Simon Murgatroyd is Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Media Administrator and the founder and administrator of his official website www.alanayckbourn.net.
He is also a professional writer whose work on Alan Ayckbourn has been published extensively including articles for the world premieres and London productions of his plays. His first book, Unseen Ayckbourn, was named in The Stage's best theatre books of 2013.
As a theatre historian, he is an expert on both Alan Ayckbourn and the playwright's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre - particularly its early history at the Library Theatre. His website Scarborough In The Round is the most extensive single resource dedicated to the history of the company and its venues.
Simon has also organised events, exhibitions and talks relating to Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Through his websites, he has worked extensively with researchers, students and organisations around the world - including collaborating on several projects for the BBC. He is also the patron of Dick & Lottie, the only theatre company in the UK dedicated to the work of Alan Ayckbourn.
If you would like to find out more about Simon's work, click on the links above or if you would like to contact him, visit the Contact page.
"Ayckbourn is quintessentially a man of the theatre, and Simon Murgatroyd's achievement has been to celebrate and annotate that for posterity."
(The Stage, November 2013)