Ayckbourn Chronology: 1974

Notable Events

Named Playwright Of The Year by the Variety Club Of Great Britain.

First - and only - screenplay broadcast, Service Not Included, on 20 May on BBC2.

Premieres two plays at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, with Absent Friends and Confusions; the latter written to launch the theatre's first winter and touring season since the early 1960s.

Threatens to quit Scarborough as a result of the County Council turning down a request to extend the Library Theatre to 40 weeks a year; amuch of this comes from an attempt to re-open the Opera House theatre in the town and a conflict of interest with a County Councillor working on the same project.

The Norman Conquests, directed by Eric Thompson, opens at the Greenwich Theatre having received no particular interest from the West End. The success of the Greenwich production leads to producer Michael Codron transferring it into The Globe in the West End.

Absurd Person Singular, again directed by Eric Thompson, opens on Broadway.

Receives the Evening Standard and the Play & Players Awards for Best Comedy for The Norman Conquests.

Has his first television documentary dedicated to him with Alan Ayckbourn on BBC2 and features in ITV's Aquarius.

Guests on the popular Radio 4 programmes, Desert Island Discs.

Absurd Person Singular is published by Samuel French.

World premieres

Confusions; Absent Friends; Service Not Included (screenplay)

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Albert; Black Comedy; Away From It All; The Breadwinner; But Fred Freud Is Dead; Frost At Midnight

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Absent Friends
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

World Premiere: Confusions
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

World Premiere: Service Not Included
Director: Herbert Wise
Description: Screenplay
Producer: BBC

London Premiere: The Norman Conquests
Director: Eric Thompson
Venue: The Globe Theatre, London

New York Premiere: Absurd Person Singular
Director: Eric Thompson
Venue: Music Box Theater, New York

Tour: Time And Time Again
Director: Roy Patrick
Producer: Cameron Macintosh

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