Ayckbourn Chronology: 1972

Notable Events

Becomes Artistic Director of the Library Theatre, Scarborough. He will remain in the post until 2009.

Evans publishes its second (and final) Ayckbourn play How The Other Half Loves.

A pre-West End tour of Me Times Me (formerly Me Times Me Times Me, formerly The Story So Far...) is launched, but is cancelled after just two venues. This marks the first involvement of the producer Michael Codron in an Ayckbourn play. He goes on to produce the West End premiere of Time And Time Again later in 1972 and produces the vast majority of West End Ayckbourn productions until 2002.

Time And Time Again opens in the West End starring Tom Courtenay and directed by Eric Thompson; this begins a successful creative relationship with Thompson in the West End and marks the first West End production which the playwright feels reflects his intentions.

The one act play Countdown is adapted for television and broadcast as part of the arts programme Full House on BBC2.

World premieres

Absurd Person Singular

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Carmilla; Uncle Vanya; Tom, Dick & Harry

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Absurd Person Singular
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

London Premiere: Time And Time Again
Director: Eric Thompson
Venue: Comedy Theatre, London

Tour: Me Times Me
Director: Basil Coleman
Producer: Michael Codron


"I have never made any decisions, they have been made for me. I started out as an actor, and I was incredibly lucky, never out of work. Not that I was that good, but somehow I never wrote a letter or did an audition in my life, it just went from the end of one season to the beginning of another. Entirely due to circumstances and possibly because I never did take any action. I could look back on my life and say I planned it that way, but I didn't plan to be an actor, nor a director, nor a writer. They ran out of writers. I didn't plan to get married."
(Plays & Players, September 1972)

"All my plays are written under tremendous pressure, which is why I still use Scarborough. I reckon with a bit of luck I've got one play in me a year. That's all! I never write anything else. Even then I only do it under extreme protest."
(Plays & Players, September 1972)

"Stephen Joseph once gave me this advice: You must have a central character A who wants B and if he gets it it's a comedy and if he doesn't then it's a tragedy."
(Plays & Players, September 1972)

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