Alan Ayckbourn: News

NEW: Changes to the website
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.

NEW: Ten Times Table now on UK tour
Alan Ayckbourn's 1977 hit Ten Times Table is now touring the UK. The production is directed by Ayckbourn veteran Robin Herford and produced by Bill Kenwright. Ten Times Table is initially visiting: Windsor Theatre Royal (Until 19 October); Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (21 - 26 October); Theatre Royal, New castle (4 - 9 November); 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). Further dates are expected to be announced soon.

Ayckbourn world premiere and classic revival to tour in the autumn
Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present and his revival of Season's Greetings - which premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this summer - are about to embark on a short tour, directed by the author and featuring his SJT company. The plays will tour to the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 8 - 26 October and the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 4 - 16 November.

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: 09/10 Just 8 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

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

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

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 presenting a 50th anniversary production of How The Other Half Loves from 5 - 9 November at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 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.

Now Showing / Coming Soon

8 - 26 October: Season's Greetings / Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
4 - 9 November: Season's Greetings
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
13 - 16 November: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
Until 2 November: Dear Uncle
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Out now: The Divide
Alan Ayckbourn's debut novel, published by PS Publishing
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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Site Updates

15/10: Consuming Passions updated
A Brief History of Women section updated
Better Off Dead section updated
Just Between Ourselves: Images updated
Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present section updated
The SJT: History updated
Absurd Person Singular history updated
The SJT updated
Absurd Person Singular: History updated
SJT - Visiting Companies updated
Season's Greetings updated
Neighbourhood Watch updated

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