Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


The Rainmaker (1962)

Play: The Rainmaker
Author: N. Richard Nash
Opening Night:
30 August 1962
Venue:
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging:
Round

Director:
Arnold Beck

Character
Noah Curry
H.C. Curry
Jim Curry
Lizzie Curry
File
Sheriff Thomas
Bill Starbuck

Actor
David Wehner
Stanley Page
Richard Gill
Marie Adams
Peter King
Arnold Beck
Alan Ayckbourn
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Alan (front) in The Rainmaker

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.

The Rainmaker was originally produced at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, before being revived later in the year at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent with a slightly altered cast.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.