Sir Alan Ayckbourn has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to theatre in Scarborough and his services to creative industries across the world.
He was artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, in Scarborough, from 1972 to 2009 where all but four of his plays received their first performance. More than 40 have gone on to be produced in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sir Alan was presented with the accolade by CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, at its inaugural graduation ceremony at Scarborough Spa.
The event also saw the institution’s pioneering students officially receive their Coventry University degrees.