Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


An Awkward Number (1963)

Play: An Awkward Number
Author: William Elmhirst
Opening Night:
25 March 1963
Venue:
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Staging:
Round

Director:
Peter Cheeseman

Character
Sophie Reeve
Alan Reeve
Steve Shields
Leila Shields
Robert
Waiter

Actor
Elizabeth Bell
Peter King
Stanley Page
Heather Stoney
Alan Ayckbourn
Howard Mitchell

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 Stage (April 1963)
"The part of the fifth member in the unhappy collection of people brought together in a hotel is played with satisfying assurance by Alan Ayckbourn, one of the most talented members of the company."

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.