Awaking Beauty: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Awaking Beauty. 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.

Is Awaking Beauty available on CD / streaming?
Although the musical Awaking Beauty was recorded at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, this was never released commercially and was intended purely for internal use during the production. Given the rudimentary nature of the recording, the need to secure rights of everyone involved, payments and the limited interest in the piece, it is unlikely Awaking Beauty will ever be released commercially. A taste of the music is available though via the composer Denis King's website, where the songs of Awaking Beauty can be streamed here.

Is Awaking Beauty suitable for young audience / performers?
Awaking Beauty is the only Alan Ayckbourn work which carries an audience disclaimer that it is not suitable for young children. The mature themes - particularly sexual - of the musical make it unsuitable for pre-teen audiences and it would certainly not be suitable for performances by anything earlier than university age.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.