News Digest: September 2022

A monthly round-up of news relating to Alan Ayckbourn.

Rehearsals for the world premiere of Family Album (© Tony Bartholomew)

Family Album world premiere: Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play, Family Album, premieres on 2 September at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and runs until 1 October. Directed by Alan Ayckbourn, it stars Elizabeth Boag, Georgia Burnell, Tanya-Loretta Dee, Antony Eden, and Frances Marshall. It will then tour to the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 11 – 22 October and then to The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere from 1 – 5 November. More details here.

Woman In Mind at Chichester Festival Theatre: A major revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s classic play, Woman In Mind opens at Chichester Festival Theatre on 23 September and runs until 15 October. Directed by Anna Mackmin, its stars Jenna Russell as Susan, Will Attenborough, Matthew Cottle, Marc Elliott, Flora Higgins, Stephanie Jacob and Nigel Lindsay. Further details here.

Ayckbourn Podcasts Launched: A new podcast channel has been launched by Alan Ayckbourn’s Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd. The channel includes both original material as well as podcast adaptations of the SpotLight series seen on YouTube where the creation of significant Ayckbourn plays are examined. The original content currently includes a regular round-up of Ayckbourn news and views with the Just Between Ourselves podcasts, exclusive bonus SpotLight episodes and a recording of the talk Simon gave at the Stephen Joseph Theatre to mark the 50th anniversary of Absurd Person Singular in June. More details here.

David Wood’s Memoirs: The actor and writer David Wood has just released his memoir Kissing Elizabeth Taylor and Other Brushes With Hollywood which includes a chapter dedicated to his experiences in Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s flops 1975 West End musical Jeeves. More details here.

Unseen Ayckbourn – 2022 Edition: The latest edition of Unseen Ayckbourn has just been published. The book, written by the playwright’s Archivist Simon Murgatroyd, looks at the unpublished, withdrawn and unwritten Ayckbourn plays alongside concepts and ideas for unwritten plays, alternative and abandoned versions and titles of existing plays as well as other ephemera relating to Alan Ayckbourn’s writing. It is priced at £15 with further details here.

Time & Time Again at Lawrence Batley Theatre: Alan Ayckbourn’s classic 1972 play Time & Time Again is being revived from 27 – 29 October at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield by Dick Lottie – the UK’s only professional company dedicated to producing Ayckbourn plays. More details here.

Inner Circle at the Stephen Joseph Theatre: This week sees Alan Ayckbourn’s home venue, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, hosting the sold-out Inner Circle event which allows people to go behind the scenes of Alan’s latest world premiere, Family Album, as well as getting an exclusive insight into the theatre. Participants get to attend the tech rehearsal for the show and the first night of the production as well as meeting key theatre personnel and also spending an afternoon with Alan Ayckbourn’s Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, looking at the 50th anniversary of Alan becoming Artistic Director of the SJT as well as an exclusive glimpse into the road to Family Album. More details here.

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