Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Henceforward... in rehearsal

Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy Henceforward… returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre this autumn in a brand new production directed by the author.
Alan Ayckbourn (right) in rehearsals
with the Henceforward... company.
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
All alone, high up in an isolated, derelict suburban tower block, avant garde composer Jerome struggles vainly to complete his life’s masterwork about love.
With the help of a deranged android childminder, he hatches a plan to retrieve his source of artistic inspiration, his beloved daughter Geain, from his hostile and estranged ex-wife.
But the best laid plans of men and mechanical women…
Laura Matthews & Bill Champion
in rehearsals for Henceforward...
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Henceforward… premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1987, then at London’s Vaudeville Theatre a year later in a production which won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award.
Jessie Hart & Jacqueline King
in rehearsals for Henceforward...
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
This year’s Scarborough revival follows a hugely successful production last year at a theatre in Germany. The production at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg opened in February 2015 and was so popular, regularly playing to full houses in the 1200-seat theatre, that the run was extended and the show ended up playing for over a year.
Russell Dixon & Bill Champion
in rehearsals for Henceforward...
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Henceforward... is directed by Alan Ayckbourn with design by Roger Glossop and lighting blu Jason Taylor. The cast comprises Bill Champion, Andy Cryer, Russell Dixon, Jessie Hart, Velvet Hebditch, Jacqueline King and Laura Matthews.
Bill Champion in rehearsals for Henceforward...
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Tickets, priced from £10 to £24.50, are available from the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Alan Ayckbourn's Consuming Passions

Melanie believes she has forseen the future – but has she really? Or is it all in her mind?
True or false, she has seen events which threaten the life of one she secretly loves, and whose life is in terrible danger. What can she do or say to prevent things happening – and who on earth will believe her?
Louise Shuttleworth & Rachel Caffrey in Consuming Passions
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Consuming Passions is two linked single-act plays, Premonitions and Repercussions, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
Andy Cryer, Louise Shuttleworth, Rachel Caffrey & Leigh Symonds
in Consuming Passions
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It is performed by members of the SJT’s Summer Festival rep company Rachel Caffrey, Andy Cryer, Louise Shuttleworth and Leigh Symonds, who can all also be seen in the main house show, Alan Ayckbourn’s The Karaoke Theatre Company.
Andy Cryer & Leigh Symonds in Consuming Passions
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Consuming Passions can be seen in rep from Friday 5 August until Saturday 8 October. Performances of part 1, Premonitions, and part 2, Repercussions, run until 8 September in the theatre’s Bistro during the day; where it is also possible to see both parts on certain days.
Leigh Symonds & Rachel Caffrey in Consuming Passions
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
From 16 September to 8 October, Consuming Passions will move upstairs to the theatre’s endstage McCarthy auditorium, where it will play as a single show. Further details about the play and its performance schedule can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
Andy Cryer & Louise Shuttleworth in Consuming Passions
Copyright: Tony Bartholomew
Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Contributions by Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website (www.alanayckbourn.net)has added a new section looking at Alan Ayckbourn's contributions to other works.
Since 1962, Alan Ayckbourn has occasionally provided material for other projects and works ranging from short plays to songs.
The Contributions section of the website offers a brief guide to some of these lesser known Ayckbourn works ranging from the anthology Mixed Doubles to the recently opened Where Is Peter Rabbit? show.
The new section offers information about Alan's short play contributions to the anthologies and revues Mixed Blessings, Mixed Doubles and What The Devil! His songs to What The Devil! and Where Is Peter Rabbit? as well as his contributions to Scarborough's now defunct Millennium attraction and the little known 1982 fund-raiser Cinderella's Star Night.
The section has been launched following interest in Alan Ayckbourn's contribution to the acclaimed Where Is Peter Rabbit? show currently being performed at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere as part of The World Of Beatrix Potter Attraction's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.
Alan has contributed several songs to the show which has been conceived by his long-time designer Roger Glossop.
To find out more about Alan Ayckbourn's contributions to other works, click here.