Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


The Prisoner (1963)

Play: The Prisoner
Author: Bridget Boland
Opening Night: 3 December 1963
Venue:
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Staging:
Round

Director:
Heather Stoney

Character
The Prisoner
The Interrogator
The Cell Warden
Warder
The Secretary
The Doctor

Actor
Bernard Gallagher
Alan Ayckbourn
Stanley Page
Richard Wilkinson
Peter King
David Spencer
Stacks Image 192
Alan (left) in The Prisoner
Copyright: Studio Theatere Limited

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.

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.