Press Release: Alan Ayckbourn's A Brief History Of Women To Transfer To New York

Alan Ayckbourn's A Brief History Of Women To Transfer To New York

26 April - 27 May at the 59e59 Theaters, New York

The Stephen Joseph Theatre presents A Brief History of Women
Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Company: Russell Dixon, Antony Eden, Frances Marshall, Laura Matthews, Laurence Pears, Louise Shuttleworth

Designer: Kevin Jenkins
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Composer: Simon Slater
Casting: Sarah Hughes

Alan Ayckbourn's latest play,
A Brief History Of Women, is to transfer to new York for the annual Brits Off Broadway festival.
The play, which opened at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough this summer, will be playing at the 59e59 Theatres from 26 April - 27 May, 2018.
A Brief History Of Women is Alan Ayckbourn’s 81st play and is a play in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him or lost him over 60 years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen.
From his first unsettling encounter as a very young man in 1925 to an unexpected reunion later in life, Anthony Spates’ romantic progress - fireworks, love and loss - is charted in this hilarious and gently touching comedy.
Alan Ayckbourn says: “I’ve written plays with a man as the central character, and plays with a woman as the central character. And I’ve written plays with characters that never actually appear - but I think this is the first time I’ve written a play with a house as the central character."
Alan Ayckbourn's plays and the Stephen Joseph Theatre have become regular visitors to the 59e59 Theatres in recent years as part of the
Brits Off Broadway festival starting in 2005 when the transfer of Private Fears In Public Places drew great acclaim. Most recently, the company visited in 2016 with the New York premieres of Ayckbourn's Hero's Welcome and Confusions.
A Brief History of Women will feature the original Stephen Joseph Theatre company of Russell Dixon, Antony Eden, Frances Marshall, Laura Matthews, Laurence Pears and Louise Shuttleworth.
The production is directed by Alan Ayckbourn and the creative team comprises designer Kevin Jenkins, who has recently designed several productions with Alan at the SJT, including
Taking Steps,The Karaoke Theatre Company, Consuming Passions and No Knowing; lighting designer Jason Taylor, who has worked on many productions at the SJT; and composer Simon Slater, who last year was musical director on the NT’s hit production of Amadeus, and this summer on the SJT’s production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

A Brief History of Women can be seen at the 59e59 Theaters, New York, from 26 April - 27 May. Tickets are now on sale and further information will be available through and

Updated on 27 February 2018.

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