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Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Alan Ayckbourn is a master of tricks with time and place – and also of the joyous occasion gone wrong. In his 83rd play there are no tricks with place, except the stylish and fascinating changes of furniture in Kevin Jenkins’ ingenious set, but the four acts move ...

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Season’s Greetings – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Season’s Greetings is a bit of an oddity in the Ayckbourn canon. Initially performed at the Theatre in the Round in 1980, it was successful enough to be revived the following year, then disappeared from the Scarborough programme for nearly 40 years, despite popularity elsewhere. So the current production, astonishingly, is ...

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Where Is Peter Rabbit? – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Devised by Roger Glossop, based on the tales of Beatrix Potter Music: Steven Edis Lyrics: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Sheila Carter Reviewer: David Guest More than 100 years since Beatrix Potter first told the tale of Peter Rabbit in book form the enchanting stories still have mass appeal with toys, ballet, animation and more keeping the characters alive. Now, an extraordinary ...

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Better Off Dead – SJT, Scarborough

Writer & Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Michael Holt Reviewer: Ron Simpson Better Off Dead is one of those puzzling Alan Ayckbourn plays that leave one wishing for a second viewing to work out where exactly the focus lies and how seriously to take the proceedings – not that a second viewing would be any hardship, the play is unfailingly entertaining ...

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Joking Apart – SJT, Scarborough

Writer & Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Michael Holt Reviewer: Ron Simpson As so often in recent years, the Summer season at Scarborough means two Ayckbourn plays: one new (Better Off Dead opens in September) and one revival. Joking Apart, initially performed 40 years ago, is variously described in the programme as one of Ayckbourn’s favourite plays and one of the ...

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Winter Solstice – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roland Schimmerlpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Reviewer: Kelyn Luther It’s Christmas Eve; all is not calm and the night is far from silent. Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is a well-constructed comedy in the vein of Alan Ayckbourn and it’s easy to see why Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany. The farce and domestic squabble translate well ...

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The Norman Conquests – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: David Guest Seeing just one part of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy The Norman Conquests, splendidly revived at Chichester Festival Theatre as the final offering in a successful summer season, is like eating only one component part of a trifle: the jelly, sponge, cream or custard alone might offer a tasty treat but when put ...

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A Brief History of Women – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer & Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Lighting: Jason Taylor Composer: Simon Slater Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ingenious, mischievous and ultimately humane, A Brief History of Women is proof that, in his 58th year of writing plays, Alan Ayckbourn is still able to find new ways of entertaining us for two hours and making us think a bit as well. ...

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