Sunday, August 21, 2016

This Week: 22 August 2016

Taking a break: The weekly news round-up and blog will be taking a short break until Monday 19 September.

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
Until 7 October (in repertory): Alan Ayckbourn's The Karaoke Theatre Company (world premiere and directed by Alan Ayckbourn) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Until 8 October (in repertory): Consuming Passions (world premiere and directed by Alan Ayckbourn) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Until 1 October: How The Other Half Loves at Duke of York's Theatre, London.
8 September - 8 October: Henceforward... (directed by Alan Ayckbourn) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Until 13 October: The Damsels In Distress trilogy at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
30 August - 3 September: Relatively Speaking at Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds.
5 - 10 September: Relatively Speaking at Theatre Royal, Brighton.
12 - 17 September: Relatively Speaking at Oxford Playhouse.
19 - 24 September: Relatively Speaking at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield.

News Round Up:
> The eagerly awaited revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Henceforward... opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on 8 September, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. This is the first major UK revival of the play since its award-winning West End premiere in 1988. The play which follows a composer in a dystopian near future UK trying to regain access to his estranged daughter in order to complete his masterwork can be seen from 8 September - 8 October with further details at www.sjt.uk.com.
> Henceforward... will join the world premiere productions of Alan Ayckbourn two new pieces, The Karaoke Theatre Company and Consuming Passions, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, which are in repertory until 8 October. Visit www.sjt.uk.com for more details.
> Alan Ayckbourn's first major success, Relatively Speaking, begins an extensive UK tour on 30 August. The production stars Liza Goddard and Robert Powell and is directed by Robin Herford. Details of where the tour is visiting can be found on the What's On pages at www.alanayckbourn.net.
> Alan Ayckbourn will be talking about his career in a Teatime Talk at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on 29 September at 4.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6 and can be obtained from www.sjt.uk.com. The playwright and his acting company will also be involved in post-show talks following the 16 September performance of Henceforward....

Event Of The Week
A weekly feature highlights an event in Alan Ayckbourn's life pertinent to the week in question.
Enter Janie: In 1992, a relatively unknown actress called Janie Dee made a huge impact in Alan Ayckbourn and John Pattison's musical Dreams From A Summer House. It premiered on 26 August 1992 and Janie played an 'apparently' tone deaf suburban house-wife. This was prior to her becoming practically a household name and when, at the play's climax, she 'found' her voice, audiences were apparently spellbound. Janie would go on to work with Alan on several occasions, most notably in the world and West End premieres of Comic Potential in which she played the actoid Jacie Triplethree and would win the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critic’s Circle Awards for Best Actress. Janie is now quite famous (!) for her stage and screen roles....

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Henceforward... in rehearsal

Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy Henceforward… returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre this autumn in a brand new production directed by the author.
Alan Ayckbourn (right) in rehearsals
with the Henceforward... company.
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
All alone, high up in an isolated, derelict suburban tower block, avant garde composer Jerome struggles vainly to complete his life’s masterwork about love.
With the help of a deranged android childminder, he hatches a plan to retrieve his source of artistic inspiration, his beloved daughter Geain, from his hostile and estranged ex-wife.
But the best laid plans of men and mechanical women…
Laura Matthews & Bill Champion
in rehearsals for Henceforward...
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Henceforward… premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1987, then at London’s Vaudeville Theatre a year later in a production which won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award.
Jessie Hart & Jacqueline King
in rehearsals for Henceforward...
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
This year’s Scarborough revival follows a hugely successful production last year at a theatre in Germany. The production at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg opened in February 2015 and was so popular, regularly playing to full houses in the 1200-seat theatre, that the run was extended and the show ended up playing for over a year.
Russell Dixon & Bill Champion
in rehearsals for Henceforward...
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Henceforward... is directed by Alan Ayckbourn with design by Roger Glossop and lighting blu Jason Taylor. The cast comprises Bill Champion, Andy Cryer, Russell Dixon, Jessie Hart, Velvet Hebditch, Jacqueline King and Laura Matthews.
Bill Champion in rehearsals for Henceforward...
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Tickets, priced from £10 to £24.50, are available from the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Relatively Speaking UK Tour

