The new Stephen Joseph Theatre will open next spring. The money will be used to convert the 1936 Havers Hill Odeon cinema into a 420-seat theatre. There is already a Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. His new musical, A Word From Our Sponsor, is there. But the Scarborough Theatre Development Trust wants a larger building with an auditorium designed by Ayckbourn himself.
The dream of the playwright Alan Ayckbourn to see a new theatre opened in Scarborough, where he has premiered most of his plays, has been realised with pounds 1.48m from the national lottery, writes David Lister.