Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

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Alan Ayckbourn and his plays have long been an inspiration for me. Long before he appointed me his Archivist in 2005, I was passionate about his writing which was one of my formative introductions to the excitement and potential of theatre.
I have been writing writing professionally about Alan and theatre practically since I left university, first as a journalist, then as Archivist for both Alan and his home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The bulk of my writing can be found within the 4,500 pages of
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website, which I created, curate and write. My first book, Unseen Ayckbourn, was named one of the Stage's 'Best theatre books' in 2013 and I've had the honour to write about Alan's work for publications around the world from London to New York to his adopted home of Scarborough and beyond.
The Stephen Joseph Theatre, of which I'm also honorary Archivist, has been an integral part of my life for more than thirty years and I'm considered an expert not only on Alan's plays and careers but the early years of the theatre he is most associated with.
My work has brought me into contact with researchers, students, advocates and organisations across the world and I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to work with organisations such as the BBC, the National Theatre and Old Vic in their own forays into Ayckbourn.
Alan Ayckbourn once joked I know more about him than himself - whilst I sincerely doubt that, to be able to dedicate myself to working with him as his Archivist is the greatest job I could either imagine or want.

"Ayckbourn is quintessentially a man of the theatre, and Simon Murgatroyd's
achievement has been to celebrate and annotate that for posterity." (The Stage)

Upcoming Events

Out now
Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition
A limited edition of Unseen Ayckbourn for the playwright's 80th birthday / 60th playwriting anniversary
Out now (Article)
Ten Times Table
The programme for the UK tour of this Ayckbourn revival features a new article on the play.
Out now (Article)
Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
The programme for Alan Ayckbourn's new play features my article About Time.
Out now (Article)
Season's Greetings
The programme for Alan Ayckbourn's revival features my interview with Sir Alan.
Out Now (Article)
Towards Ayckbournia in Germany
The book celebrating Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday includes my article
A Brief History of Alan.
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