Ayckbourn Chronology: 1939 - 1956

Notable Events

1939: Born 12 April in Hampstead to Irene Maud Worley and Horace Ayckbourn.

1946: Begins attending Wisborough Lodge school.

1946 - 1951: Mother remarries; variously lives at Billinghurst, Wisborough Green, Horsham, Uckfield, Hayward's Heath and Lewes.

Circa 1950: Writes first play, an adaptation of the Jennings novels, whilst attending Wisborough Lodge.

1951: Receives a Barclays Bank scholarship to attend Haileybury school.

1955: Tours the Netherlands in a school production of Romeo And Juliet, in which he plays Peter.

1956: Tours eastern USA and Canada in a school production of Macbeth, in which he plays Macduff.

1956: Leaves Haileybury; first professional acting job with Sir Donald Wolfit's company at the Edinburgh Festival for three weeks with The Strong Are Lonely.

1956: Works as a volunteer at Connaught Theatre, Worthing, gaining experience in various aspects of theatre and acting.

Professional acting: (all 1956)

The Strong Are Lonely; The Corn Is Green; It's A Wise Child

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