Alan Ayckbourn: Careers

Although Alan Ayckbourn is most famously known as a playwright, he considers himself a director more than a playwright as he spends so much more of his time directing and writing.

Yet even if we consider he is both
playwright and director, his professional career extends even further than these roles. He was the Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre for 37 years, a professional actor for almost a decade, he was a radio drama producer at the BBC for six years and also a Company Director at the National Theatre for two years. In addition, other professional roles include stage manager as well as light and sound technician.

This section of the website explore Alan Ayckbourn's various careers in-depth, offering an insight into his major careers and how they have all been important in informing both his writing and his success in British theatre since his first professional job in 1956.

All research for this section is by Simon Murgatroyd. Please do not reproduce without permission of the copyright holder.

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