Alan Ayckbourn: News

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

Taking Steps
Opens At The Stephen Joseph Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn's classic farce Taking Steps has now opened at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, directed by Alan Ayckbourn and starring Russell Dixon, Antony Eden, Laura Matthews, Laurence Pears, Louise Shuttleworth and Leigh Symonds. Taking Steps can be seen in the Round at the SJT, in rep, from Thursday 13 July to Thursday 5 October. Production & rehearsal photos can be found here.

The Norman Conquests
Cast Announced At Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre is reviving one of Alan Ayckbourn's most famous works The Norman Conquests trilogy from 18 September to 28 October. It will be directed by Blanche McIntyre and will star Trystan Gravelle, Jemima Rooper, Sarah Hadland, Hattie Ladbury, John Hollingworth and Jonathan Broadbent. This will be the first in-the-round production at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The Divide
Confirmed At The Old Vic
The Old Vic has confirmed dates for the transfer of Alan Ayckbourn's epic The Divide following its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August. The two-part work will transfer to The Old Vic from 30 January to 10 February 2018 and tickets are on sale now.

The Divide
Casting At Edinburgh International Festival
Casting has been announced for Alan Ayckbourn's Edinburgh International Festival debut with the staged world premiere of his epic The Divide. The two-part work will star Clare Burt, Sophie Melville, Sian Thomas and Finty Williams alongside Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn and Letty Thomas.
The Divide is a new work by the playwright which runs at over five hours and will be performed in two parts at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh in August, before opening at The Old Vic in January as part of its bicentennial season. The two-part satirical love-story explores a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection and can be seen from 8 - 20 August at the King's Theatre.

By Jeeves
The cast for Alan Ayckbourn's revival of the musical By Jeeves has been announced with Nadim Naaman playing Bertie and Bill Champion as Jeeves. They are joined by Jamie Baughan, Katie Birtill, Howard Chadwick, Joshua Manning, Oliver Maudsley, Naomi Petersen, Nigel Richards and Melle Stewart. By Jeeves can be seen at The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 6 October - 4 November.

New Play To Premiere Alongside Classic Revival
Alan Ayckbourn's new play A Brief History of Women will premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from 1 September - 7 October. He is also directing a revival of his classic farce Taking Steps at the SJT from 13 July - 5 October.

60 Years At The Stephen Joseph Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn will be celebrating his 60 years with the Stephen Joseph Theatre with two special Gala events on 10 & 17 September. A Brief History of Plays will see the playwright joined by actors he has worked with in two evenings of reminiscences, anecdotes and extracts from many of his plays.

How The Other Half Loves UK Tour
Following its successful West End run in 2016, Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves will be touring during autumn 2017. Directed by Alan Strachan, It will feature Charlie Brooks, Mathew Cottle, Sara Crowe, Robert Daws, Caroline Langrishe and Leon Ockenden.

Standing Room Only Rehearsed Reading
Dick & Lottie, the UK's only amateur company dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn's plays has announced a rehearsed reading of the playwright's fourth play
Standing Room Only as part of its 2018 / 2019 schedule. This will mark the first public performance of the playwright's fourth play since 1963. Details to be announced 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

What's On This Week

Taking Steps * (until 5/10)
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Absurd Person Singular (in rep)
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Coming Soon
The Divide (8 - 20/8)
Edinburgh International Festival
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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