Double Bill: Viennese Interlude (1959)

Production Details

New Play:


First performance:
Opening night:
Final performance:
Colin Wilson

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library

14 December 1959
14 December 1959
20 December 1959
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Company Details


Stage Manager:
Stephen Joseph

Ann Hughesdon
Dr Otto Steinmetz
Franz, a waiter
August Strindberg
David Campton
Paul Levy
William Elmhirst


Colin Wilson was - at the time - a noted author due to the success of his philosophical book, The Outsider. Although he had written several plays prior to Viennese Interlude, this was his first to be produced. The company's Artistic Director Stephen Joseph believed an association with Wilson would provide good publicity and a higher profile, particularly if presented in London.
Viennese Interlude was a short one act play presented without an interval.
The original programme credits Alan Ayckbourn in the part of the waiter Franz. However, the role was actually played by Paul Levy due to Alan Ayckbourn being called up for (a short-lived) National Service. He would later play the role in London in March 1960.
Viennese Interlude was presented as a double-bill with August Strindberg's Miss Julie.
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust