are now considered to be OutReach productions and separate to the main play list.

It should be noted that plays produced under the SJT OutReach banner are not included within this website. This is not to invalidate or denigrate these performances or suggest they do not represent the SJT, rather the Plays section of the website is specifically dedicated to Stephen Joseph Theatre productions not OutReach productions. Given there are so many OutReach productions (and this output is only likely to increase in the future) it is not currently possible for this website to take these productions onboard too given the amount of research which would be needed to provide the level of detail required. It is hoped at some point OutReach will compile a definitive list of the many productions produced by the department since being formed in 1978 and that will then be carried on this website.

All research for the plays section is by Simon Murgatroyd. Please credit the author if reproducing any of the material in these pages.