Interview: Scarborough Evening News (5 June 1985)

This page reproduces some of Alan Ayckbourn's significant quotes from the interview.

Ayckbourn Plans For His Two Years Off

"At the end of last year I thought I was getting rather tired, because I probably do more productions here per year than most artistic directors do. I am also writing quite a lot of them. My maxim is that if things get routine it is time to give it a break. I am responsible for casting, overall policy of the theatre, and selection of the members. We are trying to run a theatre on half budget, which is a fairly pressurised job. I am allowing myself the little luxury of worrying about a play and not administration."

"It would be nice to be guest producer at some other theatre, but nothing has been decided yet."

Website Notes:
[1] On the 3 June 1985, the Scarborough Evening New broke the story that Alan Ayckbourn was to take a two year sabbatical from the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round between 1986 and 1988. At this point, Alan had not confirmed that it would actually be as a Company Director at the National Theatre, which had been in negotiation since 1984. Despite indicating otherwise in the article, Alan has practically signed on the dotted line to work at the National Theatre for two year by the time the news of the sabbatical broke.