The Library Theatre: 1968

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1968.


  • 4 January: Scarborough Theatre Trust is told the cost of purchasing the Claremont building would be £22,000; board member Tom Laughton having suggested the former print-works as a possible new home for the company. An appeals committee is launched which notes the fund currently stands at £51 and 6 shillings with an offer off proceeds from a charity West End performance of an Ayckbourn play, £1,600 royalties from Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking, an 'anonymous' promise of £1,000 from the actress Margaret Rawlings and an offer of £500 from the William Elmhurst foundation. By March this fund had risen to £7,298.
  • February: An appeal is launched to raise funds for a new home for the company - at that time advertised as the Claremont building.
  • George Alderson - a Scarborough architect - is appointed as architect for the proposed new home of the company with Percy Corry of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (an organisation co-founded by Stephen Joseph) serving as theatre consultant.
  • Rodney Wood is appointed (unpaid) Director of Productions at the Library Theatre for a second year.
  • The 14 week summer season is reported to be the longest single season at the Library Theatre since it opened in 1955.
  • 24 June: The summer season opens with the only new play of the season, David Bramley's A Boat In The Backyard.
  • The company for the season includes the actor Tom Baker in one his first professional stage seasons; he will go on in 1974 to international fame as the star of the BBC television series Doctor Who.
  • 19 August: Following a detailed assessment of the Claremont building by Percy Corry, Scarborough Theatre Trust is advised not to purchase the building due to its unsuitability for conversion and cost of purchase / conversion. The Trust immediately drops contract negotiations with the owner of the premises.
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