Alan Ayckbourn

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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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'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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