Alan Ayckbourn

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Alan Ayckbourn – Writer / Director

2015 marked Alan's 54th year as a theatre director and his 56th as a playwright. He has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 79 plays – his latest Hero's Welcome premiered during the Stephen Joseph Theatre's 60th anniversary celebrations in 2015 – and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards.

Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. In the past four years, there have been revivals of Season's Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and in the West End productions of Absent Friends, A Chorus of Disapproval and Relatively Speaking. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of his first West End production, Mr Whatnot.

In 2009, he retired as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged. In June of 2014 an extremely successful visit of the SJT Ayckbourn Ensemble company to the Brits-off-Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters, New York staging his two new 2013 plays Arrivals & Departures and Farcicals, and a revival of his 1992 play Time Of My Life attracted uniformly excellent reviews; Arrivals & Departures being included in Time Magazine's Top Ten Productions of the Year whilst also receiving an enthusiastic salute from the New York Times.

In recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre's Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.

Source: Alan Ayckbourn's official website www.alanayckbourn.net.

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