Ayckbourn Chronology: 1967

Notable Events

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During 1967, Alan Ayckbourn…

mourned the loss of Stephen Joseph, theatre pioneer and his most significant mentor and inspiration, who died from cancer on 5 October in Scarborough.

wrote The Sparrow for the Library Theatre, Scarborough, which had reopened as a professional producing venue as a result of the Town Council offering financial support. This marked the first time he would direct the world premiere of one of his own plays in Scarborough. Subsequently he has directed the world premiere of all of his plays.

had his first West End hit when Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke Of York's Theatre, London, starring Celia Johnson, Michael Aldridge and Richard Briers.

had his first television exposure when a 50 minute extract from the West End production of Relatively Speaking was broadcast on BBC1.

was nominated for the Italia Prize for his radio production of Don Haworth's There's No Point In Arguing The Toss for BBC Radio.

World Premieres

The Sparrow
13 July: The Library Theatre, Scarborough

Notable Ayckbourn Productions

Relatively Speaking (West End premiere)
29 March: Duke Of York's Theatre, London

Professional Directing

The Sparrow
The Library Theatre, Scarborough

Plays In Other Media

Relatively Speaking
Television: 21 July, BBC1
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John Nettles, Pamela Craig & Robert Powell in The Sparrow. © Haydonning Ltd

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