Alan Ayckbourn: News

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present Published
New - 21/12: 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

Haunting Julia
- A Chilling Tale For Christmas
Updated - 31/12:
Alan Ayckbourn's supernatural play Haunting Julia is now being streamed as an audio play until 31 January 2021 by the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Alan Ayckbourn directs and plays all three male roles in his 1994 play about a father still trying to come to terms with his musical genius daughter's death twelve years later and the consequences when he, her former boyfriend and a psychic come together to try and unravel the truth. The stream costs £12 to listen to and booking is open now at the SJT website. This website has also produced a free digital programme to accompany the stream which can be found here.

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.

Anno Domino - Alan Ayckbourn's Latest Play Streaming Again
New - 16/09:
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 UK Government's announcement that theatres can begin re-opening for performances, we're re-instating the What's On page and 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

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.
The Ayckbourn Store

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

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

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

Haunting Julia
An audio play written, directed & performed by Alan Ayckbourn
Streaming until 31 January 2021

Quote of the Month

"Where are we without our theatres? Our lives are greyer and our spirits poorer. May they open their doors soon and let some light back into our lives."
Alan Ayckbourn (2020)

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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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