The Boy Who Fell Into A Book: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's The Boy Who Fell Into A Book. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

The cast list indicates most of the roles in The Boy Who Fell Into A Book are intended to be doubled up, can they be cast individually?
Certainly. if you have a company large enough to do it without doubling, that's perfectly acceptable. Both the play and musical adaptation were only doubled originally as obviously Alan Ayckbourn wrote it with a certain size company in mind - this means it can be tackled by a larger company if desired.

What role did Alan Ayckbourn play in the musical adaptation of The Boy Who Fell Into A Book?
Alan Ayckbourn played little more than an advisory role in the adaptation. He did not conceive the idea for the adaptation nor did he contribute any material to the musical; although he stayed in close contact with the adaptors and made several suggestions to them regarding the adaptation during the process. His only substantial involvement with the musical came when he directed its world premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2016. As a result, the musical is not credited to Alan Ayckbourn but is an adaption of the Alan Ayckbourn play by Paul James, Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus. This is also the reason why only the play - and not the musicals - is not listed in the canonical list of Alan Ayckbourn's musicals.

Who do I contact about staging the musical of The Boy Who Fell Into A Book?
If you are interested in staging the musical The Boy Who Fell Into A Book, contact Cathy Shostak via her website.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.