Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round



  • A theater in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The original theaterwas established in 1955 by the director Stephen Joseph (1927 - 67)to produce theater-in-the-round.Since 1959 most new works by Alan Ayckbourn have been premieredat the theater; Ayckbourn became artistic director in 1970. The companymoved in 1976 to a new 300-seat arena theater.

    In 1993 a campaign was launched to finance the creation ofa new theater in a former cinema. Ayckbourn contributed £400,000to the project. The theater, which opened in 1996, has both a 400-seattheater-in-the-round and a 150-seat conventional auditorium. Despiteits national reputation, the theater ran into grave financial problemswithin months of opening; after fierce local controversy, the towncouncil agreed to a hefty grant.