Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer


During my career as an Archivist, I've been responsible for curating a number of exhibitions relating to Alan Ayckbourn, his mentor Stephen Joseph and the playwright's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

I was also responsible for
The Ayckbourn Collection becoming part of the Scarborough Museums and Galleries collections in 2023, having suggested and facilitated the donation of a curated collection of material relating to Alan Ayckbourn, his mentor and theatre in the round in perpetuity to Scarborough.

As a curator, I have had the advantage of having considerable expertise and experience with the subjects.

Examples of Exhibitions As Curator

  • 2023: The Ayckbourn Collection at Scarborough Museums and Galleries Facilitated and curated the donation of a collection concerning Alan Ayckbourn and theatre in the round to Scarborough's permanent collections.
  • 2018 - 2022: The Bob Watson Archive A series of small exhibitions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre highlighting the work of the Archive and the history of the SJT.
  • 2017: Stephen Joseph: A Retrospective A major exhibition marking the life of British theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph on the 50th anniversary of his death.
  • 2015: SJT@60 Two photographic exhibitions at the SJT celebrating its 60th anniversary.
  • 2015: The SJT At 60 A major exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery celebrating the 60th anniversary of the SJT.
  • 2011 & 2016: Archiving Alan Ayckbourn Exhibitions offering a look at some of the more significant holdings of the Ayckbourn Archive.
  • 2009: Ayckbourn At 70 A photographic exhibition for Northampton's Royal & Derngate Theatre to accompany its Ayckbourn At 70 season.
  • 2005: 50 Years Of The SJT An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SJT.
  • 2005 - Present: I regularly present mini -exhibitions as part of my talks on Alan Ayckbourn, highlighting relevant material held in the Ayckbourn Archive.

Enquiries About Exhibitions

If you have any enquiries about exhibitions relating to Alan Ayckbourn, please don't hesitate to contact me for information and advice via the Contact Me page.

Please note, although I have access to both the Ayckbourn Archive, this does not mean I can facilitate the loan of objects to other venues / exhibitions. Enquiries of this nature should be addressed directly to the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

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