9 June 2021 / Associated Organisations

Celebrating Stephen Joseph’s 100th birthday

Stephen Joseph, theatre in the round pioneer, lecturer, performance provocateur and mentor to many key 20th century theatre practitioners, teachers and artists was born 100 years ago this week.

Theatres and organisations around the UK are celebrating the work of this extraordinary, largely forgotten genius of the British theatre, in a number of ways. Stephen – along with Richard Pilbrow, lighting designer, producer and theatre consultant – was one of the founder members of ABTT and synchronistically, in this lock down year, it is not only the Centenary of Stephen’s birth (on 13th June) but also the 60th anniversary of the inception of ABTT.

The only surviving signatory to the formation of ABTT is Richard Pilbrow and he and other members of ABTT will participate in an online seminar on the 11th June to mark the twin anniversaries.

Although this seminar is free you do need to book:

The seminar will be followed with a social event which will allow for small groups to congregate in the theatre formatted ‘break out rooms” so that you will be able to connect with old friends, make new contacts and generally enjoy the afternoon – you don’t even need to travel or pay hotel bills to do so – but you do need to provide your own drinks!
Here’s the link to book the social event which runs from 4pm to 6pm:

This seminar is one of series of 6 that the SJC and ABTT have been hosting during the pandemic and you can view the completed ones here:


There are several others in the week of the 9-11th June that may be of interest and you can find details of these here:

For general information about Stephen Joseph and the Stephen Joseph Committee (SJC) of ABTT go to: