The Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Stephen Joseph's thoughts regarding the Victoria Theatre can be found here.

The Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, was the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round venue. It was a conversion of the derelict Victoria Cinema and the country's first permanent in-the-round space (the Library Theatre, Scarborough, founded by Stephen Joseph in 1955 was seasonal and is regarded as the first professional in-the-round company in the UK).
The Victoria Theatre was designed by Stephen Joseph and opened on 9 October 1962; it was later replaced by the purpose-built New Vic at nearby Newcastle-under-Lyme, in 1986. The Victoria Theatre had 345 seats with an acting area 24ft by 22ft.
It was the first of Stephen's theatres to incorporate the distinctive three vomitorium (entrance) design which would be replicated in Scarborough at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round (1976) and the Stephen Joseph Theatre (1996).
The images below show the floor plan for the building when it first opened in 1962 and also an interior photograph.
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All research by Simon Murgatroyd. Please do not reproduce the articles without permission of the copyright holder. Images copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust.