Ayckbourn production heads to Broadway

THE Stephen Joseph Theatre Company will return to New York this winter with Scarborough playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s Neighbourhood Watch.

The play, which premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in September to critical acclaim, will run at 59E59 Theatres from November 30 until January 1 as part of the Brits off Broadway Festival.

Sir Alan’s 75th play and tells a cautionary tale about the dangers of taking the law into your own hands.

It will be the fourth Stephen Joseph Theatre production to tour to New York following the success of Private Fears in Public Places in 2005, Intimate Exchanges in 2007 and My Wonderful Day in 2009.

These three productions performed to sell-out audiences and were nominated for a total of five Drama Desk Awards.

Sir Alan said: “We’ve often been incredibly well praised and certainly incredibly well received and that makes you realise the quality of the work.

“On the last three visits we’ve had to the 59E59 theatres, we’ve had a lot of accolade and a lot of positive press because New Yorkers are never backward in coming forward. They have really enthused.”

Neighbourhood Watch stars Eileen Battye, Terence Booth, Phil Cheadle, Matthew Cottle, Richard Derrington, Frances Grey, Amy Loughton and Alexandra Mathie.

The production runs in Scarborough until October 15.