Alan Ayckbourn: Press Releases

This page contains current press releases relating to Alan Ayckbourn, productions of his work and associated events. An archive of significant previous press releases is available here.
If you have an enquiry regarding Alan Ayckbourn or his plays, please contact Simon Murgatroyd at
press@alanayckbourn.net (please note Simon will be unavailable from 9 - 23 January 2019).

2019: An Anniversary Year

Sir Alan Ayckbourn will mark two major anniversaries in 2019 with his 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary pdf his playwriting debut.
The Scarborough based playwright will be 80 on 13 April 2019 and he continues to both write and direct for his home theatre in Scarborough, the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
During 2019 he will direct both the world premiere of his new play and a revival of a classic Ayckbourn play during the summer - details of both productions are due to be announced in early 2019.
The playwright will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut. On 30 July 1959,
The Square Cat opened at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan's most influential mentor Stephen Joseph. It began an extraordinarily successful playwriting career which has encompassed six decades and 83 full-length plays.
In a year of anniversaries, one of his most popular plays
How The Other Half Loves will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary since its debut on 31 July 1969 at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.
Details of events to mark the playwright's anniversaries will be announced during the course of 2019 with a dedicated
page and resources on the playwright's Official Website.

Posted on 4 December 2018

Faber Publishes Sixth Volume Of Alan Ayckbourn's Plays With A New York Twist

New York casts an influence over the sixth volume of Alan Ayckbourn's collected plays, which will be published by Faber in August.
Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6 is released on 2 August and collects five of the playwright's plays including his most recent success A Brief History Of Women (2017) alongside Time Of My Life (1992), Neighbourhood Watch (2011), Arrivals & Departures (2013) and Hero's Welcome (2015).
Each of the plays has been a critical success in New York with their premiere productions in the city directed by Alan Ayckbourn at the annual
Brits Off Broadway festival at the 59E59 Theaters between 2011 and 2018 featuring the original company from his home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
A Brief History Of Women was seen in May 2018 at the 59E59 Theatres and garnered acclaim from the New York Times' critic Ben Brantley who noted: "Mr. Ayckbourn’s enduring and infectious affection for theater permeates every scene." The production broke attendance records at the 59E59 and continues a hugely successful affiliation between Alan Ayckbourn, the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the 59E59 Theaters which began in 2005.
The other plays within the collection also received critical and popular acclaim during their transfers to New York and
Neighbourhood Watch and Arrivals & Departures are considered two of the playwright's finest work of this decade; Neighbourhood Watch is currently proving to be immensely popular and is the most produced Ayckbourn play by amateur companies in the UK over the past year.
This is the sixth volume of Alan Ayckbourn's plays to be published by Faber since 1998 and it will be published in softback on 2 August and as a digital ebook on 23 August. Running to 512 pages, it will be priced at £18.99 for the softback and £17.99 for the ebook.

Posted on 14 June 2018

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