Monday, September 1, 2014

This Week: 1 September 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:
From 4 September: Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
From 4 September: Bedroom Farce at Salisbury Playhouse.

News Round Up:
> Alan Ayckbourn's new play Roundelay opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on Thursday. It consists of five short, interrelated plays whose order is determined randomly each performance offering a different persecutive of the characters and events each performance. Visit www.sjt.uk.com for more details.
> BBC Radio 4's Front Row interview with Alan Ayckbourn about Roundelay, broadcast last Friday, is now available on BBC iPlayer to listen to by clicking here. It is also available as a free download via iTunes.
> You can hear Alan Ayckbourn and his company talking about Roundelay with a follow-up performance of Roundelay on 16 September. Following the show, there'll be a chance to hear the thoughts and put questions to the playwright and his company. Bookings can be made via www.sjt.uk.com.
> It has been confirmed Roundelay will be touring to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, from 21 - 31 January, 2015. Judging by previous years, this will lead into an end-stage tour with details to be announced.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
3 September: London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Woman In Mind at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1986.
4 September: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's RolePlay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2001.
7 September: London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Damsels In Distress trilogy at the Duchess Theatre in 2002.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Alan Ayckbourn on Front Row tonight

Tonight's edition of BBC Radio's culture show, The Front Row, features Alan Ayckbourn.
The programme visited Scarborough earlier this week during rehearsals for the playwright's 78th play Roundelay which opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre next week.
The programme talks to Alan Ayckbourn about his latest play which features five one act plays written to be performed in any order - the order decided randomly by a member of the audience prior to each performance.
Front Row can be heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC iPlayer at 7.15pm this evening (Friday 29 August). It will also then be available to stream via BBC iPlayer from this page.

Alan Ayckbourn's new play Roundelay opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on 4 September running through to 4 October. It then tours to the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 7 - 25 October and to the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windemere, from 4 - 15 November. An end-stage tour of the play opens at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, on 21 January 2015 with further details to be announced soon. To find out more about Roundelay, visit the Stephen Joseph Theatre's website at www.sjt.uk.com.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Week: 27 August 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.

A slightly delayed round-up this week of all things Ayckbourn...

This Week & Coming soon:
Until 27 August: A Small Family Business at the National Theatre
Until 31 August: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
From 4 September: Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

News Round Up:
> There's not long to catch the acclaimed musical adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The production, directed by Alan Ayckbourn, ends this Sunday. Visit www.sjt.uk.com for more details.
> Today is your last chance to catch the National Theatre's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business. Further details can be found here.
> Faber has published an ebook of Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 1 which includes A Small Family Business, A Chorus Of Disapproval, Henceforward... and Man Of The Moment. Details of the Kindle version can be found here.
> Our new sister site has now been launched, Scarborough In The Round (www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk) looks at the history of theatre-in-the-round in the seaside town and the venues with which Alan Ayckbourn is so closely associated with.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
30 August: Broadcast premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Table Manners (The Norman Conquests) on BBC Radio in 1990.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scarborough In The Round Launch

Today sees the official launch of our new website Scarborough In The Round at www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk.
This website explores the history of theatre-in-the-round in the seaside town of Scarborough, where the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company was launched in 1955.
Scarborough In The Round offers an in-depth look at the history of the Library Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the company's relationship with its home-town.
It is the third and final part of a trio of websites alongside Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website and the Stephen Joseph & The Library Theatre site exploring the theatre and the people most associated with it.
The new site, which features a considerable amount of new research, complements both of its sister-sites by offering a broader perspective of the venues most closely associated with British theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph and his protege, Alan Ayckbourn. Between them they ran the company from 1955 to 2009 and Scarborough In The Round offers a broader perspective of what was taking place at the theatre during their tenures as Artistic Director, concentrating on the entire theatre programme as opposed to just the plays they directed - and in the case of Alan Ayckbourn, wrote.
Since 1955, the company has produced 609 plays and every one of them has its own dedicated production page at Scarborough In The Round - alongside a number of upstaged production pages - from 1955 through to the present day, including all plays staged since 2009 under the present Artistic Director Chris Monks.
There are also historical details of the three theatre-in-the-round venues in the town as well as a year-by-year chronology of major events and significant productions. A section explores the company's major legacy of new writing which has seen 326 world premieres in Scarborough since 1955.
There is also a listing of every actor to have worked with the company as well as comprehensive lists of directors, playwrights, designers, stage management and many of the other people who have had a hand in producing six decades worth of plays.
Scarborough In The Round has also been launched to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the company in 1955 and will also carry details of events relating to the anniversary in the months ahead. 
If you'd like to know more about the theatre in which Alan Ayckbourn began his writing and directing careers and to which he is inextricably linked, visit Scarborough In The Round at www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk.

Scarborough In The Round also has an accompanying blog at http://theatre-in-the-round.blogspot.co.uk which will carry articles about the history of theatre-in-the-round in Scarborough as well as its own Twitter page here.