Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website: Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains several sections dealing with questions frequently posed to the website. If you are looking for FAQs relating to Alan Ayckbourn and his plays, they can be found in the Biography section of the website.
If you have any other questions, please contact the website via the
Contact Us Page.

The Website

1) Who administers Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website?
The site is administered, compiled, researched and maintained by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Media Adminstrator Simon Murgatroyd, who also founded the site.
2) How did it develop?
Aside from a life-long interest in Alan Ayckbourn's work; my MA specialised in Alan's plays, culminating in a 65,000 word dissertation. As a result of the two years spent researching the plays, I realised I had a lot of potentially useful information for people interested in Alan's work. Combined with the fact that comparatively little has been published about Alan, I decided in 2002 to create a web-site that could comprehensively offer information on Alan to help future students of his work and to provide a general insight into the plays and their history. Since then, the website has continued to expand and now draws information from the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York, The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and the website's own archive.
3) Where is the information for the web-site drawn from?
The information is drawn from a number of sources (programmes, critical works, interviews with Alan Ayckbourn etc), predominantly held in the Digital Ayckbourn Archive (held by Simon Murgatroyd), the Ayckbourn Archive held at the University Of York and The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Where possible it has been cross-checked for accuracy.
4) How is it administered?
The web-site is generally updated on a daily basis. The aim is to announce news as it happens, whilst continually improving the site and adding new material to it. The site currently stands at more than 4,500 pages of material relating to Alan Ayckbourn.
5) Where can I find information on specific Alan Ayckbourn plays?
Click on the Plays link at the top of the page to visit the Plays section for in-depth information on the plays.
6) What is the web-master's connection to Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre?
I am Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist and Website Administrator and I also maintain The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Prior to this position I was the Stephen Joseph Theatre's Archivist and was also the Deputy Box Office Manager at the theatre between 1999 - 2005. Prior to joining the theatre in 1999, I was an arts journalist and critic for six years on the Scarborough Evening News. In that post, I reviewed many of Alan's world premieres and worked closely with the SJT on many features and articles.
7) Is the website part of the Stephen Joseph Theatre?
This is an independent web-site, which is endorsed by Alan Ayckbourn and administered by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist and Website Administrator, Simon Murgatroyd. Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website is independent of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
8) What is the website's relationship to www.stephen-joseph.org.uk and www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk?
These are two sister sites again created and researched by Simon Murgatroyd offering an in-depth look at the most significant person to have influenced Alan Ayckbourn - Stephen Joseph - and the theatre with which he is most associated - the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. They offer comprehensive and detailed looks at both their subjects encompassing a wider variety of material than would be suitable for this website, which is specifically dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn.

Copyright

1) Am I able to reproduce material from this website?
The written material on this website operates on a Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives) and further information about what material can be reproduced and how can be found in the Copyright section. Briefly, written material by Simon Murgatroyd - not Alan Ayckbourn - can be shared providing it is attributed to the author and website, that it is not used for commercial purposes nor altered or built upon.
2) Can I reproduce photographs from this website?
No. All images are predominantly the copyright of Scarborough Theatre Trust or the respective photographer and should not be reprinted or stored in any format without express permission from the photographer / organisation which holds the copyright.
3) Who should I contact regarding reproducing images from the site?
Any enquiries regarding photograph reproduction should be directed to this website via the Contact Us page.
4) Can I reproduce articles from this site?
Not without the permission of the copyright holder, generally Simon Murgatroyd or Alan Ayckbourn. Any enquiries about reproducing articles for publication in any form should be emailed to this website via the Contact Us page. This website is happy to see articles reprinted, providing permission is sought and copyright is respected; there may occasionally be a nominal charge to reprint certain articles.

How Do I Obtain...?

