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.
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The Stephen Joseph Theatre Announces Second Ayckbourn World Premiere For 2022

Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre has announced the world premiere of his 87th play in Scarborough this summer.

Family Album will premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the North Yorkshire coastal resort in September and mark the 82nd of his plays to premiere in his adopted home town. It will run from 2 September to 1 October 2022.

Family Album chronicles the trials, tribulations and temptations of three generations of one family across 70 years in the same home. It has a cast of five with four women and one man.

This will be the second Ayckbourn world premiere of 2022 following the premiere of
All Lies at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, during May 2022.

Tickets for
Family Album will be on sale now and are priced from £10 and further details and bookings can be found at the SJT website at Family Album will run from 2 September to 1 October before going on a short in-the-round tour to The Old Laundry Theatre from 1 - 5 November with other dates to be confirmed.

Updated: 23 May 2022

World Premiere Announced For The Lake District & Esk Valley in 2022

For the first time in 35 years, a new Ayckbourn play will be premiering outside of his adopted home town of Scarborough.

In 2022, the playwright will be premiering his 86th full-length play -
All Lies - at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, as part of the venue's 30th anniversary celebrations before transferring to the Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale, near Whitby.

The playwright, who has close ties to both theatres, said: “I originally wrote
All Lies as a small-scale show during lockdown, but because I’m already involved in writing another new play for my home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, I thought that rather than waste All Lies, I’d offer it to The Old Laundry and the Esk Valley Theatre. What is nice is this is a world premiere and it is their world premiere.”

All Lies is a fun evening of entertainment exploring the lies and various versions of the truth people tell in the early stages of a relationship. Set in the 1950s it tells the story of a chance meeting … It’s love at first sight! The person of your dreams! But will they feel the same? Once you tell the truth about yourself will you even be worthy of them? Do you take the plunge and reveal all? Or choose the dangerous alternative and tell them … All lies?!

All Lies will be directed by Alan Ayckbourn with design by Roger Glossop starring Luke Dayfield, Rhiannon Neads and Saskia Strallen. Having premiered at The Old Laundry Theatre in May, it will next transfer to the Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale, near Whitby, from 4 - 27 August. Further details and bookings can be found on the theatre's website

This will be the first of two Alan Ayckbourn world premieres in 2022 with a second play,
Family Album, to be premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from 2 September to 1 October. Family Album will then also tour to The Old Laundry Theatre from 1 to 5 November.

Updated: 23 May 2022

Ayckbourn YouTube Launched by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist

Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website is expanding again with a new YouTube channel dedicated to the playwright.

The playwright's Archivist and creator of his official website, Simon Murgatroyd, launched the new channel on the playwright's 82nd birthday on 12 April to further expand the reach of the website and to offer a new way to access its content.

"I'm very excited by the launch," said Simon Murgatroyd. "Whilst the website has almost 4,000 pages dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn, the YouTube channel will offer a new opportunity to present material about the playwright and, I hope, appeal to a new audience. I had the idea a couple of years ago, but it's taken furlough and Lockdown to inspire me to move ahead with it!"

The channel will feature original material as well as curated playlists of existing interviews with Alan Ayckbourn. The channel has launched with an original piece entitled 'Who is Alan Ayckbourn?' and future videos will look at different aspects of the playwright's long career in theatre as well as focusing on significant plays.

A regular feature, NewsRound, will also offer the latest news on Alan Ayckbourn, his writing and forthcoming productions.

The Alan Ayckbourn YouTube can be found

Simon Murgatroyd also relaunched his professional website on 12 April offering details about his work as Archivist, writer and public speaker. His website can be found at

Updated: 12 April 2021

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