Ayckbourn Chronology: 1977

Notable Events

Bedroom Farce marks the first Ayckbourn play to be produced at the National Theatre and the first play to be directed by Alan in London.

Writes first new play, Ten Times Table, for the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round inspired by his experiences moving the company to its new home.

Becomes Chair of the Drama Panel of the Yorkshire Arts Association.

The first mention in the media of the publishers Samuel French reporting at least one Ayckbourn plays is being performed somewhere in the world every 24 hours.

Receives the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy with Just Between Ourselves.

The Norman Conquests is adapted for television and becomes the first time a British channel has dedicated six hours of prime time programming to a living playwright.

Absurd Person Singular and Absent Friends are adapted and broadcast for the radio by the BBC.

Samuel French publishes Confusions whilst Chatto & Windus publish a hardback collection called Three Plays.

Featured in the ITV documentary series Northerners.

World premieres

Ten Times Table; The Jubilee Show

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Dear Liar; Fallen Angels; Sleuth; Pygmalion; The Rehearsal; A Man For All Seasons

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Ten Times Table
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

World Premiere: The Jubilee Show
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Description: Grey Play (unpublished / not available for production)
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

London Premiere: Bedroom Farce
Directors: Alan Ayckbourn / Peter Hall
Venue: National Theatre, London

London Premiere: Just Between Ourselves
Director: Alan Strachan
Venue: Queen's Theatre, London

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