Simon Murgatroyd Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition is the latest edition of the book by Alan Ayckbourn's archivist Simon Murgatroyd, looking at the playwright's unpublished, withdrawn and unwritten plays; revised and updated to 2017.

Named as one of The Stage newspaper's best theatre books, Unseen Ayckbourn examines Alan Ayckbourn's phenomenal career in theatre by exploring the plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered. It draws from unused or abandoned concepts and ideas as well as looking at variations of existing plays, alternative titles as well as other ephemera from the playwright's five and a half decades of writing.

The fully updated book (up to and including 2017 plays) includes extracts from some of the works as well as extensive quotes by the playwright himself. It has been updated with more than 30 new entries as well as updates to many of the existing entries.

It also contains - for the first time - 20 illustrations drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive including notes by the playwright, poster designs, rare programmes and press cuttings, all relating to some of the plays featured in
Unseen Ayckbourn.

It also contains a complete list of Alan Ayckbourn's plays and writing as of 2017.

Unseen Ayckbourn is available in softcover priced at £12. It is available from, Lulu Books, and Barnes & Noble.

A PDF ebook is also available from
Lulu Books priced at £9.

If you have any enquiries about Unseen Ayckbourn, please contact Simon Murgatroyd via

Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition

A special limited edition of Unseen Ayckbourn was published during 2019 to mark the 80th birthday of Alan Ayckbourn and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut.

This edition - limited to a numbered and signed 50 copies - has now sold out and only the previous
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition is now available.

If you bought a copy of
Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition and associated your name with the edition number, you can find details here (or click the button in the right hand column).

For any enquiries, please email

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