Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website at www.alanayckbourn.net is the single largest, freely accessible internet resource dedicated to a living playwright in the world. It spans more than 4,500 pages and covers every Ayckbourn play in depth as well as every aspect of the playwright's professional life.
Launched in 2001 and recognised by the playwright officially in 2002, www.alanayckbourn.net has grown in size, scope and number of visitors every year. Its primary aim is to be the first-stop resource for anyone researching Alan Ayckbourn and his plays with a dedication to accurate and up-to-date information.
I created it following my work on my MA from 1999 - 2000 and am solely responsible for administering, curating, writing and maintaining the website. In 2013, The Stage newspaper recognised my work with a feature which noted:
"Ayckbourn is quintessentially a man of the theatre, and Simon Murgatroyd's achievement has been to celebrate and annotate that for posterity." The website includes exclusive material by Alan Ayckbourn as well as original material written and researched by his Archivist. It draws on material from the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York, the digital Ayckbourn Archive, as well as material from The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and other private collections.
In 2019, the website incorporated its former sister-site Scarborough In The Round within the main body of the site as The SJT section. This offers a comprehensive history and background to the venue from its original home at the Library Theatre to its present home, the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
It has details of every production staged by the company as well as guide to every actor who has appeared there and a comprehensive list of people who have worked with the company. An in-depth history section explores the theatre's achievements year-by-year.
During 2020, the website expanded again with the addition of The Archive; a significant new section which explores material related to Alan Ayckbourn held in various archives across the UK as well as an information and reference point for anyone studying Alan Ayckbourn.,
This website is the single largest resource dedicated to the Stephen Joseph Theatre and at 1,500 pages is one of the most extensive websites dedicated to the development of a working theatre.
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