Alan Ayckbourn: News

The Norman Conquests At Chichester Festival Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn's classic trilogy The Norman Conquests is now running at Chichester Festival Theatre until 28 October. It is directed by Blanche McIntyre and will be the venue's first in-the-round production (as the trilogy was originally staged). It stars Trystan Gravelle, Jemima Rooper, Sarah Hadland, Hattie Ladbury, John Hollingworth and Jonathan Broadbent.

In-The-Round Tour For Autumn 2017
Alan Ayckbourn's new play A Brief History Of Women will be touring to the in-the-round venues during the autumn. The play will tour to the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 10 - 28 October where it will play in rep with Alan Ayckbourn's revival of his classic farce Taking Steps. A Brief History of Women will then transfer to The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 8 - 11 November.
New Vic Theatre / The Old Laundry

World Premiere of
A Brief History of Women at the SJT
Alan Ayckbourn's new play A Brief History of Women is now running at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. It tells of an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him or lost him over 60 years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen. The cast consists of Russell Dixon, Antony Eden, Frances Marshall, Laura Matthews, Laurence Pears, Louise Shuttleworth with design by Kevin Jenkins, Lighting by Jason Taylor and music by Simon Slater. It is directed by Alan Ayckbourn and can be seen in repertory with his revival of Taking Steps until 7 October.

How The Other Half Loves UK Tour
Following its successful West End run in 2016, Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves is now on a UK tour. Directed by Alan Strachan, It will feature Charlie Brooks, Mathew Cottle, Sara Crowe, Robert Daws, Caroline Langrishe and Leon Ockenden. Full touring dates can be found on the What's On Page.

New play for 2018 named
Alan Ayckbourn announced the title of his 82nd play - likely to premiere in 2018 - in an interview with The Times newspaper on 23 July. The play is called Better Off Dead and further details are expected to be announced next year. The world premiere of his 81st play, A Brief History Of Women, will open at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from 1 September - 7 October.
Website: The Times

Taking Steps
At The Stephen Joseph Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn's classic farce Taking Steps is now running at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, directed by Alan Ayckbourn and starring Russell Dixon, Antony Eden, Laura Matthews, Laurence Pears, Louise Shuttleworth and Leigh Symonds. Taking Steps can be seen in the Round at the SJT, in rep, until Thursday 5 October. Production & rehearsal photos can be found here.

The Divide
Dates For The Old Vic
The Old Vic has confirmed dates for the transfer of Alan Ayckbourn's epic The Divide following its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August. The two-part work will transfer to The Old Vic from 30 January to 10 February 2018 and tickets are on sale now.

By Jeeves
The cast for Alan Ayckbourn's revival of the musical By Jeeves has been announced with Nadim Naaman playing Bertie and Bill Champion as Jeeves. They are joined by Jamie Baughan, Katie Birtill, Howard Chadwick, Joshua Manning, Oliver Maudsley, Naomi Petersen, Nigel Richards and Melle Stewart. By Jeeves can be seen at The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 6 October - 4 November.

60 Years At The Stephen Joseph Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn will be celebrating his 60 years with the Stephen Joseph Theatre with two special Gala events on 10 & 17 September. A Brief History of Plays will see the playwright joined by actors he has worked with in two evenings of reminiscences, anecdotes and extracts from many of his plays.

Standing Room Only Rehearsed Reading
Dick & Lottie, the UK's only amateur company dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn's plays has announced a rehearsed reading of the playwright's fourth play
Standing Room Only as part of its 2018 / 2019 schedule. This will mark the first public performance of the playwright's fourth play since 1963. Details to be announced 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

What's On This Week

A Brief History of Women / Taking Steps (in rep) *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Norman Conquests
Chichester Festival Theatre
Absurd Person Singular (in rep)
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
How The Other Half Loves
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Twitter News Feed

Site Updates

19/9: Sir Peter Hall added to Influences section.
18/9: Things We Do For Love updated.
Design notes added to A Brief History Of Women.
A Brief History Of Women updated.
Comic Potential redesigned
The Boy Who Fell Into A Book redesigned
House & Garden redesigned.
Virtual Reality redesigned.
Whenever redesigned.
RolePlay redesigned
FlatSpin redesigned
GamePlan redesigned
Snake In The Grass redesigned
The Jollies redesigned
Private Fears In Public Places redesigned
The Divide updated
Miss Yesterday redesigned
Rehearsal images for A Brief History of Women
Improbable Fiction redesigned.
If I Were You redesigned.
Life & Beth redesigned.
Encyclopedia updated.
Better Off Dead section launched
Awaking Beauty redesigned.
My Wonderful Day redesigned.
Ayckbourn interview added to The Divide.
Life Of Riley redesigned.
Neighbourhood Watch redesigned.
News page relaunched.
5/7: Drowning On Dry Land redesigned.
Jeeves/By Jeeves redesigned.
Countdown redesigned.
A Cut In The Rates redesigned.
No Knowing redesigned.
Farcicals redesigned.
Way Upstream redesigned.