Alan Ayckbourn: News

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 an any accompanying events will be carried on this website during 2019.

Haunting Julia
acting edition published
Samuel French has now published an acting edition of
Haunting Julia for the first time (previously the play has only been available as part of Faber's Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 3 collection). The classic 1994 ghost story celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2009 and it will be the first of a number of Ayckbourn plays being published for the first time as acting editions in the coming months.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 available now
The latest collection of Alan Ayckbourn's plays - including several never before published works - is now available. Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 is published by Faber (both in softback and as a digital book) and features the previously unpublished A Brief History Of Women, Hero's Welcome and Arrivals & Departures alongside Neighbourhood Watch and Time Of My Life.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 is available via the Ayckbourn Store.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

New Stephen Joseph Theatre section launched
Alan Ayckbourn has been associated with the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough since 1957 and it has played a crucial part in his life and theatrical career. To help provide a broader context for the playwright, the website has now added a new section concentrating on the Stephen Joseph Theatre between 1955 and Alan Ayckbourn stepping down as Artistic Director in 2009. It provides comprehensive historical details and information about the theatre with which Alan is most associated. Visit The SJT section via the links at the top of the page.

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.

Alan Ayckbourn: Writers & Their Work Second Edition
A new edition of Michael Holt's book Alan Ayckbourn: Writers & Their Work has now been published by Liverpool University Press priced at £16.99. Michael has worked frequently with Alan Ayckbourn as designer on many productions and has also been a Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University Of Manchester.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Peggy To Her Playwrights published
A new book about Alan Ayckbourn's famed agent, Margaret 'Peggy' Ramsay - Peggy To Her Playwrights - has been published, which includes correspondence from Peggy to Alan Ayckbourn.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store.

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.
Website: Press & Media

Dick & Lottie: Forthcoming Productions (2018 / 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. GamePlan will be at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, from 22 - 26 January 2019. They will be followed by FlatSpin and RolePlay in repertory from 23 - 27 July at the LBT with all three plays being performed on Saturday 27 July.

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

Now Showing / Coming Soon

22 - 26 January
GamePlan (Dick & Lottie)
The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

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