Ayckbourn Chronology: 1976

Notable Events

Directs his final play at the Library Theatre with Just between Ourselves which features a Morris Minor on stage.

Alan moves the Scarborough company from the Library Theatre to a 'temporary' home, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round. Although intended to be a short-term solution to finding a new home, the company will stay there for 20 years.

New York's 45th Street is renamed Ayckbourn Alley for a day to mark the achievement of having four plays running simultaneously on Broadway (The Norman Conquests trilogy & Absurd Person Singular).

Time And Time Again is adapted for television, starring Tom Courtenay and directer by Casper Wrede. It is broadcast on ITV and never repeated.

Featured in the ITV documentary series, The Playwrights and the BBC series Arena.

Samuel French publishes Ernie's Incredible Illucinations.

World premiere

Just Between Ourselves

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Cards; Stars; Mother Country; The Caretaker

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Just Between Ourselves
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

London Premiere: Confusions
Director: Alan Strachan
Venue: Apollo Theatre, London

Revival: Mr Whatnot
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

Tour: Absurd Person Singular
Director: Paul Eddington
Producer: Michael Codron


"I used to start with a situation and develop the characters from there, but now I do it the other way round and begin with characters. You could say I've moved away from situation comedy to character comedy."
(Yorkshire Evening Press, 16 January 1976)

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