Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre: Significant Plays

Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre operated from 1955 to 1976 and was founded by Stephen Joseph on the principle of exploring new theatre forms and promoting new plays and playwrights. This page lists some of the most significant productions from this period. Click on a play-title to find out more.

A complete decade-by-decade list of every play produced from 1955 can be found via
The Complete Plays page.

Note: This is a subjective choice made by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, and is only intended to give a taste of productions at the Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre.

Significant Plays

Circle of Love by Eleanor D Glaser (1955)
Dragons Are Dangerous by David Campton (1955)
Wuthering Heights by Jurneman (Joan) Winch (1956)
Idol in the Sky by David Campton (1956)
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley (1957)
Honey in the Stone by Ruth Dixon (1957)
Look Back in Anger by John Osborne (1957)
The Lunatic View by David Campton (1957)
Phèdre by Jean Racine (1958)
A Sense of Loss by J.W. James (1958)
Ring of Roses by David Campton (1958)
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter (1959)
Alas, Poor Fred by James Saunders (1959)
Viennese Interlude by Colin Wilson (1959)
The Square Cat by Alan Ayckbourn (1959)
A View From The Brink by David Campton (1960)
Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton (1961)
Standing Room Only by Alan Ayckbourn (1961)
David Copperfield by Joan Macalpine (1961)
Usher by David Campton (1962)
Fallen Angels by Noël Coward (1963)
Meet My Father by Alan Ayckbourn (1965)
See The Pretty Lights by Alan Plater (1965)
The Play of Mata Hari by Mike Stott (1965)
Hop, Step and Jump by Alan Plater (1967)
The Sparrow by Alan Ayckbourn (1967)
A Boat in the Backyard by David Bradley (1968)
A Little Stiff Built Chap by Leonard Barres (1969)
How The Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn (1969)
The American Dream by Edward Albee (1970)
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas (1971)
Time and Time Again by Alan Ayckbourn (1971)
Carmilla by David Campton (1972)
Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn (1972)
Tom, Dick & Harry by Peter Blythe (1972)
The Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn (1973)
Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn (1974)
Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn (1974)
The Christmas That Nearly Wasn't by Janet Dale (1974)
Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn (1975)
Bröntes by Bob Eaton & Peter Clough (1975)
An Englishman's Home by Stephen Mallatratt (1975)
All The Best People by Molière (1976)
Just Between Ourselves by Alan Ayckbourn (1976)
All research by Simon Murgatroyd. Please do not reproduce the images without permission.