Ayckbourn Chronology: 1973

Notable Events

Writes The Norman Conquests trilogy of plays apparently as a result of an off-hand and not entirely serious comment to a journalist in 1972 that his next project would be a play trilogy.

The Norman Conquests opens at the Library Theatre - the first of the event theatre pieces; three plays set around different locations at a country house over a single weekend. At this point, it is not known as The Norman Conquests but only by the individual play titles.

Absurd Person Singular opens at the Criterion Theatre in the West End. It will go on to have the single longest unbroken run of an Ayckbourn play in the West End.

Receives his first major theatre award with the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy for Absurd Person Singular.

Samuel French publishes its first play by Alan Ayckbourn with Time And Time Again.

Having closed in the West End in 1972, How The Other Half Loves has its first UK tour, directed by Hugh Goldie.

World premieres

Fancy Meeting You (later retitled: Table Manners); Make Yourself At Home (later retitled: Living Together); Round And Round The Garden

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Fancy Meeting You (The Norman Conquests)
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough
Note: Subsequently retitled
Table Manners

World Premiere: Make Yourself At Home (The Norman Conquests)
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough
Note: Subsequently retitled
Living Together

World Premiere: Round And Round The Garden (The Norman Conquests)
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

London Premiere: Absurd Person Singular
Director: Eric Thompson
Venue: Criterion Theatre, London

Tour: How The Other Half Loves
Director: Hugh Goldie
Producer: Bill Kenwright

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