Simon Murgatroyd: Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website at 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 life in theatre.

Launched in 2001 and recognised by the playwright officially in 2002, 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.

It was created by Simon Murgatroyd, who is solely responsible for administering, programming, researching and writing for the website. In November 2013, The Stage newspaper in a feature on Simon and the website 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.

The website is divided into several main sections which cover every aspect of the playwright's career in theatre which spans more than five decades.

News / What's On: All the latest news about Alan Ayckbourn and his plays as well as professional / amateur productions listings.

Biography / Career: A guide to Alan Ayckbourn's life and various careers (playwright, director, actor, artistic director, radio drama producer).

Encyclopedia: A linked A - Z of significant people, events, plays, multi-media and themes. This also includes sections on significant dates, an index to actors who have worked with Alan and a listing of names used in Ayckbourn plays.

Plays: The heart of the site with detailed subsections dealing with every play written by Alan Ayckbourn.

Publications: A guide to published texts by and about Alan Ayckbourn.

Film / TV / Radio: A guide to Alan Ayckbourn's plays in other media such as film, television, radio, digital, documentaries and audio recordings.

Interviews / Articles: A significant collection of articles by and interviews with Alan Ayckbourn as well as a resource for researchers offering details of Ayckbourn collections and published interviews.

The SJT: An in-depth look at Alan Ayckbourn's 'home' theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where he has worked predominantly since 1955. It includes details of all productions as well as events and information from the period 1955 to 2009, when Alan Ayckbourn stepped down as Artistic Director of the company.

The website also maintains a
Twitter page for the latest media reports on Alan Ayckbourn and The Ayckbourn Store.

In 2017, the entire website was completely revamped with a new layout and design, which will also allow increased future expansion as well as improved service.

Scarborough In The Round

The sister-site to Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website, Scarborough In The Round concentrates on the theatre he is most associated with, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Founded in 1955 by Stephen Joseph with the UK's first professional in-the-round company as the Library Theatre, Alan joined the company in 1957 and would go on to become its Artistic Director between 1972 and 2009.

The website 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.

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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