Alan Ayckbourn: News

Absurd Person Singular returns to New York this Christmas
Updated 11/12: Alan Ayckbourn’s most successful Broadway play Absurd Person Singular is now showing in New York. The classic comedy, which broke Broadway records in 1976, is playing at Theatre Row, 42nd Street, until 29 December in a revival by Dick & Lottie theatre company - which has performed more than 40 of Ayckbourn's plays in the past 15 years. Absurd Person Singular can be seen at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, until 29 December. Tickets are priced $72.25 and can be booked via, or from the box office.
Website: Dick & Lottie @ / Dick & Lottie

Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition launched
Update 02/12: Just 2 copies left!
To mark Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut, a special limited edition of Simon Murgatroyd's Unseen Ayckbourn has been published. The new edition has been updated for 2019 and includes new and expanded entries, extracts and quotes from the playwright alongside a new essay on the significance of the playwright and his writing. The book explores Alan Ayckbourn's lost, withdrawn and unpublished plays alongside abandoned ideas, alternative titles, variations of plays and other ephemera from the playwright's childhood through to 2019. Unseen Ayckbourn was named as one of The Stage's best theatre books of 2013. The exclusive edition is limited to just 50 copies and is only available via this and the author's websites.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel, The Divide, now out
Updated 02/12:
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

Ten Times Table now on UK tour
Alan Ayckbourn's 1977 hit Ten Times Table is now touring the UK until Spring 2020. The production is directed by Ayckbourn veteran Robin Herford and produced by Bill Kenwright. Ten Times Table is visiting: Bath Theatre Royal (2 - 7 December); Richmond Theatre (20 -25 January); Grand Opera House, York (10 - 15 February); Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury (17 - 22 February); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (24 - 29 February); Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield (9 - 14 March); Theatre Royal, Brighton (23 - 28 March).

Just Between Ourselves, Dick & Lottie reviving classic play
Alan Ayckbourn's classic 1976 play Just Between Ourselves is being revived in 2020 by Dick & Lottie - the UK's only professional company dedicated exclusively to the plays of Alan Ayckbourn. The play will be performed in-the-round at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, from 4 - 6 June 2020. Tickets are priced at £15 and booking is open now via

Absurd Person Singular to tour in 2020
London Classic Theatre has announced an extensive tour of Alan Ayckbourn's classic play Absurd Person Singular during 2020. The company will be touring to more than 20 venues in the UK from 25 February to 19 July. Casting details are expected soon but dates can be found on both the What's On page and at the company's website.
Website: London Classic Theatre

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.

Dick & Lottie: Forthcoming Productions (2019 / 2020)
Updated 20/11:
Dick & Lottie - the UK's only company exclusively dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn's plays - has announced its initial productions for 2020 at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, are Absurd Person Singular (24 - 25 January) and Just Between Ourselves (4 - 6 June). Both will be produced in-the-round. Meanwhile, Dick & Lottie will be making its New York debut with Absurd Person Singular at Theatre Row (42nd Street) from 11 - 29 December 2019.

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

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

Now Showing / Coming Soon

Until 29 December
Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Row (42nd Street), New York City
Out now
The Divide
Alan Ayckbourn's debut novel, published by PS Publishing

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Site Updates

12/12: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book section relaunched
Dick & Lottie in NYC updated
Henceforward… section relaunched
Bedroom Farce section relaunched
Love After All updated
Bedroom Farce Quotes updated
Absurd Person Singular section relaunched
Interviews section relaunched
Absent Friends section relaunched
Submit A Production form added
Just Between Ourselves section relaunched
Arrivals & Departures section updated
Articles section revised and relaunched
Absurd Person Singular section relaunched

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