Unseen Ayckbourn

UPDATE: Unseen Ayckbourn is now available direct from this website at £15 including P&P (UK customers only).

Unseen Ayckbourn

Unseen Ayckbourn is the most recent edition of the book by Alan Ayckbourn's archivist Simon Murgatroyd, looking at the playwright's unpublished, withdrawn and unwritten plays; revised and updated to 2023.

Unseen Ayckbourn
examines Alan Ayckbourn's phenomenal career in theatre by exploring the plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered. It draws from unused or abandoned concepts and ideas as well as looking at variations of existing plays, alternative titles as well as other ephemera from the playwright's six decades of writing. When first published, it was named as one of The Stage newspaper's best theatre books of 2013.

The updated book (up to and including the
2023 plays) includes extracts from many of the works included as well as extensive quotes by the playwright himself. It has been updated with more than 30 new entries as well as revisions and updates to many of the existing entries.

It is of particular interest in charting Alan Ayckbourn's work during the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, when the playwright wrote eight news full-length plays, the majority of which have not - nor are likely to - produced.

The book contains a biography of the playwright as well as a complete list of Alan Ayckbourn's plays and writing as of 2023. It is published by Lulu in paperback with 224 pages in an A5 format with an RRP of £15.

How To Order The Book

Unseen Ayckbourn is available online from most major retailers but can be found here at Amazon (UK). The RRP is £15.

Copies signed by the author are available directly from this website for £15 (including P&P) by clicking
here (UK customers only).

If you have any enquiries about
Unseen Ayckbourn or would like to use alternative payment methods, please contact Simon Murgatroyd via admin@alanayckbourn.net.
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Unseen Ayckbourn is also available in Scarborough at the Scarborough Art Gallery shop and Mrs Lofthouse's Emporium bookshop.

Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition

A special limited edition of Unseen Ayckbourn was published during 2019 to mark the 80th birthday of Alan Ayckbourn and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut.

This edition - limited to a numbered and signed 50 copies - sold-out and only
Unseen Ayckbourn: 2022 Edition is currently available.

If you bought a copy of
Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition and associated your name with the edition number, you can find details here.

For any enquiries, please email

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