Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Absent Friends tour 2015

Alan Ayckbourn's classic play Absent Friends will be touring the UK during 2015.
London Classic Theatre will be producing the play for an extensive UK tour, initial details of which have now been confirmed.
The production will be directed by Michael Cabot, Artistic Director and founder of London Classic Theatre, and will initially tour from 28 April to 18 July 2015.
Absent Friends is Alan Ayckbourn's 16th play and premiered at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, on 17 June 1974. The West End production - starring Richard Briers and Peter Bowles- opened at the Garrick Theatre, London, on 23 July 1975. It is set in real-time and revolves around a tea-party for the recently bereaved Colin organised by 'friends' and acquaintances. However, his acceptance of his situation and of his short but fulfilling time with his fiancĂ©e only serves to highlight and widen rifts in the other relationships.
Launched as a touring company in 2000, London Classic Theatre is a professional company which has produced more than 25 plays for tour with Absent Friends marking its first production of an Alan Ayckbourn play.
Further details about the tour will be announced in the coming months at the company's website www.londonclassictheatre.co.uk and the announced tour dates can be found below:

Absent Friends 2015 Tour
28 April - 2 May: Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
5 - 9 May: Blackpool Grand Theatre
11 - 13 May: Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
14 - 16 May: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
19 - 20 May: Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
21 - 23 May: Theatre Royal, Winchester
26 - 27 May: King's Theatre, Southsea
28 - 30 May: Connaught Theatre, Worthing
1 - 6 June: Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
8 - 13 June: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
15 - 20 June: Richmond Theatre
22 - 24 June: Lyceum Crewe
25 - 27 June: Greenwich Theatre
30 June - 1 July: Theatre Royal, Margate
2 - 4 July: Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
6 - 11 July: Derby Theatre
13 - 18 July: Cheltenham Everyman

Monday, October 20, 2014

This Week: 20 October 2014

Welcome to This Week, our regular guide to major Ayckbourn productions in the coming seven days, a look back on the Ayckbourn news of the last seven days and a look at some significant Ayckbourn anniversaries from this week in years past.

This Week & Coming Soon
4 - 15 November: Roundelay at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

News Round Up:
> The in-the-round tour of Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Roundelay moves to the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windemere, from 4 - 15 November. This will be the last chance to catch it in the round before it is re-staged for an end-stage tour in 2015.
> A belated news-piece but thanks to several followers of the website / blog who noted that Alan Ayckbourn has now achieved true fame as he has been mentioned on the long-running BBC Radio drama series The Archers! Apparently Felpersham Light Operatic Society presented his play Season's Greetings.
> Our sister blog for the Scarborough In The Round website continues its history of the first year of the Library Theatre (now the Stephen Joseph Theatre) tomorrow with a seven-part article looking at the first year of the venue. Click here to visit the blog.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
26 October: The Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round opens in 1976; the second home of the company following the Library Theatre.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Week: 13 October 2014

Welcome to This Week, our regular guide to major Ayckbourn productions in the coming seven days, a look back on the Ayckbourn news of the last seven days and a look at some significant Ayckbourn anniversaries from this week in years past.

This Week
Until 25 October: Roundelay at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

News Round Up:
The blog will be receiving only occasional updates between now and 20 October. A full news round-up will recommence in late October.
> Our sister blog for the Scarborough In The Round website continues its history of the first year of the Library Theatre (now the Stephen Joseph Theatre) tomorrow with a seven-part article looking at the first year of the venue. Click here to visit the blog.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
13 October: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's My Wonderful Day at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2009.
13 October: London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Comic Potential at the Lyric Theatre in 1999.
17 October: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's If I Were You at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2006.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This Week: 6 October 2014

Welcome to This Week, our regular guide to major Ayckbourn productions in the coming seven days, a look back on the Ayckbourn news of the last seven days and a look at some significant Ayckbourn anniversaries from this week in years past.

This Week
7 - 25 October: Roundelay at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

News Round Up:
The blog will be receiving only occasional updates between now and 20 October. A full news round-up will recommence in late October.
> Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Roundelay is now on a short in-the-round tour starting at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 7 - 25 October. It will go onto the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 4 - 15 November.
> Our sister blog for the Scarborough In The Round website continues its history of the first year of the Library Theatre (now the Stephen Joseph Theatre) tomorrow with a seven-part article looking at the first year of the venue. Click here to visit the blog.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
6 October: The highly acclaimed and award-winning 2008 London revival of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests opens at the Old Vic.
9 October: Stephen Joseph opens the UK's first dedicated theatre-in-the-round venue with the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1962.