Scarborough Open Air Theatre

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Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Open Air Theatre Seating - Northstead Manor Gardens.jpg
Address Northstead Manor Gardens
Burniston Road
YO12 6PF
Coordinates 54°18′00″N 0°24′36″W / 54.300°N 0.410°W / 54.300; -0.410Coordinates: 54°18′00″N 0°24′36″W / 54.300°N 0.410°W / 54.300; -0.410
Type Outdoor theatre
Capacity 6,500+ seats
Current use Multi-use
Opened 1932
Rebuilt 2010
Years active 1932–1986; 2010–

Scarborough Open Air Theatre (commonly abbreviated the SOAT or OAT) is an outdoor theatre in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. It was built in Northstead Manor Gardens in 1932, and originally closed in 1986.


In 2008, planning permission was received for a major renovation.[1] The £3.5 million scheme to transform the Open Air Theatre was completed in May 2010.[2][2][3]


The venue stages a mixed entertainment programme including music concerts, opera productions and community events.[4]

During the World Cup 2010, all England football matches were shown live on a large TV screen for free.


The capacity of the theatre is 6,500.[5]

Royal re-opening[edit]

The theatre was officially opened by The Queen of the United Kingdom accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh on 20 May 2010.[6]

2010 season[edit]

2011 season[edit]

2012 season[edit]

2013 season[edit]

2014 season[edit]

2015 season[edit]


  1. ^ "Open Air Theatre Scarborough". Theatres Trust. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Scarborough's Open Air Theatre". Scarborough Evening News. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Borough News Winter" (PDF). Scarborough Borough Council. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Paul Reveals Vision for Open Air Theatre". Scarborough Evening News. 
  5. ^ "Open-air theatre funding approved". BBC News. BBC. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Queen opens Scarborough open air theatre". BBC News Online. BBC. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.