Ayckbourn Chronology: 1971

Notable Events

How The Other Half Loves becomes the first Ayckbourn play to be produced on Broadway, starring Phil Silvers of Sgt Bilko fame.

Nominated for the Italia Prize for his radio production of Don Haworth's We All Come To It In The End for BBC Radio 3.

Having been Director Of Productions at the Library Theatre for the previous two years, the position is given to Caroline Smith for 1971 with Alan involved with the Broadway production of How The Other Half Loves.

Returns to Scarborough to direct the world premiere of Time And Time Again at the Library Theatre; his first play to have a water feature.

The Story So Far... (retitled to Me Times Me Times Me) begins a pre-West End tour. The tour is unsuccessful and the play does not open in London.

World premieres

Time And Time Again

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Time And Time Again
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

New York Premiere: How The Other Half Loves
Director: Gene Saks
Venue: Royale Theatre, New York

Tour: Me Times Me Times Me
Director: Robin Midgley
Producer: Eddie Kulukundis


"I get my ideas from my own life experiences. I tend to pile them up like a coffee percolator during the course of a year."
(Boston Traveller, 7 March 1971)

"I think of myself as a social writer. I believe the average man is m ore worried about what socks to wear than the Vietnam War. He has his own little social walls.
(Boston Traveller, 7 March 1971)

"I like to write about the smaller things in life, the things that occupy so many of us. And the barriers we set up for ourselves. How we deceive each other and sometimes are very cruel to one another without meaning to be. My plays are about people trying to live together, really."
(Boston Sunday Globe, 7 March 1971)

"We [Christine Roland and Alan Ayckbourn] married young, you see, and when that happens there's the danger that one day you'll wake up and ask yourself what on earth you're doing in this situation. Then you do one of three things - divorce, blow up at each other all the time, or stay together and try to make it work."
(Boston Sunday Advertiser, 7 March 1971)

"I'm really sort of a half-caste now. If someone attacks the South I defend it. The if I'm in London and someone talks about Northerners as if they still wear clogs I get annoyed. I write still in the Southern idiom. I've never dared to write like Alan Plater for instance, although I did put a 'yer what?' into Relatively Speaking. The Southern actors asked about it, so it was cut out."
(Financial Times, 8 July 1971)

"It's [Scarborough] such a great place to work. You can have your cake and eat it. Most places you have to work in the theatre are also the densest areas off population… and besides I'm also a pinball addict."
(Financial Times, 8 July 1971)

"As a result of my acting experience you will never find a 'what say you, m'lord' bit part in my plays. There are no postmen or butlers. I try to give everyone in the cast a real part. When I was acting and simply standing g on stage like a piece of scenery I would start asking myself what I was doing there and wondering whether to walk off"
(Evening News, 13 August 1971)

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