BAM Affiliation An important part of BAM’s reinvention in the 1970s was the importing of a diverse and exciting British theater scene. Throughout the mid-70s BAM presented repertory runs from the likes of the Actors Company, the Old Vic, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, who have returned to BAM regularly over the past 40 years. Some highlights of the RSC's many BAM productions include Sylvia Plath (dir. Barry Kyle, 1974), David Jones’ production of Gorky’s Summerfolk (1976), Krapp's Last Tape (dir. and starring Edward Petherbridge, 1998), and Trevor Nunn's 2007 productions of King Lear and The Seagull.
In the late 1970s, Harvey Lichtenstein recruited David Jones for the position of Artistic Director of the BAM Theater Company, BAM’s short-lived experiment at maintaining an in-house repertory company, which was largely modeled on the RSC.