Alan Ayckbourn: News

The Stephen Joseph Theatre announces re-opening plans
Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre - Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre - has announced its plans for re-opening following the Covid-19 lockdown. The town's popular Eat Me Cafe is temporarily relocating into the venue from the end of July with films and streaming starting in mid-August. Plans for a live programme once Government guidelines are confirmed are also being discussed. See the link below for further details.
Website:
Archiving Ayckbourn blog

Anno Domino
section relaunched
New - 02/07:
The in-depth section of the website for Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Anno Domino has been relaunched with a full synopsis and reviews page. You can also find out about the history of the play and read interviews with the playwright relating to it.
Website:
www.alanayckbourn.net

Alan Ayckbourn featured on The Stage's Seven Stages Podcast
New - 13/06:
Alan Ayckbourn is the guest in the seventh Seven Stages Podcast on The Stage online. The 40 minute podcast sees Alan Ayckbourn discussing his life and career as well as his new world premiere, Anno Domino.
Website: www.thestage.co.uk

We Want Your Thoughts & Experiences of Working With Alan Ayckbourn
This website is launching a new initiative to record people's experiences of working with Sir Alan Ayckbourn and their thoughts on working with him, his contribution to theatre and how he has inspired people. The results will be published on this website and held in the Ayckbourn Archive for posterity. As we await for theatres to re-open and for the chance to enjoy to new and existing work by Sir Alan, it's a chance for us to share our positive thoughts and experiences. Click here for more details.
Website: Your Experiences

What To Watch & Read replacing What's On page
As there are no live performances of Alan Ayckbourn's plays during lockdown, we've converted the What's On page to cover where you can stream or buy Alan Ayckbourn's plays and material relating to the playwright and his work. We've also included a recommended reading list for anyone interested in learning more about the playwright. Click here to find regular updates.
Website: What to Watch & Read

New Content On The Website
Even with all that's happening at the moment, work on the website goes on as normal which includes expanding certain sections of the website with new material. For specific plays, new Articles sections are being added with articles by Alan Ayckbourn and other authors as well extra interviews. We'll be adding more in the coming weeks and update the list below as to the latest additions (click on 'Articles' from the play's home-page link below).
New Material Added to:
Way Upstream, Season's Greetings, Jeeves, Taking Steps, The Norman Conquests, Relatively Speaking,

Extra Ayckbourn Blog Content
The Alan Ayckbourn: Archiving Ayckbourn Blog is going to increase its amount of weekly content. Initially, the blog will be complementing its weekly Ayckbourn article with a series of articles looking at the first 40 Years of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Visit the blog for more.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn Blog

The Ayckbourn Archive launches at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website
The latest major addition to Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website has launched with the Ayckbourn Archive. This new image-led section aims to highlight photographs, documents and other material held in various archives relating to the playwright and his plays. The Archive be regularly expanded and hopes to offer a glimpse at rarely seen Archive material as well as drawing attention to accessible archives for Ayckbourn researchers. The section has been launched with the support of the Boerthwick Institute for Archies at the University of York where Alan Ayckbourn's actual Archive is held.
Website: The Ayckbourn Archive

New Ayckbourn Plays Published
Three new Ayckbourn plays have just been published in 2020 by Samuel French. You can now buy the playscripts for the full-length plays Better Off Dead and Consuming Passions as well as the One Act Plays, No Knowing. The play scripts are available via the Store section of the website. These join the seven acting editions published during 2019: Arrivals & Departures, Farcicals, Haunting Julia, Hero's Welcome, Private Fears In Public Places, Roundelay and Sugar Daddies. All these plays are also available to order from the website Store.
Website:
The Ayckbourn Store

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

Quote of the Month (July 2020)

"Scarborough - and the Stephen Joseph Theatre - has given me the chance to pursue what I've wanted to do; to write, to form companies with like-minded souls around me, to direct and to generally have fun."
Alan Ayckbourn (2008)

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Site Updates

10/07: Programmes added to Absurd Person Singular
09/07: Programmes added to Time & Time Again
08/07:
New interviews added to How The Other Half Loves
07/07:
Programmes added to Family Circles
06/07:
Programmes added to How The Other Half Loves
03/07:
Acting section updated
02/07:
Synopsis & Reviews added to Anno Domino
01/07: Programme added to The Sparrow
30/06:
Programmes added to Relatively Speaking
22/06:
Archive section improvements
18/06:
Programmes added to Mr Whatnot
17/06:
Inheritance Tracks added to Talks
16/06:
Programme added to Dad's Tale
15/06:
Programmes added to Love After All
12/06:
Programme added to The Square Cat
11/06:
Roundelay updated
10/06:
Surprises updated
09/06:
Private Fears in Public Places updated
08/06:
Things We Do For Love updated

Now Showing / Coming Soon

21 Apr - 16 May: Relatively Speaking
Jermyn Street Theatre, London
21 - 25 Apr: Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Royal, Winchester
28 Apr - 2 May: Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
6 - 9 May: Absurd Person Singular
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
6 - 9 May: Absurd Person Singular
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
12 - 16 May: Absurd Person Singular
Hull Truck Theatre
19 - 23 May: Absurd Person Singular
Malvern Theatres
26 - 27 May: Absurd Person Singular
CAST, Doncaster
28 - 29 May: Absurd Person Singular
Queen’s Hall, Hexham
2 - 3 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Key Theatre, Peterborough
4 - 6 Jun: Just Between Ourselves
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
4 - 6 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
9 - 13 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Derby Theatre
16 - 20 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Exeter Northcott Theatre
18 Jun - 3 Oct: Just Between Ourselves
Stephen Joseph Theatre *

23 - 24 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
25 - 26 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
South Hill Park, Bracknell
30 Jun - 2 Jul: Absurd Person Singular
Blackpool Grand Theatre
3 - 4 Jul: Absurd Person Singular
Middlesbrough Theatre
14 - 15 Jul: Absurd Person Singular
New Theatre Royal, Lincoln
17 - 19 Jul: Absurd Person Singular
Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare
20 Aug - 3 Oct: Truth Will Out
Stephen Joseph Theatre *

* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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