Alan Ayckbourn: News

New Content On The Website
New - 08/04:
Even with all that's happening at the moment, work on the website goes on as normal which includes expanding certain sections of the website with new material. For specific plays, new Articles sections are being added with articles by Alan Ayckbourn and other authors as well extra interviews. We'll be adding more in the coming weeks and update the list below as to the latest additions (click on 'Articles' from the play's home-page link below).
New Material Added to:
The Norman Conquests, Relatively Speaking, The Square Cat, Joking Apart

Extra Ayckbourn Blog Content
New - 25/03:
The Alan Ayckbourn: Archiving Ayckbourn Blog is going to increase its amount of weekly content. Initially, the blog will be complementing its weekly Ayckbourn article with a series of articles looking at the first 40 Years of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Visit the blog for more.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn Blog

Stephen Joseph Theatre Summer Season
Cancelled
New - 23/03:
The Stephen Joseph Theatre has taken the difficult decision to cancel its summer repertory season due to the worldwide Covid-19 outbreaks. As a result, Alan Ayckbourn's productions of Just Between Ourselves and Truth Will Out will not be staged. Further details can be found here and on the Stephen Joseph Theatre's website.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Ayckbourn Archive launches at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website
Updated - 10/03:
The latest major addition to Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website has launched with the Ayckbourn Archive. This new image-led section aims to highlight photographs, documents and other material held in various archives relating to the playwright and his plays. The Archive be regularly expanded and hopes to offer a glimpse at rarely seen Archive material as well as drawing attention to accessible archives for Ayckbourn researchers. The section has been launched with the support of the Boerthwick Institute for Archies at the University of York where Alan Ayckbourn's actual Archive is held.
Website: The Ayckbourn Archive

New Ayckbourn Plays Published
New - 03/03:
Three new Ayckbourn plays have just been published in 2020 by Samuel French. You can now buy the playscripts for the full-length plays Better Off Dead and Consuming Passions as well as the One Act Plays, No Knowing. The play scripts are available via the Store section of the website. These join the seven acting editions published during 2019: Arrivals & Departures, Farcicals, Haunting Julia, Hero's Welcome, Private Fears In Public Places, Roundelay and Sugar Daddies. All these plays are also available to order from the website Store.
Website:
The Ayckbourn Store

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel, The Divide, now out
A slip-cased, limited edition of Alan Ayckbourn's debut novel, The Divide, is now available to buy. This hardback edition is limited to just 100 pages with a signed frontispiece by the author and in an exclusive slipcase. It is available here. 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. 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 also available in hardback and softcover.
Website: PS Publishing

Changes to the website
Updated 02/12:
The Interviews section has now been relaunched alongside the new Articles section. 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 initial major changes have been to incorporate the Film / TV / Radio section into the Encyclopaedia, renaming several sections for easier navigation and adding a new by year play index.

Quote of the Week (30 Mar)

"People in the theatre like problems. They love a challenge. Oh, they'll give you a box set with two doors, French windows and a chandelier if they have to, but they're much more interested in trying to create the inside of a space capsule that's supposed to spin in the middle of the stage, because that's really fun."
Alan Ayckbourn (2000)

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Site Updates

09/04: The Norman Conquests updated
08/04:
The Sparrow updated
07/04:
A Chorus Of Disapproval Productions updated
06/04:
Snake in the Grass updated
02/04:
Relatively Speaking updated
01/04:
Standing Room Only updated
31/03:
The Square Cat updated
30/03:
Snake In The Grass updated
26/03:
Joking Apart updated
25/03:
Invisible Friends updated
24/03:
Intimate Exchanges updated
23/03:
Just Between Ourselves updated
20/03:
Whenever updated
19/03:
Directing section updated
18/03:
Encyclopaedia updated.
17/03:
What's On page news
16/03:
Advocates section updated

Now Showing / Coming Soon

23 - 28 Mar: Ten Times Table
Theatre Royal, Brighton
24 - 25 Mar: Absurd Person Singular
Lighthouse, Poole
30 Mar - 4 Apr: Absurd Person Singular
Ashcroft Playhouse, Croydon
14 - 18 Apr: Absurd Person Singular
Theatr Clwyd
21 Apr - 16 May: Relatively Speaking
Jermyn Street Theatre, London
21 - 25 Apr: Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Royal, Winchester
28 Apr - 2 May: Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
6 - 9 May: Absurd Person Singular
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
6 - 9 May: Absurd Person Singular
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
12 - 16 May: Absurd Person Singular
Hull Truck Theatre
19 - 23 May: Absurd Person Singular
Malvern Theatres
26 - 27 May: Absurd Person Singular
CAST, Doncaster
28 - 29 May: Absurd Person Singular
Queen’s Hall, Hexham
2 - 3 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Key Theatre, Peterborough
4 - 6 Jun: Just Between Ourselves
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
4 - 6 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
9 - 13 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Derby Theatre
16 - 20 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Exeter Northcott Theatre
18 Jun - 3 Oct: Just Between Ourselves
Stephen Joseph Theatre *

23 - 24 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
25 - 26 Jun: Absurd Person Singular
South Hill Park, Bracknell
30 Jun - 2 Jul: Absurd Person Singular
Blackpool Grand Theatre
3 - 4 Jul: Absurd Person Singular
Middlesbrough Theatre
14 - 15 Jul: Absurd Person Singular
New Theatre Royal, Lincoln
17 - 19 Jul: Absurd Person Singular
Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare
20 Aug - 3 Oct: Truth Will Out
Stephen Joseph Theatre *

* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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