The Library Theatre

This section of the website concentrates solely on Stephen Joseph's most significant creation and its legacy, the Library Theatre in Scarborough - now known as the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The Library Theatre was home to the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company and pioneered theatre-in-the-round in the UK during the 1950s and 1960s. It was, arguably, the place where Stephen Joseph began putting all his thoughts about theatre, design and playwriting into practise and it was nothing if not ground-breaking in its achievements.

The Library Theatre was conceived as primarily to promote two things which Stephen passionately championed: new theatre forms (specifically theatre-in-the-round) and new playwriting. With regard to the latter, here was a regional theatre promoting new writing by largely untested playwrights a full year prior to the opening of the Royal Court, largely credited as the first theatre in England dedicated to promoting new writing.

This section of the website concentrates on the first decade of the Library Theatre's existence whilst Stephen Joseph was Artistic Director and until he closed the venue in 1965. Whilst the Library Theatre continued as a professional venue from 1967 - with Stephen Joseph's protege Alan Ayckbourn as Artistic Director from 1972 to 2009 - and has since become an internationally renowned venue as the Stephen Joseph Theatre, this website is designed to primarily concentrate on the Library Theatre whilst Stephen Joseph was directly involved with the venue.

The pages within this section included a detailed year-by-year guide to the Library Theatre as well as a list of all the productions staged at the venue between 1955 and 1965. Details about its new writing policy, actors who worked at the venue, links with the amateur community, touring and the in-the-round festival can also be found within this section.

For further information about the Library Theatre and its subsequent homes the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and the Stephen Joseph Theatre as well as details about all its productions and other information regarding the venue from 1955 to the present day, visit our sister site
Scarborough In The Round.

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