Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre: 1969

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning Scarborough's Theatre in the Round at the Library in 1969.


  • Alan Ayckbourn is appointed (unpaid) Director of Productions for the summer season; as with Rodney Wood, the position is unpaid but includes accommodation for the summer season.
  • 23 June: The summer season opens with the world premiere of Peter Hawkins' play The Dynamic, Death-Defying Leap Of Timothy Satupon The Great (which to this day remains the longest title for any play performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre!)
  • 31 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves.
  • Alfred Bradley is commissioned to write a children's play for the summer season; however the Libraries Committee later informs the company the venue is not licensed for children's entertainment and the plans are abandoned.
  • 7 December: The possibility of building a theatre on a site in The Crescent is reported for the first time in a meeting of Scarborough Theatre Trust; the actual location is later revealed to be adjacent to The Crescent in the Valley Gardens.
  • Alan Ayckbourn is reported to be considering writing a musical for the 1970 season - this idea never transpires and it will be another decade before an Ayckbourn musical is staged in Scarborough with Suburban Strains.
  • Despite the issue of the company not playing the National Anthem at every performance having apparently been resolved a decade earlier in 1959, the theatre is asked for a decision regarding the policy! A vote by Scarborough Theatre Trust to restore the anthem is defeated by four votes to three.
  • The fund for a new building to house the company is reported to now stand at £13,027.
  • Involved with the theatre since 1955 and having essentially saved it from closure in 1955, the secretary and theatre manager Ken Boden is granted a salary by the theatre having been made redundant; it transpires all his work for the Library Theatre for the past 14 years has been unpaid.
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