Ayckbourn archive sold to university

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THOUSANDS of sketches and manuscripts documenting the career of Scarborough playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn are being made available to the public for the first time.

The archive of Sir Alan has been bought by York University in a £240,000 deal.

The collection includes original stage sketches, working manuscripts, plot diagrams and correspondence mapping his career over five decades as a playwright, a theatre director and the artistic director of Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.

It also includes correspondence with some of the 20th century’s biggest names in drama, including playwrights, actors and directors as well as producers, designers and agents.

Peter Hall, Peggy Ramsay, Trevor Nunn and Michael Winner, along with Harold Pinter, Alan Plater and Martin Jarvis are among the famous names which appear.

The archive is now part of the Samuel Storey Writing and Performance Collection at the university’s Borthwick Institute.