Monday, November 28, 2016

This Week: 28 November 2016

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
28 November - 3 December: Relatively Speaking at Bath Theatre Royal
1 - 24 December: No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)

News Round Up:
> There's a world premiere of an Alan Ayckbourn play this week with the opening of No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The play sees a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, but is their relationship all as it seems? A look back to last Christmas holds some surprises for all. No Knowing can be seen at the SJT from 1 - 24 December and further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.
> Christmas is in the air! The blog will be launching its first Advent calendar this week with a daily delve into the Ayckbourn Archive for Christmas related goodies. From 1 - 24 December, we'll be pulling out press cuttings, photos, notes and other archive items from Alan Ayckbourn's Christmas set plays or just connected to Christmas.
> Your final chance too see Liza Goddard and Robert Powell in Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking takes place this week when its UK tour comes to an end at the Theatre Royal Bath. The production, directed by Robin Herford, will be at the venue until 3 December.

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.
Amazing Mr A: On 30 November 1988, Alan Ayckbourn's Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays was premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in Scarborough. It was the first of his 'family' plays and written to meet - what Alan perceived as - the need to provide a play for families that did not patronise its intended audience. Its success led to a string of family plays in which the playwright wrote pieces which he hoped would entertain the family, but would excite and stimulate younger audiences, who he felt were often ill-served by traditional Christmas productions.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

No Knowing In Rehearsal

Alan Ayckbourn's latest play No Knowing is now in rehearsal.
The new comedy for Christmas opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on 1 December in which family secrets from last Christmas are uncovered after a 40th wedding anniversary party.
Bill Champion & Laura Matthews in rehearsals for No Knowing.
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Alan Ayckbourn says: “Forty years of married bliss? At least that’s what Arthur and Elspeth seem to be telling the guests at their anniversary party. But are they both being completely truthful?  Or are there things they’re not telling us?
“Certainly their son and daughter, Nigel and Alison, have their doubts. But as with most marriages, where does the truth really lie? The plain fact is, there’s absolutely no knowing, is there?”
Russell Dixon & Jacqueline King in rehearsals for No Knowing.
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
No Knowing stars Russell Dixon and Jacqueline King as Arthur and Elspeth, with Bill Champion and Laura Matthews as their son and daughter, Nigel and Alison.
Jacqueline King & Laura Matthews in rehearsals for No Knowing.
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, No Knowing is designed by Kevin Jenkins, with lighting design by Tigger Johnson.
Russell Dixon, Bill Champion & Jacqueline King in rehearsals
for No Knowing.
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
No Knowing can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough from 1 to 24 December.
Performances are in the SJT’s McCarthy auditorium at 8pm on 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December; and 3pm on 3, 8, 15, 17, 18, 22, 23 and 24 December.
Tickets are priced at £16, with discounts available for groups, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com

Monday, November 21, 2016

This Week: 21 November 2016

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
28 November - 3 December: Relatively Speaking at Bath Theatre Royal
Until 19 November: Relatively Speaking at The MK Theatre, Milton Keynes.
1 - 24 December: No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)

News Round Up:
> Your final chance too see Liza Goddard and Robert Powell in Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking takes place next week when its UK tour comes to an end at the Theatre Royal Bath. The production, directed by Robin Herford, will be at the theatre from 28 November - 3 December ending a successful UK tour.
> The world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's No Knowing takes place next week 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.
Henceforward...: On 21 November 1988, Alan Ayckbourn's acclaimed play Henceforward... had its West End premiere at the Vaudeville Theatre. The production starred Ian McKellen and Jane Asher and marked the first - and only - time, Alan has worked with the acclaimed actor. Notably, this was the first production featuring McKellen to take place after publicly coming out in the same year. The production was critically acclaimed and following a successful initial six month run, it was extended with Martin Jarvis taking over the role of Jerome from McKellen.

Monday, November 14, 2016

This Week: 14 November 2016

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
Until 19 November: Relatively Speaking at The MK Theatre, Milton Keynes.
28 November - 3 December: Relatively Speaking at Bath Theatre Royal
1 - 24 December: No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)

News Round Up:
> The Ayckbourn plays Arrivals & Departures, Hero's Welcome and Roundelay are now all available to produce by amateur companies. Further details can be found at the Samuel French website.
> The UK tour of Alan Ayckbourn's breakout work Relatively Speaking continues this week with a visit to the MK Theatre, Milton Keynes, 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.


Monday, November 7, 2016

This Week: 7 November 2016

Ayckbourn Plays This Week & Coming Soon
Until 12 November: Henceforward... at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere (directed by Alan Ayckbourn).
Until 12 November: Relatively Speaking at Cambridge Arts Theatre.
14 - 19 November: Relatively Speaking at The MK Theatre, Milton Keynes.
1 - 24 December: No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)

News Round Up:
> Alan Ayckbourn's acclaimed revival of Henceforward... enters the final week of its in-the-round tour and can be seen at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, until Saturday. It 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 Cambridge Arts Theatre, followed by the MK Theatre, Milton Keynes, 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.
Artistic Director: On 12 November 1972, Alan Ayckbourn was appointed the Artistic Director of the Library Theatre in Scarborough; a position he would hold for 37 years until 2009 across three venues - the Library Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. It is a date frequently given incorrectly in published works ranging every year from 1969 to 1972. This is due to the fact that between 1969 and 1970, Alan was appointed Director of Productions at the Library Theatre; an annual appointment made by Scarborough Theatre Trust between 1967 and 1971. Having been appointed to the position twice, Alan was again appointed to the role in 1972 and - following the end of the season - he was permanently appointed in the role of what was renamed the Artistic Director. He is regarded as the company's second Artistic Director after Stephen Joseph with the current incumbent, Paul Robinson, being the company's fourth Artistic Director since 1955.