The Stephen Joseph Theatre: Venues & History

Since Stephen Joseph founded the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company in Scarborough in 1955, it has been housed in three venues: the Library Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. This section looks at the history of the company through its venues.

The Library Theatre

The Library Theatre was the company's first home in Scarborough from 1955 to 1976 and was home to the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round

The company moved to a former school in 1976 and stayed in this 'temporary' home for 20 years, gaining a national reputation for its commitment to new writing.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre

The SJT is the company's first purpose-designed home. It was converted from Scarborough's former Odeon cinema and opened in 1996.

Companies & Trusts

These links have details of the companies which have run the company from 1955 to the present day - Studio Theatre Ltd (1955 to 1962) and Scarborough Theatre Trust (1964 to present) as well as the short-lived Studio Theatre Club operated by Stephen Joseph from 1955 - 1958.
All research for this section by Simon Murgatroyd. Please do not reproduce the articles without permission of the copyright holder.