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A Word from Our Sponsor

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Written by  Alan Ayckbourn
Original language  English
First performance  20 April 1995
Date premiered  20 April 1995
Subject  Temptation
Playwright  Alan Ayckbourn
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Characters  Harry Janice Gussie Francis Nonie Rache Earl Valda Valder
Place premiered  Stephen Joseph Theatre (Westwood site), Scarborough
Similar  Alan Ayckbourn plays, Other plays

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A Word from Our Sponsor is a 1995 musical by Alan Ayckbourn and John Pattison. It was the final Ayckbourn play to be premièred at the Stephen Joseph Theatre's old Westwood site. It is about a vicar, who is tempted by the devil (Valda/Valder) offering a sponsorship deal for dubious return favours.

This play was one of Ayckbourn's less successful works, but the production was marred most of all by the death of a member of the cast, Sophie Winter, who collapsed the afternoon before the final Scarborough performance and died the day. As a respected member of the company, a memorial was made to her in the theatre, and a trust in her name was set up to sponsor new plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre between 1996 and 2008.

It is also the name of a short-story written by Fredric Brown in 1951.


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