Scarborough A - Z

The A - Z is an alphabetical guide to people, places and events relating to theatre - with an emphasis on theatre in the round - in Scarborough. This is an ongoing project, produced in association with the Encyclopaedia at with new content being regularly added. To begin exploring, click on a letter in the right hand column below.


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National Theatre: Alan Ayckbourn has had a connection with the National Theatre since the mid 1970s, particularly in association with Sir Peter Hall. Between 1986 and 1988, Alan was a company director at the National Theatre, directing acclaimed productions of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge and the world premiere of his own A Small Family Business; he also directed Tons Of Money and 'Tis Pity She's A Whore. He has also directed the London premiere of a number of his plays at the venue, these include: Bedroom Farce (1977); Sisterly Feelings (1980); Way Upstream (1982); A Chorus Of Disapproval (1985); A Small Family Business (1987); Invisible Friends (1991); Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays (1993); House & Garden (1999). The venue has also produced revivals of Season's Greetings (2010) and A Small Family Business (2014). All of the Ayckbourn plays listed here, bar A Small Family Business, premiered in Scarborough first.

Nettles, John: Award-winning actor of stage and screen who made his professional acting debut at Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1967. The first role of John Nettles (1943 - present) is largely credited as being in Alan Ayckbourn's The Sparrow. He would later find widespread fame in television series such as Bergerac and Midsomer Murders.

New Landmarks In Ayckbourn Country: Albert-Reiner Glaap's follow-up to his book A Guided Tour Through Ayckbourn Country , published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. This explores Alan Ayckbourn's plays between 2004 and 2012, largely through interviews with the playwright.

New Theatre Forms: Book by Stephen Joseph exploring the advantages of theatre forms such as theatre in the round. Published by Pittman & Sons in 1968.

New Vic Theatre: See Victoria Theatre.

The Norman Conquests: Alan Ayckbourn's 13th - 15th plays premiered at Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, on 18 June 1973. The award-winning trilogy consists of Table Manners, Living Together and Round And Round The Garden. The three plays depict the events of a single weekend from the perspective of three locations (dining room, living room and garden) as assistant librarian Norman tries to bring happiness to the lives of the three women present at the house with varying results. It is considered one of the most well-known of Alan Ayckbourn's works and was named by the National Theatre as one of the 100 greatest works of the 20th century.

North Street: During the early 1970s, a site on North Street adjacent to the then Opera House offered as a site for a potential home for theatre in the round. The proposed site now forms part of North Street car park.

The Scarborough: A - Z section of the website is created in collaboration with
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website. Original research is by Simon Murgatroyd and copyright of the author. Please credit this website if reproducing the information.