Podcast: SpotLight on Mr Whatnot

SpotLight on Mr Whatnot with Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn’s sixth play, Mr Whatnot, comes under the spotlight of the playwright’s Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, in SpotLight on Mr Whatnot. Premiered in 1964 and rarely considered a classic, Simon argues it is a pivotal work in the playwright’s development as a writer.

Simon traces the history of the play, its creation and dismal West End transfer whilst arguing that, without Mr Whatnot, Ayckbourn would not have written his breakout play, Relatively Speaking.

The SpotLight podcast draws on archive material held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives and adapts the SpotLight on Ayckbourn video from the Ayckbourn YouTube Channel and can also be heard on Apple Podcasts on the Alan Ayckbourn channel.

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