Season’s Greetings: Archive

The Archive highlights significant documents relating to Season’s Greetings 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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Alan Ayckbourn’s original drawing for the set of Season’s Greetings for its world premiere production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough. The actual set is pictured right. The drawing is held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the university of York. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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Alan Ayckbourn’s hand-written character notes for Harvey’s wife Shirley, who in the original production was spoken to but never seen or heard; she was later excised from the play. The notes read: “Shirley: Harvey’s wife (50s) never seen. A shy woman with ill health who loathes children and men (and one suspects Harvey). They have a child only he has grown up and emigrated.” (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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Self-professed Ayckbourn fan Catherine Tate during rehearsals for the National Theatre’s 2010 revival of Season’s Greetings. This marked the first time the venue had staged an Ayckbourn production that was not the London premiere of the play. (Copyright: Catherine Ashmore / National Theatre)
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Although a full picture of the set for Season’s Greetings is not held in archive, the above does show most of the set and how it relates to Alan’s initial design - see left. The hallway, living room, staircase and infamous puppet show are clearly visible. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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An article from the Yorkshire Evening Press (23 August 1980) announcing Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play. Notably it was called Sight Unseen - and planned to be a thriller - but unable to write the piece, Alan instead wrote Season’s Greetings at the last minute which was produced in its place. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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