Alan Ayckbourn: News

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel to be published
This September will see the publication of Alan Ayckbourn's first novel, The Divide. Although it has been adapted for the stage (although not by the playwright himself), The Divide was conceived and always intended to be published as a novel. This year will see PS Publishing presenting The Divide as Alan Ayckbourn always hoped. "I’ve just put The Divide back as it belongs as a novel. Its going to be published this year and I'm very excited, I have a publisher and I have a launch date in September. My first novel.". More details to follow.

Towards Ayckbournia In Germany
A 'Festschrift' celebrating Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday has been published in Germany. Towards Ayckbournia in Germany has been edited by Ayckbourn expert Albert-Reiner Glaap and features a contribution by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd. It offers a brief exploration of Ayckbourn's work in his home town of Scarborough and in Germany. It is priced at €15 and is published by Wissenscftlicher Verlag Trier.

Portrait Exhibition to Feature Major Theatre-Makers at the V&A
Alan Ayckbourn will be featured in one of a number of portraits being exhibited in the Behind The Curtain exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The exhibition features portraits by Francis Hamel of the Visiting Professors of the Cameron Macintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine's College, Oxford. Alan is featured alongside Cameron macintosh, Stephen Sondheim, Ian McKellen and Arthur Miller among others. The exhibition can be seen air the V&A from 27 April - 19 May.
Website: V&A

"It's time to recognise the genius of Alan Ayckbourn?"
A fascinating article celebrating the 80th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn, written by Dominic Cavendish, was published in thew Daily Telegraph on 27 March 2019. It advocates greater recognition for the playwright and his work and can be seen here (please note, behind Firewall).
Website: Daily Telegraph

Advocates section launched
As part of the 80th birthday celebrations of Alan Ayckbourn, the website has launched an Advocates section compiling quotes from actors, directors, writers and people who have been influenced by or worked with him to celebrate his life and career. This will be an ongoing project for the website.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

Standing Room Only - for one night only!
A unique opportunity to experience an Alan Ayckbourn play not seen since 1966 is being offered by Dick & Lottie theatre company. To mark Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut, Alan Ayckbourn has given Dick & Lottie permission to do a one-off rehearsed reading of his fourth play Standing Room Only. The evening will be introduced by Sir Alan's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd and offer a unique opportunity to see an early withdrawn Ayckbourn play, first produced in 1961. The event is taking place on Thursday 4 July at The Square Chapel, Halifax.. This will be a must for Ayckbourn fans and more details can be found here.
Website: The Square Chapel

World premiere and classic revival announced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn will direct the world premiere of his new play, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present and a revival of Season's Greetings at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, this summer. Season's Greetings will be in repertory from 25 July to 28 September and Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present will be in repertory from 4 September to 5 October. The plays will also tour to the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 4 - 16 November.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

80 Years Young with Alan Ayckbourn
The Stephen Joseph Theatre will be celebrating Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday with a special event on Sunday 29 September at 6pm. 80 Years Young will see Alan Ayckbourn and special guests take a tour through his family plays over the decades from acclaimed pieces such as Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays and Invisible Friends to long withdrawn plays such as Dad's Tale. Standard and VIP tickets - which include a programme signed by Alan and an invite to the post show reception - are available from 1 March.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

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 and any accompanying events can be found on the Ayckbourn At 80 page.
Website: Ayckbourn At 80

New Ayckbourn Acting Editions Published
Seven new acting editions off Alan Ayckbourn plays have been published including several never previously published. Samuel French has now published Arrivals & Departures, Farcicals, Haunting Julia, Hero's Welcome, Private Fears In Public Places, Roundelay and Sugar Daddies. Farcicals and Roundelay have never been published before whilst Sugar Daddies has a never published revised ending and Private Fears In Public Fears has a significant correction from the version previously published in Plays 3 by Faber. All the plays are available to order from the website Store.
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

Dick & Lottie: Forthcoming Productions (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. The trilogy of GamePlan, FlatSpin and RolePlay will be in repertory from 23 - 27 July at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, with all three plays being performed on Saturday 27 July. The company will also be presenting and exclusive, one-night only rehearsed reading of Alan Ayckbourn's fourth play Standing Room Only - to be seen for the first time since 1966 - at The Square Chapel, Halifax, on 4 July. The company will also be making their New York debut with a production of Absurd Person Singular at Theatre Row (42nd Street) from 10 - 29 December. More details soon.

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.

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition now available
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition by Simon Murgatroyd is now available - revised and updated - and featuring illustrations from the Ayckbourn Archive. The book explores Alan Ayckbourn's unwritten, lost and withdrawn plays.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn
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Now Showing / Coming Soon

25 July - 28 September: Season's Greetings *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
4 September - 5 October: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
29 September: 80 Years Young
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
September: The Divide
To be published by PS Publishing
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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