Alan Ayckbourn: News

Top Story: Alan Ayckbourn has two world premieres during 2022. All Lies will open at the Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale, near Whitby (4 - 27 August) and Family Album will premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (2 September - 1 October). Further details below.

Unseen Ayckbourn: 2022 Edition Out Now
New 27/06:
The latest edition of Unseen Ayckbourn by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, has now been published. Completely updated and revised for 2022, the book looks at Alan Ayckbourn's unproduced, unpublished, unwritten and withdrawn works and this new edition includes details of the plays Alan Ayckbourn wrote during lockdown, most of which have never been produced. Full details on the book and where to order can be found on the website here.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn

Casting for Woman In Mind at Chichester Festival Theatre Announced
Updated 03/08: The full cast of Anna Mackmin's revival of Woman in Mind at Chichester Festival Theatre has been announced. Joining Jenna Russell as Susan will be Nigel Lindsay, Matthew Cottle, Will Attenborough, Marc Elliott, Flora Higgins, Stephanie Jacob and Orlando James. The play will run at the venue from 23 September - 15 October with bookings open now. Chichester has staged a number of acclaimed Ayckbourn productions including most recently Way Upstream (2015) and The Norman Conquests (2017).
Website: Chichester Festival Theatre

Casting for Ayckbourn World Premiere, Family Album, Announced
Updated 01/08:
Casting for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's 87th play, Family Album has been confirmed by the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Elizabeth Boag, Georgia Burnell, Tanya-Loretta Dee, Antony Eden and Frances Marshall will be directed by the author in this new play which tenderly chronicles the trials, tribulations and temptations of three generations of one family across 70 years in the same home. Family Album can be seen from 2 September to 1 October at the SJT before going on tour and booking is now open here.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

Family Album to tour
Updated 15/06:
The world premiere production of Alan Ayckbourn's 87th play, Family Album, will tour to The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 11 - 22 October, 2022, and at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 1 - 5 November 2022. It follows the successful world premiere of his 86th play, All Lies, at the Old Laundry in May. Full details and bookings can be found for the New Vic here and The Old Laundry here.
Website: The New Vic Theatre / The Old Laundry Theatre

The world premiere of All Lies world premiere transfers to Glaisdale
Alan Ayckbourn's 86th play, All Lies, will transfer to Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale, near Whitby, from 4 - 27 August following its world premiere at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, in May. This is the first Ayckbourn play to have not premiered in his adopted home town of Scarborough for 35 years and follows a relationship during the 1950s which is built on all lies. Tickets are priced at £17 and can be booked via the Esk Valley Theatre website here.
Website: The Esk Valley Theatre

Official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel Launched
The website has now launched a new official YouTube channel covering Alan Ayckbourn and his plays. The channel is administered and hosted by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, and will feature both original videos as well as curated collections of interviews with Alan Ayckbourn available on YouTube. You can find the channel here or access the videos through this website on the YouTube page in the links above or here.
Website: YouTube

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
Alan Ayckbourn's 2019 play Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present has now been published by Samuel French as a play-text and is also available to produce by professional and amateur companies. The script can be ordered via the Ayckbourn store with performance details available via Concord Theatricals.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

Fake Instagram Account
It has been brought to the website's attention, there is a fake Instagram account called alanayckbournofficial. If you are followed by - or are following it - please block and report it to Instagram. This is not an official Ayckbourn page nor is it endorsed by either the playwright or this website. Sir Alan does not - nor ever will - have an Instagram page or account (or any account relegating to Facebook / Meta). The page may be part of a phishing scam and should not be engaged with. The only official Ayckbourn social media accounts are on Twitter @Ayckbourn, the Ayckbourn YouTube Channel and the Alan Ayckbourn - The Archivist's Blog on Wordpress.

Alan Ayckbourn Part of Concord Theatricals Author Collections
Concord Theatricals has launched a new Authors Collection with one of the choices being Alan Ayckbourn. This page offers links to all the plays which can be performed as well as all the published play scripts. It is a useful resource for any company thinking of performing an Ayckbourn play or anyone just wanting to find an Ayckbourn script.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn at Concord International

Alan Ayckbourn's first novel,
The Divide, now out
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

Unseen Ayckbourn - New Edition Out Now

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Now Showing / Coming Soon

4 - 27 August:
All Lies*
Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale, near Whitby
2 September - 1 October:
Family Album*
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
23 September - 15 October:
Woman in Mind
Chichester Festival Theatre
11 Oct - 22 Oct:
Family Album*
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
1 - 5 November:
Family Album*
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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