This website explores the history of theatre-in-the-round in the seaside town of Scarborough, where the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company was launched in 1955.
Scarborough In The Round offers an in-depth look at the history of the Library Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the company's relationship with its home-town.
It is the third and final part of a trio of websites alongside Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website and the Stephen Joseph & The Library Theatre site exploring the theatre and the people most associated with it.
The new site, which features a considerable amount of new research, complements both of its sister-sites by offering a broader perspective of the venues most closely associated with British theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph and his protege, Alan Ayckbourn. Between them they ran the company from 1955 to 2009 and Scarborough In The Round offers a broader perspective of what was taking place at the theatre during their tenures as Artistic Director, concentrating on the entire theatre programme as opposed to just the plays they directed - and in the case of Alan Ayckbourn, wrote.
Since 1955, the company has produced 609 plays and every one of them has its own dedicated production page at Scarborough In The Round - alongside a number of upstaged production pages - from 1955 through to the present day, including all plays staged since 2009 under the present Artistic Director Chris Monks.
There are also historical details of the three theatre-in-the-round venues in the town as well as a year-by-year chronology of major events and significant productions. A section explores the company's major legacy of new writing which has seen 326 world premieres in Scarborough since 1955.
There is also a listing of every actor to have worked with the company as well as comprehensive lists of directors, playwrights, designers, stage management and many of the other people who have had a hand in producing six decades worth of plays.
Scarborough In The Round has also been launched to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the company in 1955 and will also carry details of events relating to the anniversary in the months ahead.
If you'd like to know more about the theatre in which Alan Ayckbourn began his writing and directing careers and to which he is inextricably linked, visit Scarborough In The Round at www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk.