The Archive and Hall of Fame

The trust maintains an archive of heritage materials relevant to the theatre.

This link takes you to the Archive Collection Index.

If you nee to know more about the Archive, please contact the Victoria and Albert Museum at this link

A book entitled "The Story of Unity Theatre" written by Colin Chambers was published in October 1989 by St. Martin's Press (hardback ISBN 0312035802) and in December 1989 by Lawrence & Wishart Ltd. (paperback).

These are no longer in print but copies may be available through Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com

Listed below are the details we have of Unity productions from 1936 - 1994.

Some productions link to photographs or other relevant information from the archive.

If you have any other information about the productions, please let us know.

 

1936

Private Hicks

Waiting for Lefty

Where’s that Bomb?

 

1937

Opening of new Workers Theatre Programme

Plant in the Sun

Not for us

Cannibal Carnival

Aristocrats

 

1938

Plant in the Sun/Bury the dead

Busmen

Babes in the Wood

Case of the Baffled Boss

Trial of a Judge

Señora Carrars Rifles

Bury the Dead

“Crisis Czechoslovakia”

 

1939

Give me Liberty

Harvest in the North

Colony

Orchestral concert

Sandbag Follies

Turn up the lights

 

1940

Jack the Giant Killer

Distant Point

Match Girls

“Old Time Music Hall”

4th Anniversary Fair

The Star Turns Red

 

1941

Distant Point

Till the Day I Die

In the Spirit of the Revolution

 

1942

Sabotage

Get Cracking

Let’s be Offensive

 

1943

Buster

Grand Review

“India Speaks”

One Third of a Nation

Sword of the Spirit

Salute to the Gentle Sex

Spanish Village

 

1944

All Change Here

Green and Pleasant Land

The Rochdale Pioneers

Comrade Detective

One More Mile

Winkles and Champagne

Shop Window

Alice in Thunderland

 

1945

The Yellow Star

Late Extra

Juno and the Paycock

Swinging to the Left

They came to a City

God Bless the Guv’nor

 

1946

Gold is where you find it

Lower Depths

Citizen Kane

Buster

The Star turns Red (Revival)

Boy meets Girl

All God’s Chillun Got Wings

Awake and Sing!

Casey Jones

Star Parade

Pardon my Greek

This Trampled Earth

The Shepherd and the Hunter

 

1947

Dragnet

Out of the Dust

What Happens to Love

Golden Boy

Enemies

Stars on Parade

The Match Girls

The Russian Question

Black Magic

 

1948

The Star Turns Red

What’s Left

All Star Variety Show

Winkles and Champagne

The Whole World Over

Lions After Slumber

Six Men of Dorset

All Star Concert

 

1949

The Townshends

Cousin Elwyn

Plant in the Sun/Where’s That Bomb

The Jolly George

Thirteenth Anniversary Variety Concert

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

 

1950

The Circling Dove

Buster

Hell is what you make It

Winkles and Champagne

How I Wonder

Longitude

 

1951

The World of the King

“Here  Goes!”

Hawthorne Grove

Mother Goose

The Germans

The Cradle will Rock

 

1952

Barrier Across Europe

The Wages of Eve

The Candy Story

Strangers in the Land

Mild and Bitter

Christmas Bridge

The Bridge of Life

 

1953

Three in a Row

Turn it up

No!

The Rosenbergs

Cinderella

 

1954

Timid People

Reedy River

Shoemakers Holiday

The Land of the living

The Dockers Tanner

Montserrat

 

1955

The Road to Life

Pillars of Society

The Shadow of the Swastika

The Russian For Yes

The Women of Troy

Peace Meal

 

1956

Othello

Nekrassov

Widowers Houses

Polly

World on Edge

The Exception and the Rule

Hold the Line

 

1957

Burlesque

Paul Robeson Concert

Mind the Baby

Cyanamide

Match Girls

TV & Labour Movement Conference

The Biggest Thief in Town

Wally Pone

 

1958

The Ganze Macher

The Crucible

Tripe and Onions/The Green Eyed Monster

Robin Hood and His Merry Men

Call me not Naomi

Heartbreak House June

Mother Courage

 

1959

Take it as Red

Puerto Franco

God Bless the Guv’nor

Anna Christie

The Risen People

Rocket for the Governor

 

1960

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Lady Audley’s Secret/Music Hall

