Alan Ayckbourn

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Family Album review – Alan Ayckbourn’s funny, moving new play about the lives of women
Directing a masterly production, the playwright follows three generations of women in one home, from 1952 to 2022

Clare Brennan

18, Sep, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Noises Off: the farce masterclass that is truly revealing
Michael Frayn’s comedy is not just extremely funny but also acknowledges the fragile artifice of order – in theatre and the world beyond

Michael Billington

08, Sep, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Family Album review – Alan Ayckbourn’s playful snapshot of social flux
Skipping between three generations from the 50s to the present, this occasionally poignant play pulls back from the emotional force of its concept

Mark Fisher

07, Sep, 2022 @10:49 AM

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The Guardian view on Alan Ayckbourn: a tonic for sick times | Editorial
Editorial: Don’t assume that the arts are just about entertainment – they have a crucial part to play in the mental health of the nation


26, Aug, 2022 @5:25 PM

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Post your questions for Tom Courtenay
Ahead of the release of The Railway Children Return, here’s your chance to ask the legendary actor about his extraordinary career. Leave your questions in the comments – all aboard!

Rich Pelley

30, Jun, 2022 @11:19 AM

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Jennifer Piercey obituary
Other lives: Actor who worked with Alan Ayckbourn and appeared on TV in The Two of Us

Alan Strachan

01, May, 2022 @4:22 PM

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‘You immediately tell your friends to cancel their tickets’ – what’s it like to star in a flop?
How does it feel to go back on stage night after night in a play that’s been mauled by critics and deserted by audiences? Richard Eyre and other directors and actors relive their trauma

Mark Lawson

16, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Girl Next Door review – Ayckbourn’s inventive time-bending comedy
Two sets of neighbours from 2020 and 1942 interact in an entertaining tale of love and endurance

Clare Brennan

12, Jun, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Girl Next Door review – Ayckbourn casts history’s lens on lockdown Britain
The prolific playwright is on fine form with an uncanny story that smartly contrasts national crises past and present

Mark Fisher

11, Jun, 2021 @9:40 AM

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From Hamlet to Hullabaloo: what to see as theatres and comedy clubs reopen
As stage shows return, we pick the best post-lockdown offerings – featuring Egyptian gods, rebelling vicars, dancing youths ... and Ian McKellen playing the Dane at 82

Arifa Akbar (theatre), Brian Logan (comedy), Lyndsey Winship (dance)

16, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The lockdown boom in audio plays: 'it's drama the pandemic can’t touch'
Mike Bartlett, Alan Ayckbourn, Adjoa Andoh and other top theatre-makers reflect on why listening to drama is perfect for our times

Arifa Akbar

02, Feb, 2021 @10:44 AM

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Haunting Julia review – Alan Ayckbourn hunts the ghost of Little Miss Mozart
The dramatist plays a man looking for answers about the death of his musical prodigy daughter in an audio version of his 1994 work that keeps us guessing till the end

Arifa Akbar

26, Nov, 2020 @2:51 PM

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