Ayckbourn revival gets season under way

Sir Alan Ayckbourn.   Picture by Tony Bartholomew
Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Picture by Tony Bartholomew

Alan Ayckbourn’s revival of his acclaimed 1992 play Time Of My Life gets the summer season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre under way.

The classic comedy opens on Thursday June 6 and runs, on various dates, until Saturday October 4.

New portrait of Sir Alan Ayckbourn, to coincide with his latest productions, a revival of Absurd Person Singular, and a brand new play, Surprises, being premiered in Scarborough. Picture by Andrew Higgins   121914e  08/05/12

New portrait of Sir Alan Ayckbourn, to coincide with his latest productions, a revival of Absurd Person Singular, and a brand new play, Surprises, being premiered in Scarborough. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121914e 08/05/12

The Scarborough-based playwright has assembled a company to perform the classic comedy and his latest play Arrivals and Depatures, which opens on August 1.

The company includes a mix of familiar and new faces including Sarah Parks, Ben Porter and Richard Stacey who were in last year’s company performing in Absurd Person Singular and Surprises.

Other familiar faces include Terence Booth, who has been working with Alan since 1982. John Branwell returns to for the first time since his acclaimed role of Gerald in Alan Ayckbourn’s 2008 revival of Woman In Mind.

New to the Stephen Joseph Theatre are Pickering actress Elizabeth Boag, Rachel Caffrey and Emily Pithon.

John Godber’s Muddy Cows forms part of the season and opens on July 4.