Alan Ayckbourn: Plays Directed

An Englishman's Home (1975)

Production Details

New Play:


First performance:
Opening night:
Final performance:
Stephen Mallatratt

Library Theatre
Lecture Room, Scarborough Library

15 October 1975
15 October 1975
17 January 1976

Company Details


Stage Manager:
Deputy Stage Manager:
Asst. Stage Manager:
Alan Ayckbourn
Helga Wood

David Millard
Kevin Wood
Wendy Murray
Mandy, Brian's wife
Cecile, Trevor's wife
Julie, Robbie's girlfriend
Brian, Cecile's brother
Trevor, Cecile's husband
Robbie, Mandy's brother
Janet Dale
Polly Warren
Alison Skilbeck
Malcolm Hebden
Bob Eaton
Christopher Godwin


An Englishman's Home marked the debut of the actor Stephen Mallatratt as a playwright with his first full-length commissioned work. He would go on to become a renowned playwright and screenwriter - notably working on the popular British television soap opera Coronation Street. He is perhaps most famous for his adaptation of Susan Hill's novella The Woman In Black in 1987 and which continues to run in the West End to this day.
During the 1974 and 1975 winter seasons at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, the Library Committee did not make the venue's Concert Room available; this room being where the Library Theatre had been based since 1955. In its place, a smaller room on the same floor - the Lecture Room - was offered but which could not incorporate theatre-in-the-round with productions performed three-sided (thrust).
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust.