Alan Ayckbourn: Playwright, Director & Artistic Director
(© Tony Bartholomew)
He has received numerous honours and awards and was the first playwright to receive both the Tony and the Olivier Special Awards and was also knighted for Services to Theatre.
He is the protégé of Stephen Joseph, who encouraged him to both write and direct when Alan joined Stephen's company in Scarborough in 1957. Alan has been associated with theatre in the round and Scarborough since then and is a passionate advocate and champion of both regional theatre and new writing.
In 1972, he was appointed the Artistic Director of Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre and held the position with the company for 37 years until his retirement in 2009. During this period, he ensured Stephen Joseph's legacy continued and survived and saw theatre in the round in Scarborough receive international recognition for its achievements.