Alan Ayckbourn: Actor

Alan Ayckbourn's professional theatre career began as an actor in Sir Donald Wolfit's company in 1956. From there he worked as a volunteer student assistant stage manager at Connaught Theatre, Worthing, before becoming an assistant stage manager at Leatherhead, Oxford and Scarborough. In all these venues he was also given the opportunity to act. By 1959 - the start of his playwriting career - he was primarily employed as an actor at Scarborough's Library Theatre and, from 1962, at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. By the time he retired from acting in 1964, he was reckoned to be the most experienced professional in-the-round actor in the UK.
Below is a list of all his known acting roles. Click on a play title to find out more about the production.

Author
William Shakespeare


William Shakespeare
Fritz Hochwaelder
Emlyn Williams
Laurence E Johnson


Noël Coward
Oliver Goldsmith
Terence Rattigan
John Dighton
N Richard Dash
J B Priestley
Catherine Prynne
Dylan Thomas
Clarence Day
Michel de Ghelderode


Andre Roussin
Luigi Pirandello
Nigel Dennis
Denis Cannan
Frederick Knott
Marivaux
Luigi Pirandello
Jean Jacques Bernard
David Campton
Valentin Kataev


Harold Pinter
John Van Druten
August Strindberg
David Campton
Alan Ayckbourn


David Campton
Colin Wilson
Ruth Dixon
Jurneman Winch
Alan Ayckbourn
James Saunders
David Campton
Peter Shaffer
Alan Ayckbourn


Laurence Housman
Peter Shaffer
David Campton
David Campton
Alan Ayckbourn
Norman Horner
Stockwell Allen
David Campton
Alan Ayckbourn


Alan Ayckbourn
Henrik Ibsen
William Shakespeare
Bernard Shaw
David Campton
W F Norfolk
N Richard Nash
R G Gregory
W F Norfolk
Bernard Shaw
Harold Pinter
David Campton
N Richard Nash
Alan Ayckbourn


Anonymous
Samuel Beckett
William Norfolk
Robert Bolt
Alan Plater
August Strindberg
Harold Pinter
William Gibson
Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
Alan Plater
Patrick Hamilton
Bridget Boland


Christopher Marlowe
Dylan Thomas
William Gibson
William Shakespeare

Role
Peter


Macduff
Sentry
Unknown
Unknown


Sanyamo
Roger
Percy
Hopcroft Mi
Jim Curry
Eric Birling
Jack Bensted
First Drowned / Willy Nilly
John
Carpenter's apprentice


Mick
Arialdo
Stapleton
Private Gross
Constable Williams
Pasquin
Waiter
Alfred
Eric
Abrahm


Stanley
Nicholas Holroyd
Elis
Henri
Jerry Wattis


Mr Phythick
Franz
Prentice
Heathcliff
Peter Jones
Japheth
Barman
Walter Langer
Various


Various
Walter Langer
Barman
Cook
John
Toby Hart
Various
Various
Henry


Mick
Torvald
Claudius
Private O'Flaherty
Roderick Usher
Fred
Bill Starbuck
Narrator / Stepfather
Fred
Private O'Flaherty
Aston
Roderick Usher
Bill Starbuck
The Crimson Gollywog


The Count
Vladimir
Robert
Thomas More
Jordan
Jean
Aston
Jerry Ryan
Ben
Harry
Anderson
Mr Manningham
The Interrogator


Unknown
Unknown
Jerry Ryan
Conrade / Messenger

Venue
Holland tour 1955


USA tour 1956
Edinburgh Festival 1956
Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Connaught Theatre, Worthing


Leatherhead Theatre Club
Leatherhead Theatre Club
Leatherhead Theatre Club
Leatherhead Theatre Club
Leatherhead Theatre Club
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Playhouse


Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Playhouse
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough


Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough


Tour
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough


Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
St Mary's Parish House, Scarborough


Venue unknown, Scarborough
Municipal Hall, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Municipal Hall, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent


Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Dartington Hall
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent


Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Cardiff New
Civic Theatre, Rotherham
Living Shakespeare LP recording