1) How can I contact Alan Ayckbourn?
Any correspondence to Alan Ayckbourn should be sent to: Alan Ayckbourn, C/O Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, YO11 1JW.
2) How can I obtain Alan Ayckbourn's autograph?
Whilst Alan Ayckbourn has historically regularly signed autographs, there has in recent years been a noticeable increase in autograph requests which are patently for re-sale on auction or shop sites. As a result of this, we have had to make a decision that Alan will only sign requested autographs which are personalised (i.e. to the person requesting the autograph or a named person) and that all requests pay for delivery (be it with a stamped addressed envelope or a payment to this website to cover the postage costs). This is an unfortunate decision but as fans of the playwright will appreciate, it is frustrating for the playwright to sign an autograph, pay postage costs and then see the same autograph put on sale for an inflated price. It would also be appreciated that anyone receiving autographs makes a small donation to the Stephen Joseph Theatre (click here).
3) How do I obtain copies of Alan Ayckbourn’s work on blu-ray, DVD, digital streaming, video, CD or audio cassette?
With difficulty. Generally most of the television / film / audio adaptations of Alan Ayckbourn's plays have not been released commercially. Full details of what is available can be found at the Film, TV & Radio section. Please do not email the website with requests for recorded copies of the playwright's work - we do not keep them and would not legally be able to distribute them anyway.
4) How do I obtain a specific play?
All published plays by Alan Ayckbourn can also be ordered from this website via The Ayckbourn Shop. Plays published by Samuel French can also be purchased through their website at www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk.
5) How do I obtain out of print works on Alan Ayckbourn?
Again, with difficulty. The best source is www.abebooks.com, Ebay auctions; Amazon; second-hand bookstores. Alternatively, Wendy Brockman emailed the site with this suggestion: "People can try their local library's "inter-library" loan system. Public & University library shelves are full of out-of-print treasures and even our tiny library (Connecticut, USA) can request books from all over the country."
6) Can the web-site supply me with reviews or articles on Alan Ayckbourn and his work?
Generally no. Requests for reviews and articles should generally be directed at the publication they were printed in. If you do have enquiries though, please contact the website via the Contact Us page.

Productions

1) Can I advertise a professional Alan Ayckbourn production on the site?
The site carries submitted listings for professional and amateur productions of Alan's work on the What's On page. Please send pertinent details of the play (title, venue, dates) via the Contact Us page.
2) Can I advertise an amateur Alan Ayckbourn production on the site?
The site carries submitted listings for amateur productions of Alan's work on the What's On page. Please send pertinent details of the play (title, venue, dates) via the Contact Us page. Please note, we only list submitted productions - the website is not automatically made aware of productions, if you haven't contacted us, please don't expect us to list or know about the production.
3) Why are there not more amateur productions listings on the website?
This website is entirely dependent on submitted listings of amateur productions. Neither Alan Ayckbourn nor this website is automatically supplied with information regarding licenses for amateur Ayckbourn productions. In context, there were at least 200 Ayckbourn amateur productions in the UK during 2016 (probably far more); less than two dozen of these submitted listings details to this website - if you want to be listed, you need to contact the website.
4) Does the web-site hold details of current productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s work?
The website endeavours to carry basic production details of professional productions of Alan Ayckbourn's work. However, this list is dependent on being supplied with the relevant information. We are not automatically supplied with this information by the license holders. If the information is not supplied by the producing company, it obviously won't be on the list.

Film, TV And Radio Adaptations

1) How do I get hold of a particular film / audio adaptation of Alan’s work?
With difficulty. Most of adaptations of Alan’s Ayckbourn work have not been released for sale. Further details about this issue can be found in the Film, TV & Radio section.
2) Does the website, The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre or the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York, hold copies of the film / audio adaptations of Alan Ayckbourn’s work?
No. None of these organisations / archives holds these items nor has access to them.

Amateur And Professional Production Queries

1) Can you tell me if a certain play is available for production?
Generally speaking, if Samuel French has published a play, then it is available for production by amateur companies. Most of Alan's plays are available for professional production. The Plays section of the website has details of current professional and amateur availability of all of Alan Ayckbourn's plays and details about professional and amateur performing rights and licenses can be found on the Performing Rights page.
2) How do I obtain props or further information about a play I am producing?
Unfortunately I am unable to supply information about props or costumes for plays. While I may be able to answer certain queries, most of the information I hold about plays can be found on the web-site.
3) How do I obtain professional performing rights for Alan Ayckbourn's plays outside the United Kingdom?
All queries should be directed to Alan Ayckbourn's agent at Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, Waverley House, 7 - 12 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GQ. Tel: 00 44 20 7287 4450. Fax: 00 44 20 7287 9128. e-mail: luke@casarotto.co.uk.
4) Can I advertise an amateur or professional Alan Ayckbourn production on the site?
The site carries submitted listings for both amateur and professional productions of Alan's work on the What's On page. Please send pertinent details of the play (title, venue, dates) via the Contact Us page. Please note, we only list submitted productions - the website is not automatically made aware of productions, if you haven't contacted us, please don't expect us to list or know about the production.
5) What is the website's relationship with Dick & Lottie theatre company and why does it feature the company's work?
In 2015, Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website became the patron of Dick & Lottie - the UK's amateur company dedicated to the works of Alan Ayckbourn - to mark the company's 30th Ayckbourn production. The company's dedication to Alan's plays and its directing ethos led to the decision to award the website's only patronage to the company. As a result, the company and its productions are featured on the blog and the website because of the association between the two; this is a unique situation and otherwise the website will continue to promote listings for other amateur but will not feature them.