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The play was Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton and today's image features a scene from the play with Stanley Page (left) playing Rough and David Jarrett as the play's notorious protagonist Mr Manningham.
It was a highly significant moment for Alan Ayckbourn who has long considered himself first and foremost a director (which given how much time he spends directing per year as opposed to writing is understandable).
Alan Ayckbourn has always noted how his directing and playwriting basically grew in tandem and it is perhaps significant that Alan began directing only two years after his first professional writing commission.
His interest in directing also signalled the end of his acting professional acting career; Alan began his professional career in theatre as an actor.
Since 1961, Alan has directed more than 350 professional productions from Scarborough to London to New York.