Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Upcoming & Current Talks & Events

These are some of the forthcoming events and activities I'm currently involved with:


More Theatres That Never Were
Tuesday 27 February at 2.30pm, Beeforth's Hive
Price: Free - Places limited and must be reserved in advance. Click here to book.
Simon Murgatroyd continues his look at theatres in the round which were planned but never built in Scarborough, here focusing on Stephen Joseph's attempts to build a civic theatre in the 1960s.
Ayckbourn at the Library Theatre
Thursday 14 March at 6pm, Scarborough Library
Price: Free - Places available in advance and on the door. More details soon.
Simon Murgatroyd looks at Alan Ayckbourn's connection with Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre between 1957 and 1976 in which he forged his first links with the theatre company he would have a lifelong association with.
House & Garden at 25
Tuesday 9 July at 2pm, Italian Gardens, South Cliff, Scarborough
Price: Free - Places limited and must be reserved in advance. More details soon.
Simon Murgatroyd celebrates the 25th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn's wildly ambitious duology House & Garden against the backdrop of Scarborough's beautiful Italian Gardens.
Artistically Directed
Thursday 1 August at 10.30am, Filey Library and streaming
Price: Free - Places limited and must be reserved in advance. More details soon.
Following last year's successful talk at Filey Library, Simon Murgatroyd continues his look into the career of Alan Ayckbourn, here looking at his role of Artistic Director with the Scarborough company for 37 years.
Everything Including The Kitchen Sink
Friday 13 September at 7pm, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Price: £20. Click here for details and bookings.
The world premiere of a film with intimate conversation from Alan Ayckbourn preceded by a talk by the playwright's archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, celebrating the milestone of his 90th and a phenomenal playwriting career.
Scarborough Archeological Society
Monday 7 October at 7.30pm, Salvation Army Hall, Scarborough
Price: £3 for non-members. Click here for details.
Details to be announced…
Page to Stage - The Woman in Black
Tuesday 29 October at 6.30pm, Beeforth's Hive, Scarborough
Price: Free - Places limited and must be reserved in advance. More details soon.
Simon Murgatroyd celebrates the acclaimed book and play The Woman In Black and its journey in 1987 from the pages of Scarborough-born author Susan Hill's novella to the stage of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round. A Halloween treat!

Now On

The Ayckbourn Collection A display of items at Scarborough Art Gallery from The Ayckbourn Collection, which was donated to Scarborough Museums and Galleries during summer 2023. Further details about visiting the display here and the actual collection here.

Scarborough Spotlight Podcast: Simon Murgatroyd I've been interviewed by Scarborough Spotlight Podcasts to talk about my work as Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, the playwright, his relationship with Scarborough and his mentor, Stephen Joseph. The main episode can be found on Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here with a Bonus episode also available on Apple Podcasts here.

Alan Ayckbourn: From Actor to Artistic Director (YouTube) A recording of my talk looking at Alan Ayckbourn's path from actor to Artistic Director between 1957 to 1972. Now streaming here on YouTube.

Ayckbourn's Gardens (YouTube) A recording of my talk on gardens in Alan Ayckbourn's plays recorded live in Scarborough's Italian Gardens. Now streaming here on YouTube.

YouTube I'm regularly uploading new videos to the Ayckbourn YouTube Channel. Check them out.

Unseen Ayckbourn: The latest edition of my book, Unseen Ayckbourn is now available in most online bookstores and via this website.

Further details about all these events will be published on this page and the
News pages. Watch this page for details and for details of hiring me for talks, visit this page or Contact Simon.

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