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During 2019, Alan Ayckbourn will celebrate both his 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut.
This section contains pertinent details such as events and resources related to the anniversaries.


Alan Ayckbourn was born on 12 April, 1939, in Hampstead.

He began his professional theatre career in 1956 and joined the Library Theatre, Scarborough (now the Stephen Joseph Theatre) in 1957. With the encouragement of his mentor and theatre pioneer, Stephen Joseph, Alan made his professional writing debut at the Library Theatre on 30 July 1959 with The Square Cat.

As of 2019, Alan Ayckbourn has written 83 full-length plays and numerous other works during his 60 years as a professional playwright.

Productions & Events

12 April
Sir Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday
12 April
Towards Ayckbournia in Germany published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier
30 July
60th anniversary of playwriting debut
4 July
Rehearsed reading of Standing Room Only - introduced by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd
The Square Chapel, Halifax (
Dick & Lottie)
25 July - 28 September: Season's Greetings *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
1 August - 2 November
Regional premiere of Dear Uncle
Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
28 August: Way Upstream (rehearsed reading)
Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington, London (
Tower Theatre)
September: The Divide
Alan Ayckbourn's first novel will be published (
PS Publishing)
4 September - 5 October: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
4 - 28 September: Relatively Speaking
Salisbury Playhouse
29 September: 80 Years Young - with Alan Ayckbourn
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
8 - 26 October: Season's Greetings / Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
4 - 9 November: Season's Greetings
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
13 - 16 November: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere
11 - 29 December: Absurd Person Singular
Theatre Row, New York City (
Dick & Lottie)
Winter 2019: Ten Times Table (UK tour)
Various venues (
Classic Comedy Company)

* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Anniversary Interviews

TM - Theatre Magazine (spring 2019)
Yorkshire Post (23 March)
Daily Telegraph (27 March - Firewall)
The Scarborough News (28 March)
The Dalesman (April 2019)
Broadway World (5 April 2019)
Daily Mail (5 April 2019)
The Press (11 April 2019)
The Guardian (12 April 2019)

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