Alan Ayckbourn: News / What's On

Unveiling Scarborough's Sea Wall Heritage Trail
On 6 December, Alan Ayckbourn inaugurated the Sea Wall Heritage Trail in his hometown of Scarborough. It consists of 31 plaques running along the Marine Drive telling the history and heritage of Scarborough - which Sir Alan is included within. Find out more on the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Society website.

A Special Ayckbourn Weekend Announced For 2023
The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, has announced The Crafty Art of Ayckbourn for 15 - 17 September 2023. This weekend with the company's Director Emeritus, Alan Ayckbourn, will include a rehearsed reading of his previously cancelled and unseen play Truth Will Out, a masterclass celebrating the 21st anniversary of his book The Crafty Art of Playmaking as well as a chance to see his new show, Constant Companions. All events can be booked separately or as part of packages which include exclusive extras such as a gala event with Alan and his company . Click here for more details.

How The Other Half Loves
Revival At Salisbury Playhouse
Alan Ayckbourn's classic 1969 comedy How The Other Half Loves is being revived with a major production at Salisbury Playhouse from 9 February to 4 March 2023. It will be directed by Garth Machin and full details can be found here.

Unseen Ayckbourn - 2022 Edition
Reviewed
The Yorkshire Times has reviewed Unseen Ayckbourn: 2022 Edition by Alan Ayckbourn's archivist, Simon Murgatroyd. The excellent review can be found here and details about the book and how to buy it can be found here.

New Play for 2023 Announced
The Stephen Joseph Theatre has announced Alan Ayckbourn will premiere a new play at his home theatre in Scarborough during 2023. Constant Companions will run from 7 September to 7 October and further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.

Lost
Absurd Person Singular Manuscript Discovered
The long-thought lost abandoned first draft of Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular has been discovered by the playwright's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, in conjunction with the Borthwick Institute for Archives. The 40 page manuscript is completely different to the play as we know it and is accompanied by several other significant finds. A website www.absurdpersonsingular.com has been launched to accompany the significant discovery.

Alan Ayckbourn & The SJT Sub-Site Relaunched
Following my decision to step down from my role as Archivist of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the Alan Ayckbourn & The SJT sub-site has now been revised and relaunched to now concentrate on Stephen Joseph & Alan Ayckbourn's tenures as Artistic Directors. It is a comprehensive guide to all plays, events, people and other related material at the SJT from 1955 to 2009. Click here.

Theatre Royal Bath Announces Relatively Speaking & Tour For 2023
Alan Ayckbourn's perennial classic Relatively Speaking is being revived by the Theatre Royal Bath in 2023 before heading out on tour. Robin Herford directs with Liza Goddard and Antony Eden starring. It's at Bath from 12 - 21 January with other venues and dates listed in the What's On column to the right.

Unseen Ayckbourn: 2022 Edition Out Now
The latest edition of Unseen Ayckbourn by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, is out now. Completely updated and revised for 2022, the book looks at Alan Ayckbourn's unproduced, unpublished, unwritten and withdrawn works. Further details can be found here.

Official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel Launched
The website has now launched an official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel, administered and hosted by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, featuring original content on the playwright and his plays as well as curated collections. You can find the channel here.

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
Published
Alan Ayckbourn's 2019 play Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present has now been published by Samuel French as a play-text and is also available to produce by professional and amateur companies. The script can be ordered via Concord Theatricals.

Fake Instagram Account
There is a fake Instagram account called alanayckbournofficial which is neither official nor endorsed by Alan Ayckbourn. If you are followed by - or are following it - please block and report it to Instagram as it is likely to involve phishing scams. Sir Alan does not - nor ever will - have an Instagram page or any account relating to Facebook / Meta. The only official Ayckbourn social media accounts are on Twitter, the YouTube, Apple Podcasts and WordPress.

Alan Ayckbourn Part of Concord Theatricals Author Collections
Alan Ayckbourn is part of the Concord Theatricals' Authors Collection which has links to all the plays which can be performed as well as all the published play scripts. It is a useful resource for any company thinking of performing an Ayckbourn play or for buying play scripts. Further details here.

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel,
The Divide
Alan Ayckbourn's debut novel, The Divide, is now available to buy in softback and limited edition hardback. Published by PS Publishing, The Divide is a tale of a dystopian world decimated by a disease where women have become fatally contagious to men. The Divide marks Alan Ayckbourn's first foray into prose fiction and is published by PS Publishing.

Recent Articles / Social Media

YouTube: NewsRound (24/11)
The Crafty Art of Ayckbourn news
Ayckbourn News Blog (23/11)
The Crafty Art of Ayckbourn announced
Yorkshire Times (12/11)
Unseen Ayckbourn: 2022 Edition review
The Scarborough News (09/11)
Absurd Person Singular manuscript discovery
SpotLight on Ayckbourn (31/10)
Looking at Ayckbourn's supernatural plays
Yorkshire Times (28/10)
Absurd Person Singular manuscript discovery
absurdpersonsingular.com (10/22)
Absurd Person Singular manuscript discovery

What's On: Professional

Relatively Speaking (12 - 21 Jan)
Theatre Royal Bath
Relatively Speaking (24 - 28 Jan)
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Relatively Speaking (31 Jan - 4 Feb)
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
Relatively Speaking (7 - 11 Feb)
Cambridge Arts Theatre
How The Other Half Loves (9 Feb - 4 Mar)
Salisbury Playhouse
Relatively Speaking (14 - 18 Feb)
Devonshire Park Theatre
Relatively Speaking (21 - 25 Feb)
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Relatively Speaking (7 - 11 Mar)
Malvern Theatres
Ayckbourn Play 88 (Spring - dates TBC) *
Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
Constant Companions (7 Sep - 7 Oct) *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Truth Will Out (Rehearsed reading) (17 Sep) *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

What's On: Events

The Crafty Art of Playmaking (15 Sep)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Truth Will Out - Rehearsed reading (17 Sep)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
The Crafty Art of Ayckbourn (15 - 17 Sep)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Alan Ayckbourn Post-Show Q&A (21 Sep)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

What's On: Multimedia

Bedroom Farce (31 Dec / 1 Jan)
BBC Radio 4 / BBC Sounds (available 30 days)
Way Upstream (ongoing)
Netflix (UK)

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