In the 1970s, the performance space under the chapel, known then as the King’s Studio Theatre, and now known as the Pit, offered local theatrical groups a place to mount their productions. In 1977, the King’s Summer Theatre, funded by the Young Canada Works Program, staged two one-act plays in the Studio Theatre, Jules Feiffer’s “The Unexpurgated Memoirs of Bernard Mergendeiler” and Harold Pinter’s “The Lover.”
Directed by Ruth Rollins, the plays had a cast that included Stuart Dunsworth, Clairemarie Haley and Anthony Rowe. Project manager for the King’s Summer Theatre (and the project’s founder) was Hans Boggild, who has since made a successful career as an actor, director, playwright and producer. Assisting in production and responsible for props was Ferne Downey, the current president of ACTRA, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists.