Alan Ayckbourn: News

By Jeeves At The Old Laundry
Alan Ayckbourn's much anticipated revival of his and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical By Jeeves is now running at the Old Laundry Theatre until 4 November. Alan Ayckbourn directs with Nadim Naaman as Bertie and Bill Champion as Jeeves. They are joined by Jamie Baughan, Katie Birtill, Howard Chadwick, Joshua Manning, Oliver Maudsley, Naomi Petersen, Nigel Richards and Melle Stewart. By Jeeves can be seen at The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 6 October - 4 November.

Janie Dee At The BBC
The actor Janie Dee, who has worked with Alan Ayckbourn on a number of significant productions and was recently part of his 60th anniversary at the Stephen Joseph Theatre celebrations, releases her first album Janie Dee at the BBC on 2 October with one of Alan Ayckbourn and Paul Todd's songs, Copytype, on the album. Janie Dee At The BBC is published by Auburn Jam Music and will be available on Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay.

The Norman Conquests
At Chichester Festival Theatre
Alan Ayckbourn's classic trilogy The Norman Conquests is now running at Chichester Festival Theatre until 28 October. It is directed by Blanche McIntyre and will be the venue's first in-the-round production (as the trilogy was originally staged). It stars Trystan Gravelle, Jemima Rooper, Sarah Hadland, Hattie Ladbury, John Hollingworth and Jonathan Broadbent.

It Could Be Any One Of Us with Dick & Lottie
Dick & Lottie, the UK's only amateur group dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn and of which this site is patron, is presenting Alan Ayckbourn's random murderer thriller It Could Be Any One Of Us from 17 - 21 October at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield.

In-The-Round Tour For Autumn 2017
Alan Ayckbourn's new play A Brief History Of Women is currently touring to in-the-round venues. The play is currently at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from until 28 October where it will play in rep with Alan Ayckbourn's revival of his classic farce Taking Steps. A Brief History of Women will then transfer to The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Windermere, from 8 - 11 November.
New Vic Theatre / The Old Laundry

How The Other Half Loves UK Tour
Following its successful West End run in 2016, Alan Ayckbourn's How The Other Half Loves is now on a UK tour. Directed by Alan Strachan, It will feature Charlie Brooks, Mathew Cottle, Sara Crowe, Robert Daws, Caroline Langrishe and Leon Ockenden. Full touring dates can be found on the What's On Page.

New play for 2018 named
Alan Ayckbourn announced the title of his 82nd play - likely to premiere in 2018 - in an interview with The Times newspaper on 23 July. The play is called Better Off Dead and further details are expected to be announced next year. The world premiere of his 81st play, A Brief History Of Women, will open at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from 1 September - 7 October.
Website: The Times

The Divide
Dates For The Old Vic
The Old Vic has confirmed dates for the transfer of Alan Ayckbourn's epic The Divide following its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August. The two-part work will transfer to The Old Vic from 30 January to 10 February 2018 and tickets are on sale now.

Standing Room Only Rehearsed Reading
Dick & Lottie, the UK's only amateur company dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn's plays has announced a rehearsed reading of the playwright's fourth play
Standing Room Only as part of its 2018 / 2019 schedule. This will mark the first public performance of the playwright's fourth play since 1963. Details to be announced soon.

Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition Now Available
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition by Simon Murgatroyd is now available - revised and updated for 2017 - and featuring illustrations from the Ayckbourn Archive. The book explores Alan Ayckbourn's unwritten, lost and withdrawn plays.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn

What's On This Week

A Brief History of Women / Taking Steps (in rep) *
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under- Lyme
By Jeeves *
The Old Laundry, Bowness-on-Winderemere
The Norman Conquests
Chichester Festival Theatre
How The Other Half Loves
Richmond Theatre
* Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

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