Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Life Of Riley on DVD / Blu Ray in May

Alain Resnais's final film Life Of Riley is currently playing in UK cinemas, but the Ayckbourn adaptation will be available to own from 25 May.
The acclaimed film is being released as a dual format (both DVD and Blu Ray in the same package) set by distributors Eureka! Entertainment following its UK cinema release priced at £11.25p.
Life Of Riley was the final film by French auteur Alain Resnais and was also his third adaptation of an Alan Ayckbourn play following Smoking / No Smoking (1993) and Private Fears In Public Places (2006).
Life Of Riley sees Colin and Kathryn receive the shattering news that their friend George is fatally ill and only has a few months to live during rehearsals for their latest amateur drama production. Life begins to come apart at the seams – not just for Kathryn, who was once George’s partner, but also for her friends Tamara and Monica. The full force of the emotional turmoil they experienced in their youth and their long-buried dreams are rekindled. Much to the chagrin of their respectable, middle-class husbands, the women begin to argue about which of them should be allowed to accompany George on a final journey.
Life Of Riley won the Silver Bear (Alfred Bauer’s prize) at the 2014 Berlinale and also the FIPRESCI award in 2014.
Life Of Riley is available for pre-order now via Amazon and will be released on 25 May. You can find further details via the Ayckbourn Shop at his official website or by visiting the Amazon website here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Alan Ayckbourn's 2015 Plays Announced

Further details of Alan Ayckbourn's latest play and a classic revival have been announced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre for its summer season celebrating the venue's 60th anniversary.
Hero's Welcome
Alan Ayckbourn's 79th play, Hero's Welcome, will be premiered in September and his revival of the 1974 classic Confusions will open on the theatre's actual 60th anniversary in July.
Hero's Welcome will run in repertory from 4 September - 3 October and will be directed by the playwright.
The play is described as: "Seventeen years ago Murray fled the neighbourhood under somewhat of a cloud and certain folk have long memories, not least Alice, the mayor, whom he left standing at the altar. Indeed few of his friends, once the welcome flags have stopped waving and the town band has ceased playing, seem particularly happy to see him back. Murray’s declared intention of settling down with his new bride threatens to stir up all sorts of old rivalries and resentments."
The revival of the popular Ayckbourn play Confusions, again directed by the playwright, will run in repertory from 9 July - 26 September.
It is described by the theatre as: "From a devoted and isolated mother, to her unfaithful travelling salesman husband, through to a solicitous waiter to well-heeled diners and an utterly shambolic garden fete, human frailty is laid bare as one hilarious situation unfolds after another."
The press night will take place on 14 July marking the date in 1955 when Stephen Joseph opened the Library Theatre in Scarborough. There will be a number of events taking place on and around the 14 July to mark the celebration.
The theatre has also announced the other plays and dates for the season which will include revivals of Stephen Mallatratt's famed adaptation of Susan Hill's ghost story The Woman In Black, which originated at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1987 (performances 19 June - 2 August). It will be directed by Robin Herford, who directed the original production and subsequently the West End production.
Tim Firth's breath out play Neville's Island will be performed from August and will be directed by Henry Bell. The play premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1992, before going on to the West End and television.
The season will also include a revival of Arrthur Sullivan's comic opera Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer's Legacy with a second act by Chris Monks and Richard Atkinson; this was first seen at the SJT last year.
Further details of all the plays, dates and how to book can be found at