Alan Ayckbourn

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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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'Canary in the coalmine': Scarborough's Stephen Joseph theatre reopens for autumn
John Godber’s B&B drama – performed by the playwright, with his family – launches programme that includes one-woman Christmas show

Chris Wiegand

19, Aug, 2020 @12:47 PM

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Anno Domino review – marital woe and toxic politics in Ayckbourn's lockdown play
The playwright and his wife, actor Heather Stoney, play all eight parts – from 70-somethings to teenagers – in his 84th drama

Arifa Akbar

25, May, 2020 @3:10 PM

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This week's best culture at home, from Derek Jarman's garden to Headlong's 12 isolation plays
The Observer’s critics recommend the best new arts shows to enjoy on TV, on the radio and online

24, May, 2020 @7:30 AM

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Alan Ayckbourn: 'People went back to theatres after the plague, but they didn't have Netflix then, did they?'
Britain’s most prolific playwright is producing and acting in his own audio play, but he holds out little hope for live theatre in the short term

Vanessa Thorpe

24, May, 2020 @7:19 AM

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'The audience booed, the cast fled' – playwrights relive their worst flops
Alan Ayckbourn’s orchestra decamped to the pub, Lynn Nottage’s social satire became all too real, and April De Angelis is still angry with her critics

Interviews by Kate Wyver

01, May, 2020 @2:43 PM

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All the world's a page: the joy of scripts during theatre's shutdown
As venues close due to Covid-19, there’s a world of published drama to savour, from text that falls off the page to Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘undirectable’ collage

Mark Fisher

19, Mar, 2020 @4:32 PM

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'He holds us to account!' Theatre greats celebrate Michael Billington
Patrick Stewart, Peter Brook and Sonia Friedman are among those who give their verdict on a critic with ‘razor-like intelligence and a tender heart’

05, Dec, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present review – masterful Ayckbourn unwraps a family feud
Naomi Petersen’s turn is the icing on the cake of this time-bending drama from a writer who has lost none of his ingenuity

Michael Billington

11, Sep, 2019 @10:02 AM

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After 83 plays, Alan Ayckbourn publishes his first novel at 80
The Divide, which is set in a dystopian future England, has been adapted from a six-hour, two-part play

Nosheen Iqbal

01, Sep, 2019 @8:59 AM

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Season’s Greetings review – laugh-aloud ridiculousness
A family suffers a less than festive Christmas in Ayckbourn’s enduring comedy

Clare Brennan

01, Sep, 2019 @7:00 AM

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