Alan Ayckbourn: Actor
The Jew Of Malta (1964)
Author: Christopher Marlowe
Opening Night: 10 March 1964
Venue: Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Director: Peter Cheeseman
Costumes: RSC / Priscilla Bart
Martin del Bosco
Quotes & NotesIn 1964, Alan retired from professional acting to initially concentrate on writing and directing. With Mr Whatnot optioned for a West End transfer, Alan believed this was the opportunity to concentrate on writing and leave acting.
Unfortunately Mr Whatnot was a flop in London and Alan subsequently took a job at the BBC as a radio drama producer, where he would work from 1965 until 1970; although during this period he would write four plays for Scarborough's Library Theatre. His professional acting career, began in 1956, had come to a close.
The Jew Of Malta was Alan Ayckbourn's final performance at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. The prologue to the play was spoken by Alan Ayckbourn in the role of Machiavelli, author of The Prince, ebook banned in England when The Jew Of Malta was written.
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.