Alan Ayckbourn: Actor

The Prisoner (1963)

Production Details


First performance:

The Prisoner
Bridget Boland

3 December 1963
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Heather Stoney
The Prisoner
The Interrogator
The Cell Warden
The Secretary
The Doctor
Bernard Gallagher
Alan Ayckbourn
Stanley Page
Richard Wilkinson
Peter King
David Spencer

Quotes & Notes

During 1962, the Studio Theatre Ltd company moved from its home at Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, to a new permanent venue at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. Alan Ayckbourn joined the move to 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 marked 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.

The Prisoner was directed by the actress Heather Stoney, who is now Alan Ayckbourn's wife, and was her first and only production as director.

Extract from the Evening Sentinel (4 December 1963)
"The instruments which Alan Ayckbourn as the interrogator and Bernard Gallagher as the Cardinal had at their disposal were not precise enough. Their relationship was not sufficiently balanced to define the sway of advantage."
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.