Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


Waiting For Godot (1963)

Play: Waiting For Godot
Author: Samuel Beckett
Opening Night:
4 March 1963
Venue:
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Staging:
Round

Director:
Arnold Beck
Design: Christine Roland

Character
Vladimir
Estragon
Lucky
Pozzo
Boy

Actor
Alan Ayckbourn
Stanley Page
Peter King
David Halliwell
Michael Chrystal
Stacks Image 192
Alan (right) in Waiting For Godot
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 (5 March 1963)
"Stanley Page as Estragon handles the close-focus playing with huge assurance and great sensitivity, and Alan Ayckbourn as Vladimir, although he allows his style to slip occasionally from the spry into the fey, has some truly moving movements."

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.