A snapshot of theatre’s sixty years in local display

Janet Dale in On Approval (1974) Picture: Scarborough Theatre Trust
Janet Dale in On Approval (1974) Picture: Scarborough Theatre Trust
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Over the last 60 years, some of the biggest names have taken to the stage at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Now a new photographic exhibition at the theatre celebrates the history of the Scarborough company from 1955 to this year, and it will feature a single photograph from each year. A second selection will go on display in the autumn season.

The chosen images capture the theatre’s beginnings at the Library Theatre, as it was known from 1955 to 1976, with 20 taken at its second home, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round at Westwood, and 19 from productions at the current Odeon building where the company has been based since 1996.

Among the photos in the exhibition is an image of a young Martin Freeman in the 1997 revival of The Woman In Black, David Harewood who many will recognise from the American crime thriller series Homeland, award-winning actress Janie Dee in the 2008 revival of Woman In Mind, Tamzin Outhwaite before she became famous in EastEnders, The Thick Of It and Cucumber television star Vincent Franklin and American actor Judd Hirsch.

Archivist Simon Murgatroyd said: “There are wonderful stories behind each of The First 60 Years photos: Sabine Azéma can be seen in Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden - the role was a wedding present following her marriage to Alain Resnais,

“Alan Ayckbourn can be seen in rehearsals in several images and Tom Baker, who famously went on to star in Doctor Who, is one of many actors in the exhibition who launched their career at the SJT.”

The First 60 Years - Part One can be seen in The Gallery at the Stephen Joseph Theatre until October 3.