Interview: The Press (1 July 2003)

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

Ayckbourn Can't Turn Down A Big Opportunity

by Charles Hutchinson

"You don't often have the chance to write [
Orvin - Champion Of Champions] for a cast of 40, do something fun, with sword fights and dances. "I met Jeremy Taylor [director of NYMT] at the annual Andrew Lloyd Webber junket in 1996, where the National Youth Music Theatre were doing an excerpt from one of their shows, and Jeremy said 'We must do something together'. He kept coming back to me and then two years ago he said `Well, what about it?'. He gave me three time structures to work to and I chose the furthest away!"