Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Simon Murgatroyd: Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

I'm the Archivist for the internationally renowned playwright Alan Ayckbourn and I've been writing professionally for three decades with work published around the world.

ARCHIVIST - I've been Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist since 2003 and am considered an expert on the playwright and his plays. I work closely with the playwright and with the Ayckbourn Archive, held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, York.

WRITER - I've been writing professionally since 1992 and my work on Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and the theatre have been published around the world. I'm the author of the book Unseen Ayckbourn and several other Ayckbourn publications.
I created and curate the playwright's official website, the largest online resource dedicated to a living playwright as well as A Round Town, a guide to the history of theatre in the round in Scarborough.

SPEAKER - I regularly present public talks on Alan Ayckbourn, his plays, his mentor and theatre pioneer Stephen Joseph as well as the history of theatre in the round in Scarborough.
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"Ayckbourn is quintessentially a man of the theatre, and Simon Murgatroyd's achievement has been to celebrate and annotate that for posterity." (The Stage)

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