The Ayckbourn Archive: Communicating Doors

These Archival items and images related to Alan Ayckbourn's popular and award-winning play, A Chorus Of Disapproval, are predominantly drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York and The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
In-depth details about the play can be found at the
Communicating Doors section here.

Visit the in-depth Communicating Doors section at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website.

Communicating Doors (1994)

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Title: Private Fears (1994)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: The Bob Watson Archive

Description: Communicating Doors was not the play Alan Ayckbourn was supposed to write for 1994. Private Fears In Public Places was advertised, but then replaced when Alan couldn't write the intended play. This memo has the bordure copy for the original play and a premonition to the theatre's press officer, it might not go as planned!

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Title: Door Design (1994)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: Alan Ayckbourn's own sketch for the design of the pivotal - literally - communicating door for the play's set.

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Title: Stage-Plan Sketch (1994)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: Alan Ayckbourn's hand-drawn sketch of the in-the-round set for the world premiere of Communicating Doors at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round during 1994.

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Title: Stage-Plan Clarified (1994)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: A clearer sketch by the playwright from 1994 showing the basic layout of the set for the world premiere of Communicating Doors.

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Title: Model Box (1994)
Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust
Archive: The Bob Watson Archive

Description: A photo - not of great quality - of the model box for the set for the world premiere of Communicating Doors during 1994. The model box and set were designed by Roger Glossop

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Title: Communicating Doors Set (1994)
Photographer: Adrian Gatie (© Adrian Gatie)
Archive: Adrian Gatie Archive

Description: A rarely seen photograph by Adrian Gatie of the in-the-round set for the world premiere of Communicating Doors at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round during 1994.

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Title: Proscenium Arch Plan (1989)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: Alan Ayckbourn's hand-drawn sketch for the stage design for either a proscenium arch tour of Communicating Doors from the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round or the West End premiere of the play, both in 1995.

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Title: Prop (1994)
Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust
Archive: The Bob Watson Archive

Description: A rare surviving prop from the world premiere of Communicating Doors being the fire escape for the plan for the Regal Hotel on display in the hotel room.

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