Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


A Doll's House (1962)

Play: A Doll's House
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Opening Night:
15 January 1962
Venue:
Municipal Hall, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staging:
Round

Director:
Peter Cheeseman

Character
Torvald
Nora
Dr Rank
Christine
Krogstad

Actor
Alan Ayckbourn
Patricia England
Stanley Page
Rosamund Dickson
Richard Gill
Stacks Image 192
Alan (right) in A Doll's House
Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust

Quotes & Notes

1962 marked a period of change for Alan Ayckbourn. For the first half of the year, he was based with the Studio Theatre Company in Scarborough, working predominantly as an actor (although he was now also writing and directing). At the end of the summer season, Studio Theatre Ltd - which had been based at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, since its founding in 1955 - moved to the UK's first permanent theatre-in-the-round venue at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent; Scarborough was home to the first theatre-in-the-round company. Alan moved with the company to Stoke-on-Trent and was employed as an actor, director and writer; whilst it has been suggested Alan was the Associate Director of the venue alongside the Artistic Director Peter Cheeseman, Alan has said this was never the case as far as he was aware! While the Library Theatre did continue in Scarborough, Alan would not return on a permanent basis until he took over as Artistic Director in 1972, although he would still work closely with the theatre during the interim years.

A Doll's House was staged by Studio Theatre Ltd as part of a winter season at the Municipal Hall, Newcastle-under-Lyme, between January and February 1962.

Review extract from The Stage (1 February 1962)
"Alan Ayckbourn, as Nora's husband, epitomised the middle-class "morality and respectability at all costs" society of the late nineteenth century."

Review extract from The Guardian (16 January 1962)
"Alan Ayckbourn plays Torvald Helmer... but apart from speaking too quickly, he is convincing."

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.