Relatively Speaking: Archive

The Archive highlights significant documents relating to Relatively Speaking 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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A royalties statement for the original production of Meet My Father at the Library Theatre, Scarborough. Note how the title has been altered to Taken For Granted, one of several titles the play will go through before arriving at Relatively Speaking. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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Flyer for the post-West End tour of Relatively Speaking in 1969 directed by Donald Sinden. Intriguingly, the play advertises itself as essentially the West End production yet neither the director nor actors had any involvement in the original West End production. (Held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York)

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Detail from the programme for Leeds Arts Centre’s 1970 production of Relatively Speaking. This marked the first time Alan Ayckbourn himself had directed the play and was only the second (and final) time he directed an amateur production of his own work. (Held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York)

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Details from a flyer for the West End production of Relatively Speaking featuring Celia Johnson, Michael Hordern, Richard Briers and Jennifer Hilary. (Held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York)

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The infamous telegram sent to Alan Ayckbourn from Noël Coward, congratulating the playwright on the success of Relatively Speaking in the West End. With postage to pay and Alan not convinced it was authentic, he threw it away before retrieving it later! (Held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York)

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This article from the Radio Times in February 1969 is the only material held in archive relating to the BBC’s screening of Relatively Speaking as its Play Of The Month in March 1969. Directed by Herbert Wise and starring Celia Johnson and Donald Sinden, the programme unfortunately has not survived and does not exist in the BBC or BFI archives. (Copyright: Radio Times)
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