A Man For All Seasons (1977)

Production Details

New Play:


First performance:
Opening night:
Final performance:
Robert Bolt

Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round
Main house (Round)

8 November 1977
9 November 1977
3 December 1977
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Company Details

Costume Design:

Stage Manager:
Deputy Stage Manager:
Assistant Stage Manager:
Assistant Stage Manager:
Alan Ayckbourn
Michael Holt
David Harvey-Jones

Janet Fox
Ian Farrar
Dee Marsden
Derek Scriminger
The Common Man
Sir Thomas More
Master Richard Rich
The Duke Of Norfolk
Lady Alice More
Lady Margaret More
Cardinal Wolsey
Thomas Cromwell
Signor Chapuys
Chapuys Attendant
William Roper
Henry VIII
A Woman
Thomas Cranmer
Stanley Page
Robert Austin
Stephen Lowe
Christopher Godwin
Alison Skilbeck
Diane Bull
John Arthur
Malcolm Hebden
Mervyn Watson
Christopher Gray
Nighel Hughes
Robin Herford
Annette Badland
John Arthur


Correspondence within The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre indicates it was originally intended to present Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane from 1 - 26 November 1977 and a license was issued only for the theatre to alter its plans.
A Man For All Seasons was scheduled to run until 26 November, but when Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf was cancelled due to the ill health of an actor, the run of the play was extended.
The production was noted for its period costumes, which were designed by David Harvey-Jones, notable for making all the costumes for King Henry VIII for the television series Six Wives Of Henry VIII.
The 13 costumes specifically designed for the production were made by 10 students - under the supervision of David Harvey-Jones - from the Mabel Fletcher Technical College, Liverpool, where David was head of the theatre wardrobe department.
The play was reported as having the largest ever cast for the company with 14 actors employed for the production.


All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust