Alan Ayckbourn: News

Absurd Person Singular returns to New York this Christmas
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

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel to be published
This September will see the publication of Alan Ayckbourn's first novel, The Divide. Although it has been adapted for the stage (although not by the playwright himself), The Divide was conceived and always intended to be published as a novel. This year will see PS Publishing presenting The Divide as Alan Ayckbourn always hoped. "I’ve just put The Divide back as it belongs as a novel. Its going to be published this year and I'm very excited, I have a publisher and I have a launch date in September. My first novel.". More details to follow.

Dear Uncle at the Theatre by the Lake
Dear Uncle, Alan Ayckbourn's adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, is being produced for the first time since its world premiere in 2012 at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, this summer. The plays action is relocated to the Lake District during the 1930s making this the perfect venue to see Alan's adaptation of a play by his favourite playwright. Dear Uncle is directed by Tom Littler and can be seen in rep from 1 August to 2 November.
Website: Theatre by the Lake

Salisbury Playhouse goes Round for Relatively Speaking
Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy Relatively Speaking is coming to Salisbury Playhouse this autumn with a completely new look for the theatre. The main house is being converted into an in-the-round space to produce Relatively Speaking in the staging it was conceived for - like the majority of Alan Ayckbourn's plays. The production is being directed by Jo Newman with James Button designing and can be seen from 4 - 28 September.
Website: Salisbury Playhouse

80 Years Young with Alan Ayckbourn
The Stephen Joseph Theatre will be celebrating Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday with a special event on Sunday 29 September at 6pm. 80 Years Young will see Alan Ayckbourn and special guests take a tour through his family plays over the decades from acclaimed pieces such as Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays and Invisible Friends to long withdrawn plays such as Dad's Tale. Standard and VIP tickets - which include a programme signed by Alan and an invite to the post show reception - are available from 1 March.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

World premiere and classic revival this summer at the Stephen Joseph Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn will direct the world premiere of his new play, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present and a revival of Season's Greetings at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, this summer. Season's Greetings will be in repertory from 25 July to 28 September and Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present will be in repertory from 4 September to 5 October. The plays will also tour to the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 4 - 16 November.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

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.

"It's time to recognise the genius of Alan Ayckbourn?"
A fascinating article celebrating the 80th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn, written by Dominic Cavendish, was published in thew Daily Telegraph on 27 March 2019. It advocates greater recognition for the playwright and his work and can be seen here (please note, behind Firewall).
Website: Daily Telegraph

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

2019: Alan Ayckbourn's 80th Birthday & 60th Anniversary
2019 will mark a number of significant anniversaries for Alan Ayckbourn. The playwright will be celebrating his 80th birthday in April. On July 30, it will be 60 years since the world premiere of his first play, The Square Cat, and his classic play, How The Other Half Loves, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on 31 July. Further details of the anniversaries and any accompanying events can be found on the Ayckbourn At 80 page.
Website: Ayckbourn At 80

Dick & Lottie: Forthcoming Productions (2019)
Dick & Lottie - the UK's only company dedicated exclusively to Alan Ayckbourn's plays - will be presenting the Damsels In Distress trilogy during 2019. The trilogy of GamePlan, FlatSpin and RolePlay will be in repertory from 23 - 27 July at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, with all three plays being performed on Saturday 27 July. The 50th anniversary of How The Other Half Loves will be celebrated from 5 - 9 November at the Lawrence Batley Theatre before the company makes 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.

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition now available
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition by Simon Murgatroyd is now available - revised and updated - and featuring illustrations from the Ayckbourn Archive. The book explores Alan Ayckbourn's unwritten, lost and withdrawn plays.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn
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Now Showing / Coming Soon

25 July - 28 September: Season's Greetings *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
1 August - 2 November: Dear Uncle
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
4 September - 5 October: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
29 September: 80 Years Young
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
September: The Divide
To be published by PS Publishing
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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