Alan Ayckbourn: News

Improving The Chronology Section
The Chronology section of the website - a year by year look at Alan Ayckbourn's achievements - is currently undergoing a complete redesign with improvements. Visitors to the section will now find that the pages for each year from 1939 to 1999 have quotes from the playwright from each specific year as well as year-specific photo portraits of Alan Ayckbourn. Each page has also been redesigned for a better experience. Visit the Chronology section by clicking here. Further improvements will continue on a regular basis.

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. Visit the Plays section and choose your favourite Ayckbourn play to see the changes. More improvements and changes to the website are coming soon.

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 Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 will feature the previously unpublished A Brief History Of Women, Hero's Welcome and Arrivals & Departures alongside Neighbourhood Watch and Time Of My Life.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.
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.

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 26 April - 27 May. Tickets are now on sale.

Life Of Riley
published by Samuel French
Alan Ayckbourn's play 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.

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

A Brief History Of Women*
59E59 Theaters, New York
(26 April - 27 May)
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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Site Updates

21/03: Chronology pages: 1990 - 1999 redesigned
19/03: Chronology pages: 1939 - 1989 redesigned
A Brief History Of Women updated
The Square Cat redesigned
Love After All redesigned
Dad's Tale redesigned
Standing Room Only redesigned
Christmas V Mastermind redesigned
Mr Whatnot redesigned
Relatively Speaking redesigned
The Sparrow redesigned
Ayckbourn Store redesigned
How The Other Half Loves updated
Ghost Stories added
Family Circles updated