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: rebecca.winder@sjt.uk.com or call 01723 356684.

Monday, April 14, 2014

This Week: 14 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 20 April: Relatively Speaking on BBC iPlayer.
15 April: Adam Penford (director of A Small Family Business) platform talk at the National Theatre.
16 - 26 April: Things We Do For Love at the Theatre Royal Bath.

News Round Up:
> Alan Ayckbourn's classic trilogy The Norman Conquests is once more available on DVD in the UK, released by Network. It can be ordered here and we'll have more details on the blog later this week.
> The much anticipated revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love, starring Natalie Imbruglia, opens at Bath Theatre Royal on Wednesday before embarking on a UK tour. Tour dates can be found at alanayckbourn.net here.
> Faber has re-issued Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business to tie in with the National Theatre's current production. This edition is slightly different to previous publications as it has been corrected and revised by the author to reflect the actual original production (as opposed to the original rehearsal manuscript). Click here for details of the softback edition and here for the digital edition.
> The director of the NT's revival of A Small Family Business, Adam Penford, is giving a platform talk about directing the play on Tuesday 15 April at 6pm in the Olivier at the National Theatre. Click here for details.
> 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.
> A two day event is taking place at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, offering an insight into some of the research opportunities in North Yorkshire surrounding theatre in the round and key figures such as Alan Ayckbourn and Stephen Joseph. The event is taking place on 2 - 3 July and we'll have more details on the blog tomorrow. Details can also be found at the SJT website here.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website celebrates Alan's 75th birthday with an article by his archivist about his relationship with amateur companies.

Anniversaries:
14 April: Alan Ayckbourn directed his play Relatively Speaking for the first time in 1970 with an amateur production in Leeds.
15 April: Alan Ayckbourn directed one of his own plays for the first time with a production of Standing Room Only at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1963.
20 April: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Haunting Julia at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, on 20 April 1994.

Monday, April 7, 2014

This Week: 7 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:
From 1 April: A Small Family Business at the National Theatre.
Until 13 April: Man Of The Moment on BBC iPlayer.
10 April: Alan Ayckbourn platform talk at the National Theatre.
12 April: Relatively Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 6am, 4pm and 4am (7 April).
15 April: Adam Penford (director of A Small Family Business) platform talk at the National Theatre.

News Round Up:
> Sir Alan Ayckbourn is giving a platform talk at the National Theatre on Thursday 10 April. It is taking place at 6pm in the Olivier and further details and tickets can be found here.
> The official opening night of Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business is tomorrow (Tuesday 8 April) at the National Theatre. Expect reviews to be published from Wednesday onwards. Click here for details about the production and booking information.
> The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough celebrated Alan Ayckbourn's 75th birthday last night with a fund-raising evening attended by the playwright featuring musicians including Janie Dee, Dave Newton, Steve Philips and the Rough Diamonds, Tom Townsend, Peter Cropper and John Pearce amongst others.
> BBC Radio is marking Alan Ayckbourn's 75th birthday with a short season of plays. Man Of The Moment is currently available on BBC iPlayer until 13 April (click here); Relatively Speaking will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 12 April before being available on iPlayer for a week (click here).
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website celebrates Alan's 75th birthday with an article by his archivist about his relationship with amateur companies.

Anniversaries:
12 April: Sir Alan Ayckbourn celebrates his 75th birthday. Happy birthday!