The Borthwick Institute and Alan Ayckbourn

The Borthwick Institute For Archives

Alan Ayckbourn has been associated with the Borthwick Insitute For Archives since 2011 when the University of York acquired his archive for the nation.

The Borthwick Institute holds the Ayckbourn Archive, which comprises the playwright's personal archive and includes thousands of pages of material relating to the entirety of his professional career including the original manuscripts for his earliest plays and his handwritten drafts for many of his classic works, as well as voluminous correspondence with many key figures in British theatre since the 1960s.

The archive is the most substantive collection of material relating to Alan Ayckbourn held anywhere in the world. It is an essential resource for anyone researching or interested in Alan Ayckbourn and his works. Inn very broad terms it contains:

A complete collection of original Alan Ayckbourn's play-scripts including withdrawn plays until 2006.
Handwritten draft manuscripts and notes for many of Alan Ayckbourn's plays between 1970 and 1984.
Correspondence relating to Alan Ayckbourn's professional career and his plays between 1963 and 2006 (major correspondents include Margaret Ramsay, Peter Hall and Michael Codron)
Press cuttings relating to all of Alan Ayckbourn's plays as well as his career as actor, director and Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph theatre, Scarborough, as well as general related press cuttings until 2006.
Photographs of productions of Alan Ayckbourn's plays between 1959 and 2006.
Photographs and portraits of Alan Ayckbourn from throughout his professional career.
Programmes of Alan Ayckbourn's relating to the world premieres, London premieres, revivals directed by Alan Ayckbourn as well as general productions of his plays from around the world since the 1960s to 2006.
Posters of Alan Ayckbourn's plays from around the world.
Other material relating to the career of Sir Alan Ayckbourn between 1955 and 2006.

This list is not comprehensive and a more complete guide to the Archive can be found in the Catalogue for the collection by clicking here.

Although the Ayckbourn Archive currently only contains material until 2006, the playwright's entire archive will eventually be held at the Borthwick Institute.

Further details about the Ayckbourn Archive and the Borthwick Institute for Archives can be found in the links to the right including an
interview with Alan Ayckbourn from 2011 in which he discusses the Archive.

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