What The Devil! (1975)

Production Details

New Play:


First performance:
Opening night:
Final performance:
Bob Eaton & Polly Warren

Library Theatre
Lecture Room, Scarborough Library

26 November 1975 (See below)
26 November 1975
29 November 1975
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Company Details


Stage Manager:
Deputy Stage Manager:
Assistant Stage Manager:
Bob Eaton
Polly Warren
Helga Wood

David Millard
Kevin Wood
Wendy Murray
Bob Eaton
Polly Warren
Alison Skilbeck
Malcolm Hebden
Stephen Mallatratt


What The Devil! was initially conceived as a revue suitable touring pubs in the Scarborough area. This featured just three actors - Bob Eaton, Polly Warren and David Ross - and had a shortened programme. The first performance took place at Cober Hill, Cloughton, on 21 July 1975 before touring various pubs. There were also five lunchtime performances at the Spa Suncourt, Scarborough, from 14 - 20 August, 1975. The success of the revue led to its being revived as a full evening's entertainment at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round from 26 - 29 November, 1975. This version of the revue included a new comedy sketch, Dracula, by Alan Ayckbourn.
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