Death At The New Year (1962)

Production Details

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Richard Nash

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library

13 September 1962
13 September 1962
15 September 1962
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Yes

No
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Round

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Stage Manager:
Peter Cheeseman

Arnold Beck
David Wehner

Character
Martin
Catherine
Narrator
Pop Singer
Martin's Mother
Martin's Stepfather
Officer
Catherine's Father
Medium
Vicar
Crowd

Actor
Peter King
Elizabeth Bell
Alan Ayckbourn
Richard Gill
Marie Adams
Alan Ayckbourn
Stanley Page
Richard Gill
Marie Adams
Stanley Page
Marie Adams
Richard Gill
Christine Roland
Stanley Page

Notes

> Death In The New Year marked the final performance by Studio Theatre Ltd in Scarborough before the company moved to its new home at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, in autumn 1962. Not wishing to close the Library Theatre, Stephen Joseph ran the theatre under his company Theatre In The Round Ltd for two years before incorporating a new company, Scarborough Theatre Trust, in 1964. This company still exists today and runs the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
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Death In The New Year marked the final time Alan Ayckbourn would act opposite his then wife, the actress Christine Roland. Christine had actually retired from acting but returned to the stage for the three performances of this production in Scarborough.
> This also marked the final time Alan Ayckbourn would ever act with the Scarborough company. He would also not be a permanent member of the company again until he returned as Director of Productions in 1969; although he would contribute the plays
Relatively Speaking (then known as Meet My Father) and The Sparrow - which he also directed - in the interim.

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