Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Books & Publications

Unseen Ayckbourn

Unseen Ayckbourn is my first major book and examines Alan Ayckbourn's phenomenal career in theatre by exploring the plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered.

It draws from unused or abandoned concepts and ideas as well as looking at variations of existing plays, alternative titles as well as other ephemera from the playwright's six decades of writing. It is currently only available as the
Illustrated Edition (2017).

Named as one of The Stage newspaper's 'best theatre books', it includes extracts from many of the works as well as extensive quotes by the playwright himself. The
Illustrated Edition also includes 20 illustrations drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive including notes by the playwright, poster designs, rare programmes and press cuttings, all relating to some of the plays featured in Unseen Ayckbourn.

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition is available in softcover priced at £12. It is available from, Lulu Books, and Barnes & Noble. A PDF ebook is also available from Lulu Books priced at £9. This is the 2017 edition of the book and is

A Round 50

Published to mark the Stephen Joseph Theatre's 50th anniversary in 2005, A Round 50 celebrates the first 50 years of the internationally renowned theatre based in Scarborough.

It is an A4, full-colour, glossy 64 page publication which includes a year-by-year guide to highlights from the theatre's history, an article exploring the history of venues (and proposed venues) for the SJT as well as a listing for every production between 1955 and 2005. Fully illustrated, it is a comprehensive guide to the first five decades of the SJT.

Signed copies of
A Round 50 are available from this website priced at £5 including postage and packing. Payment can only be accepted through PayPal and please contact me with any enquiries.

Ayckbourn At 70

The Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, celebrated Alan Ayckbourn's 70th birthday in 2009 with a season of productions and a celebration publication.

Ayckbourn At 70 was a A4, full-colour, glossy 60 page publication celebrated the life and work of Alan Ayckbourn with various articles covering Alan Ayckbourn's entire playwriting career, quotes for every play and was fully illustrated. I provided all the articles (with the exception of Paul Allen's introduction), research and illustrations.

Ayckbourn At 70 is no longer available.

Other Contributions

I have contributed to several other significant publications regarding Alan Ayckbourn, most notably with the noted German Ayckbourn expert Albert-Reiner Glaap.

Towards Ayckbournia in Germany (2019)
Confusions To Roundelay: Stages In Ayckbourn's Creative Work (2015)
New Landmarks In Ayckbourn Country (2014)

All these books are published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

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