Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


Death At The New Year (1962)

Play: Death At The New Year
Author: R.G. Gregory
Opening Night:
13 September 1962
Venue:
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging:
Round

Director:
Peter Cheeseman

Character
Martin
Catherine
Narrator
Pop Singer
Martin's Mother
Martin's Stepfather
Officer
Catherine's Father
Medium
Vicar

Actor
Peter King
Elizabeth Bell
Alan Ayckbourn
Richard Gill
Marie Adams
Alan Ayckbourn
Stanley Page
Richard Gill
Marie Adams
Stanley Page

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.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.