Ayckbourn Chronology: 1962

Notable Events

During 1962, Alan Ayckbourn…

left the Library Theatre, Scarborough, to join the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, as actor, director and writer. The Victoria was founded that year by Stephen Joseph as the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round venue (Scarborough was home to the first professional theatre-in-the-round company).

acted in one of own plays for final time, playing the Crimson Gollywog in Christmas V Mastermind a play in which his future wife, Heather Stoney, also acted

was incorrectly credited as the co-director of the world premiere of his play Christmas V Mastermind with Peter Cheeseman in the production's programme; he not only disputes contributing to directing the play but has no memory of any involvement other than acting!

wrote the short one act play, Countdown, for the multi-author collection If Love Decay…; this will eventually be retitled Mixed Doubles.

World Premieres

Follow The Lover ('Grey' play)
March: The Library Theatre, Scarborough
Countdown (One Act play)
16 September: Colchester Repertory Club
Christmas V Mastermind
26 December: The Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Professional Directing

A Thief In Time
The Library Theatre, Scarborough
The Caretaker
The Library Theatre, Scarborough

Professional Acting

A Doll's House (Torvald)
Municipal Hall, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Hamlet (Claudius)
Municipal Hall, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Death At The New Year (Narrator / Stepfather)
The Library Theatre, Scarborough
O'Flaherty VC (Private O'Flaherty)
The Library Theatre Scarborough *
Usher (Roderick Usher)
The Library Theatre, Scarborough *
The Birds And The Well-Wishers (Fred)
The Library Theatre, Scarborough *
The Rainmaker (Bill Starbuck)
The Library Theatre, Scarborough)

The Caretaker (Aston)
The Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Christmas V Mastermind (The Crimson Gollywog)
The Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

* Also performed at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
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