The Ayckbourn Archive: Alan Ayckbourn

These images are drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive and feature some of the official publicity images commissioned by the playwright and the organisations he has worked for over the years. Click on an image to enlarge with pertinent details.

Alan Ayckbourn: Official Publicity Images

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (1958)
Photographer: Unknown (© Haydonning Ltd)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: An official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn taken in 1958, the year after he joined the Library Theatre, Scarborough as an actor / stage manager and the year before his professional debut as a playwright.

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (1959)
Photographer: Ken Boden (TBC) (© Haydonning Ltd)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: An official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn starring in his first play The Square Cat (1959) at the Library Theatre, Scarborough. It was commissioned by Stephen Joseph on the understanding Alan would play the lead role in his own play - presumably as an incentive to write a good play!

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (1972)
Photographer: Unknown (© Haydonning Ltd)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: This is the first official publicity image of Alan Ayckbourn following his appointment as Artistic Director of the Library Theatre in 1972. This is an amended version, created for an exhibition in 2005, to remove a cigarette from Alan's hand.

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (1976)
Photographer: Alec Russell (© Scarborough Theatre Trust)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: The first official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn taken by the photographer Alec Russell and also the first taken within the new home of the company, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough.

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (1978)
Photographer: Alec Russell (© Scarborough Theatre Trust)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: An official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn taken in 1978 by the photographer Alec Russell.

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (1985)
Photographer: Alec Russell (© Scarborough Theatre Trust)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: An official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn taken in 1985 by the photographer Alec Russell.

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (1996)
Photographer: Michael Winner (© Haydonning Ltd)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: An official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn with his first cat, Bollinger - given to him by the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. This photograph was taken by the British film director Michael Winner whilst visiting the playwright in Scarborough.

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (1996)
Photographer: Tony Bartholomew (© Tony Bartholomew)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: An official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn taken in 1996 by the photographer Tony Bartholomew; this is the year Alan took the company into its new purpose-created home, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (2005)
Photographer: Tony Bartholomew (© Tony Bartholomew)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: An official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn taken in 2005 during the Ayckbourn & The Round event at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The photograph was take in a backstage area which features the programmes for plays produced by the company between 1976 and 1996.

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (2008)
Photographer: Tony Bartholomew (© Tony Bartholomew)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: An official publicity photograph of Alan Ayckbourn taken in 2008 at the playwright's home by Tony Bartholomew. The T-Shirt is obviously a favourite as it also features in a portrait of the playwright taken during rehearsals in 1994!

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (2012)
Photographer: Andrew Higgins (© Andrew Higgins)
Archive: Alan Ayckbourn Digital Archive

Description: Utilised as the main image on Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website since 2012, this portrait was taken by the photographer Andrew Higgins; it was taken spontaneously without the playwright realising. Andrew then asked if he could take a photograph of the playwright without alerting him to the fact he had already got the photo!

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Title: Alan Ayckbourn (2019)
Photographer: Tony Bartholomew (© Tony Bartholomew)
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: The official portrait of Alan Ayckbourn to mark his 80th birthday during 2019. The image was taken by the photographer Tony Bartholomew in the playwright's home.

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