Alan Ayckbourn's 2020 Plays at the SJT Announced

The Stephen Joseph Theatre has announced an Alan Ayckbourn world premiere and revival for its summer 2020 season.

Alan Ayckbourn will direct both productions at his home theatre in Scarborough, Truth Will Out and Just Between Ourselves.

Just Between Ourselves (Thursday 18 June to Saturday 3 October)
Dennis’s thinks he’s a master at DIY, and a perfect husband. He’s actually neither of those things. When he decides to sell his car, Neil turns up as a potential buyer: he wants it for his wife, Pam’s, birthday.

The two couples become unlikely friends, aided and abetted by Dennis’s meddling live-in mother, Marjorie. It’s a collision course…

Generally regarded as one of Alan Ayckbourn’s darkest and most brilliant comedies, Just Between Ourselves is, of course, ‘the one with the car’. Set in a garage and a garden over four successive birthdays, Just Between Ourselves is a classic dissection of man’s inadvertent inhumanity to woman, and this is a rare opportunity to see it directed by the author himself.

Truth Will Out (Thursday 20 August to Saturday 3 October)
Everyone has secrets. Certainly former shop steward George, his right-wing MP daughter Janet, investigative journalist Peggy, and senior civil servant Sefton, do.

And all it’s going to take is one tech-savvy teenager with a mind of his own and time on his hands to bring their worlds tumbling down – and maybe everyone else’s along with them. A storm is brewing…

Truth Will Out is an up-to-the-minute satire on family, relationships, politics and the state of the nation from the pen of one of our greatest modern moralists, Alan Ayckbourn. His 84th full-length play, it follows hot on the heels of last summer’s Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present, which was lauded by the critics.

Tickets for the shows are priced from £10, and will go on sale from Friday 13 March (with priority booking for the theatre’s membership scheme, The Circle, from Friday 6 March) and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website:

Further details about the productions will be carried on the News & What’s On pages of this website during the coming months and more details about the plays can be found in the plays section for Just Between Ourselves and Truth Will Out.

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