Home In 1958, Stephen Joseph stopped the playing of the National Anthem during each performance of the Library Theatre. It is believed this was the first regional venue in the UK to do this (the practise was already ending in London's West End).
The decision caused an uproar in the media with national coverage of the decision and an often vitriolic campaign (albeit a vocal minority) in Scarborough to restore it.
This extract from a letter in 1958 offers Stephen Joseph's own view of the issue and the people he believed were causing trouble!
This document is held in the Stephen Joseph Theatre Collection at Scarborough Library. The website is grateful to Scarborough Library and its staff for their help and support.