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Absent Friends – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Pete Benson Alan Ayckbourn is one of our most prolific and popular playwrights. Absent Friends was originally performed in his own Scarborough Theatre venue forty years ago. Ayckbourn’s plays appear deceptively simple, as many a mangled amateur production has revealed over the years. They are a real test of an actor and director. ...

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Living Together – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Directors: Laura Cull and Griffith Reeves Reviewer: Fergus Morgan With their student production of Ayckbourn’s Living Together, directors Laura Cull and Griffith Reeves have not sought to stage a comedy, but rather a ‘hyper-realistic tragedy with jokes’. In telling the story of one family’s argument-filled weekend in the country, they have relied on the inherent wit of ...

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Roundelay – Theatre Royal, Bath

Written and directed by: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Claire Hayes The concept of five short plays combining in no fixed order is an intriguing one, given the 120 possible permutations that could be performed, with a running order decided each time by a pre-show lottery. It holds the promise of theatre extending what it already does best – building performance anew ...

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NEWS: London Classic Theatre 15th Anniversary Tour Announced

2015 will see London Classic Theatre celebrate its 15th Anniversary and today Michael Cabot, Artistic Director, has announced details of their plans for the year. The anniversary year will include tours of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends from April and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in the Autumn. Cabot said today, “I am thrilled announce our 15th Anniversary Season – Alan ...

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The Boy Who Fell Into a Book – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus Musical adaptation and lyrics: Paul James Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre premieres a new musical adaptation of Ayckbourn’s 1998 play (his fifty-third) directed by the writer. Ayckbourn originally wrote the play to celebrate the National Year of Reading. It’s a play suitable for all the family ...

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Woman In Mind – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Marilyn Imrie Reviewer: Sam Chipman Woman In Mind, Alan Ayckbourn’s first play to use first-person narrative, is regarded by many as one of his best; this from an impressive canon of 75 full length plays. Ayckbourn’s work, putting ordinary people into not so ordinary circumstances, has lea to the phrase “Ayckbourn Country” being coined for his ...

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Man of the Moment – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Phil Butterfield Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Following two years as company director of the National Theatre, Ayckbourn returned to Scarborough to direct Man of the Moment, his 35th play, which premiered in 1988. The play was inspired by thoughts about Great Train robber Buster Edwards. He had become something of a celebrity after serving ...

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Things We Do For Love – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Helen Jones Things We Do For Love is one of very few Alan Ayckbourn plays written to be performed specifically for an end stage, set as it is over three floors of a house which has been turned into flats. The time is October 1996 and we are in Fulham, London. Barbara lives ...

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