Alan Ayckbourn: Short Biography

This is the officially approved short biography for Alan Ayckbourn which is used in programmes and other publications. It is available to reproduce for free providing this website is credited.

Alan Ayckbourn
Writer / Director

Alan has worked in theatre as a playwright and director for over fifty years, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written more than 80 plays, many one act plays and a large amount of work for the younger audience. His work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards. Major successes include:
Relatively Speaking, How The Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. In recent years, there have been revivals of Season’s Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National theatre, in the West End Absent Friends, A Chorus of Disapproval, Relatively Speaking and How The Other Half Loves. 2017 saw a major revival of The Norman Conquests at Chichester Festival Theatre. Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph theatre from 1972 - 2009 where almost all his plays have been first staged, he continues to direct his new work there. A Brief History Of Women, seen last year at the SJT, was part of 2018’s Brits-off-Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theatres, New York receiving many plaudits. His latest play, Better Off Dead, opens at the SJT this September. He received the 2016 Oxford Literary Festival’s Honorary Fellowship and in recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. As of this year, he will become the SJT’s first Director Emeritus. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.

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