Alan Ayckbourn: News

Youtube Channel Launched
Updated - 10/05:
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

New Ayckbourn Play & Cast Announced
Updated - 03/05:
Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, The Girl Next Door, will open at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on 4 June 2021. The playwright's 85th play is described as a 'lockdown' love story and will be running until 3 July 2021. The cast will include Bill Champion, Alexandra Mathie, Naomi Petersen and Linford Johnson. Booking is now open at and you can find out more about the play in the dedicated section on this website here.
Website: The Stephen Joseph Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn in Conversation to be Screened at Festival
A new filmed interview with Sir Alan Ayckbourn will be shown as part of the Big Ideas by the Sea festival in Scarborough in July. The interview is conducted by Dr Paul Elsam - biographer of Alan's most influential mentor Stephen Joseph. The event is being held on Saturday 17 July at 7.30pm at the Grand Hotel, Scarborough, as well as being streamed.
Big Ideas by the Sea

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. 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 and the Alan Ayckbourn - The Archivist's Blog on Wordpress.

Anno Domino - Alan Ayckbourn's Latest Play Streaming Again
Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Anno Domino - an audio play debuted on the Stephen Joseph Theatre website during May - is available to stream again 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 this 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 hope that UK theatres will be re-opening sooner rather than later during 2021, we're re-instating the What's On page and have added a new Staging Suggestions page on Ayckbourn plays suited to the current environment (small cast / outdoors etc). The What's On page is 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

New Ayckbourn Plays Published
Three new Ayckbourn plays have just been published in 2020 by Samuel French. You can now buy the playscripts for the full-length plays Better Off Dead and Consuming Passions as well as the One Act Plays, No Knowing. The play scripts are available via the Store section of the website. These join the seven acting editions published during 2019: Arrivals & Departures, Farcicals, Haunting Julia, Hero's Welcome, Private Fears In Public Places, Roundelay and Sugar Daddies. All these plays are also available to order from the website Store.
The Ayckbourn Store

Extra Ayckbourn Blog Content
The Alan Ayckbourn: Archiving Ayckbourn Blog is going to increase its amount of weekly content. Initially, the blog will be complementing its weekly Ayckbourn article with a series of articles looking at the first 40 Years of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Visit the blog for more.
Website: Alan Ayckbourn Blog

The Ayckbourn Archive launches at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website
The latest major addition to Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website has launched with the Ayckbourn Archive. This new image-led section aims to highlight photographs, documents and other material held in various archives relating to the playwright and his plays. The Archive be regularly expanded and hopes to offer a glimpse at rarely seen Archive material as well as drawing attention to accessible archives for Ayckbourn researchers. The section has been launched with the support of the Boerthwick Institute for Archies at the University of York where Alan Ayckbourn's actual Archive is held.
Website: The Ayckbourn Archive

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

18 May - 30 July:
Relatively Speaking
The Mill At Sonning
4 June - 3 July:
The Girl Next Door *
The SJT, Scarborough
11 - 13 June:
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
18 May - 30 July:
Absurd Person Singular
Derby Theatre
6 - 10 July:
Absurd Person Singular
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
16 - 19 July:
Absurd Person Singular
The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare
10 - 14 August:
Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
31 August - 4 September:
Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Royal Bath
2 - 5 September:
Absurd Person Singular
Malvern Theatres
14 October - 13 November:
Relatively Speaking
Jermyn Street Theatre, London
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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