The Library Theatre: 1960

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1960.


  • 15 June: The summer season opens with a revival of Ruth Dixon's 'Prentice Pillar, which received its world premiere during the Library Theatre's inaugural season.
  • 11 July: The British Dance Drama Theatre begins daily performances at the Library Theatre called Mimic Dance Theatre at 6.15pm until 6 August. Stephen Joseph, impressed with the company - run by Gerard Bagley - arranges for them to be involved in the Library Theatre's Christmas production. Alan Ayckbourn, who will write this play Dad's Tale, is not informed about this until about to start writing the play!
  • 14 September: The first British In-The-Round Festival is held at the Library Theatre; this festival for amateur companies is adjudicated by Stephen Joseph, attracts companies from around the UK.
  • The Library Theatre receives £6,000 (£2,000 a year for three years) from the Carlouste Gulbenkian Foundation to expand its touring programme to theatreless towns in the UK.
  • November: An inquiry into building a civic theatre in Scarborough is launched; the stated aim is for a venue primarily in-the-round but also adaptable to end-stage performance. A report presented to the town council on 15 November suggests there would be financial support available for such a development.
  • 12 December: The winter season opens with Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise.
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