Press Release: Alan Ayckbourn's Better Off Dead

World Premiere of Alan Ayckbourn Better Off Dead

6 September - 6 October (in repertory) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The Stephen Joseph Theatre presents Better Off Dead
Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Eileen Battye, Russell Dixon, Christopher Godwin, Liz Jadav, Laurence Pears, Naomi Petersen, Leigh Symonds

Designer: Michael Holt
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Associate Sound Designer: Paul Stear
Casting: Sarah Hughes CDG

Alan Ayckbourn’s 82nd play Better Off Dead completes the summer season at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre, in a production directed by the author.

Larger than life and highly irascible author Algy Waterbridge (played by Christopher Godwin, who has created many leading roles in Ayckbourn premieres over the years, including Ronald Brewster-Wright in
Absurd Person Singular, Norman in The Norman Conquests, and Dennis in Just Between Ourselves is hard at work on his 33rd crime novel featuring blunt Yorkshire cop DCI Tommy Middlebrass.

It’s been a while since Tommy was on the TV, Algy’s wife is getting frighteningly forgetful, and his adoring PA sometimes oversteps the mark. It’s almost the last straw when an old acquaintance, journalist Gus Crewe, turns up to interview him, with alarming consequences.

As Algy’s fictional characters take him over and real people introduce themselves into the dramatic climax of his novel, lines become blurred and it might just be that fiction, misunderstandings and mistaken identity are closer to the truth than they might seem.

Better Off Dead is currently in rehearsal with a cast of seven: Eileen Battye, Russell Dixon, Christopher Godwin, Liz Jadav, Laurence Pears, Naomi Petersen and Leigh Symonds.

Better Off Dead can be seen in the Round at the SJT, in rep, from Thursday 6 September to Saturday 6 October. Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at

Updated on 9 August 2018.

We use cookies to collect and analyse information on site performance and usage to ensure the best experience on this website.