Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Life Of Riley UK Premiere

The UK premiere of Alain Resnais's final film Aimer, Boire et Chanter based on Alan Ayckbourn's play Life Of Riley will take place this month.
The film will be screened in a special performance at the Cine Lumiere at the Institut Francais in London on 26 April with members of the cast giving a Q&A after the screening.
Resnais’ final feature is described as "an ebullient, beautifully stylised adaptation of the work of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn aided by a dazzling ensemble cast." The playwright himself saw the film prior to its world premiere and described it as "extraordinaire."
Life Of Riley is set in the English countryside and focuses on the lives of three couples disturbed by a character we hear about but never see: the enigmatic George Riley. The terminally ill man is the focus for various people affected by his life: his best friend Jack (Michel Vuillermoz), urges George’s estranged young wife Monica (Sandrine Kiberlain) to return to her ailing husband during the final six months of his life; meanwhile, George’s doctor Colin (Hippolyte Girardot) attempts to obscure news of George’s illness from his gossipy wife (Sabine AzĂ©ma), who spends much of her time reflecting on life with Jack’s partner (Caroline Silhol).
This was the third film by Resnais adapted from a play by Alan Ayckbourn following Smoking / No Smoking and Private Fears In Public Places. Resnais had already begun work on a fourth adaptation, Arrivals & Departures, shortly before his death earlier this year.
The screening is taking place on 26 April at 8.40pm at the Institut Francais and the film will have English subtitles. It will be followed by a Q&A with actors Hippolyte Girardot and Caroline Silho with Alan Ayckbourn to be confirmed as part of the panel.
Further details about the screening can be found at the Institut Francais website by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This Week: 22 April 2014

Welcome to This Week, our regular guide to major Ayckbourn productions in the coming seven days, a look back on the Ayckbourn news of the last seven days and a look at some significant Ayckbourn anniversaries from this week in years past.

This Week & Coming soon:
Until 27 August: A Small Family Business at the National Theatre.
Until 26 April: Things We Do For Love at the Theatre Royal Bath.
26 April: Aimer, Boire et Chanter (Life Of Riley) UK premiere at Cine Lumiere, Institut Francais, London.

News Round Up:
> The UK premiere of Alain Resnais's final film Aimer, Boire et Chanter - an adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's play Life Of Riley - has been announced for 26 April at the Cine Lumiere at the Institut Francais, London. Further details can be found here.
> The much anticipated revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love, starring Natalie Imbruglia, has now opened at Bath Theatre Royal before embarking on a UK tour. Tour dates can be found at here.
> Nigel Lindsay and Debra Gillett, who play Jack and Poppy in the NT's revival of A Small Family Business, will also be in a platform discussing the husband / wife relationship at the heart of the play on 26 June. Click here for details.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays with a focus on Time Of My Life.

22 April: London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn & Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jeeves at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1975.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Norman Conquests Back On DVD

Good news for fans of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, it has just been released again on DVD in the UK.
The television adaptation of the trilogy has been unavailable in the UK on DVD since 2008 and is now being published by Network.
The Norman Conquests stars Tom Conti, Penelope Wilton, Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, Bridget Turner and David Troughton. It was directed by Herbert Wise.
The trilogy is one of the most famous of all the screen adaptations of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, having marked the first time in British broadcast history that six hours of prime time television was dedicated to a living playwright.
The trilogy proved to be a great hit in both the UK and USA receiving a BAFTA nomination for Best Series as well as a BAFTA for Penelope Keith.
The Norman Conquests can be purchased from amazon at this link and further information can be found at the Network website here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Researching Theatre In The Round Event

Sir Alan Ayckbourn will be one of the speakers at an event organised by the Stephen Joseph Theatre and Society Of Theatre Research highlighting the potential for research into theatre-in-the-round.
Researching Theatre-In-The-Round is taking place in Scarborough, birthplace of the modern professional theatre-in-the-round movement in the UK, from 2 - 3 July 2014.
It aims to highlight the collections and resources available in North Yorkshire to researchers concerning theatre-in-the-round and noted advocates such as Sir Alan Ayckbourn and theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph. Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company starting at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.
The two-day event will include an opportunity to see Sir Alan talking to his biographer and broadcaster Paul Allen about the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Other events will include:

> An introduction to the Alan Ayckbourn Archive in the Borthwick Institute at the University of York with Professor Michael Cordner.
> An introduction to the Scarborough Library collection which includes early correspondence charting the founding of professional theatre-in-the-round in the UK during the 1950s.
> An introduction to The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the Ayckbourn Digital Archive and the Ayckbourn / Theatre-In-The-Round websites with Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd.
> A round table discussion with Dr Paul Elsam - actor, director, academic and author of Stephen Joseph: Theatre Pioneer and Provocateur.

The event will also include the chance to see a dress rehearsal for the world premiere of SJT Artistic Director Chris Monks' production Box 'n' Cox - The Legacy Of Mrs Bouncer as well as including a meal on the first night and lunch on the second day.
The event is open to anyone - although will be of particular interest to researchers and students - and costs £200 (with a limited number of subsidised spaces priced at £150 for students).
If you would like to find out more about the event, the flyer including itinerary can be found by clicking here.
To book, visit the SJT website here or for further information, please contact Rebecca Winder: or call 01723 356684.