Alan Ayckbourn: Actor

The Rehearsal (1963)

Play: The Rehearsal
Author: Anonymous
Opening Night:
11 February 1963
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Peter Cheeseman

The Count
The Countess
Monsieur Damiens

Alan Ayckbourn
Heather Stoney
Elizabeth Bell
David Halliwell
Peter King
Stanley Page
Caroline Smith
Stacks Image 192
Alan in The Rehearsal
Copyright: Studio Theatre Ltd

Quotes & Notes

In 1962, the Studio Theatre Ltd company moved from its home at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, to a new permanent venue at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. Alan Ayckbourn joined the move and was an associate director at the new venue, responsible for writing, directing and acting. Very little is held in Alan Ayckbourn's personal archive about the plays he was involved in during 1963 and there are no programmes, press cuttings or reviews of the shows held in archive.
1963 was the last year Alan did any substantial amount of acting prior to his retiring from acting to concentrate on writing and directing from 1964 onwards.

Review extract from The Guardian (12 February 1963)
"Alan Ayckbourn's Count has an intensity, when he stands still, that is gripping. In his interviews with the Countess - regally played by Heather Stoney - a real dramatic tension develops; similarly when he is with Lucille, who Caroline Smith portrays with a proper degree of clumsy simplicity.

Review extract from the Evening Sentinel (12 February 1963)
"Alan Ayckbourn and David Halliwell play the duo [The Count and Hero] almost faultlessly."

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.