Honey in The Stone (1957)

Production Details

New Play:


First performance:
Opening night:
Final performance:
Ruth Dixon

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library

15 August 1957
15 August 1957
4 September 1957
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Company Details


Stage Manager:
Asst. Stage Manager:

Image Copyright:
Clive Goodwin

Alan Ayckbourn
Anne Taylor

Scarborough Theatre Trust
Anna Maria Van Aart
Christian Van Aart
David Van Aart
Jonathan Van Aart
Betty Cardno
Shirley Jacobs
Frank Mills
Rodney Wood
Malcolm Rogers
Clive Goodwin


Honey In The Stone was one of two new plays presented during the 1957 summer season alongside Catherine Prynne’s The Ornamental Hermit.
After three seasons, the Studio Theatre Company had presented nine world premieres. Seven of which were written by women, this gender-neutral commitment to premiering new work was essentially unheard during this male-dominated period of writing in the theatre and something which Stephen Joseph is not given enough credit for.
This was the second - and final - premiere of a new play by Ruth Dixon at the Library Theatre. She was one of the four inaugural playwrights at the company’s first season in 1955 with her play ‘Prentice Pillar, which was later revived in 1960.
Honey in The Stone was presented during Alan Ayckbourn's inaugural season with Studio Theatre Ltd in which he was employed as an Acting Stage Manager (a stage manager with limited acting responsibilities).
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust