Alan Ayckbourn: News

Pre-Order Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 to be published in September
You can now pre-order the latest collection of Alan Ayckbourn's plays - including several never before published works. Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 will be published by Faber on 6 September (both in sotfback and as a digital book) and will feature the previously unpublished A Brief History Of Women, Hero's Welcome and Arrivals & Departures alongside Neighbourhood Watch and Time Of My Life. It is priced at £18.99 and will be available via the Ayckbourn Store.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

40th Anniversary Revival of
Joking Apart
Alan Ayckbourn's 40th anniversary revival of his classic 1978 play Joking Apart is now running at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The production features Jamie Baughan (Hugh), Liz Jadav (Olive), Frances Marshall (Anthea), Laurence Pears (Richard), Naomi Peterson (Melody), Louise Shuttleworth (Louise), Richard Stacey (Brian) and Leigh Symonds (Sven). It is directed by Alan Ayckbourn with design by Michael Holt and lighting by Jason Taylor. It is in repertory at the SJT until 4 October.
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn: Writers & Their Work Second Edition
A new edition of Michael Holt's book Alan Ayckbourn: Writers & Their Work has now been published by Liverpool University Press priced at £16.99. Michael has worked frequently with Alan Ayckbourn as designer on many productions and has also been a Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University Of Manchester.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store

'Lost' Ayckbourn play added to play canon
An old Archival mystery of an Ayckbourn monologue called The Fearsome Threesome has now been solved and the play added to the official Ayckbourn plan canon as one of his 'Grey Plays' (a play produced once but not available to be produced again. You can find out more about The Fearsome Threesome, what it is and why it was lost here.
Website: The Fearsome Threesome at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website

Peggy To Her Playwrights published
A new book about Alan Ayckbourn's famed agent, Margaret 'Peggy' Ramsay - Peggy To Her Playwrights - has been published, which includes correspondence from Peggy to Alan Ayckbourn.
Website: The Ayckbourn Store.

Alan Ayckbourn appointed Director Emeritus of SJT
Sir Alan Ayckbourn has been appointed Director Emeritus at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, to mark his contribution to the Stephen Joseph Theatre and his achievements with the company over the past 60 years. The playwright is delighted to accept the honour.
Website: Press & Media

The Stephen Joseph Theatre: Forthcoming Productions (2018)

A new Ayckbourn play and the revival of a classic will take place this summer at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, both directed by Alan Ayckbourn. Joking Apart (last revived at the SJT in 2002) is now running in repertory until 4 October. It will be followed by the world premiere of Better Off Dead, running from 6 September - 6 October.

Dick & Lottie: Forthcoming Productions (2018 / 2019)
Dick & Lottie - the UK's only company dedicated exclusively to Alan Ayckbourn's plays - will be presenting Improbable Fiction at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, from 27 - 29 September and GamePlan will also play at the LBT from 22 - 26 January 2019.

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

Scarborough In The Round updated and relaunched
Our sister website covering the history of Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, has been re-launched. The history of the company, its 600+ productions, its founder Stephen Joseph and the people who have worked there are all covered at Scarborough In The Round.

Now Showing / Coming Soon

Until 4 October
Joking Apart *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
6 September - 6 October
Better Off Dead *
Stephen Joseph Theatre
6 September
Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 published
9 - 27 October
Joking Apart / Better Off Dead *
New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
31 October - 10 November
Joking Apart / Better Off Dead *
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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Site Updates

20/08: Henceforward… section updated
Virtual Reality section updated
Better Off Dead section updated
Joking Apart section updated
A Chorus Of Disapproval history updated
Joking Apart section updated
Intimate Exchanges section updated
It Could Be Any One Of Us updated
Confusions section updated
Talks sections added

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