Ayckbourn Chronology: 1963

Notable Events

Directs (as sole director) one of his own plays for the first time with a revival of Standing Room Only at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.

Directs (as sole director) the world premiere of one of his own plays for the first time with Mr Whatnot at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.

The revival of his fourth play Standing Room Only sees it credited as a play by Alan Ayckbourn - rather than his pseudonym Roland Allen to whom it was originally credited. This makes Standing Room Only the earliest play to be attributed to Alan Ayckbourn.

The rights to make Standing Room Only into a television play for ITV's Armchair Theatre are bought, but the play is never produced for television.

World premieres

Mr Whatnot

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

The Referees; The Mating Season; The Rainbow Machine; Miss Julie

Professional acting

Teds's Cathedral; The Rehearsal; Waiting For Godot; An Awkward Number; A Man For All Seasons; The Rainbow Machine; Miss Julie; Two For The Seesaw; The Dumb Waiter; The Collection; Gaslight; The Caretaker; The Prisoner

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Mr Whatnot
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Revival: Standing Room Only
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Quotes

"I don't make a lot of money writing plays; in fact this one [Mr Whatnot] is the first I have sold. But I enjoy it and being an actor it helps me to understand playwriting from an actor's point of view."
(The Times, 20 November 1963)

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