The Sophie Winter Memorial Trust has been set up to commemorate and celebrate the life of a young actress who died in June 1995 from a misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancy just before her final performance in Alan Ayckbournís new play ĎA Word From our Sponsorí at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and just prior to its transfer to the Chichester Festival.

The purpose of the Trust is to commission new plays and have them produced. This seems to be a very appropriate way of turning a tragic loss into a positive gain, a gain not just for those who work in the theatre but for everyone who believes that plays and players are an essential part of our everyday lives.



Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE, Declan Donnellan, Sir Richard Eyre CBE, Julia McKenzie,
Duncan Weldon.