Official Tourist Board Website
Call us today! 01723 383636

Refine your search

Type of Venue

 

Location

 

Facilities

 

Or Venue Name

 
 

image for Play item typeAnno Domino - Online at Stephen Joseph Theatre - CLOSED

  • Discover Yorkshire Coast members logo
  • Welcome To Yorkshire Member
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Play, Mon 25 May - Thu 25 Jun 2020

Alan Ayckbourn and Heather Stoney

Alan Ayckbourn and Heather Stoney

Due to the current public health situation with regards to COVID-19 we recommend that you check with your travel and accommodation providers, and Public Health England before travelling. For the latest visitor information on COVID-19 please visit https://www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/visitor-updates.aspx

Details

*** ONLINE ONLY ***

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of a new play by Alan Ayckbourn – Anno Domino.

The show will be available as an audio recording exclusively on the SJT’s website from 25 May to 25 June and is the writer’s 84th. It will also mark his return to acting – 56 years after his last appearance on a professional stage.

The 81-year-old Olivier and Tony Award-winning author has also teamed up with his wife, actress Heather Stoney, to record the new show during lockdown.

Ayckbourn was due to direct the world premiere of a new play written by him, Truth Will Out, alongside a new production of his 1976 classic Just Between Ourselves and SJT Artistic Director Paul Robinson’s production of The Ladykillers at the Scarborough theatre this summer.

You can listen to Anno Domino, for free, on the SJT website (www.sjt.uk.com) from noon on Monday 25 May. It will be available until noon on Thursday 25 June.


However, after the SJT’s summer season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, Ayckbourn, a former radio producer, and Robinson hatched a plan to create a new play which Ayckbourn and Stoney could record and present online.

Anno Domino looks at the break-up of a long-established marriage and the effect that has on family and friends.

In it, Ayckbourn and Stoney will play four characters each, with an age range of 18 to mid-70s. It’s the first time they’ve acted together since Ayckbourn’s last appearance on a professional stage, in William Gibson’s two-hander Two for the Seesaw at the Rotherham Civic Theatre in 1964.

After that, Ayckbourn pursued a hugely successful writing and directing career, while Stoney continue to act, appearing in many Ayckbourn world premieres. Her last full season as an actress was at the SJT in 1985, during which she appeared in the world premiere of Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind.

Alan Ayckbourn says: “The inspiration for Anno Domino came from the idea that all relationships ultimately, however resilient they appear to be, are built on sand! And it only takes one couple to break up abruptly to take us all by surprise, then all of a sudden everyone is questioning their own unshakeable relationship.”

The SJT’s Artistic Director, Paul Robinson, says: “We can’t wait for our audiences to hear Anno Domino. We were all hugely disappointed to have to suspend our summer season. We were so looking forward to seeing the brilliant Just Between Ourselves – ‘the one with the car on stage’ – and the world premiere of Alan’s up-to-the-minute satire, Truth Will Out.

“Anno Domino is one of Alan’s ‘lighter’ plays, a hopeful and rather joyous piece which will provide perfect entertainment in these troubled times. This is a hugely exciting and very contemporary response to the current situation, and shows yet again how Alan has always moved with the times.”

Anno Domino marks the first time Alan Ayckbourn has both directed and performed in one of his own plays. It is written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, performed by Alan Ayckbourn and Heather Stoney, with final mix by Paul Stear.

Anno Domino is a Stephen Joseph Theatre production.

You can listen to Anno Domino, for free, on the SJT website (www.sjt.uk.com) from noon on Monday 25 May. It will be available until noon on Thursday 25 June.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

The SJT houses a shop, gallery and bar, and hosts events such as weddings, charity events, business lunches, conferences and private cinema hire.

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 25 May - Thu 25 Jun 2020
You can listen to Anno Domino, for free, on the SJT website (www.sjt.uk.com) from noon on Monday 25 May. It will be available until noon on Thursday 25 June.

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 25 May - Thu 25 Jun Anno Domino - Online

Address

Westborough,
Scarborough,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 1JW

Location

Directions

See location of Stephen Joseph Theatre - CLOSED on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 038883  Lat: 54.28033 Long: -0.40572

By road:
Follow signs into Scarborough Town Centre/Railway Station. The theatre is directly opposite the Station.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

The SJT houses a shop, gallery and bar, and hosts events such as weddings, charity events, business lunches, conferences and private cinema hire.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Entrance

  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

General

  • YesHearing loop system

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area

Notes

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is fully accessible with: Level access to Box Office and disabled toilets, wheelchair lift to the Shop, passenger lift access to The Round and McCarthy auditoria, designated wheelchair spaces in both theatres, easily accessible from the lift and next to an accompanying seat for your escort, front row level access is available for many shows on request. Some seats in The Round and The McCarthy involve climbing stairs, please advise staff when booking if you have any specific seating requirements. We try to accommodate all requests for access requirements and wheelchair access, but please let us know at least 24 hours before you arrive or at the time of booking. See the website for further access information.