Mr Whatnot: Further Reading


Published Editions

Mr Whatnot
Samuel French Ltd, 1992, ISBN 0573112878

Books

Paul Allen: A Pocket Guide to Alan Ayckbourn’s Plays
pp.9-12 (Faber & Faber, 2004, ISBN 0571214924)
Paul Allen: Alan Ayckbourn - Grinning at the Edge*
pp.96-98, 101-2 (Methuen, 2001, ISBN 0413731200)
Michael Billington: Alan Ayckbourn (2nd Ed)*
pp.13-18 (Palgrave, 1990, ISBN 0333498976)
Paul Elsam: Stephen Joseph - Theatre Pioneer And Provocateur
pp.23, 54-55, 57 (Bloomsbury, ISBN 978-1-408185674)
Michael Holt: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp.8-10 (Northcote Press, 1999, ISBN 0746308590)
Albert E. Kalson: Laughter In The Dark*
pp.25-26, 117-120 (Associated Universities Press, 1991, ISBN 0838634796)
Malcolm Page: File On Ayckbourn*
pp.13-15 (Methuen, 1989, ISBN 0413420108)
Ian Watson: Conversations With Ayckbourn*
pp.22, 47-52 (Faber and Faber, 1988, ISBN 0571151922)
Sidney Howard White: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp.16-17 (Twayne Publishers, 1984, ISBN 080576870X)
* indicates out of print

Programmes (download)

World premiere: Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (1963)
West End premiere: The New Arts, London (1964)
Ayckbourn directed revival: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough (1976)

Articles

Such A Hard Way To Make Us Believe In Make Believe
John Clowes, The Times, 20 November 1963
The Play's The Thing
Nick Utechin, Oxford Times, 4 February 2010

Reviews (world premiere)

Laughter Galore In Life Of Mr Whatnot
Evening Sentinel, 11 November 1963
Mr Whatnot
Benedict Nightingale, The Guardian, 13 November 1963
A Comedy of Action
The Stage, 14 November 1963

Reviews (London premiere)

Brush Of A Mayfly's Wing
J.C. Trewin, Birmingham Post, 7 August 1964
What A Waste Of An Evening
Herbert Kretzmer, Daily Express, 7 August 1964
If
Bernard Levin, Daily Express 8 August 1964
Light Fantasy Of Tennis And Tweeds
Eric Shorter, Daily Telegraph, 7 August 1964
Ingenious, Unoriginal
Daily Worker, 8 August 1964
What's The Sound Effect For A Big, Big Yawn?
Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 8 August, 1964
Mr Whatnot
B.A. Young, Financial Times, 7 August 1964
Mr Whatnot
Philip Hope-Wallace, The Guardian, 7 August 1964
Mr Whatnot
Jewish Chronicle, 14 August 1964
Mr Whatnot
New Statesman, 14 August 1964
Mr Whatnot
The Observer, 9 August 1964
Mr Whatnot
Malcolm Rutherford, The Spectator, 14 August 1964
Who's For Tennis? The Delights Of Mr Whatnot
The Stage, 13 August 1964
Diluted
Sunday Telegraph, 9 August 1964
Whatnot A Success
Sunday Times, 9 August 1964
A Dream America
The Tablet, 15 August 1964
Theatre Of The Ridiculous
The Times, 7 August 1964

Reviews (Scarborough revival 1976)

Mr Whatnot
Robin Thornber, The Guardian, 28 October 1976
Mr Whatnot Finds Love
David Jeffels, Northern Echo, 28 October 1976
Mr Whatnot Puts Stamp On New Theatre
Scarborough Evening News, 28 October 1976
It's Another Ayckbourn Riot Of Fun
Yorkshire Evening Press, 28 October 1976

Reviews (Northampton 50th anniversary revival 2013)

Cal Shrugs Off Fears For Another Success
Chronicle & Echo, 21 March 2013
Mr Whatnot's Not What You'd Call profound
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail, 22 March 2013
Mr Whatnot
Natasha Tripney, The Stage, 28 March 2013
Mr Whatnot
Libby Purves, The Times, 30 March 2013
Mr Whatnot
Jane Edwardes, Sunday Times, 24 March 2013

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.