Ayckbourn Chronology: 1975

Notable Events

Breaks record for having the most plays running in the West End simultaneously with five plays (The Norman Conquests trilogy, Absurd Person Singular & Absent Friends).

Listed in Who's Who and the Encyclopaedia Britannica for the first time.

Collaborates with Andrew Lloyd Webber on his first musical, resulting in the major West End flop Jeeves, which closes after just a month. The original cast recording on vinyl becomes an instant Ayckbourn collectible as it is so rare.

Absent Friends opens at the Garrick Theatre, London, marking the final time Eric Thompson will direct an Ayckbourn play in the West End.

The Norman Conquests opens on Broadway, directed by Eric Thompson.

Writes the one act comedy Dracula for the revue What The Devil! at the Library Theatre.

Chatto & Windus publish The Norman Conquests, the first mass market publication of an Ayckbourn play.

First radio adaptation of a play with the BBC broadcasting Relatively Speaking.

Samuel French publishes Absent Friends, Table Manners, Living Together and Round And Round The Garden.

Featured on the BBC's Summer Interview and ITV's Calendar People.

World premieres

Jeeves; Bedroom Farce; Dracula

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Angels In Love; An Englishman's Home; The Chimes

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Bedroom Farce
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

World Premiere: Jeeves
Director: Eric Thompson
Venue: Her Majesty's Theatre, London

World Premiere: Dracula
Director: Bob Eaton
Description: Grey Play (unpublished / not available to produce)
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

London Premiere: Absent Friends
Director: Eric Thompson
Venue: Garrick Theatre, London

New York Premiere: The Norman Conquests
Director: Eric Thompson
Venue: Morosco Theater, New York

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