Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website at is the single largest, freely accessible internet resource dedicated to a living playwright in the world. It spans more than 3,500 pages and covers every Ayckbourn play in-depth as well as every aspect of the playwright's professional life.

Launched in 2001 and recognised by the playwright officially in 2002, the primary aim of is to be the first-stop resource for anyone researching Alan Ayckbourn and his plays with a dedication to accurate and up-to-date information.

I created it following my studies for my MA and am solely responsible for administering, curating, writing and maintaining the website. In 2013, The Stage newspaper recognised my work with a feature which noted:

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

The website includes exclusive material by Alan Ayckbourn as well as original material. It draws on material from the Ayckbourn Archive held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives, the digital Ayckbourn Archive, as well as material from other public and private collections.

The website maintains a presence on social media on
Twitter, YouTube, Apple Podcasts and Wordpress.

Recently, the website introduced the Archive pages for each play containing scans of material held in various archives. These pages are presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.

In 2022, I also created as part of the play's 50th anniversary celebrations and to highlight my discovery of the lost, thought destroyed, original Absurd Person Singular manuscript, which completely altered the perception of how Absurd Person Singular came to be created.

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