Alan Ayckbourn: News

Official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel Launched
The website has now launched a new official YouTube channel covering Alan Ayckbourn and his plays. The channel is administered and hosted by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, and will feature both original videos as well as curated collections of interviews with Alan Ayckbourn available on YouTube. You can find the channel here or access the videos through this website on the YouTube page in the links above or here.
Website: YouTube

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
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 the Ayckbourn store with performance details available via Concord Theatricals.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Fake Instagram Account
It has been brought to the website's attention, there is a fake Instagram account called alanayckbournofficial. If you are followed by - or are following it - please block and report it to Instagram. This is not an official Ayckbourn page nor is it endorsed by either the playwright or this website. Sir Alan does not - nor ever will - have an Instagram page or account. The page may be part of a phishing scam and should not be engaged with. The only official Ayckbourn social media accounts are on Twitter @Ayckbourn and the Alan Ayckbourn - The Archivist's Blog on Wordpress.

Filmed Interview with Alan Ayckbourn now streaming
An exclusive hour-long interview with Alan Ayckbourn - Alan Ayckbourn: In Conversation with Dr Paul Elsam -which saw the playwright discuss his latest play, The Girl Next Door, as well as his memories of growing up during the Blitz and his thoughts on the future is now available via the new Interviews section of the website. The interview, conducted and introduced by Dr Paul Elsam and premiered during Scarborough's Big Ideas by the Sea festival, is now available to stream here.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

Anno Domino - Alan Ayckbourn Play Streaming Again
Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Anno Domino - an audio play debuted on the Stephen Joseph Theatre website during May - is available to stream again courtesy of the UK International Drama Festival. The play is written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn who also stars in it opposite his wife, Heather Stoney. Both are former professional actors and take all the roles in the acclaimed play which drew international audiences and attention when premiered earlier this year as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Anno Domino is free to stream and available via

The Road Back To Performance - Here To Help
With the hope that UK theatres will be re-opening sooner rather than later during 2021, we're re-instating the What's On page and have added a new Staging Suggestions page on Ayckbourn plays suited to the current environment (small cast / outdoors etc). The What's On page is a free service for any company producing an Ayckbourn play - professional or amateur. Just fill in the details on the Submit Production Details page and we'll list it on the What's On page.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

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

Alan Ayckbourn Part of Concord Theatricals Author Collections
Concord Theatricals has launched a new Authors Collection with one of the choices being Alan Ayckbourn. This page offers 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 anyone just wanting to find an Ayckbourn script.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn at Concord International

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

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Now Showing / Coming Soon

Until 23 October:
Absurd Person Singular
UK Tour (various venues)
3 - 6 November:
Haunting Julia
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Spring 2022:
All Lies
The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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