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Time of My Life – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Mary Tapper In this touring set of plays, The Ayckbourn Ensemble, we have a new play, Arrivals &Departures, a couple of one act farces, Farcicals, and a revival of an old favourite, Time of My Life. Here Alan Ayckbourn has chosen to revisit one of his favourite plays on the 21st anniversary of ...

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Time of My Life – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Bill Avenell In an interview in the program notes of Time of my Life Alan Ayckbourn comments that this play "couldn't work if it was set in Surrey". That may or may not be true but it certainly worked last night when performed in Surrey, and right in the County Town to boot. But this is ...

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surprises – Richmond Theatre, London

Writter &Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Tom Finch [rating:2.5] Alan Ayckbourn’s 76th play opens in seemingly familiar surroundings. A brattish teenager, Grace. is defying her rich Dad by choosing a rough boyfriend. It is only after her Father has left does it become clear that this play is anything other than familiar. Soon, a man many years her senior arrives in ...

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surprises – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] 76 plays and still going strong. Just how strong is the most pleasant surprise of Alan Ayckbourn's new romantic comedy. Not for the first time, he delves into the world of the future, but his characters and his dialogue remain very much rooted in his familiar territory of Middle England. The ...

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surprises – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating: 4] There were a large number of students in a packed house at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and this gave a slightly different atmosphere to the normally rather reserved reception from the middle class heartland that Alan Ayckbourn has analysed and made fun of throughout his career. One can only wish they to ...

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Absurd Person Singular – Minerva Theatre, Chichester.

Author and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:4.5]   The last time I went to see an Ayckbourn play I was sadly disappointed and struggled to remember why I found his work so amusing 40 years ago. This afternoon’s production at the Minerva made me remember exactly what it was that attracted me back then; the mix of black ...

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surprises – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4]   Set sometime in the fairly distant future and, in the second and third acts, some fifty and sixty years later, the story begins with the age old problem of a father not wanting his precious daughter to throw herself away on a worthless suitor. This simple enough plot is complicated ...

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