Alan Ayckbourn: News

Standing Room Only - for one night only!
A unique opportunity to experience an Alan Ayckbourn play not seen since 1966 is being offered by Dick & Lottie theatre company. To mark Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut, Alan Ayckbourn has given Dick & Lottie permission to do a one-off rehearsed reading of his fourth play Standing Room Only. The evening will be introduced by Sir Alan's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd and offer a unique opportunity to see an early withdrawn Ayckbourn play, first produced in 1961. The event is taking place on Thursday 4 July at The Square Chapel, Halifax, with tickets on sale here. This will be a must for Ayckbourn fans and more details can be found here.

80 Years Young with Alan Ayckbourn
The Stephen Joseph Theatre will be celebrating Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday with a special event on Sunday 29 September at 6pm. 80 Years Young will see Alan Ayckbourn and special guests take a tour through his family plays over the decades from acclaimed pieces such as Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays and Invisible Friends to long withdrawn plays such as Dad's Tale. Standard and VIP tickets - which include a programme signed by Alan and an invite to the post show reception - are available from 1 March.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

New Ayckbourn Acting Editions Published
Seven new acting editions off Alan Ayckbourn plays have been published including several never previously published. Samuel French has now published Arrivals & Departures, Farcicals, Haunting Julia, Hero's Welcome, Private Fears In Public Places, Roundelay and Sugar Daddies. Farcicals and Roundelay have never been published before whilst Sugar Daddies has a never published revised ending and Private Fears In Public Fears has a significant correction from the version previously published in Plays 3 by Faber. All the plays are available to order from the website Store.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

World premiere and classic revival announced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn will direct the world premiere of his new play, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present and a revival of Season's Greetings at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, this summer. Season's Greetings will be in repertory from 25 July to 28 September and Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present will be in repertory from 4 September to 5 October. Tickets go on sale to the public from 1 March. More details to follow in February.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

2019: Alan Ayckbourn's 80th Birthday & 60th Anniversary

2019 will mark a number of significant anniversaries for Alan Ayckbourn. The playwright will be celebrating his 80th birthday in April. On July 30, it will be 60 years since the world premiere of his first play, The Square Cat, and his classic play, How The Other Half Loves, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on 31 July. Further details of the anniversaries and any accompanying events can be found on the Ayckbourn At 80 page.
Website: Ayckbourn At 80

Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 available now
The latest collection of Alan Ayckbourn's plays - including several never before published works - is now available. Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 is published by Faber (both in softback and as a digital book) and features the previously unpublished A Brief History Of Women, Hero's Welcome and Arrivals & Departures alongside Neighbourhood Watch and Time Of My Life. It is priced at £18.99 and is available via the Ayckbourn Store.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Dick & Lottie: Forthcoming Productions (2019)
Dick & Lottie - the UK's only company dedicated exclusively to Alan Ayckbourn's plays - will be presenting the Damsels In Distress trilogy during 2019. The trilogy of GamePlan, FlatSpin and RolePlay will be in repertory from 23 - 27 July at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, with all three plays being performed on Saturday 27 July. The company will also be presenting and xclusive, one-night only rehearsed reading of Alan Ayckbourn's fourth play Standing Room Only - to be seen for the first time since 1966 - at The Square Chapel, Halifax, on 4 July.

Alan Ayckbourn: BBC Radio Drama Producer
A new section has been added with extensive details of Alan Ayckbourn's as a Radio Drama Producer for the BBC between 1965 to 1970 when he directed more than 100 plays for the radio. Details of this neglected area of his professional career can now be found here.

Alan Ayckbourn: Writers & Their Work Second Edition
A new edition of Michael Holt's book Alan Ayckbourn: Writers & Their Work has now been published by Liverpool University Press priced at £16.99. Michael has worked frequently with Alan Ayckbourn as designer on many productions and has also been a Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University Of Manchester.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Peggy To Her Playwrights now in soft back
The acclaimed book, Peggy To Her Playwrights is now available in softcover. The book comprises of correspondence between the famed literary agent, Peggy Ramsay, and her playwrights - including Alan Ayckbourn.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store.

Alan Ayckbourn appointed Director Emeritus of SJT
Sir Alan Ayckbourn has been appointed Director Emeritus at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, to mark his contribution to the Stephen Joseph Theatre and his achievements with the company over the past 60 years. The playwright is delighted to accept the honour.
Website: Press & Media

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition now available
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition by Simon Murgatroyd is now available - revised and updated - and featuring illustrations from the Ayckbourn Archive. The book explores Alan Ayckbourn's unwritten, lost and withdrawn plays.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn
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Now Showing / Coming Soon

25 July - 28 September: Season's Greetings *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
4 September - 5 October: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
29 September: 80 Years Young
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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Drowning On Dry Land updated
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