Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Publications by Simon Murgatroyd

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition explores Alan Ayckbourn's unpublished, withdrawn and unwritten plays.

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Edition examines Alan Ayckbourn's phenomenal career in theatre by exploring the plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered.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

It includes extracts from many of the works as well as extensive quotes by the playwright himself as well as 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 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 £9.50.

Signed copies at £15 (including P&P) can be ordered via this website (payment only accepted by paypal). For details, please email
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A Round 50

A Round 50 was published to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre 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 by PayPal and please contact me with any enquiries.
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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)
This 'festschrift' celebrating the 80th birthday of Alan Ayckbourn includes my article
A Brief History of Alan.
Confusions To Roundelay: Stages In Ayckbourn's Creative Work (2015)
This book includes my article
Probable Fiction.
New Landmarks In Ayckbourn Country (2014)
This publication which explores Alan Ayckbourn's plays between 2004 and 2012 includes brief guides to the plays written by myself.

All these books are published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.
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