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Alan Ayckbourn Encyclopedia: V

Victoria Theatre: The first purpose-built professional theatre-in-the-round in England. The theatre was designed and created by Stephen Joseph; Alan Ayckbourn moved from the Library Theatre, Scarborough, to become an Associate Director when the Victoria Theatre opened on 9 October 1962. Alan premiered two of his plays at the theatre; Christmas V Mastermind and Mr Whatnot, before leaving the theatre in 1964. The theatre is now known as the New Vic Theatre and is still in-the-round with close ties to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

A View From The Bridge: In 1987, Alan Ayckbourn directed a critically acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge at the National Theatre, whilst on sabbatical from the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The production won many awards, would transfer for a successful West End run to the Aldwych Theatre and would be praised by Arthur Miller as a definitive production of the play. It is widely seen as the production which sealed Alan Ayckbourn's reputation as a director.

Virtual Reality: Alan Ayckbourn's 56th play premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on 3 February 2000. The play was written specifically for the end-stage and is about our inability to communicate in the modern world. It centres on a man undergoing a mid-life crisis and how his affair with a young actress destroys the lives of those around him.

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