Alan Ayckbourn: News

BBC Radio 4 To Broadcast Relatively Speaking
Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking is being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this Christmas. The 1975 radio adaptation of the play starring Rosemary Leach, Michael Aldridge, Nigel Lambert and Joanna Wake will be broadcast on Radio 4 and BBC iPlayer at 6am on Saturday 16 December, before being made available for 30 days on BBC iPlayer.
Website: www.bbc.co.uk

A Brief History Of Women
to transfer to New York
Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, A Brief History Of Women, is to transfer to New York in 2018. The play, which premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this summer, will be part of the Brits Off Broadway festival and will run at the 59e59 Theatres from 1 - 27 May. Tickets go on sale to the general public from 5 December.
Website: www.59e59.org

Life Of Riley
published by Samuel French
Alan Ayckbourn's Life Of Riley has now been published by Samuel French as an acting edition. This marks the first time the play has been published singularly rather than part of a collection. The play concerns the friends of the unseen and dying George Riley's life. As they look back on lives lived or might have lived, George plots a final farewell which threatens to upset all their future lives. Life Of Riley can be orderer here.

The Divide
At The Old Vic
Alan Ayckbourn's epic 'narrative for voices The Divide has been announced as part of The Old Vic's bicentennial season. Previously seen at the Edinburgh Festival 2017, The Divide can be seen at the Old Vic from 1 February - 10 February 2018 with tickets on sale now. Further details about The Divide can be found in the Plays section.
Website: www.oldvictheatre.com

Janie Dee At The BBC
The actor Janie Dee, who has worked with Alan Ayckbourn on a number of significant productions and was recently part of his 60th anniversary at the Stephen Joseph Theatre celebrations, releases her first album Janie Dee at the BBC on 2 October with one of Alan Ayckbourn and Paul Todd's songs, Copytype, on the album. Janie Dee At The BBC is published by Auburn Jam Music and will be available on Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay.
Website:
www.janiedee.com

New play for 2018 named
Alan Ayckbourn announced the title of his 82nd play - likely to premiere in 2018 - in an interview with The Times newspaper on 23 July. The play is called Better Off Dead and further details are expected to be announced next year. The world premiere of his 81st play, A Brief History Of Women, will open at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from 1 September - 7 October.
Website: The Times

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

Relatively Speaking
BBC Radio 4 (16 Dec)
The Divide
The Old Vic, London (1 - 10 Feb)

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