Man of The Moment: 10 Facts

10 Facts offer an at a glance guide to some of the key information relating to Alan Ayckbourn's plays.
  • Man Of The Moment is Alan Ayckbourn's 35th play.
  • The world premiere was held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, on 10 August, 1988.
  • The London premiere was held at the Globe Theatre on 14 February 1990.
  • Man Of The Moment was the first Ayckbourn play to be staged at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round following the playwright's two year sabbatical at the National Theatre.
  • As of writing, it is the first and only Ayckbourn play to have been set in another country (excepting the science fiction / fantasy plays set on different planets or fantasy locations). The play is set in an undisclosed part of the Mediterranean.
  • The play features a swimming pool which must be of length enough to give the impression at one stage that Vic is swimming lengths of the pool! It is one of a number of Ayckbourn plays to feature water which includes, most notably, Way Upstream, where the majority of the stage is flooded and turned into a canal.
  • The London production of Man Of The Moment starred Michael Gambon as Douglas Beechey; winning an Olivier Award for Best Actor. Michael Gambon has appeared in more West End productions of Alan Ayckbourn's plays than any other actor.
  • The London production was designed by Roger Glossop and the swimming pool contained 36 tonnes of water! The stage had to be underpinned to hold the weight of the set.
  • In 2009, it was revived as the final play in the Ayckbourn at 70 festival held at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, and the only production in the festival to be directed by the playwright himself.
  • Whilst written for the stage, Man Of The Moment obviously works well as a radio drama as it has been adapted for the radio three times in 1992, 1994 and 2009.
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