Alan Ayckbourn: News

Alan Ayckbourn In Conversation
The 2018 Wolfit Lecture has been announced with Alan Ayckbourn in conversation with Giles Croft. The event will take place at Castle House, Newark, on Sunday 4 March and has been organised by the Wolfit Endowment fund.

Alan Ayckbourn's 2018 Plays At The Stephen Joseph Theatre Announced

A new Ayckbourn play and the revival of a classic have been announced for the summer season at the Stephen Joseph, both to be directed by Alan Ayckbourn. The season will include a revival of Ayckbourn's classic 1978 play Joking Apart (last revived at the SJT in 2002) from 26 July to 4 October. It will be followed by the world premiere of Better Off Dead, running from 6 September - 6 October. Tickets go on sale on 19 February to the general public and more details are expected soon.

The Divide At The Old Vic
Alan Ayckbourn's epic 'narrative for voices The Divide has been announced as part of The Old Vic's bicentennial season. Previously seen at the Edinburgh Festival 2017, The Divide can be seen at the Old Vic from 1 - 10 February 2018 with tickets on sale now. Further details about The Divide can be found in the Plays section.

A Brief History Of Women
to transfer to New York
Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, A Brief History Of Women, is to transfer to New York in 2018. The play, which premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this summer, will be part of the Brits Off Broadway festival and will run at the 59e59 Theatres from 1 - 27 May. Tickets are now on sale.

Life Of Riley
published by Samuel French
Alan Ayckbourn's play Life Of Riley has now been published by Samuel French as an acting edition. This marks the first time the play has been published singularly rather than part of a collection. The play concerns the friends of the unseen and dying George Riley's life. As they look back on lives lived or might have lived, George plots a final farewell which threatens to upset all their future lives. Life Of Riley can be orderer here.

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 The book explores Alan Ayckbourn's unwritten, lost and withdrawn plays.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

This Week & Coming Soon

The Divide
The Old Vic, London (1 - 10 Feb)

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