Corner Boys

Luton Library Theatre


Ladies Who Punch in association with Mend & Makedo Theatre Co present


Corner Boys, by award-winning writer John MacKenna, is a play filled with laughter and tragedy; a story of life and love in another time and yet a time that’s still alive in Irish memory.


The time is 1963. The place is a small village in Ireland. For the two young women working in the local drapery shop, the visit of American President John F Kennedy to the country is all important. But for the corner boys, who spend their days on the village Square, the concerns are different – women, money, devilment and darker doings fill their empty lives. This powerful play exposes the light and dark sides of rural Irish life in the sixties – the carnivals; the sodalities; the shenanigans, the humour and the desperation.


Age guidance: Strictly 16+ (Subject matter includes suicide, lust, incest and strong language)


  • Friday, November 9, 2018

Luton Library Theatre

Luton Library Theatre opened in 1962 as a lecture theatre before gradually changing to a traditional entertainment venue with 256 seats and two side aisles.

The Theatre began to build up a programme of amateur and professional drama, film, music of all types and children's events. In fact a pretty long list of events that covers almost every taste!

All of this continued through the sixties, seventies and eighties. During the nineties the seating was changed to a more modern style and colour with a centre isle with a slight rake. This meant the amount of seating had to be reduced to the current capacity of 238.

In the late nineties and early noughties, there were more changes both fabric and technical makeup of the Theatre. This brings us up to 2009, when the Library itself closed for a major refurbishment. Some improvements were made to the front of house and bar areas of the theatre, plus the introduction of a new cafe.

Venue Hire

Luton Library Theatre with it's 238 seated capacity auditorium and Bar Area. See Venue Hire for more information. 


To become part of Luton Library Theatre's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at

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