Brontës (1975)

Production Details

New Play:


First performance:
Opening night:
Final performance:
Bob Eaton & Peter Clough

Library Theatre
Lecture Room, Scarborough Library

22 September 1975
22 September 1975
31 October 1975
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Company Details


Stage Manager:
Deputy Stage Manager:
Assistant Stage Manager:
Bob Eaton
Helga Wood
Bob Eaton
Peter Clough

David Millard
Kevin Wood
Wendy Murray
Anne Bronte
Charlotte Bronte
Emily Bronte
Branwell Bronte
Patrick Bronte
Maria Branwell / Elizabeth Branwell / Tabitha Ackroyd / Ellen Nussey
Rev Carus Wilson / Tom Spring /
William Weightman / Railway Director / George Gooch
William Robinson / Robert Southey / Francis Henry Grundy / Doctor
Alison Skilbeck
Janet Dale
Polly Warren
Malcolm Hebden
Christopher Godwin
Wendy Murray

Stephen Mallatratt

Kevin Wood


Brontës was written to coincide with a Brontë Festival being held in Scarborough in 1975.
The play is occasionally incorrectly referred to as The Brontës in publications about the Stephen Joseph Theatre's history.
This production marked the debut of Malcolm Hebden with the company who would later go on to become Associate Director of the company from and, subsequently, Artistic Director whilst Alan Ayckbourn was on sabbatical at the National Theatre from 1990 - 1996.
During the 1974 and 1975 winter seasons at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, the Library Committee did not make the venue's Concert Room available; this room being where the Library Theatre had been based since 1955. In its place, a smaller room on the same floor - the Lecture Room - was offered but which could not incorporate theatre-in-the-round with productions performed three-sided (thrust).
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust