Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays: Archive Images

A collection of archive material, posters, rehearsal and production images pertaining to Alan Ayckbourn's Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays. The Archive Images page is presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York where the Ayckbourn Archive is held. Click on an image to expand.

Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays (1988)

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Mr A's Amazing Plays has a complex structure in which the path through Mr A's house is determined by the audience. This is the earliest surviving sketch by the playwright of the play's second act structure and all the options for moving through the house.

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A more refined sketch of the structure for Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays by Alan Ayckbourn, more clearly illustrating the rooms of the house and the various options they present to enter and leave.

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Surprisingly the world premiere production of Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays had neither a poster nor a programme. All that was produced was this sheet of A4 paper with basic details that was used by the audience to help indicate their choices when hands were raised during the course of the play.

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Kerry Peers as Suzy & Adam Godley as Neville in the world premiere of Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, in 1988.

Photographer: Alec Russell (© Scarborough Theatre Trust)
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The London premiere of Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays is a little known production by Polka Theatre which took place in 1989. This is the programme cover for the production.

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In 1993, the National Theatre revived Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays and commissioned the now famed illustrator Korky Paul to create the poster. This remains to this day one of the most memorable posters from an Ayckbourn production.

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Judith McSpadden as Suzy & Adam Godley as Neville in the National Theatre's 1993 revival of Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays.

Photographer: Nobby Clark (© National Theatre)
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Anja Rodford as Suzy & Tom Sherman as Neville in Alan Ayckbourn's 2006 revival of Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

Photographer: Tony Bartholomew (© Tony Bartholomew)
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The Archive Images pages are presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, where the Ayckbourn Archive is held.

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