Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


Love & Chance (1958)

Play: Love And Chance
Author:
Marivaux translated by J.W. James
Opening Night:
24 July 1958
Venue:
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging:
Round

Director:
Rodney Wood
Stage Manager:
Alan Ayckbourn

Character
Silvia
Lisette, her maid
Orgon, her father
Mario, her brother
Dorante, her suitor
Pasquin, his valet

Actor
Pauline Devaney
Christine Roland
Robert Fyfe
Ian Curteis
David Sutton
Alan Ayckbourn
Stacks Image 192
Alan (centre) in Love & Chance
Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust

Quotes & Notes

Alan Ayckbourn rejoined the Studio Theatre Ltd company at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in summer 1958 having previously been part of the company as an assistant stage manager with occasional acting roles in the summer of 1957. In 1958, he was primarily employed as a stage manager with more substantial and frequent roles as an actor.

Love And Chance was presented as a double bill with The Man With A Flower In His Mouth, in which Alan also appeared.

Review extract from the Leicester Mercury (14 October 1958)
"The main offering - Marivaux's Love And Chance - was very slow in starting, but became alive when Alan Ayckbourn made his entrance as Pasquin. Pasquin the valet is a small part, but it was only when he appeared that one truly became aware of the others."

Review extract from Yorkshire Post (August 1958)
"It is a production by Mr Rodney Wood of delightful entertainment. It is because Mr Alan Ayckbourn enjoys every moment of his promotion from valet to master but never believes in it that his performance is a constant joy."

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.