Alan Ayckbourn: News

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 Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 is published by Faber (both in softback and as a digital book) and features the previously unpublished A Brief History Of Women, Hero's Welcome and Arrivals & Departures alongside Neighbourhood Watch and Time Of My Life.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

World premiere of Better Off Dead
Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, Better Off Dead, is now running at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. It can be seen in repertory with the playwright's 40th anniversary revival of Joking Apart until 6 October before both plays tour to the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme and The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

40th Anniversary Revival of
Joking Apart
Alan Ayckbourn's 40th anniversary revival of his classic 1978 play Joking Apart is now running at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The production features Jamie Baughan (Hugh), Liz Jadav (Olive), Frances Marshall (Anthea), Laurence Pears (Richard), Naomi Peterson (Melody), Louise Shuttleworth (Louise), Richard Stacey (Brian) and Leigh Symonds (Sven). It is directed by Alan Ayckbourn with design by Michael Holt and lighting by Jason Taylor. It is in repertory at the SJT until 4 October.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

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

'Lost' Ayckbourn play added to play canon
An old Archival mystery of an Ayckbourn monologue called The Fearsome Threesome has now been solved and the play added to the official Ayckbourn plan canon as one of his 'Grey Plays' (a play produced once but not available to be produced again. You can find out more about The Fearsome Threesome, what it is and why it was lost here.
Website: The Fearsome Threesome at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

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 Improbable Fiction at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, from 27 - 29 September and GamePlan will also play at the LBT from 22 - 26 January 2019.

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

Scarborough In The Round updated and relaunched
Our sister website covering the history of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, has been re-launched. The history of the company, its 600+ productions, its founder Stephen Joseph and the people who have worked there are all covered at Scarborough In The Round.

Now Showing / Coming Soon

Until 4 October
Joking Apart *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Until 6 October
Better Off Dead *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
9 - 27 October
Joking Apart / Better Off Dead *
New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
31 October - 10 November
Joking Apart / Better Off Dead *
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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Site Updates

24/09: Season's Greetings section updated
Documentaries page updated
Better Off Dead section updated
The Champion Of Paribanou section updated
Better Off Dead section updated
Absent Friends section updated
BBC Radio Drama Producer section added
The Revengers' Comedies images updated
A Chorus Of Disapproval history updated
Stage a Play pages added
Henceforward… section updated
Virtual Reality section updated
Better Off Dead section updated

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