Stephen Joseph: Obituaries

Scarborough Evening News
6 October 1967

He Brought Theatre In The Round To Scarborough
Stephen Joseph, pioneer of modern theatre in the round In Britain, who adopted Scarborough as his home when he came here in 1955 to start theatre in the round in the Concert Room of the Library, died at his Longwestgate home yesterday after a long illness. He was 46.

Mr. Joseph, son of actress Hermione Gingold and the late Mr Michael Joseph, the publisher, this year saw his brain-child operated by Scarborough Theatre Trust, play its most successful season ever with capacity houses almost every night.

In the past decade he had also seen theatre in the round become more popular throughout the country.

A single man, Mr. Joseph was educated at the Central School of Speech and Drama and later became a member of the faculty. He lectured on British films at London University and at the time of his death was lecturer in drama at Manchester University.

Connected with theatres in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent, and Nottingham, Mr. Joseph encouraged new playwrights and was always ready to stage new plays. He was the author of several books on the theatre and up to his death was correcting book proofs and planning new theatrical ventures.

He was awarded the D.S.C. during the War for an action in the Mediterranean While serving with the Royal Navy.

Mr. David Campton, playwright and close associate of Mr. Joseph, said at his home at Leicester, “Stephen Joseph was always producing ideas at all hours of the day. Many playwrights have good reason to be thankful because he gave them - as he did me - a chance.”

Mr. Ken Boden, secretary of Scarborough Theatre Trust and secretary of the North Riding area of the British Drama League, said, “The theatre, not only in Scarborough, but throughout Britain, has lost a great man in Stephen Joseph. But he has left the theatre a great legacy in his work and knowledge.”

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