Alan Ayckbourn: Actor

The Strong Are Lonely (1956)

Production Details

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Director:
The Strong Are Lonely
Fritz Hochwaelder

19 August 1956 (TBC)
Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh Festival
End-stage

Donald Wolfit
Character
Alfonzo Fernandez
Soldier
Actor
Donald Wolfit
Alan Ayckbourn
(credited as Walter Plinge)
No other company details known

Quotes & Notes

Alan Ayckbourn's first professional stage role was as a soldier in Donald Wolfit's production of The Strong Are Lonely at the Edinburgh Festival in 1956. Alan joined the company literally days after leaving school at Haileybury and stayed with the company for three weeks; the Festival ran from 19 August - 8 September in 1956 which implies Alan was with the company for the Festival's entire duration.

Alan was apparently credited - according to the recollections of Donal Wolfit's dresser Roanld Harwood - as Walter Plinge in the programme. Traditionally this named was used when someone was either doubling up on roles or did not want their real name to be used.
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.