Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Week: 27 August 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.

A slightly delayed round-up this week of all things Ayckbourn...

This Week & Coming soon:
Until 27 August: A Small Family Business at the National Theatre
Until 31 August: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
From 4 September: Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

News Round Up:
> There's not long to catch the acclaimed musical adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The production, directed by Alan Ayckbourn, ends this Sunday. Visit www.sjt.uk.com for more details.
> Today is your last chance to catch the National Theatre's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business. Further details can be found here.
> Faber has published an ebook of Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 1 which includes A Small Family Business, A Chorus Of Disapproval, Henceforward... and Man Of The Moment. Details of the Kindle version can be found here.
> Our new sister site has now been launched, Scarborough In The Round (www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk) looks at the history of theatre-in-the-round in the seaside town and the venues with which Alan Ayckbourn is so closely associated with.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
30 August: Broadcast premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Table Manners (The Norman Conquests) on BBC Radio in 1990.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scarborough In The Round Launch

Today sees the official launch of our new website Scarborough In The Round at www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk.
This website explores the history of theatre-in-the-round in the seaside town of Scarborough, where the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company was launched in 1955.
Scarborough In The Round offers an in-depth look at the history of the Library Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the company's relationship with its home-town.
It is the third and final part of a trio of websites alongside Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website and the Stephen Joseph & The Library Theatre site exploring the theatre and the people most associated with it.
The new site, which features a considerable amount of new research, complements both of its sister-sites by offering a broader perspective of the venues most closely associated with British theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph and his protege, Alan Ayckbourn. Between them they ran the company from 1955 to 2009 and Scarborough In The Round offers a broader perspective of what was taking place at the theatre during their tenures as Artistic Director, concentrating on the entire theatre programme as opposed to just the plays they directed - and in the case of Alan Ayckbourn, wrote.
Since 1955, the company has produced 609 plays and every one of them has its own dedicated production page at Scarborough In The Round - alongside a number of upstaged production pages - from 1955 through to the present day, including all plays staged since 2009 under the present Artistic Director Chris Monks.
There are also historical details of the three theatre-in-the-round venues in the town as well as a year-by-year chronology of major events and significant productions. A section explores the company's major legacy of new writing which has seen 326 world premieres in Scarborough since 1955.
There is also a listing of every actor to have worked with the company as well as comprehensive lists of directors, playwrights, designers, stage management and many of the other people who have had a hand in producing six decades worth of plays.
Scarborough In The Round has also been launched to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the company in 1955 and will also carry details of events relating to the anniversary in the months ahead. 
If you'd like to know more about the theatre in which Alan Ayckbourn began his writing and directing careers and to which he is inextricably linked, visit Scarborough In The Round at www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk.

Scarborough In The Round also has an accompanying blog at http://theatre-in-the-round.blogspot.co.uk which will carry articles about the history of theatre-in-the-round in Scarborough as well as its own Twitter page here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

This Week: 18 August 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 31 August: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
From 4 September: Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

News Round Up:
> Alan Ayckbourn's 1998 play The Boy Who Fell Into A Book - a musical adaptation of which is currently being performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by the playwright - has now been published as an ebook by Faber. Details can be found here.
> Last chance to catch the National Theatre's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business with the remaining performances on 26 and 27 August. Bookings and further details can be found here.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
20 August: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's The Story So Far... (later retitled Family Circles) at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1970.

Monday, August 11, 2014

This Week: 11 August 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 31 August: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
From 4 September: Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

News Round Up:
> Alan Ayckbourn's new play Roundelay will go on a short in-the-round tour following its premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The play will visit the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 7 - 25 October and then the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windemere, from 4 - 15 November.
> Alan Ayckbourn is one of the contributors to the BBC Radio 3 Documentary Anything But Banal - The Fascination Of The Villain, which is being repeated on Friday 15 August at 10.15pm and is also available to listen to on BBC iPlayer here.
> The National Theatre's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business closes on 27 August with performances on 15, 16, 17, 26 and 27 August. Bookings and further details can be found here.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
16 August: London premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Time & Time Again at the Comedy Theatre in 1972.
17 August: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Private Fears In Public Places at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2004.