The Norman Conquests: Archive

The Archive highlights significant documents relating to The Norman Conquests 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 publicity image for the world premiere production of The Norman Conquests at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1973 with Christopher Godwin as Norman - here obviously attempting to be as suave as possible (at least in Norman’s mind!). (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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This extract from the 24 January 1974 edition of the London Evening Standard is the earliest article held in archive which announces the trilogy will be called The Norman Conquests for its London premiere at Greenwich Theatre. Prior to this, the only reference to the title is in private correspondence regarding the London transfer. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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A shooting schedule for the location filming required for the Thames Television adaptation of The Norman Conquests broadcast in the UK in 1977. Round & Round The Garden was shot on location whilst the other two plays were filmed in a studio. (Copyright: Thames Television)

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The original production of The Norman Conquests did not have a programme just a card with production details on both sides. Of note, the play-title (Fancy Meeting You would later become Table Manners) and the play description: ‘A weekend view of the Norman Conquest.’ The trilogy would not actually be named The Norman Conquests until its London premiere in 1974. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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An unusual design for the North American premiere of The Norman Conquests with its pre-Broadway try-out in Los Angeles. The image was not used when the production transferred to New York. (Copyright: TBC)

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Alan Ayckbourn revived The Norman Conquests at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, in 1993. This is one of several rejected poster designs considered for the production. The actual design can be seen on the Quotes page. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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