Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


Life With Father (1957)

Play: Life With Father
Author:
Clarence Day
Opening Night:
December 1957
Venue:
Oxford Playhouse
Staging:
End-stage

Director:
David Buxton

Character
Annie
Mother
Clarence
John
Whitney
Harlan
Father
Margaret
Cousin Cora
Mary Skinner
The Reverend Dr. Lloyd
Delia
Nora
Dr. Humphreys
Dr. Somers
Maggie

Actor
Claudine Morgan
Monica Stewart
Christopher Hancock
Alan Ayckbourn
R.T. Meyers
S.K. Astrid
Joss Ackland
Gwyneth Parry
Pat Keen
Rosemary Kirkcaldy
Malcolm Rogers
June Speight
Marie Seaborne
John Rees
Ian Curteis
Jane Greenwood

Quotes & Notes

Alan Ayckbourn worked at the Oxford Playhouse following his first summer season at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1957. He was part of the Playhouse company for the autumn / winter 1957 season until Stephen Joseph asked him to return to Scarborough for the summer of 1958. Despite the Playhouse hoping he would stay on, Alan decided to pursue his theatrical career in Scarborough.

"At the end of that season [his first summer season at the Library Theatre, Scarborough] a certain director from Oxford, a man called Milos Volanakis, had been up to see a couple of the shows and had liked my performances - at least, I put it down modestly to the idea that that's what he'd liked. He wanted me to audition for Oxford Playhouse, which he ran with Frank Hauser. I was always to be fated like this, to be drifting from one job to another. I never, in all my years of acting, was ever unemployed. Once I started at Worthing, I didn't stop: Worthing, Leatherhead, Scarborough, Oxford, Scarborough....
"I went to Oxford, and again fell right into a very, very nice situation. I was very lucky there, because once again there was a big, talented company, a marvellous man running it - Frank Hauser, who was again a man genuinely interested in young talent who went out of his way to help - and it was a theatre that was on the up at the time. I suppose if I'd auditioned for it, I'd never have got in. I did
Under Milk Wood there, and I played the romantic juve with Mai Zetterling. In fact we did a lot of exciting things that were good for a boy at that age."
('Conversations With Ayckbourn', 1981)

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.