Alan Ayckbourn: News

Alan Ayckbourn (Writers & Their Work) second edition to be published
A new edition of Michael Holt's book Alan Ayckbourn (Writers & Their Work) is being released on 30 June by Northcote House. Originally released in 1999, the new edition is updated to include the significant body of work produced in the past two decades. Michael Holt is a frequent designer for Alan Ayckbourn and has written a number of books on stage and costume design.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Plays 6 to be published in August
Faber is to published the sixth edition of its collected Ayckbourn works on 2 August (digital editions on 23 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 Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 will feature the previously unpublished A Brief History Of Women, Hero's Welcome and Arrivals & Departures alongside Neighbourhood Watch and Time Of My Life.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.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

A Brief History Of Women
triumphs in New York
Alan Ayckbourn's A Brief History Of Women broke records during its recent transfer in May to the 59E59 Theatres, New York, as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival. It attracted 6,300 theatre-goers, a record for any Stephen Joseph Theatre production at the festival which it has been part of since 2005. Discussions for the SJT's next visit to the 59E59 are already under discussion.
Website: Press release

Scarborough In The Round updated and relaunched
Our sister website covering the history of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, has now finished its revamp and been re-launched. The history of the company, its 600+ productions, its founder Stephen Joseph and the many people who have worked there are all covered in this 1,500+ page website. Visit Scarborough In The Round to find out more about the most significant company and theatre in Alan Ayckbourn's theatrical life.

Alan Ayckbourn appointed Director Emeritus of SJT
Sir Alan Ayckbourn has been appointed Director Emeritus at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, to mark his contribution to the Stephen Joseph Theatre and his achievements with the company over the past 60 years. The playwright is delighted to accept the honour.

Absurd Person Singular
in The Times 'Greatest Plays'
Alan Ayckbourn's classic play Absurd Person Singular was featured in The Times Greatest Plays Of All Times; a guide to 50 classic plays by 50 playwrights.
Website: The Times (paywall)

New Books Available
Alan Ayckbourn plays a part in two recent books about figures in his life. The story of his collaboration on the musical Jeeves is told in Andrew Lloyd Webber's autobiography Unmasked. A new book about his famed agent, Margaret 'Peggy' Ramsay - Peggy To Her Playwrights - includes correspondence from Peggy to Alan Ayckbourn.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store.

Royal Society Of Literature event available to stream
Alan Ayckbourn's 'In Conversation' event for the Royal Society Of Literature is now available to stream online via the RSL's website. The event was hosted by Peter Kemp and saw the playwright discuss his life and work.

Improving the Chronology section
The improvements to the Chronology section of the website - a year by year look at Alan Ayckbourn's achievements - have now been completed. Each year page has been redesigned and now features photos and quotes from the playwright from that year.

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.

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.

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

30 June
Alan Ayckbourn (Writers & Their Work) published
26 July - 4 October
Joking Apart *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
2 August
Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 published
6 September - 6 October
Better Off Dead *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
9 - 27 October
Joking Apart / Better Off Dead *
New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
31 October - 10 November
Joking Apart / Better Off Dead *
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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