Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play, The Girl Next Door, is to stream again this September.
The film of the acclaimed original production, directed by Alan Ayckbourn and featuring his original company at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, will be streaming on the SJT website from 1 – 18 September in conjunction with its live return to the SJT from 1 – 4 September and subsequent tour to the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 7 – 18 September.
This film of his 85th play marks the first time a live Ayckbourn production directed by Alan Ayckbourn himself has been recorded and streamed have been streamed. It was recorded in front of a live audience in June at the SJT.
The Girl Next Door sees veteran actor Rob Hathaway stuck at home during the summer of 2020 with only his sensible older sister for company. Rob has little to do but relive his glory days when, as the star of the nation’s favourite TV period drama National Fire Service, he ruled the roost as George ‘Tiger’ Jennings: wartime hero, and living legend among firefighters.
Then one day Rob spots a stranger hanging out the washing in the adjoining garden. But the neighbours haven’t been around for months. So who is the mysterious girl next door? And why is she wearing 1940s clothing?
The film features Bill Champion, Linford Johnson, Alexandra Mathie and Naomi Petersen and is directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, assisted by the SJT’s Associate Director (Carne Trust) Chelsey Gillard, The Girl Next Door is designed by Kevin Jenkins with lighting design by Jason Taylor. Casting is by Sarah Hughes CDG. Director of Photography is Daniel Abell.
Tickets for the film are £12 each, with a group ticket available at £16. A version of the film with added bonus features including interviews with Alan Ayckbourn and Kevin Jenkins costs £20. Once purchased, the film can be watched repeated times during its run from 1 – 18 September 2021.
Tickets can be bought via the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com from 10am on Tuesday 22 June.