Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website at is the single largest, freely accessible internet resource dedicated to a living playwright in the world. It spans more than 3,500 pages and covers every Ayckbourn play in-depth as well as every aspect of the playwright's professional life.

Launched in 2001 and recognised by the playwright officially in 2002, has grown in size and scope every year. Its primary aim is to be the first-stop resource for anyone researching Alan Ayckbourn and his plays with a dedication to accurate and up-to-date information.

I created it following my studies on my MA from 1999 - 2000 and am solely responsible for administering, curating, writing and maintaining the website. In 2013, The Stage newspaper recognised my work with a feature which noted:

"Ayckbourn is quintessentially a man of the theatre, and Simon Murgatroyd's achievement has been to celebrate and annotate that for posterity."

The website includes exclusive material by Alan Ayckbourn as well as original material written and researched by his Archivist. It draws on material from the Ayckbourn Archive held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, the digital Ayckbourn Archive, as well as material from The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and other private collections.

The website also maintains a presence on social media on
Twitter, YouTube and Wordpress as well as containing The Ayckbourn Store.

During 2021, the website expanded again with the addition new Archive pages for each play containing images of material held in various archives. These pages are presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.

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