Stephen Joseph: Designing In The Round

One of Stephen Joseph's major contributions to British theatre was his work in new theatre forms. At the time, the proscenium arch was prevalent in British theatre. Stephen was passionate about introducing new forms - particularly theatre-in-the-round into the UK, partially inspired by his experiences touring theatres in the USA.
As well as writing numerous articles and several books about theatre, Stephen was practically involved in founding two in-the-round theatres - the Library Theatre, Scarborough, and the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent) - which are explored here.
Click on the links above or pictures below for an introduction to Stephen Joseph's theatre designs and his own thoughts on the venues.
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The Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1971, with
Alan Ayckbourn (right) and a random member of
the public! (© Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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The Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1974, showing
one of its famed documentary plays Fight For Shelton Bar.
(© Stoke On Trent & North Staffordshire Theatre Trust)

All research by Simon Murgatroyd. Please do not reproduce the articles or images without permission of the copyright holder.