Relatively Speaking is about to tour the UK with Robert Powell and Liza Goddard starring.
Alan Ayckbourn's break-out play launched the playwright to national fame in 1967 when it opened in the West End and has become a perennially popular play ever since.
The UK tour will launch on 30 August and run through to 3 December and is a co-production between the Theatre Royal Bath and Kenny Wax Productions.
Relatively Speaking is directed by Robin Herford, who worked with Alan Ayckbourn at his home theatre in Scarborough for many years and is a pre-eminent director of Alan Ayckbourn's plays. He has also appeared in more world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's plays tan any other actor.
Both Robert Powell and Liza Goddard have also worked with Alan with Robert Powell appearing in the world premiere of The Sparrow in 1965 at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, just prior to finding fame in the TV series Doomwatch. Liza has worked more recently with the playwright, appearing in the world premieres of a number of plays including If I Were You (2006), Life & Beth (2008) and Life Of Riley (2010) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Details of the tour can be found below and booking can be made via the individual theatres.

Relatively Speaking Tour 2016
30 August - 3 September: Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds
5 - 10 September: Theatre Royal, Brighton
12 - 17 September: Oxford Playhouse
19 - 24 September: Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
27 September - 1 October: The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
3 - 8 October: Richmond Theatre
10 - 15 October: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
17 - 22 October: The Lowry, Manchester
24 - 29 October: Malvern Theatre, Malvern
31 October - 5 November: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
7 - 12 November: Cambridge Arts Theatre
14 - 19 November: MK Theatre, Milton Keynes
28 November - 3 December: Theatre Royal Bath

Monday, August 15, 2016

This Week: 15 August 2016

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
Until 7 October (in repertory): Alan Ayckbourn's The Karaoke Theatre Company (world premiere and directed by Alan Ayckbourn) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Until 8 October (in repertory): Consuming Passions (world premiere and directed by Alan Ayckbourn) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Until 1 October: How The Other Half Loves at Duke of York's Theatre, London.
8 September - 8 October: Henceforward... (directed by Alan Ayckbourn) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Until 13 October: The Damsels In Distress trilogy at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

News Round Up:
> If you're wanting a taste of Alan Ayckbourn's forthcoming revival of Henceforward... at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, you can hear the BBC adaptation of the play on BBC iPlayer for the next three weeks. The production, directed by Martin Jarvis and starring Jared Harris can be found here. Alan Ayckbourn's revival of Henceforward... opens at the SJT on 8 September and is directed by the playwright and stars Bill Champion. It can be seen at the SJT until 8 October. Further details and tickets can be found at the SJT website here.
> Alan Ayckbourn's The Karaoke Theatre Company and his revival of Henceforward... will visit the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 11 - 29 October (click here). Both plays are directed by Alan Ayckbourn and feature his company seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, this summer. Henceforward... will then transfer to The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 1 - 12 November (click here).
> The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough now has two of Alan Ayckbourn's pieces until 8 October with The Karaoke Theatre Company and his 80th play Consuming Passions. Further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.

Event Of The Week
A weekly feature highlights an event in Alan Ayckbourn's life pertinent to the week in question.
Leaving Westwood: The Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in Scarborough was second home of the company with which Alan Ayckbourn has been associated with since 1955. The company was based at the former school for 20 years between 1976 and 1996 with many of Alan Ayckbourn's most acclaimed plays premiering in the venue. Alan Ayckbourn himself directed his final play at the venue with Harold Pinter's Betrayal, which opened in 21 August 1995. Although this was more than six months ahead of the building closing and the move of the company to its present home, Alan Ayckbourn directed Betrayal before concentrating on the move and the refurbishment of the former Odeon cinema into a state of the art theatre venue.