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Things We Do For Love – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Stephen Bates The highlight of this comedy comes with what is probably the most ferocious man/woman fight scene conceived for the stage since Private Lives. High praise perhaps, but any comparison with Noel Coward must be the thing that Alan Ayckbourn dreads most. He built his reputation in the 1970s-90s with sharp observational ...

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News: Suffolk Summer Theatres Announces 2014 Season

Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre have announced details of their 2014 summer season. A long established part of the Suffolk coastal theatre scene, the company produces an annual season of plays in Southwold’s St Edmund’s Hall and The Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh. The 2014 season kicks off on 9th July with Taking Steps from the country’s most prolific playwright, Alan Ayckbourn. ...

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Bedroom Farce – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Bedroom Farce was originally produced in Scarborough in 1975 and was followed by a famous National Theatre production, directed by Peter Hall. In the programme notes, Ayckbourn recalls how some people were unimpressed by this “commercial candy floss” being presented at such an eminent institution. However, the play has outlived such ...

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Arrivals & Departures – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer &Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Reviewer: Jack Trott Think you know Alan Ayckbourn’s plays? Then think again. Arrivals &Departures is no Ayckbourn middle of the road farce, everyday characters on a gentle romp, this is as gritty, contemporary and heartfelt as it gets. This is Britain’s most prolific playwright at his best, a roller coaster ride of discovery, a lesson to ...

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Farcicals – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Selwyn Knight On tour this year is The Ayckbourn Ensemble, consisting of three separate shows with interlocking casts. Two are full length plays – a revival of his 1992 play, Time Of My Life, and a new play, Arrivals &Departures, – and the third consists of two one act farces to be presented together ...

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Life of Riley – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Phil Butterfield Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Life of Riley is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s later plays, having been premièred in 2010 in Scarborough. There is a link between this play and Relatively Speaking – which is also being produced at Lawrence Batley Theatre by the company Dick &Lottie. Relatively Speaking is the ‘play within ...

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Relatively Speaking – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Phil Butterfield Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Alan Ayckbourn is one of the world’s most prolific playwrights. His plays are some of the most performed throughout the world. Relatively Speaking was first produced in Scarborough in 1965. The West End première, starring Richard Briers, came two years later and is seen as a major turning ...

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Bedroom Farce – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Paul Downham Despite being written nearly 40 years ago, Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn has stood the test of time remarkably well. As you watch the unfolding story, it is almost impossible not to connect with some part of it. The story centres around four couples and three bedrooms all of which intertwine ...

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