Ayckbourn’s latest work marks theatre’s 60th anniversary celebrations

Playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s 79th stage work will receive its world premiere in Scarborough later this year.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre will show Hero’s Welcome in a month-long run from September 4.

The play, directed by Sir Alan, will be among the highlights of the 60th anniversary of the theatre which will also include globally-renowned hits from its past.

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Among these will be a revival of his 1974 play Confusions, with the opening night on July 14 marking the anniversary itself.

The Woman In Black returns home to the theatre where it all began.

Specially-cast for the diamond jubilee, original director Robin Herford will direct the new production between June and August before it transfers to the West End.

Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghostly novella began life as a low budget Christmas filler staged in the bar at the theatre’s former Westwood base. Since the low-key debut 28 years ago, it has enthralled more than seven million people worldwide.

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Other revivals include Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy, Sir Arthur Sullivan’s one-act comic opera first performed last year, and Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island, which made its Scarborough premiere in 1992.

The theatre said there will be a full range of diamond jubilee events including talks with special guests and exhibitions.

To book tickets and for further information on the season and anniversary events go to www.sjt.uk.com or call 01723 370541.

Booking opens next Monday.