Friday, July 22, 2016

Essential Classics Revisited

Every morning this week, Alan Ayckbourn has been the guest of BBC Radio3's Essential Classics and they can now all be heard in BBC iPlayer.
Alan was interviewed by Rob Cowan with the playwright choosing some of his favourite classical music pieces between talking about his life in theatre.
All five programmes are available now for a month on the BBC iPlayer with Alan Ayckbourn's interviews beginning at the 1 hour mark.
Follow the links below to visit the relevant programmes.
> Day 1: Monday 18 July
> Day 2: Tuesday 19 July
> Day 3: Wednesday 20 July
> Day 4: Thursday 21 July
> Day 5: Friday 22 July
Alan Ayckbourn's recent appearance on Front Row where he talks about his latest work, The Karaoke Theatre Company (currently showing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, until 7 October) can also be heard on BBc iPlayer via this link.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Alan Ayckbourn's Consuming Passions coming soon

Alan Ayckbourn’s new play Consuming Passions takes a step into 'Hitchcockian' territory when it opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre next month.
Consuming Passions is Alan Ayckbourn's 80th play and is a play in two parts - Premonitions and Repercussions - which can be seen individually or together.
They follow Melanie, who believes she has forseen the future – but has she really? Or is it all in her mind?
True or false, she has seen events which threaten one she secretly loves, and whose life is in terrible danger. What can she do or say to prevent things happening - and who on earth will believe her?
The playwright says of the play: "I describe Consuming Passions as slightly Hitchcockian. It’s a sort of comedy, yet it’s a thriller with a 'did she, didn't she?' theme. It’s got a lot of the Hitchcock motifs: the ice blonde at the centre who has murderous intentions, the hapless lover."
Consuming Passions is written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, it’s performed by members of the SJT’s Summer Festival rep company Rachel Caffrey, Andy Cryer, Louise Shuttleworth and Leigh Symonds, who can all also be seen in the main house show, Alan Ayckbourn’s The Karaoke Theatre Company. The production is designed by Kevin Jenkins.
The play opens on Friday 5 August with individual performances of Part 1 (Premonitions) and Part 2 (Repercussions) taking place in the SJT's Bistro during the day. There are also certain days when both parts can be seen during the same day.
From 16 September to 8 October, both parts come together and move upstairs at the SJT to The McCarthy, where the entire play can be seen in one evening as Consuming Passions.
Full details of the schedule can be found at alongside booking and other details. Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at

Monday, July 18, 2016

This Week: 18 July 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 1 October: How The Other Half Loves at Duke of York's Theatre, London.
5 August - 8 October (in repertory): Consuming Passions (world premiere and directed by Alan Ayckbourn) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
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:
> Alan Ayckbourn is a guest on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics this week and can be heard from 10am to 10.30am every morning until Friday. Essential Classics is available on digital radio and BBC iPlayer and more information can be found here.
> Alan Ayckbourn and The Karaoke Theatre Company will be discussing his new work following this Thursday's performance of the The Karaoke Theatre Company. The Q&A is free to anyone who attends that evening's performance and bookings and further details can be found at
> Alan Ayckbourn's The Karaoke Theatre Company is now in repertory at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, until 7 October. This production sees the audience involved in the action in an evening of farce, melodrama, gothic horror and magic (no singing though!) with no performance ever the same! Further details can be found at
> You can still catch Alan Ayckbourn on BBC Radio 4's Front Row broadcast on 11 July via BBc iPlayer. The playwright talks about his latest work, The Karaoke Theatre Company, in an interview with Samira Ahmed. You can listen to the programme via iPlayer here.

Sponsoring The Website
If you have a favourite Ayckbourn play, there's opportunity to be associated with it via Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website. Every Play on the site is open to sponsorship for a nominal fee - to help with the costs of running the website and domain costs - and which gives the sponsor (individuals only, not businesses) a credit on every page relating to the specific play. You can find out more about sponsoring a play and which plays are still available by clicking here.

Event Of The Week
A weekly feature highlights an event in Alan Ayckbourn's life pertinent to the week in question.
Television debut: The very first television broadcast of an Alan Ayckbourn play took place on BBC1 on 21 July 1967 with a 50 minute broadcast of an excerpt form the then-running West End production of Relatively Speaking starring Celia Johnson, Michael Hordern and Richard Briers. The broadcast was never repeated and has sadly not survived in the BBC Archives.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Radio Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn can be heard on BBC Radio 3 every day next week as he talks about his Essential Classics.
The popular Radio 3 morning show, Essential Classics, will feature Alan at 10am from Monday to Friday taking to presenter Rob Cowan about his life and career in theatre over the past six decades.
The playwright will also be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Janácek, Tallis and Bartók, in each programme.
Essential Classics featuring Alan Ayckbourn can be heard from Monday 18 to Friday 22 July from 10am to 10.30am; the entire programme runs from 9am to 12pm. Essential Classics can be heard on BBC Radio 3 and via BBC iPlayer.
If you're looking to know more about Alan Ayckbourn's latest work, The Karaoke Theatre Company, you can also hear the playwright talking about it on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, which is now available on BBC iPlayer.
Alan talks to Samira Ahmed about his new creation which involves audience participation and celebrates live theatre with a promise that no night will ever be the same!
Front Row with Alan Ayckbourn can be heard on BBC iPlayer by clicking here.