New Writing: The Library Theatre

In 1955, Stephen Joseph founded the Library Theatre at Scarborough Public Library: which became home to the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company.
Stephen's intent was to support new writing and new writers; an ethos which continues to this day with the company. Between 1955 and 1976, before the company moved to its second home the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, the Library Theatre produced 160 plays of which 77 were new plays.

New Plays

1955

Circle Of Love
‘Prentice Pillar
Dragons Are Dangerous
Turn Right At The Crossroads

1956
The Disguises of Arlecchino
Call The Selkie Home
Wuthering Heights
Idol In The Sky

1957
Honey In The Stone
The Ornamental Hermit

1958
A Sense Of Loss
Ring Of Roses

1959
Alas, Poor Fred
Halfway To Heaven
Frankenstein
The Square Cat
Viennese Interlude
Love After All

1960
Out Of The Flying Pan
Soldier From The Wars Returning
Mutatis Mutandis
Dad’s Tale

1961
Standing Room Only
Stranger In The Family
We’ve Minds Of Our Own
The Bed Life Of A Mad Boy
David Copperfield
The Boys And The Girls

1962
A Thief In Time
Usher
Nine Floors, Not Counting The Mezzanine
The Birds And The Well-Wishers
The Station People
Death At The New Year

1963
Comeback

1964
Dead And Alive

1965
Meet My Father
March Of Time
Cock & Bull Story
See The Pretty Lights
The Play Of Mata Hari

1967
Hop, Step And Jump
The Sparrow

1968
A Boat In The Backyard

1969
The Dynamic Death-Defying Leap Of
Timothy Satupon The Great
A Little Stiff Built Chap
How The Other Half Loves

1970
The Shy Gasman
The Story So Far…

1971
Time And Time Again
One For The Road

1972
Carmilla
Absurd Person Singular
Tom, Dick And Harry
Tranio’s Box

1973
Fancy Meeting You
Make Yourself At Home
Round And Round The Garden
Having A Lovely Time
All Together Now

1974
Absent Friends
Away From It All
Confusions
The Christmas That Nearly Wasn’t

1975
Bedroom Farce
The Adventures Of Bongo Bungle
The Village That Woke Up Asleep
Brontës
An Englishman’s Home
What The Devil!
Charlie’s Christmas Countdown
The Chimes

1976
Just Between Ourselves
Stars
Mother Country
The Mystery Of The Lost City
The Adventures Of Dirty Dick

Author


Eleanor D Glaser
Ruth Dixon
David Campton
Jurneman (Joan) Winch


Clifford Williams
Eleanor D Glaser
Jurneman (Joan) Winch
David Campton


Ruth Dixon
Catherine Prynne


J.W. James
David Campton


James Saunders
Hilda Valentine
David Campton
Alan Ayckbourn
Colin Wilson
Alan Ayckbourn


David Campton
David Campton
David Campton
Alan Ayckbourn


Alan Ayckbourn
Norman Horner
William Norfolk
Stockwell Allen
Joan MacAlpine
David Campton


Joan MacAlpine
David Campton
William Norfolk
William Norfolk
Richard Gill
R.G. Gregory


David Campton


David Campton


Alan Ayckbourn
Denys Ives
David Campton
Alan Plater
Mike Stott


Alan Plater
Alan Ayckbourn


David Bramley


Peter Hawkins

Leonard Barras
Alan Ayckbourn


Leonard Barras
Alan Ayckbourn


Alan Ayckbourn
Ray Herman


David Campton
Alan Ayckbourn
Peter Blythe
Jennifer Smith


Alan Ayckbourn
Alan Ayckbourn
Alan Ayckbourn
Peter Blythe
Peter King


Alan Ayckbourn
Peter King
Alan Ayckbourn
Janet Dale


Alan Ayckbourn
Janet Dale
Janet Dale
Bob Eaton / Peter Clough
Stephen Mallatratt
Bob Eaton / Polly Warren
Janet Dale
Stephen Mallatratt


Alan Ayckbourn
Stephen Lowe
Stephen Mallatratt
Janet Dale
Bob Eaton

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