What's On

* directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Professional Productions & Notable Events

Until 6 May
Improbable Fiction
The Mill At Sonning, Reading

18 - 23 April
Drowning On Dry Land
New Wimbledon Studio Theatre

22 May
Eighty Plays On: A Talk With Alan Ayckbourn
British Library, London

25 May - 1 July
House & Garden
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury

31 May - 3 June
Sisterly Feelings (amateur - Dick & Lottie)
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

15 June - 12 October (in repertory)
Absurd Person Singular
Pitlochry Festival Theatre

5 - 15 July
Communicating Doors
St Edmunds Hall, Southwold

13 July - 5 October
Taking Steps (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

19 July
Taking Steps post-show Q&A
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

20 - 29 July
Communicating Doors
The Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

8 - 20 August
The Divide
King's Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival

Dates to be announced
The Divide
The Old Vic, London

30 August - 9 September
How The Other Half Loves
Theatre Royal Windsor

1 September - 7 October
A Brief History Of Women (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

6 September
A Brief History Of Women post-show Q&A
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

10 - 17 September
Inner Circle event
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

10 September
A Brief History of Plays: Part 1
Alan Ayckbourn celebrates 60 years at the SJT

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

11 - 16 September
How The Other Half Loves
Salford Lowry

17 September
A Brief History of Plays: Part 2
Alan Ayckbourn celebrates 60 years at the SJT

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

18 September - 28 October
The Norman Conquests
Chichester Festival Theatre

18 - 23 September
How The Other Half Loves
Theatre Royal, Glasgow

24 September
Remembering Stephen Joseph With Alan Ayckbourn & Friends
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

2 - 7 October
How The Other Half Loves
Theatre Royal Bath

6 October - 4 November
By Jeeves (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)
The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere

16 - 21 October
How The Other Half Loves
Richmond Theatre

23 - 28 October
How The Other Half Loves
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

6 - 11 November
How The Other Half Loves
Everyman Theatre, Chelthenham

20 - 25 November
How The Other Half Loves
Theatre Royal, Brighton

27 November - 2 December
How The Other Half Loves
Norwich Theatre Royal

Amateur Productions

Until 25 March
Roundelay (amateur)
Albrighton Primary School

Until 25 March
Sugar Daddies (amateur)
Witham Public Hall, Witham

Until 1 April
Time & Time Again (amateur)
Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge)

29 March - 1 April
Confusions (amateur)
Turret Theatre, Kirtintilloch, Glasgow

4 - 8 April
Snake In The Grass (amateur)
People's Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

5 - 8 April
Neighbourhood Watch (amateur)
Midland Players, University of Sheffield Drama Studio

5 - 8 April
Improbable Fiction (amateur)
Wilmslow Guild, Wilmslow

25 - 29 April
Private Fears In Public Places (amateur)
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

9 - 13 May
Absent Friends (amateur)
Players Theatre, Thame

10 - 13 May
Bedroom Farce (amateur)
Netherton Arts Centre, Netherton, Dudley

11 - 13 May
Neighbourhood Watch (amateur)
Moot House, Harlow

11 - 13 May
Confusions (amateur)
Downsview Methodist Church Hall, Upper Norwood

17 - 20 May
Relatively Speaking (amateur)
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

17 - 20 May
Mr Whatnot (amateur)
St Alban's Church Hall, Northampton

22 - 27 May
Sisterly Feelings (amateur)
Bingley Little Theatre, Bingley

23 - 27 May
Neighbourhood Watch (amateur)
Theatre Royal, Workington

31 May - 3 June
Bedroom Farce (amateur)
Chestnut Grove Theatre, Chestnut Grove Academy, Balham

3 - 10 June
Neighbourhood Watch (amateur)
Caxton Theatre, Grimsby

6 - 8 July
Bedroom Farce (amateur)
The Watermill, Ivybridge

25 - 29 July
Comic Potential (amateur)
ADC Theatre, Cambridge

17 - 24 March, 2018
Neighbourhood Watch (amateur)
Farnworth Little Theatre

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News Headlines

  • Alan Ayckbourn will be making his Edinburgh International Festival debut with the EIF and the Old Vic presenting the staged world premiere of his epic The Divide. The two-part piece can be seen from 8 - 20 August at the King's Theatre and further details can be found here. The Divide will then transfer to The Old Vic, London, with dates to eb confirmed.
  • Alan Ayckbourn's new play will be called A Brief History of Women and will premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from 1 September - 7 October. He will also be directing a revival of Taking Steps at the SJT from 13 July - 5 October. Visit www.sjt.uk.com for more details.
  • Alan Ayckbourn will be celebrating his 60 years with the Stephen Joseph Theatre with two special Gala events on 10 & 17 September. A Brief History of Plays will see the playwright joined by actors he has worked with in two evenings of reminiscences, anecdotes and extracts from many of his plays. Further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
  • Alan Ayckbourn will be directing a revival of his and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical By Jeeves at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 6 October - 4 November. Bookings and further details can be found at www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk.
  • Chichester Festival Theatre will be reviving one of Alan Ayckbourn's most famous works The Norman Conquests from 18 September to 28 October. It will be directed by Blanche McIntyre and further details can be found at www.cft.org.uk.
  • Alan Ayckbourn will be giving a talk entitled Eighty Plays On at the British Library on 22 May at 7pm. Tickets are available now to members of the Royal Society Of Literature. Tickets are on sale here.
  • Following its successful West End run in 2016, Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves will be touring during autumn 2016. Directed by Alan Strachan, It will feature Mathew Cottle, Sara Crowe, Robert Daws and Caroline Langrishe. Further details can be found here.
  • The website is marking the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn joining the Stephen Joseph Theatre (then the Library Theatre) with a weekly, year-by-year feature on the Ayckbourn Blog.
  • Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition by Simon Murgatroyd is now available - revised and updated for 2017 - and featuring illustrations from the Ayckbourn Archive. Click here.
  • A new section has been added to Plays looking at works Alan Ayckbourn has been contributed to, click here to find out more.
  • You can now support the website by sponsoring a play, visit this page for more details.
  • Alan Ayckbourn’s Official Website is delighted to announce its patronage of Dick & Lottie theatre company. Click here for details.
  • The Articles section of the website has been launched which features more than 200 articles by or about Alan Ayckbourn as well as interviews with the playwright.
  • Visit our sister-sites Scarborough In The Round - celebrating the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and Stephen Joseph - a website dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn's greatest influence.


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