Alan Ayckbourn takes Ensemble trio to New York festival

Arrivals & Departures - By Andrew Higgins
Arrivals & Departures. Image by Andrew Higgins.

Three Alan Ayckbourn plays which started life in Scarborough are making their New York premieres in a celebration of British theatre.

Throughout June, the Stephen Joseph Theatre Company is presenting the Ayckbourn Ensemble at 59E59 Theaters as part of the The Brits Off Broadway festival.

The production, reviewed by Stage Review earlier this year (, comprises of the highly acclaimed Arrivals & Departures and two frivolous shorts in Farcicals and a revival of the 1992 play Time Of My Life, all written and directed by Ayckbourn.

First seen at the SJT in Scarborough last summer, the productions have since toured to 10 theatres across the UK before going international with an 11-strong cast.

This marks the SJT’s fifth tour to New York since 2005, during which time the company has been nominated for six Drama Desk Awards.

Alan Ayckbourn said: “It’s so exciting to be back at 59E59 Theaters here in New York, off Broadway, with my very own Scarborough company. This time with not just one but three shows.

“Over the years we’ve had wonderful receptions for the work here from public and press alike, which makes me very proud.

“It proves that our work at the SJT can stand up with the best of them, worldwide.

“And, by way of a footnote, the plays also get to be seen in the way the author originally intended!”

The Ayckbourn Ensemble is in rep at 59E59 Theaters until June 29.

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