To understand Alan Ayckbourn's career in a wider context, you have to examine the history of his adopted home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

This was founded in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, as The Library Theatre by theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph as the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company. Two years later, Alan Ayckbourn joined the company and has been indelibly associated with it ever since. It is no understatement too say the Stephen Joseph Theatre has had a profound and hugely enabling effect on Alan Ayckbourn, his writing and directing as well as his entire professional theatre career.

It was here he took his first steps as a professional actor and director and the three homes pdf the company have seen the vast majority of Alan Ayckbourn's plays premiered there. Between 1972 and 2009, he was the Artistic Director of the venue and continues to enjoy a close association with the company.

This website, which complements
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website, offers an insight into the history of theatre-in-the-round in Scarborough providing a historical context to the theatres which have played such a pivotal role in the lives and work of Alan Ayckbourn.
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The logo in the banner was designed by Stephen Joseph for his company Studio Theatre Ltd between 1955 and 1963 and used primarily to promote theatre-in-the-round first in Scarborough and, later, Stoke-on-Trent where he founded the UK's first permanent theatre-in-the-round venue.
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