Standing Room Only: Exclusive Rehearsed Reading - July 4 2019

In 2019, Alan Ayckbourn celebrates both his 80th birthday and his 60th anniversary as a playwright. To mark the occasion, the playwright has given Dick & Lottie theatre company exclusive permission to present his play Standing Room Only for one night only.
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The Event

The evening will feature the first public performance of Standing Room Only since 1966 with a professional full-cast rehearsed reading. It will be presented by Dick & Lottie theatre company at The Square Chapel Theatre, Halifax, on Thursday 4 July. The play will be directed by Dick & Lottie's Artistic Director John Cotgrave with an introduction by the company's patron and Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd.
This performance is taking place with special permission from the playwright himself and will not be repeated - this will be the only opportunity to see this early Ayckbourn play performed as the playwright does not intend for it to be presented again.

The Play

Standing Room Only is Alan Ayckbourn's fourth play, premiered at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1961. Withdrawn since 1966, it is notable for a number of reasons not least it being the first play attributed to Alan Ayckbourn rather than his early writing pseudonym. It was the first of his own plays he directed himself, the first of his plays to be optioned for both the West End and television and, arguably, the first of his plays where the playwright's own voice is beginning to emerge. It has never been performed since 1966 and the playwright has no intent to allow the play to be performed again following this rehearsed reading.

Dick & Lottie

Dick & Lottie is the UK's only professional theatre company dedicated exclusively to performing the works of Alan Ayckbourn. 2019 marks the company's 15th anniversary, during which they have performed approximately half of the playwright's extensive canon. The company was recognised by the playwright when he allowed his Archivist (representing the official website) to become the company's patron. During 2019, Dick & Lottie is also presenting the Damsels In Distress trilogy and How The Other Half Loves.


Tickets got on sale from 5 March at The Square Chapel, Halifax, and further details will be added in the future.

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