Alan Ayckbourn: News

Ayckbourn 2022 World Premiere Announced for Bowness-on-Windermere
Updated 26/01:
Alan Ayckbourn's 86th play, All Lies, will premiere The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 5 - 21 May 2022. Tickets are now on sale for what will be the first Ayckbourn play to have not premiered in his adopted home town of Scarborough for 35 years. Alan has close connections with the venue and is delighted to have a work premiere at the theatre for the first time. The play is set in the 1950s and follows a couple for who it is love at first sight? But do they tell each other the truth or embellish themselves by telling… all lies. Tickets are priced at £27 and can be booked via The Old Laundry website here.
Website: The Old Laundry Theatre

Second Ayckbourn World Premiere For 2022 Announced
The Stephen Joseph Theatre has confirmed a new Alan Ayckbourn world premiere will open at the playwright's home theatre during summer 2022. This yet unnamed play will be the second world premiere by the playwright in 2022 following the news All Lies will premiere at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, in May. Full details about the play and bookings are expected to be announced by the SJT in early February.

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.

Anno Domino - Alan Ayckbourn Play Now Streaming
Alan Ayckbourn's audio play Anno Domino is available to stream courtesy of the UK International Drama Festival. The play is written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, who also stars in it opposite his wife, Heather Stoney. Both are former professional actors and take all the roles in the acclaimed play which drew international audiences and attention when premiered earlier last year as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Anno Domino is free to stream and available via

The Road Back To Performance - Here To Help
With the pandemic an ongoing issue for the foreseeable future, the website has added a new Staging Suggestions page on Ayckbourn plays suited to the current environment (small cast / outdoors etc). The What's On page is also running a free service for any company producing an Ayckbourn play - professional or amateur. Just fill in the details on the Submit Production Details page and we'll list it on the What's On page.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

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

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Now Showing / Coming Soon

5 - 21 May 2022:
All Lies*
The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
Summer 2022:
Play to be announced*
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
* World premiere directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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