Alan Ayckbourn: News

NEW: Absurd Person Singular to tour in 2020
London Classic Theatre has announced an extensive tour of Alan Ayckbourn's classic play Absurd Person Singular during 2020. The company will be touring to more than 20 venues in the UK from 25 February to 19 July. Casting details are expected soon but dates can be found on both the What's On page and at the company's website.
Website: London Classic Theatre

Absurd Person Singular returns to New York this Christmas
Updated 13/11: Alan Ayckbourn’s most successful Broadway play Absurd Person Singular returns to New York this Christmas. The classic comedy, which broke Broadway records in 1976, is coming to Theatre Row, 42nd Street, from 11 to 29 December in a revival by Dick & Lottie theatre company - which has performed more than 40 of Ayckbourn's plays in the past 15 years. Absurd Person Singular can be seen at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, from 11 to 29 December. Tickets are priced $72.25 and can be booked via, or from the box office.
Website: Dick & Lottie @ / Dick & Lottie

Changes to the website
Updated 30/10:
A new by year play index has been added. As part of improvements to the website - and in preparation for a major new addition during 2020 - changes are being made to the site. Hopefully these changes will all help to improve the website, but apologies for any inconvenience or errors which may occasionally crop up during the next few months. The first major change has been to incorporate the Film / TV / Radio section into the Encyclopaedia as well as to rename several sections for easier navigation.

Ten Times Table now on UK tour
Updated - 30/10: Alan Ayckbourn's 1977 hit Ten Times Table is now touring the UK until Spring 2020. The production is directed by Ayckbourn veteran Robin Herford and produced by Bill Kenwright. Ten Times Table is visiting: Malvern Festival Theatre (11 - 16 November); Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne (18 - 23 November); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (25 - 30 November); Bath Theatre Royal (2 - 7 December); Richmond Theatre (20 -25 January); Grand Opera House, York (10 - 15 February); Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury (17 - 22 February); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (24 - 29 February); Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield (9 - 14 March); Theatre Royal, Brighton (23 - 28 March).

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel,
The Divide, now out
Alan Ayckbourn's debut novel, The Divide, is now available to buy. Published by PS Publishing, it 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 available from PS Publishing in hardback, limited edition signed hardback and softcover.
Website: PS Publishing

Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition
Update: 31/10 Just 3 copies left!
To mark Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut, a special limited edition of Simon Murgatroyd's Unseen Ayckbourn has been published. The new edition has been updated for 2019 and includes new and expanded entries, extracts and quotes from the playwright alongside a new essay on the significance of the playwright and his writing. The book explores Alan Ayckbourn's lost, withdrawn and unpublished plays alongside abandoned ideas, alternative titles, variations of plays and other ephemera from the playwright's childhood through to 2019. Unseen Ayckbourn was named as one of The Stage's best theatre books of 2013. The exclusive edition is limited to just 50 copies and is only available via this and the author's websites.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn

Towards Ayckbournia In Germany published
A 'Festschrift' celebrating Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday has been published in Germany. Towards Ayckbournia in Germany has been edited by Ayckbourn expert Albert-Reiner Glaap and features a contribution by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd. It offers a brief exploration of Ayckbourn's work in his home town of Scarborough and in Germany. It is priced at €15 and is published by Wissenscftlicher Verlag Trier.

Advocates section launched
As part of the 80th birthday celebrations of Alan Ayckbourn, the website has launched an Advocates section compiling quotes from actors, directors, writers and people who have been influenced by or worked with him to celebrate his life and career. This will be an ongoing project for the website.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

Dick & Lottie: Forthcoming Productions (2019)
Dick & Lottie - the UK's only company dedicated exclusively to Alan Ayckbourn's plays - will be making its New York debut with Absurd Person Singular at Theatre Row (42nd Street) from 11 - 29 December.

New Ayckbourn Acting Editions Published
Seven new acting editions off Alan Ayckbourn plays have been published including several never previously published. Samuel French has now published Arrivals & Departures, Farcicals, Haunting Julia, Hero's Welcome, Private Fears In Public Places, Roundelay and Sugar Daddies. Farcicals and Roundelay have never been published before whilst Sugar Daddies has a never published revised ending and Private Fears In Public Fears has a significant correction from the version previously published in Plays 3 by Faber. All the plays are available to order from the website Store.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Alan Ayckbourn: BBC Radio Drama Producer
A new section has been added with extensive details of Alan Ayckbourn's as a Radio Drama Producer for the BBC between 1965 to 1970 when he directed more than 100 plays for the radio. Details of this neglected area of his professional career can now be found here.

Now Showing / Coming Soon

Until 16 November
Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
Until 16 November
Ten Times Table
Malvern festival Theatre
18 - 23 November
Ten Times Table
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
25 - 30 November
Ten Times Table
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
2 - 7 December
Ten Times Table
Bath Theatre Royal
11 - 29 December
Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Row (42nd Street), New York City
Out now
The Divide
Alan Ayckbourn's debut novel, published by PS Publishing

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