The Lunatic View: Then... (1957)

Production Details

New Play:


First performance:
Opening night:
Final performance:
David Campton

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library

30 December 1957
30 December 1957
5 January 1958 (TBC)
Stacks Image 10549

Company Details


Stage Manager:
Asst. Stage Manager:

Image Copyright:
Rodney Wood

John Smith
Marlene Murray

Scarborough Theatre Trust
Radio Announcer
My Phythick
Miss Europe
Heath Block (Stephen Joseph)
Brian Wallace
Celia Hewitt


The Lunatic View was one of the plays presented during Studio Theatre Ltd's inaugural winter season at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.
The Lunatic View was the first play presented by the Studio Theatre Ltd company to have been written specifically for in-the-round performance.
The Lunatic View consisted of four one act plays by David Campton: Memento Mori; A Smell Of Burning; Getting And Spending; Then....
Although The Lunatic View is not credited as a world premiere at the Library Theatre, this was the world premiere production having opened in London prior to the winter season at the Library Theatre, Scarborough. The Lunatic View originally ran from 25 November - 7 December 1957 at the Mahatma Gandhi Assembly Hall, 41 Fitzroy Square, London.
David Campton was the Library Theatre's first writer-in-residence and met Stephen Joseph as a participant in one of his playwriting courses held at the Central School Of Speech And Drama, London, prior to the Library Theatre opening in 1955.
The programme credits Heath Block as playing the Radio Announcer; Heath Block was one of several pseudonyms used by the company's Artistic Director Stephen Joseph.
The accompanying image is actually for a later production of Then… (circa 1960) by the company, which featured Alan Ayckbourn (left) and Dona Martyn here being directed by Stephen Joseph.


All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.