A Chorus Of Disapproval: Archive

The Archive highlights significant documents relating to A Chorus Of Disapproval which are held in Archive by either Alan Ayckbourn, the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York or The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. All material is copyright protected and should not be reproduced.

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An extract from a letter from Alan Ayckbourn to Peter Hall (14 January 1984), Artistic Director of the National Theatre, offering him a look at his proposed next play. Who Do You Think? was never written and replaced by A Chorus Of Disapproval with a far from small cast! (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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A very surreal advert from the London Evening Standard during summer 1986 for the London transfer of A Chorus Of Disapproval, in which Colin Blakely gets a headline billing with a difference; presumably copy from another advert got transposed or the copy-setter was a very big Blakely fan! (Copyright: London Evening Standard)

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Of all the filmed productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays, the playwright most regrets allowing Michael Winner to adapt A Chorus Of Disapproval. Correspondence held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York between the two men shows Alan’s reticence early on in the project. Contrary to what Winner said on occasion, Alan disliked the movie intensely and correspondence such as this (14 January 1980) - in which Alan rebuts Winner’s accusation he has derided the film in an interview - makes clear Winner was well aware of Alan’s thoughts on the movie. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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Much of the interior of the programme for the 2004 revival at the Stephen Joseph Theatre was dedicated to a ‘fake’ programme for PALOS’s production of A Beggar’s Opera. It included Alan’s hand-written response to PALOS’s request for him to become its chairman! (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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An advert from the Scarborough Evening News (February 1984). Auditions did actually take place before Alan quietly dropped the idea of incorporating amateur actors into the play following objections from the actor’s union Equity and his experiences at the auditions; subsequently he said several characters in the play were influenced by these experiences and that he was astonished that several auditionees were not prepared to accept anything than the professional lead roles! (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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One of several designs considered for Alan Ayckbourn’s 2004 revival of A Chorus Of Disapproval at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Typically, Alan will send suggestions - occasionally drawings - of ideas he has for the posters, which are then developed by the theatre’s Communications department. The final poster can be seen on the Quotes page (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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