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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.

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)
BBC Radio York (12 April 2019)

Productions & Events

Available now: The Divide - Alan Ayckbourn's first novel released by PS Publishing in hardcover and softcover by PS Publishing.
Available now: Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition
Limited edition published
12 April
Sir Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday
30 July
60th anniversary of playwriting debut
Until 28 September: Season's Greetings *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Until 5 October: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present *
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Until 28 September: Relatively Speaking
Salisbury Playhouse
Until 2 November
Regional premiere of Dear Uncle
Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
12 September @ 4.30pm: The Divide (publication launch)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
20 - 22 September: Alan Ayckbourn Film Festival
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
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)
Available now
Towards Ayckbournia in Germany published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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