Careers: Videos

This page contains multimedia resources available from the official Ayckbourn Youtube channel relating to Alan Ayckbourn's careers. The 'A Life In Theatre' series explores individual career paths illustrated with images drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.

A Life In Theatre: The Actor

Alan Ayckbourn began his professional theatre career as an actor. From 1956 to 1964, his predominant career was acting from appearing in Sir Donald Wolfit's company at the Edinburgh Festival to the Library Theatre, Scarborough, to the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. This video explores his acting career including his late return to acting during the Covid-19 pandemic during 2020.

Researched & presented by Simon Murgatroyd.

A Life In Theatre: The Playwright

Alan Ayckbourn began playwriting in 1959 as the result of a challenge from his most significant mentor Stephen Joseph. It was to launch a career which was successful beyond all imaginings. Lasting more than six decades, it has seen Alan become on of the most recognised and successful British playwrights of the 20th century and his work has won acclaim and numerous awards over the decades.

Researched & presented by Simon Murgatroyd.

A Life In Theatre: The Director

In 1961, Alan Ayckbourn was encouraged to take up professional directing by his mentor Stephen Joseph, it would have a profound effect on his career. Ayckbourn has frequently said he considers himself a director first and playwright second and has directed more than 350 productions from Scarborough to London to New York. This video explores this vital strand of his career.

Researched & presented by Simon Murgatroyd.

A Life in Theatre: The Artistic Director

Stephen Joseph was a British theatre pioneer during the 1950s and 1960s who was also, inarguably, then most significant single influence on Alan Ayckbourn's life and career. But who was Stephen Joseph and why is he so important to understanding Alan Ayckbourn and his extraordinary career in theatre? Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist explains his significance here.

Researched & presented by Simon Murgatroyd.

Stephen Joseph: Ayckbourn's Inspiration

Stephen Joseph was a British theatre pioneer during the 1950s and 1960s who was also, inarguably, then most significant single influence on Alan Ayckbourn's life and career. But who was Stephen Joseph and why is he so important to understanding Alan Ayckbourn and his extraordinary career in theatre? Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist explains his significance here.

Researched & presented by Simon Murgatroyd.
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