The Sparrow: Facts

The Sparrow

Play Number: 8
World Premiere: 13 July 1967
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

Premiere Staging: In-the-round

Published: No
Other Media: No

Cast: 2m / 2f
Run Time: TBC
  • The Sparrow is Alan Ayckbourn's 8th play.
  • The world premiere was held at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, on 13 July 1967.
  • It marked the first time Alan Ayckbourn directed one of his own plays in Scarborough.
  • The Sparrow is the last of Alan Ayckbourn's early plays to have been withdrawn. It has not been published and is not available to produce.
  • The play has only been performed professionally once. A single amateur rehearsed reading by Dick & Lottie theatre company also took place in 2014.
  • The Sparrow was optioned by the producer Peter Bridge with a view to taking the play to London. This production never occurred.
  • The Sparrow marks the beginning of an unbroken run to the present day in which Alan Ayckbourn has directed the world premieres of his plays.
  • The play was in a season at the Library Theatre which marked the professional acting debut of John Nettles.
  • It also starred Robert Powell, who had previously worked with Alan at the BBC.
  • One of the reasons given to Alan Ayckbourn by Peter Bridge that the play could not be produced in London was its similarity to the Ann Jellicoe's hit play The Knack. As Alan has subsequently pointed out, the only similarity both plays have in common is a strong female lead - admittedly a rarity at the time, but hardly a major similarity.
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