Stephen Joseph: Theatre Design

One of Stephen Joseph's major contributions to British theatre was his work in new theatre forms. At the time, the proscenium arch was totally prevalent in British theatre. Stephen was passionate about introducing new forms such as 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 theatres (the Library Theatre, Scarborough, and the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent) as well as being involved in designing several other theatres such as the adaptable auditorium for Leeds Grammar School.
Click on the links above or in the right hand column for an introduction to Stephen Joseph's theatre designs and his own thoughts on the venues (where available).

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The Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1971, with Alan Ayckbourn (right) and a random member of the public!
Copyright: 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.
Copyright: Stoke On Trent & North Staffordshire Theatre Trust

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