Alan Ayckbourn: News

'Lost' Ayckbourn play added to play canon
An old Archival mystery of an Ayckbourn monologue called The Fearsome Threesome has now been solved and the play added to the official Ayckbourn plan canon as one of his 'Grey Plays' (a play produced once but not available to be produced again. You can find out more about The Fearsome Threesome, what it is and why it was lost here.
Website: The Fearsome Threesome at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

University Of Coventry honour
Sir Alan Ayckbourn, CBE, received an Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) from CU Scarborough on 9 July in recognition of his outstanding contribution to theatre in Scarborough and his services to creative industries across the world at the ceremony. The University Of Coventry opened its Scarborough Campus in September 2016.

Joking Apart
company announced
The company for Alan Ayckbourn's 40th anniversary revival of his classic play Joking Apart at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, has been announced. It will feature Jamie Baughan (Hugh), Liz Jadav (Olive), Frances Marshall (Anthea), Laurence Pears (Richard), Naomi Peterson (Melody), Louise Shuttleworth (Louise), Richard Stacey (Brian) and Leigh Symonds (Sven). The production is being directed by Alan Ayckbourn with design by Michael Holt and lighting by Jason Taylor. It is in repertory at the SJT from 26 July - 4 October.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

Plays 6
to be published in August
Faber is to published the sixth edition of its collected Ayckbourn works on 2 August (digital editions on 23 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 Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 will feature the previously unpublished A Brief History Of Women, Hero's Welcome and Arrivals & Departures alongside Neighbourhood Watch and Time Of My Life.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

Peggy To Her Playwrights published
A new book about Alan Ayckbourn's famed agent, Margaret 'Peggy' Ramsay - Peggy To Her Playwrights - has been published, which includes correspondence from Peggy to Alan Ayckbourn.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store.

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.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre: Forthcoming Productions (2018)

A new Ayckbourn play and the revival of a classic will take place this summer at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, both directed by Alan Ayckbourn. Joking Apart (last revived at the SJT in 2002) will run from 26 July to 4 October. It will be followed by the world premiere of Better Off Dead, running from 6 September - 6 October.

Dick & Lottie: Forthcoming Productions (2018 / 2019)
Dick & Lottie - the UK's only company dedicated exclusively to Alan Ayckbourn's plays - will be presenting Improbable Fiction at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, from 27 - 29 September and GamePlan will also play at the LBT from 22 - 26 January 2019.

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

Scarborough In The Round updated and relaunched
Our sister website covering the history of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, has now finished its revamp and been re-launched. The history of the company, its 600+ productions, its founder Stephen Joseph and the many people who have worked there are all covered in this 1,500+ page website. Visit Scarborough In The Round to find out more about the most significant company and theatre in Alan Ayckbourn's theatrical life.

Coming Soon

26 July - 4 October
Joking Apart *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
2 August
Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 published
6 September - 6 October
Better Off Dead *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
9 - 27 October
Joking Apart / Better Off Dead *
New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
31 October - 10 November
Joking Apart / Better Off Dead *
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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