A NEW, later train service is allowing theatre-goers from York and Malton to enjoy a trip to Scarborough, and in particular the Stephen Joseph Theatre, more often.

No wonder this summer's cast for The 39 Steps – a play where a train journey is central to the story – looks so delighted at train operator TransPennine Express introducing a 10.46pm train from Scarborough to York. Previously, the last train left the East Coast resort at 10.06pm.

Georgette Donoghue, the SJT's director of sales and marketing, says: “Our shows often don’t finish until 10pm or later, so theatre-goers could be cutting it very fine if they were travelling by train, even though we’re directly opposite the railway station.

“We’re really hoping this new service will mean more people from York and Malton will realise how easy it is to have a night out at the SJT, enjoy a drink in the bar and still be tucked up in bed by midnight."

Graham Meiklejohn, regional development manager for TransPennine Express, says: "This new late-evening service provides an important boost to the visitor economy of Scarborough, with opportunities for those living in York or Malton to visit shows, such as The 39 Steps, in the evening and return home by train now possible. The service has been introduced in response to feedback from the local community."

The 39 Steps can be seen in the SJT's summer rep season tonight, tomorrow, August 17, 21 and 22 at 7.30pm; August 18 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and August 23 at 1.30pm and 7pm. Tickets are on sale on 01723 370541 or at sjt.uk.com.