Two premieres for Sir Alan Ayckbourn

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033854a in Backup 18/9/03 pics AH' Scarborough playright Sir Alan Ayckbourn, bithday 12th April, Stephen Joeseph Theatre.

WHITBY audiences can catch two world premieres by famous playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn opening in Scarborough this year, including his 75th play.

His latest play Neighbourhood Watch is a cautionary tale of taking the law into your own hands following a well-intentioned Neighbourhood Watch scheme which develops into something altogether more sinister.

This will be Sir Alan’s 75th play and will also mark the 300th play premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre since it opened in 1955 at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.

The season will also feature the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s Dear Uncle, a new adaptation of Chekhov’s classic play Uncle Vanya.

The play is transposed to the Lake District in 1935 and Sir Alan’s reworking brings an affectionate English slant to Anton Chekhov’s classic love story.

Neighbourhood Watch is running at the theatre between 8 September and 15 October.

Dear Uncle is running in repertory between 7 July and 30 September.

There will also be an Ayckbourn Weekend event from September 30 to 2 October, offering the opportunity to see both plays with other events led by Alan Ayckbourn’s archivist Simon Murgatroyd.