Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Sir Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn, the BBC reports, is recovering from a stroke in hospital in Scarborough.

The playwright, of course, is famous for living in the Yorkshire resort and for opening all his plays there. Which reminds me of a funny story...

Ayckbourn was walking along the front there one day, when he was accosted by a stranger.

Mr Ayckbourn, isn't it?

It is.

I was looking at the paper the other day and I noticed that you have two plays running in the West End.

Yes, that's right.

I hope you don't mind me saying so, but you must be doing quite well out of that.

Yes, I suppose I am.

Mr Ayckbourn, there's one thing that's always puzzled me. If you got all this money, why don't you live in Bridlington?

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