A Round Town: Theatre in the Round in Scarborough (1955 - 2009)The North Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough is historically significant in relation to the development of professional theatre in the round in the UK.
It is home to the UK's first - and longest running - professional theatre in the round company, home to the globally renowned playwright Alan Ayckbourn, has one of the longest new playwriting traditions in the UK and was a proving ground for the theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph's influential ideas on new theatre forms.
Since 1955, theatre in the round has played a hugely significant part in the cultural heritage and development of Scarborough and this website looks at the history of theatre in the round in the town, its achievements, venues and some of the key figures associated with it over its first five decades from 1955 to 2009.
It is a complementary site to Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website and, inarguably, to understand Alan Ayckbourn's career in a wider context, you have to examine and understand his inextricable connection with theatre in the round in Scarborough.
This website, created by Alan Ayckbourn's archivist and theatre historian, Simon Murgatroyd, celebrates the cultural contribution and legacy of theatre in the round, Stephen Joseph and Alan Ayckbourn to the town of Scarborough.
A Round Town is dedicated to the memory of Albert-Reiner Glaap for his passion and knowledge
with regard to Alan Ayckbourn and theatre in the round and many joyful hours spent with him in Scarborough.