Androcles and the Lion

Bloomsday

The Offshore Island

The Big Win with Cage Productions

Drama in the Making

The Seagull

You Won’t Always be on Top

Ragged Trousered Philanthropist

Misadventures of Mr Pickwick

 

1961

The Visions of Simone Machard

Beer and Skittles

The Lower Depths

The Recruiting Officer

And him Stretched

Affluent Athenian

 

1962

Aladdin

Hedda Gabler

 

1963

Spring ‘71

Away

Circus

The Man who bought a Battlefield

All Star Charity Show

Gala Cabaret and Dance

The Fury of Philip Hotz/The Scavengers

Unity Theatre and the Unions

See a Man falling

Port and Lemon

Good Woman of Setzuan

Life of Kaggs

Three in One

High Jinks of Bishop Saull

School of Wives

East Lynne and Music Hall

A Doll’s House

People Like Us

The Deviates

 

1964

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Its Ours

Earoles

A Memorey of Two Mondays/Oh Freedom

The Glass Menagerie

Everything in the Garden

The Licence

Squaring the Circle

 

1965

Chicken Soup with Barley

Little Malcolm and his struggle against the Eunuchs

Yegor Bulichov

Julius Caesar

There’s a Megabutton on my Living-room Floor

Christmas Palace of Varieties

God Bless the Guv’nor

Sweeney Todd and Music Hall

 

1966

Death of a Salesman

Playboy of the Western World

Inherit the Wind

 

1967

John D Muggins is Dead

The Country Wife

Gala Performance

The Don’t Just Sit There Show

Antigone

The Feather Pluckers

Armoured Train 14.69

 

1968

The Rent

Vietreview ‘68

Harold Muggins is a Martyr

Say Uncle

Billy Liar

Dirty Work at the Crossroads

 

1969

The Diamond, Bone and Hammer and Along the Shoughs of Ulster

Strike

Rag to the Bull

The Frogs and Co... Axed

Epitaph for George Dillon

The Mother

Festival Music Hall

Cinderella

 

1970

Unity Theatre Artists/The Co-operation

Triple Bill

Jack and the Beanstalk

A Case for Euthanasia

The Agony

The Demonstration

The Bolsheviks

South Africa 70

The Misadventures of Mr Pickwick

 

1971

The Chinese Machine

Robert Owen

It’s Never too Late

The Farmworker

Captain Swing at the Penny Gaff

The Dragon

In Place of Strife

They made a present of Mornington Crescent

 

1972

Waiting for Lefty

Bull Durham or the Great Turd and How to Keep it Rolling

Summerfolk

Rent or Caught in the Act

Pins and Needles

Burlesque

Huis Clos and A Matter of Convenience

 

1973

“Festival of Poets”

L’Avare Et Cie

The Concert at Saint Ovide

Partitions

“C.A.A. Showcase”

One Way Trip

The Way of the World

By my Life

At Enormous Expense…

Tom Barker of Camden - and the World

“Old Time Music Hall”

The Reign of Terror and the Great Money Trick

New Positions

 “…And play on the flutes of their own vertebrae”

How we knocked ‘em in the Old Kent Road

 

1974

Widower’s Houses

The Tolmer Square Show

Case for a Rebel

Janet Rosenberg, Dear Mr Kooning and The Inhabitants

The Recruiting Officer

Vietnam - “The Post-War’ War

The Jump

Storm Warning

The Tigers are Coming O.K. ?

The Police and Saxon

Memories

“The Collier Laddie” A Legend of the Coalfields

Before your very eyes

Ten Nights in a Bar Room

“NCCL 40th Anniversary Show”

Common will against the Giant

 

1975

Right Turn Triple Bill

The Bureaucracy Show

The Nuns

The Cocoa Party

 

1977

“God’s Just a Copper”

Waiting for Lefty

 

1979

God Bless The Guv’nor

 

1980

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Mad Tom or the Man of Rights

 

1981

Then and The Clyde is Red

 

1982

“Reminiscences of Unity Theatre”

Then/Bikini Fable

New Positions

 

1983

Come Fry with me

Comprehensive Cuts

 

1984

“A Tribute to Laurie Davies”

“Workers Theatre - National Theatre - Platforms at the National”

 

1990

“May Day Social”

“Unity Social”

 

1991

What’s Left Now

 

1992

Major Minor a Topical Revue, with A Small Price

 

1994

Horseman Pass by