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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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Taking Steps – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Lighting: Jason Taylor Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Stephen Joseph Theatre makes this production something of a hostage to fortune by prominently displaying Robin Herford’s assessment of Taking Steps as the funniest play in the English language. Alan Ayckbourn’s new production of his 1979 farce doesn’t quite live up to that which ...

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No Knowing – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Though No Knowing is far from Alan Ayckbourn at his best, it could well have an extended shelf-life as a pleasant simply-staged season’s end or festive season diversion as it is here. The cast of four get their reward for participating in the taxing Henceforward… by enjoying a ...

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Henceforward – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Henceforward is a dark, clever and uncompromising story about the interplay between humans and machines. Set in the studio of a deep and artistic man, Jerome, a father, a musician and a tortured soul, it focuses on his quest to win back his estranged daughter from her dominant and caustic mother and the depths ...

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Henceforward… – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Set Designer: Roger Glossop Costume Designer: Rebecca Cartwright Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henceforward… has almost too many ideas for its own good – and they fit together somewhat uneasily at times. On its West End transfer in 1987, it won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award. Yet, earlier in the year Alan Ayckbourn had planned ...

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