Communicating Doors: Archive

The Archive highlights significant documents relating to Communicating Doors 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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As noted on the Behind The Scenes page, Alan Ayckbourn originally intended to write a play called Private Fears In Public Places for early 1994 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round. This is a memo to the theatre’s press office with copy for the brochure including Alan’s handwritten note - which is surprisingly pertinent that by the time he did get to write it, it was a completely different play with a different title of Communicating Doors! (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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In 1995, Communicating Doors opened in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre, again directed by Alan Ayckbourn. This sketch by Alan Ayckbourn shows how his thoughts for the design of the play for the proscenium Arch where obviously the placement of the communicating door was vital so it could be seen by the entire audience - due to the nature of in-the-round, this was less of a problem for the world premiere production as essentially every member of the audience can see everything on stage no matter where they sit. (Held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York)
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A sketch by Alan Ayckbourn illustrating how he believed the communicating door would work for the world premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, in 1994. (Held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York)

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Alan Ayckbourn’s initial sketch for the layout of the set for the world premiere of Communicating Doors at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, in 1994. (Held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York)

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There have been many interesting posters for productions of Communicating Doors, but this one for Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s 2012 production is a good example and one of the website’s favourites. (Copyright: Pitlochry Festival Theatre)

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