Staging Alan Ayckbourn's Plays

For anyone looking to stage one of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, this page has basic details of how to choose a play and where to apply for a performance license
Choose A Play
A complete lost of all Alan Ayckbourn's plays currently available to perform can be found in the right hand column. Click on a play title to find out more about the play.

Cast Size / Running Time
If you are looking for a specific cast size or want guidance on running time for the plays, click
here for a guide.

Licensing A Play
To perform an Ayckbourn play, you need to apply for a professional or amateur license.

Professional License: Contact Alan Ayckbourn's agents Casarotto Ramsay if you're interested in professionally producing an Ayckbourn play. Further details can be found at

Amateur Licenses: Samuel French is responsible for licenses for amateur productions of Alan Ayckbourn's plays. Visit (UK / Europe) or (USA) for full details and pricing. A further explanation of licenses can be found here.

International Licenses: If you are interested in staging a production of Alan Ayckbourn's plays in an international territory (i.e. not the UK), enquiries should be directed to Emma Magnus at Casarotto Ramsay.

Restrictions: Occasionally plays are not available to perform due to a license having already been granted or a forthcoming major production. It is always best to check with Alan's agents Casarotto Ramsay.

London Restrictions (amateurs): Please ignore the Samuel French website which insists all Ayckbourn plays may have restrictions in London - this is just Samuel French's policy for all major playwrights. At any given time, the vast majority of Alan's plays should be available for amateur performance in London and it is always worth enquiring whether a play is available for production..

Obtain Scripts
Once a license has been obtained, scripts need to be purchased. They can be purchased either from Samuel French or the Ayckbourn Store. You're now good to go.

Plan, Rehearse & Perform
That's up to you now! Best of luck with the production and don't forget to email this website with details of your performance to include it on our What's On page.

If you have any other enquiries, please contact the website at: Alternatively, contact Casarotto Ramsay or Samuel French for information and help.


Alan Ayckbourn's Agent
Professional Performance Rights
Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd
Waverley House
7 - 12 Noel Street
Tel: 00 44 20 7287 4450

Amateur Performance Rights (UK and Europe)
Samuel French Ltd.
24 - 32 Stephenson Way
Tel: 020 7387 9373

Amateur Performance Rights (USA)
Samuel French Inc.
235 Park Avenue South
Fifth Floor
New York
NY 10003
Tel: 212 206-8990

Available Ayckbourn Plays

* indicates professional only
A Brief History of Women
Absent Friends
Absurd Person Singular
A Chorus Of Disapproval
A Cut In The Rates
Arrivals & Departures
A Small Family Business
A Talk In The Park (Confusions)
Awaking Beauty
A Word From Our Sponsor
Bedroom Farce
Better Off Dead
Between Mouthfuls (Confusions)
Body Language
The Boy Who Fell Into A Book
Callisto 5
The Champion Of Paribanou
Chloë With Love (Farcicals)
Comic Potential
Communicating Doors
Consuming Passions
Damsels In Distress
Dear Uncle
Dreams From A Summer House
Drinking Companions (Confusions)
Drowning On Dry Land
Ernie's Incredible Illucinations
Family Circles
The Forest
Gosforth's Fête (Confusions)
Haunting Julia
Hero’s Welcome
House & Garden
How The Other Half Loves
If I Were You
Improbable Fiction
Intimate Exchanges
Invisible Friends
It Could Be Any One Of Us
Joking Apart
The Jollies
Just Between Ourselves
The Karaoke Theatre Company
The Kidderminster Affair (Farcicals)
Life & Beth
Life Of Riley
Living Together
Man Of The Moment
Me, Myself & I
Miss Yesterday
Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays
Mr Whatnot
Mother Figure
My Sister Sadie
My Very Own Story
My Wonderful Day
Neighbourhood Watch
No Knowing
The Norman Conquests
Orvin - Champion Of Champions
Private Fears In Public Places
Relatively Speaking
The Revengers’ Comedies
Round And Round The Garden
Season’s Greetings
Sisterly Feelings
Snake In The Grass
Suburban Strains
Sugar Daddies
Table Manners
Taking Steps
Ten Times Table
Things We Do For Love
This Is Where We Came In
Time And Time Again
Time Of My Life
Tons Of Money
Way Upstream
Wildest Dreams
Wolf At The Door
Woman In Mind

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