Plays & Playwrights (1955 - 2008)

As of 2023, more than 600 plays have been produced at the various theatre in the round venues in Scarborough since 1955. Of these, more than half have been world premieres.

These pages offer a guide to significant plays which have been staged in the town between 1955 and 2009 as well as looking at the playwrights whose work premiered in Scarborough during this period. In the case of the most famous playwright to originate from theatre in the round in Scarborough, in-depth details of all of Alan Ayckbourn's plays can be found on his official website at

Note, the choice of significant plays explored here is a personal one drawn from more than two decades research into the history of theatre in the round in Scarborough. It is not definitive and there are undoubtedly productions which other people might consider more significant. But at the very least, it offers a taste of the diversity and range of productions offered by the company between 1955 and 2009.

All research & original material for this section is by and © Simon Murgatroyd, all rights reserved. Did not reproduce without permission.