Monday, August 3, 2015

This Week: 3 August 2015

This Week & Coming Soon
Until 26 September: Confusions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)
4 September - 3 October: Hero's Welcome at the Stephen Joseph Theatre (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)
Until 13 September: SJT At 60 exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery
Until 8 August: Round & Round The Garden at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
Until 17 October: Improbable Fiction at Pitlochry Festival Theatre (in repertory)

News Round Up:
> Rehearsals begin today for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Hero's Welcome. The play will run at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, between 4 September and 3 October. Further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> Alan Ayckbourn's Hero's Welcome and his acclaimed revival of Confusions have been confirmed for an in-the-round tour to the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 6 - 24 October and to The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 3 - 14 November. The productions are directed by Alan Ayckbourn  and feature the Stephen Joseph Theatre company.
SJT At 60, an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre - the Stephen Joseph Theatres - is now running until 13 September at Scarborough Art Gallery. Further details can be found here.
> Tickets are now on sale for a unique opportunity to hear the very latest work by Alan Ayckbourn on Sunday 27 September. The work is called The Divide and is a dramatic narrative for voices. Further details about this special one-off, fund-raising event can be found here.
> Our sister site Scarborough In The Round continues its weekly look at the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. Check the website's blog every Monday.

Alan Ayckbourn & The Stephen Joseph Theatre Anniversaries:
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2015, the blog will be looking back on notable dates from the history of the theatre and its relationship with Alan Ayckbourn. Visit the Scarborough In The Round blog for a more in-depth exploration of significant SJT anniversaries each week.
4 August: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's first play This Is Where We Came In at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, in 1990.
6 August: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Arrivals & Departures at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2013
8 August: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn & Denis King's musical Orvin - Champion Of Champions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2003.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Confusions & Hero's Welcome To Tour

Alan Ayckbourn's latest play as well as his acclaimed revival of a classic play are to tour later this year.
The world premiere production of Alan Ayckbourn's Hero's Welcome and the revival of his 1974 classic Confusions, both directed by Alan Ayckbourn and featuring the Stephen Joseph Theatre company, will visit two in-the-round venues.
The plays will be performed in repertory at the New Vic Theatre from 6 - 24 October and at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 3 - 14 November.
This follows their runs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre where Confusions is running until 26 September and where the world premiere of Hero's Welcome runs between 4 September - 3 October.
The two plays have also been confirmed as touring to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, from 13 - 23 January, 2016, directed for the end-stage by Alan Ayckbourn.
Further details can be found at the SJT, the New Vic, The Old Laundry and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre websites.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

London Classic Theatre's Absent Friends Further Tour Dates

London Classic Theatre is launching the second half of its acclaimed Absent Friends UK tour in August.
The company toured Alan Ayckbourn's classic 1974 play earlier this year and has now announced new dates from 19 August to 21 November for the production.
Absent Friends is directed by Michael Cabot and stars Lisa Burrows, Pete Collis, John Dorney, Kevin Drury, Susie Emmett and Kathryn Ritchie.
The tragi-comic play is set during an uncomfortable gathering of friends following the death of Colin's fiancee. However, Colin is not the despondent figure expected and his rose-tinted view of his relationship only serves to highlight the cracks in the relationships around him.
The play was premiered at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1974 and opened in the West End in 1975 directed by Eric Thompson.
The Absent Friends tour will visit the following venues and further details can also be found at LCT website here:

19 - 22 August: Malvern Theatres
26 - 29 August: Dundee Repertory Theatre
1 - 2 September: Gala Theatre, Durham
3 - 5 September: Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
8 - 9 September: Towngate Theatre, Basildon
10 - 12 September: Millfield Arts Centre, Edmonton
15 - 16 September: Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
17 - 19 September: White Rock Theatre, Hastings
21 - 26 September: Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham
28 September - 3 October: Everyman, Cork
6 - 10 October: Windsor Theatre Royal
13 - 14 October: South Hill Park, Bracknell
15 - 17 October: Norwich Playhouse
19 - 21 October: Princess Theatre, Torquay
23 - 24 October: Queen's Hall, Hexham
27 - 31 October: Swansea Grand Theatre
3 - 4 November: Grove Theatre, Dunstable
5 - 7 November: Beck Theatre, Hayes
9 - 14 November: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
16 - 18 November: Royal Spa, Leamington Spa
19 - 21 November: Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

Further details can be found at the London Classic Theatre website here.

Monday, July 27, 2015

This Week: 27 July 2015

This Week & Coming Soon
Until 26 September: Confusions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)
Until 13 September: SJT At 60 exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery
Until 17 October: Improbable Fiction at Pitlochry Festival Theatre (in repertory)

News Round Up:
> Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, Hero's Welcome, and his acclaimed revival of Confusions will be visiting the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, from 13 - 23 January 2015. Both productions are directed by Alan Ayckbourn and feature the SJT company. Further details can be found at the venue's website here.
> BBC Radio York celebrated the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, with interviews with Alan Ayckbourn and staff of the venue at Scarborough Art Gallery's SJT At 60 exhibition. The programme can be found on BBC iPlayer for the next 13 days here.
SJT At 60, an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre - the Stephen Joseph Theatres - is now running until 13 September at Scarborough Art Gallery. Further details can be found here.
> Tickets are now on sale for a unique opportunity to hear the very latest work by Alan Ayckbourn on Sunday 27 September. The work is called The Divide and is a dramatic narrative for voices. Further details about this special one-off, fund-raising event can be found here.
> Dick & Lottie, the UK's only amateur group dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn, is performing the acclaimed 2004 play Private Fears In Public Places - having already performed it for the playwright himself in Scarborough - at The London Theatre, New Cross, London, from 28 July to 2 August.
> Our sister site Scarborough In The Round continues its weekly look at the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. Check the website's blog every Monday.

Alan Ayckbourn & The Stephen Joseph Theatre Anniversaries:
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2015, the blog will be looking back on notable dates from the history of the theatre and its relationship with Alan Ayckbourn. Visit the Scarborough In The Round blog for a more in-depth exploration of significant SJT anniversaries each week.
30 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's first play The Square Cat at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1959.
30 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Henceforward... at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, in 1987.
31 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1969.