Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre: 1956

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning Scarborough's Theatre in the Round at the Library (abbreviated to the Library Theatre on this page) in 1956.


  • 2 January (circa): Scarborough Town Council is told the Library Theatre is "a very deserving cultural activity" by Councillor Walsh, chairman of the Libraries Committee.
  • 30 April: In an interview in the Yorkshire Evening News, Stephen Joseph notes: "We had a remarkably good season there [at the Library Theatre] last year and I am confident that we shall do even better this year."
  • Stephen Joseph secures financial help from Scarborough Corporation, the Libraries Committee and the Arts Council of Great Britain for the summer season at the Library Theatre.
  • June: The summer brochure advertises a double bill for week commencing 19 July consisting of Clifford Williams' The Disguises Of Arlecchino and Eleanor D. Glaser's Call The Selkie Home. It is actually produced as a triple bill with Tardieu's Office Of Information.
  • 6 June: The Scarborough Evening News reports the new season will see every seating row raised at the Library Theatre, improved lighting equipment and a better advertising campaign.
  • 12 July: The second season at the Library Theatre opens with Father Matthew by Aubrey Collins.
  • 19 July: The second production of the season is a triple bill which includes the world premiere of Clifford William's The Disguises Of Arlecchino; Williams will go on to become one of the Royal Shakespeare Company's most acclaimed directors.
  • 7 September: The season closes with David Campton's Idol In The Sky; it is reported in the Leicester Mercury in 1957 that the season lost £500.
  • 9 September: The Sunday Club (Studio Theatre Club) season resumes at the Mahatma Gandhi Hall in London.
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