Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


Ted's Cathedral (1963)

Play: Ted's Cathedral
Author: Alan Plater
Opening Night: 30 Spetember 1963
Venue:
LAMDA, London
Staging:
Round

Director:
Peter Cheeseman

Character
Ted
Joe
Anderson
Mrs Venables
Edna
Stan

Actor
Peter King
Stanley Page
Alan Ayckbourn
Elizabeth Bell
Heather Stoney
Bernard Gallagher

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.

Ted's Cathedral was a play by Alan Plater specifically written for the Victoria Theatre company in 1963. Alan Ayckbourn had adapted and directed several of Plater's radio plays for the stage earlier in the year to great effect, leading the playwright to write his first full-length play for the company. It was premiered, unusually, at the LAMDA Theatre, London, as part of the New LAMDA Theatre Club season and ran for a week. At which point, it transferred to the Victoria Theatre where it was performed from 8 October.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.