Alan Ayckbourn: News / What's On

Woman In Mind now open at Chichester Festival Theatre
Anna Mackmin's major revival of Woman in Mind at Chichester Festival Theatre has now opened starring Jenna Russell as Susan alongside Nigel Lindsay, Matthew Cottle, Will Attenborough, Marc Elliott, Flora Higgins, Stephanie Jacob and Orlando James. The play will run until 15 October with further details here.

Ayckbourn World Premiere, Family Album, now open in Scarborough
Family Album has now opened at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, starring Elizabeth Boag, Georgia Burnell, Tanya-Loretta Dee, Antony Eden and Frances Marshall. Alan Ayckbourn directs his new play which chronicles the trials, tribulations and temptations of three generations of one family across 70 years in the same home. Family Album can be seen until 1 October with further details here.

Family Album to tour
Alan Ayckbourn's 87th play, Family Album, will tour to The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 11 - 22 October, 2022, and at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 1 - 5 November 2022. Full details can be found for the New Vic here and The Old Laundry here.

Theatre Royal Bath Announces Relatively Speaking & Tour For 2023
Alan Ayckbourn's perennial classic Relatively Speaking is being revived by the Theatre Royal Bath in 2023 before heading out on tour. Robin Herford directs with Liza Goddard and Antony Eden starring. It's at Bath from 12 - 211 January with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, among the touring venues (see What's On to the right).

Unseen Ayckbourn: 2022 Edition Out Now
The latest edition of Unseen Ayckbourn by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, is out now. Completely updated and revised for 2022, the book looks at Alan Ayckbourn's unproduced, unpublished, unwritten and withdrawn works. Further details can be found here.

Alan Ayckbourn featured in The Guardian and The Stage
Alan Ayckbourn as an example of how significant the arts are to the well-being of the UK is featured in The Guardian as part of an editorial series looking at the Cost of Living crisis, click here to read. The playwright is also interviewed in The Stage in the lead-up to the premiere of his play Family Album, click here (paywall).

Official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel Launched
The website has now launched an official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel, administered and hosted by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, featuring original content on the playwright and his plays as well as curated collections. You can find the channel here.

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
Published
Alan Ayckbourn's 2019 play Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present has now been published by Samuel French as a play-text and is also available to produce by professional and amateur companies. The script can be ordered via Concord Theatricals.

Fake Instagram Account
There is a fake Instagram account called alanayckbournofficial which is neither official nor endorsed by Alan Ayckbourn. If you are followed by - or are following it - please block and report it to Instagram as it is likely to involve phishing scams. Sir Alan does not - nor ever will - have an Instagram page or any account relating to Facebook / Meta. The only official Ayckbourn social media accounts are on Twitter, the YouTube, Apple Podcasts and WordPress.

Alan Ayckbourn Part of Concord Theatricals Author Collections
Alan Ayckbourn is part of the Concord Theatricals' Authors Collection which has links to all the plays which can be performed as well as all the published play scripts. It is a useful resource for any company thinking of performing an Ayckbourn play or for buying play scripts. Further details here.

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel,
The Divide
Alan Ayckbourn's debut novel, The Divide, is now available to buy in softback and limited edition hardback. Published by PS Publishing, The Divide is a tale of a dystopian world decimated by a disease where women have become fatally contagious to men. The Divide marks Alan Ayckbourn's first foray into prose fiction and is published by PS Publishing.

Recent Articles

Big Issue North (September 2022)
Interview with Alan Ayckbourn
The Stage (26 August 2022)
Interview with Alan Ayckbourn
The Guardian (27 August 2022)
Editorial about Alan Ayckbourn
The Press (11 August 2022)
'All Lies' feature

What's On: Professional

Family Album (Until 1 Oct) *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Woman in Mind (Until 15 Oct)
Chichester Festival Theatre
Family Album (11 - 22 Oct) *
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Family Album (1 - 5 Nov) *
Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
Relatively Speaking (12 - 21 Jan 2023)
Theatre Royal Bath
Relatively Speaking (24 - 28 Jan 2023)
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Relatively Speaking (31 Jan - 4 Feb 2023)
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
Relatively Speaking (21 - 25 Feb 2023)
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

What's On: Amateur

Garden (Until 29 Sep)
The Fulbourne Centre, Cambridge
Taking Steps (6 - 15 Oct)
Medway Little Theatre, Rochester
Confusions (10 - 12 Oct)
City Players, Sheffield
The Boy Who Fell Into A Book (20 - 29 Oct)
Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington, London
Haunting Julia (21 - 29 Oct)
Theatre Royal, Ramsbottom
Improbable Fiction (2 - 12 Nov)
Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington, London
Haunting Julia (18 - 26 November)
Questor's Theatre, Ealing, London

Please note, as of 1 January 2023, the website will no longer be carrying details of amateur productions due to changes to the website.

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