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Stephen Joseph & The Library Theatre

Stephen Joseph was a pivotal figure in British theatre during the '50s and '60s. He was a pioneer in theatre design and passionate about supporting new writing. He was also Alan Ayckbourn's most influential mentor and encouraged him to both write and direct.

This website is dedicated to the life and work of Stephen Joseph, predominantly focusing on the final 12 years of his life from the creation of the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1955 to his death in 1967.

The Library Theatre in Scarborough - now the Stephen Joseph Theatre - is arguably Stephen Joseph's most visible legacy; home to the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company and created to support new writing. The website also offers an in-depth look at the venue and its achievements during its first decade.

This is an ongoing project by Alan Ayckbourn's archivist Simon Murgatroyd and Dr. Paul Elsam, author of
Stephen Joseph: Theatre Pioneer And Provocateur. It is maintained as part of Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website & Scarborough In The Round.

Stephen Joseph: Theatre Pioneer & Provocateur is now available in soft-back.