Monday, October 31, 2016

This Week: 31 October 2016

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
1 - 12 November: Henceforward... at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere (directed by Alan Ayckbourn).
Until 5 November: Relatively Speaking at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
7 - 12 November: Relatively Speaking at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

News Round Up:
> Alan Ayckbourn's acclaimed revival of Henceforward... transfers to the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, for the final venue on it's in-the-round tour. The dystopian comedy can be seen from 1 - 12 November. Henceforward... will be touring end-stage venues in the New Year, starting at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, from 19 - 28 January. Further venues are to be announced and tour details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> The UK tour of Alan Ayckbourn's breakout work Relatively Speaking continues this week with a visit to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, followed by the Cambridge Arts Theatre next week. It stars Robert Powell and Liza Goddard and is directed by Robin Herford.
> Booking is now open for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. This fun piece for Christmas is running from 1 - 24 December and further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.

Sponsoring A Play On Alan Ayckbourn's Official 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.
Miller Time: On 6 November 1979, Alan Ayckbourn's production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible opened at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough. It marked the first time Alan had directed a Miller play and featured the largest cast yet to be seen at the three-year-old venue. Although Alan was pleased with the production, it did not compare to his most famous production of a Miller work, which also transferred from the National Theatre to the West this week in 1987. This production was A View From The Bridge, starring Michael Gambon, and it was universally acclaimed and Arthur Miller stated he considered it a definitive production of his work.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New Ayckbourn Plays Available To Perform

Samuel French has announced several recent plays by Alan Ayckbourn are now available to perform.
Arrivals & Departures, Hero's Welcome, Roundelay and Farcicals are now all available to license via the Samuel French website for both amateur and professional performance.
You can find details about the individual plays by clicking on the links below.

Arrivals & Departures

Hero's Welcome

Roundelay

Farcicals

If you are unsure which of Alan Ayckbourn's are available to perform - or would like to check whether performing rights are available for a specific play, then visit the Licenses page at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website here.

Important note regarding amateur Ayckbourn Productions within London
For some time, the Samuel French website has noted on practically all of its Alan Ayckbourn pages the following message.

This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

IGNORE THIS if you are interested in staging an Ayckbourn play in London. Whilst several titles are at any one time unavailable to produce in London, the vast majority of the plays are available to perform.
Do not be put off by this message and just make an enquiry as usual via the Samuel French website. It is more than likely the play will be available to produce - allowing for certain restrictions pertaining to plays being toured or to be produced in London.

Monday, October 24, 2016

This Week: 24 October 2016

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
Until 29 October: Henceforward... & The Karaoke Theatre Company at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme (directed by Alan Ayckbourn).
Until 29 October: Relatively Speaking at Malvern Theatres.
31 October - 5 November: Relatively Speaking at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
27 - 29 October: Woman In Mind & Invisible Friends at South Hill Park, Bracknell (amateur)

News Round Up:
> this week offers the final chance to see Alan Ayckbourn's Karaoke Theatre Company. The play is currently on tour with his acclaimed revival of Henceforward... at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, until 29 October. This marks the final week of performance of the interactive theatre work. From 1 - 12 November, Henceforward... will tour onto the Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Winderemere, from 1 - 12 November. Further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> Dick & Lottie, the UK's only amateur company dedicated to the work of Alan Ayckbourn, is presenting a double bill of two related plays on tour. The company is presenting Woman In Mind and Relatively Speaking at South Hill Park, Bracknell, from 27 - 29 October. Further details can be found at www.dickandlottie.com.
> The UK tour of Alan Ayckbourn's breakout work Relatively Speaking continues this week with a visit to Malvern Theatre, followed by the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, next week. It stars Robert Powell and Liza Goddard and is directed by Robin Herford.
> Booking is now open for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. This fun piece for Christmas is running from 1 - 24 December and further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.

Sponsoring A Play On Alan Ayckbourn's Official 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.
A New Home: This week marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough. Founded as the Library Theatre by Stephen Joseph in 1955 as the UK's first professional in-the-round company, it moved to its second home on 26 October 1976. Initially known as Theatre In The Round At Westwood and intended to be a temporary home for the company, the new venue became a home for 20 years and was renamed the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1978. Alan Ayckbourn, then Artistic Director of the company, oversaw the move to its new home and later its permanent home, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, in 1996.

Monday, October 17, 2016

This Week: 17 October 2016

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
Until 29 October: Henceforward... & The Karaoke Theatre Company at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme (directed by Alan Ayckbourn).
Until 22 October: Relatively Speaking at The Lowry, Manchester.
24 - 29 October: Relatively Speaking at Malvern Theatres.
27 - 29 October: Woman In Mind & Invisible Friends at South Hill Park, Bracknell (amateur)

News Round Up:
> Alan Ayckbourn's revival of Henceforward... and his new work The Karaoke Theatre Company are now on an in-the-round tour at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 11 - 29 October before Henceforward... visits the Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Winderemere, from 1 - 12 November. Further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> Dick & Lottie, the UK's only amateur company dedicated to the work of Alan Ayckbourn, is presenting a double bill of two related plays on tour. The company is presenting Woman In Mind and Relatively Speaking at South Hill Park, Bracknell, from 27 - 29 October. Further details can be found at www.dickandlottie.com.
> The UK tour of Alan Ayckbourn's breakout work Relatively Speaking continues this week with a visit to the The Lowry in Manchester, followed by Malvern Theatres next week. It stars Robert Powell and Liza Goddard and is directed by Robin Herford.
> Booking is now open for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. This fun piece for Christmas is running from 1 - 24 December and further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.

Sponsoring A Play On Alan Ayckbourn's Official 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.
If I Were You: The world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's If I Were You took place on 17 October 2006. This marked Alan's first return to the theatre following his stroke in February the same year. That he was able to premiere a brand new show six months later was due to the fact he had finished writing the play just days prior to the stroke. He directed the body-swapping comedy at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, before it embarked on a UK tour. He would then not premiere another new play until 2008, taking almost 18 months away from writing following the stroke.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sponsor A Play On Alan Ayckbourn's Website

Did you know you can sponsor a play on Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website?
Sharp-eyed visitors to the Plays section of www.alanayckbourn.net may have noticed certain plays have a sponsor's banner on every page relating to the play.
It's a great gift for someone with a favourite Ayckbourn play and it lasts for the duration of the website's life (which has been going for 15 years and hopefully will keep going for at least the same if not more!)
Sponsoring a play section is something any individual* can do and helps to support the website. Each play is available to one sponsor - so if you have a favourite play, you should get in there before it goes!
Sponsorship helps buy new software for the site, pays for domain names and helps with the costs associated with running the website.
It also lets the website connect to the Ayckbourn fans who have made the website a success - which is why the contribution is kept low (a little goes a long way with this website!).
The cost is just £60 for any play - even the individual plays in Alan's trilogies / duologies (the cost of sponsoring an entire trilogy / duology will reflect the number off plays which make it).
For this you get a banner with the name of the play and the sponsor on each page within the relevant play section on the website as well as a place on the Sponsor's page.
If you are interested in sponsoring a play for yourself or as a gift, contact the administrator at admin@alanayckbourn.net and further details and the availability of plays can be discussed.
Full details of sponsoring a play section can also be found at www.alanayckbourn.net.

* Sponsorship is purely at the website's discretion and currently applies only to individuals. We do not accept corporate / business sponsorship.