The Studio Theatre Club

When Stephen Joseph formed Studio Theatre Ltd with the intent of promoting new writing and theatre-in-the-round, it was always his hope he would be able to find a suitable base in London for his company.
However, this proved impractical due to the expense and lack of suitable venues leading Stephen to set up his first company in Scarborough. This was never intended as a long-term base though and Stephen was continually looking for a permanent home with an eye on London.
Towards this end, he formed the Studio Theatre Club in 1955 which would perform in London on Sunday with the Scarborough company. The club was designed to promote some of the new writing Stephen was presenting in Scarborough and to draw attention to the company.

"The company will go to London and present the play [Turn Right At The Crossroads] for a single performance on Sunday 11 September. This Sunday show will be the first in a series to be presented in the Studio Theatre Club in London."
Stephen Joseph, programme note for Turn Right At The Crossroads at the Library Theatre

In 1957, the then actor / stage manager Alan Ayckbourn first experienced theatre-in-the-round and the Studio Theatre at its London performance of Sartre's
Huis Clois; it would have a profound impact on his life!

This is a list of known productions of the Studio Theatre Club during its four years of existence. All performances took place at there Mahatma Gandhi Assembly Hall, 41 Fitzroy Square, W1, London, except where noted.

Play


1955
Turn Right At The Crossroads
Dragons Are Dangerous
Three Disturbing Meetings
comprising:
…..The Fool
…..Bellavita
…..The Man With A Flower In His Mouth

1956
Three Disturbing Meetings
comprising:
…..The Fool
…..Bellavita
…..The Man With A Flower In His Mouth
Hello, Out There
The Beautiful People
We Are For The Dark
Pyramus & Thisbe
The Saloon
The Love Of Don Perlimpen & Belisa In The Garden
The Disguises of Arlecchino
Burning Bright
The Apollo Of Bellac
Office Of Information
Father Matthew
Idol In The Sky
Wuthering Heights
The Last Of The Wine
White Nights
The Bear

1957
Paradise Street
Huis Clois
Frankel
An Inspector Calls
Huis Clos
Four Plays Of Adventure
comprising:
…..Professor Taranne
…..A Smell Of Burning
…..A Werry Pretty Garden
…..Memento Mori
Masses And Men
The Awakening
The Illusionists
Honey In The Stone
The Ornamental Hermit
Phèdre
Phèdre
The Lunatic View

1958
Phèdre
Who cares*


Playwright



Jurneman (Joan) Winch
David Campton

Luigi Pirandello
Luigi Pirandello
Luigi Pirandello



Luigi Pirandello
Luigi Pirandello
Luigi Pirandello
William Saroyan
William Saroyan
Magaret Turner
Henry James
Henry James
Frederico Garcia Lorca

Clifford Williams
Jean Giraudoux
Jean Tardieu
Pierre Marivaux
Aubrey Collins
David Campton
Jurneman (Joan) Winch
Robert Bolt
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Anton Chehov


Antony Brown
Jean Paul Sartre
Antonio Callado
J.B. Priestley
Jean Paul Sartre

Arthur Adamov
David Campton
Geoffrey Stephenson
David Campton
Ernest Toller
Ron Hartley
Morris West
Ruth Dixon
Catherine Prynne
Racine
Racine
David Campton


Racine
Leo Lehman

Director



Stephen Joseph
Stephen Joseph

Minos Volankis
Minos Volankis
Minos Volankis



Minos Volankis
Minos Volankis
Minos Volankis
Graham Evans
Graham Evans
Gerard Glaister
Gerard Glaister
David de Kayser
Clifford Williams

Adrian Stanley
Minos Volankis
Minos Volankis
Minos Volankis
David de Keyser
Stephen Joseph
Stephen Joseph
Roger Jenkins
Hana Pravda
Hana Pravda


Clive Goodwin
David de Keyser
Teresa Collard
Hugh Monro
David de Keyser

Geoffrey Stephenson
Geoffrey Stephenson
Geoffrey Stephenson
Geoffrey Stephenson
Richard Pilbrow
Robert Palmer
Leila Blake
Clive Goodwin
Rodney Wood
Campbell Allan
Campbell Allan
Stephen Joseph


Campbell Allan
Unknown

Date



1 Sept 1955
9 Oct 1955

20 Nov 1955
20 Nov 1955
20 Nov 1955



22 Jan 1956
22 Jan 1956
22 Jan 1956
12 Feb 1956
12 Feb 1956
26 Feb 1956
25 Mar 1956
25 Mar 1956
20 May 1956

20 May 1956
27 May 1956
10 Jun 1956
10 Jun 1956
8 Jul 1956
9 Sept 1956
7 Oct 1956
4 Nov 1956
25 Nov 1956
25 Nov 1956


20 Jan 1957
3 Feb 1957
17 Mat 1957
7 Apr 1957
14 Apr 1957

5 May 1957
5 May 1957
5 May 1957
5 May 1957
19 May 1957
2 Jun 1957
16 Jun 1957
9 Sep 1957**
15 Sep 1957**
10 Nov 1957
17 Nov 1957
25 Nov 1957**


17 Feb 1958
Unknown
*This production was apparently performed at the Chenil Galleries, Chelsea, although no specific information regarding this production has yet been found.
**Whilst all previous productions for the Studio Theatre Club had been one day only, these productions marked Stephen Joseph's final attempts to attract interest in the round and he ran them for an extended period:
Honey In The Stone ran from 9 - 14 September; The Ornamental Hermit from 15 - 21 September; The Lunatic View from 25 November - 7 December.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Please do not reproduce without permission.