Absurd Person Singular: Archive Images

A collection of archive material, posters, rehearsal and production images pertaining to Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular. The Archive Images page is presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York where the Ayckbourn Archive is held. Click on an image to expand.

Absurd Person Singular (1972)

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Alan Ayckbourn's handwritten notes for the first scene of Absurd Person Singular including his thumbnail sketches for the sets for each act.

Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Holding: Borthwick Institute for Archives

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The first page of an original manuscript for the world premiere of Absurd Person Singular at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1972.

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Absurd Person Singular is the first world premiere by Alan Ayckbourn at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, to have a promotional image. This lino print was only used for flyers though.

Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust
Holding: Private Collection

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A production image from Act 2 of the world premiere of Absurd Person Singular at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1972.

Photographer: Ken Boden (© Scarborough Theatre Trust)
Holding: The Bob Watson Archive

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A flyer for the West End premiere of Absurd Person Singular at the Criterion Theatre during 1973.

Copyright: TBC
Holding: Borthwick Institute For Archives

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A publicity image from the West End premiere of Absurd Person Singular at the Criterion Theatre in 1973.

Copyright: John Haynes
Holding: Borthwick Institute For Archives

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Alan Ayckbourn centre with the cast of the West End premiere of Absurd Person Singular including the director Eric Thompson (front right).

Photographer: To be confirmed
Holding: Borthwick Institute For Archives

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A flyer for the Broadway premiere of Absurd Person Singular in 1974: this would go on to become the most successful production of an Ayckbourn play ever staged in New York.

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Holding: Borthwick Institute For Archives

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To mark the success of Absurd Person Singular on Broadway and that Alan Ayckbourn was the first person to have four plays running simultaneously on Broadway, a street off Broadway was renamed Ayckbourn Alley for the day.

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Holding: Borthwick Institute for Archives

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Absurd Person Singular was adapted for television by the BBC in 1984. This is a publicity image of the cast which included Michael Gambon, Prunella Scales and Maureen Lipman.

Copyright: BBC
Holding: Borthwick Institute for Archives

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Absurd Person Singular was revived in the West End in 2007 and marked the first time an Ayckbourn play had been produced in the West End for five years.

Copyright: Bill Kenwright Productions
Holding: Borthwick Institute for Archives

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Alan Ayckbourn (centre back) with the company for his 2012 revival of Absurd Person Singular at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, during 2021.

Photographer: James Drawneek (© James Drawneek)
Holding: Ayckbourn Digital Archive

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The Scene and Archive Images pages are presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, where the Ayckbourn Archive is held.

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