Alan Ayckbourn: Press Releases

This page contains current press releases relating to Alan Ayckbourn, productions of his work and associated events. An archive of significant previous press releases is available here.
If you have an enquiry regarding Alan Ayckbourn or his plays, please contact Simon Murgatroyd at
press@alanayckbourn.net.

The Girl Next Door Returns to Scarborough & Tours

Alan Ayckbourn’s acclaimed production of his latest play, The Girl Next Door, will return to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in September for a limited run of just six performances.

The 85th play by the prolific dramatist, who also directs, can be seen again at the SJT from 1 to 4 September. It will then tour to the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme from 7 to 18 September.

The play received its world premiere production at the SJT from 4 June to 3 July with the returning cast of Bill Champion, Linford Johnson, Alexandra Mathie and Naomi Petersen, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

The Girl Next Door sees veteran actor Rob Hathaway stuck at home during the summer of 2020 with only his sensible older sister for company. Rob has little to do but relive his glory days when, as the star of the nation’s favourite TV period drama National Fire Service, he ruled the roost as George ‘Tiger’ Jennings: wartime hero, and living legend among firefighters.

Then one day Rob spots a stranger hanging out the washing in the adjoining garden. But the neighbours haven’t been around for months. So who is the mysterious girl next door? And why is she wearing 1940s clothing?

Alan Ayckbourn says: “I was born in 1939, so my earliest memories are of a sort of lockdown: of crowding into Anderson shelters or subway stations; of sleeping in deckchairs or on my mother’s lap. Things have come full circle for me.

The Girl Next Door is an affirmation of love across the generations – I hope it’s positive and hopeful for those today crawling out of their metaphorical Anderson shelters blinking into the light."

Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, assisted by the SJT’s Associate Director (Carne Trust) Chelsey Gillard,
The Girl Next Door is designed by Kevin Jenkins with lighting design by Jason Taylor. Casting is by Sarah Hughes CDG.

The Girl Next Door can be seen in the Round at the SJT on Wednesday 1 September at 7.30pm; Thursday 2 September at 1.30pm and 7.30pm; on Friday 3 September at 7.30pm; and on Saturday 4 September at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.

Updated: 12 July 2021

Ayckbourn YouTube Launched by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist

Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website is expanding again with a new YouTube channel dedicated to the playwright.

The playwright's Archivist and creator of his official website, Simon Murgatroyd, launched the new channel on the playwright's 82nd birthday on 12 April to further expand the reach of the website and to offer a new way to access its content.

"I'm very excited by the launch," said Simon Murgatroyd. "Whilst the website has almost 4,000 pages dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn, the YouTube channel will offer a new opportunity to present material about the playwright and, I hope, appeal to a new audience. I had the idea a couple of years ago, but it's taken furlough and Lockdown to inspire me to move ahead with it!"

The channel will feature original material as well as curated playlists of existing interviews with Alan Ayckbourn. The channel has launched with an original piece entitled 'Who is Alan Ayckbourn?' and future videos will look at different aspects of the playwright's long career in theatre as well as focusing on significant plays.

A regular feature, NewsRound, will also offer the latest news on Alan Ayckbourn, his writing and forthcoming productions.

The Alan Ayckbourn YouTube can be found
here.

Simon Murgatroyd also relaunched his professional website on 12 April offering details about his work as Archivist, writer and public speaker. His website can be found at
http://archiving.alanayckbourn.net.

Updated: 12 April 2021

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