Alan Ayckbourn: News

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.

Absurd Person Singular
in The Times 'Greatest Plays'
Alan Ayckbourn's classic play Absurd Person Singular was featured in The Times Greatest Plays Of All Times; a guide to 50 classic plays by 50 playwrights.
Website: The Times (paywall)

New Books Available
Alan Ayckbourn plays a part in two recent books about figures in his life. The story of his collaboration on the musical Jeeves is told in Andrew Lloyd Webber's autobiography Unmasked. A new book about his famed agent, Margaret 'Peggy' Ramsay - Peggy To Her Playwrights - includes correspondence from Peggy to Alan Ayckbourn.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store.

Royal Society Of Literature event available to stream
Alan Ayckbourn's 'In Conversation' event for the Royal Society Of Literature is now available to stream online via the RSL's website. The event was hosted by Peter Kemp and saw the playwright discuss his life and work.

Improving the Chronology section
The improvements to the Chronology section of the website - a year by year look at Alan Ayckbourn's achievements - have now been completed. Each year page has been redesigned and now features photos and quotes from the playwright from that year.

Plays section redesign complete
The ongoing redesign and improvement of the
Plays section of Alan has now been completed. Every play section has been expanded and now includes a dedicated image page as well as behind the scenes facts alongside all the existing history, production and other information.

Plays 6
to be published in August
Faber is to published the sixth edition of its collected Ayckbourn works on 2 August. Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 will feature the previously unpublished A Brief History Of Women, Hero's Welcome and Arrivals & Departures alongside Neighbourhood Watch and Time Of My Life.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 will be available via the Ayckbourn Store.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Alan Ayckbourn's 2018 plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre announced

A new Ayckbourn play and the revival of a classic have been announced for the summer season at the Stephen Joseph, both to be directed by Alan Ayckbourn. The season will include a revival of Ayckbourn's classic 1978 play Joking Apart (last revived at the SJT in 2002) from 26 July to 4 October. It will be followed by the world premiere of Better Off Dead, running from 6 September - 6 October. Tickets go on sale on 19 February to the general public and more details are expected soon.

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition now available
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition by Simon Murgatroyd is now available - revised and updated for 2017 - and featuring illustrations from the Ayckbourn Archive. The book explores Alan Ayckbourn's unwritten, lost and withdrawn plays.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn

Coming Soon

Until 27 May
A Brief History Of Women *
59E59 Theaters, New York
26 July - 4 October
Joking Apart *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
6 September - 6 October
Better Off Dead*
Stephen Joseph Theatre
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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Site Updates

25/05: In His Own Words updated
Mr Whatnot updated
Influences updated
A Brief History Of Women updated
Standing Room Only updated
Dick & Lottie pages updated
Short biography updated
03/05: A Brief History Of Women updated
Alan Ayckbourn 'In His Own Words' section added
Website FAQs updated
A View From The Bridge updated
Better Off Dead updated