Alan Ayckbourn: News

Alan Ayckbourn World Premiere & Revival Announced by The SJT
New 20/01:
The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, has announced Alan Ayckbourn will direct the world premiere of his latest play Truth Will Out alongside a revival of his classic work Just Between Ourselves this summer.
Just Between Ourselves will be running in repertory from 18 June to 3 October and is a revival of the playwright's critically acclaimed and award-winning 1976 play. This will mark the first time the playwright has directed the play since its world premiere.
It will be joined in repertory by the world premiere of his 84th play,
Truth Will Out, from 20 August until 3 October. This is described as an up-to-the-minute satire on family, relationships, politics and the state of the nation.
Tickets will be on sale from 13 March and further details can be found at the
SJT website.

Ten Times Table
now on UK tour
Updated 13/01: Alan Ayckbourn's 1977 hit Ten Times Table is now touring the UK until Spring 2020. The production is directed by Ayckbourn veteran Robin Herford and produced by Bill Kenwright. Ten Times Table is visiting: Windsor Theatre Royal (27 January - 1 February); Grand Opera House, York (10 - 15 February); Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury (17 - 22 February); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (24 - 29 February); Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield (9 - 14 March); Theatre Royal, Brighton (23 - 28 March).

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel, The Divide, now out
A slip-cased, limited edition of Alan Ayckbourn's debut novel, The Divide, is now available to buy. This hardback edition is limited to just 100 pages with a signed frontispiece by the author and in an exclusive slipcase. It is available here. 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. Told through reportage - and published as though a series of collected documents - The Divide marks Alan Ayckbourn's first foray into prose fiction. The Divide is also available in hardback and softcover.
Website: PS Publishing

Absurd Person Singular to tour during 2020
London Classic Theatre has announced an extensive tour of Alan Ayckbourn's classic play Absurd Person Singular during 2020. The company will be touring to more than 20 venues in the UK from 25 February to 19 July. Casting details are expected soon but dates can be found on both the What's On page and at the company's website.
Website: London Classic Theatre

Just Between Ourselves, Dick & Lottie reviving classic play
Alan Ayckbourn's classic 1976 play Just Between Ourselves is being revived in 2020 by Dick & Lottie. The play will be performed in-the-round at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, from 4 - 6 June 2020. Tickets are priced at £15 and booking is open now via

Changes to the website
Updated 02/12:
The Interviews section has now been relaunched alongside the new Articles section. As part of improvements to the website - and in preparation for a major new addition during 2020 - changes are being made to the site. Hopefully these changes will all help to improve the website, but apologies for any inconvenience or errors which may occasionally crop up during the next few months. The initial major changes have been to incorporate the Film / TV / Radio section into the Encyclopaedia, renaming several sections for easier navigation and adding a new by year play index.

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

Now Showing / Coming Soon

Until 1 February:
Ten Times Table
Windsor Theatre Royal
10 - 15 February: Ten Times Table
Grand Opera House, York

18 June - 3 October:
Just Between Ourselves *
Stephen Joseph Theatre

20 August - 3 October:
Truth Will Out *
Stephen Joseph Theatre

* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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Site Updates

29/01: Communicating Doors section updated
Comic Potential section updated
Just Between Ourselves updated
Truth Will Out section added
A Chorus of Disapproval section updated
Cheap & Cheerful section updated
The Champion of Paribanou section updated
Callisto 5 section updated
Chronology section updated
Ayckbourn character names index updated
Biography section updated for 2020

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