With the website having celebrated this year's 40th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests earlier this week, the intention was to provide a suitable accompanying photograph for this month's Ayckbourn Moments.
In particular an image of Alan Ayckbourn with the trilogy's London director Eric Thompson, a pivotal figure when exploring Alan Ayckbourn's early success in the West End.
Unfortunately, photographs of Alan and Eric together are extremely rare with only two examples known to exist in the Ayckbourn Archive - the provedence of neither having been recorded.
The image below is one of these and although not related to The Norman Conquests does mark another anniversary this year, the 40th anniversary of the London premiere of Absurd Person Singular; which still stands as the single most successful West End production of an Ayckbourn play with the longest unbroken run.
Although no details are held recording the image below - sadly not even the photographer or occasion - it is related to Absurd Person Singular as the blog - with a little help! - has identified the majority of the original London company alongside Alan and Eric.
The image features (left to right): Anna Calder-Marshall (played Eva); Heather Stoney (Alan's partner, now wife); David Burke (played Geoffrey); Alan Ayckbourn; Ann Davies (Richard Brier's wife); Richard Briers (played Sidney); Bridget Turner (played Jane) and Eric Thompson (director).
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