Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition

To celebrate Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut, a special limited edition of Unseen Ayckbourn has been published. Signed by the author and numbered as well as fully updated and expanded for 2019, the book by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd explores the playwright's unpublished, withdrawn and unwritten plays.

Limited to just 50 numbered copies signed by the author (
update: just 3 left), each purchase will be recorded on this website (click here) with both the number and (if agreed) the name of the owner of the edition.

Named as one of The Stage newspaper's best theatre books in 2013,
Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition examines Alan Ayckbourn's phenomenal career in theatre by exploring the plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered.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 five and a half decades of writing.

The fully updated book includes extracts from many of the works as well as extensive quotes by the playwright himself. It has been updated for 2019 with a number of new entries as well as updates to many of the existing entries.

Exclusive to the Anniversary edition is also a new essay by Simon Murgatroyd exploring the significance of the playwright and his plays during this anniversary years. It also contains a complete list of Alan Ayckbourn's plays and writing as of 2019.

Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition is a 208 page, perfect-bound softcover (5.83" x 8.26") published by Lulu Books.

Unseen Ayckbourn is available in softcover priced at £15 direct from this website. UK Postage and packing is £2.50 for a single copy or £4 for two or more copies (international rates may vary). Payment can be made via PayPal or cheque.

For details, please email
ayckbourn@outlook.com.
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With thanks to the photographer Tony Bartholomew (www.bartpics.co.uk) for permission to use his official 80th anniversary portrait for the cover of Unseen Ayckbourn.

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