Ayckbourn Chronology: 1979

Notable Events

Premieres the first of his chance plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, with Sisterly Feelings; a play whose alternate two middle scenes are determined randomly.

Despite being labelled as a farceur, premiers what is he considers to be his only true farce with Taking Steps.

Steps down from Yorkshire Arts Association citing work commitments.

BBC North records Alan Ayckbourn's revue Men On Women On Men, directed by Alan.

Writes the first of his chance plays with Sisterly Feelings in which a toss of a coin decides a choice of scenes.

Receives the Plays & Players Award for best Comedy with Joking Apart.

The National Theatre's production of Bedroom Farce, directed by Alan and Peter Hall, transfers to Broadway.

Samuel French published Joking Apart whilst Chatto & Windus releases a hardback collection Joking Apart & Other Plays.

Mother Figure (from Confusions) is adapted for and broadcast by BBC Radio.

World premieres

Sisterly Feelings; Taking Steps

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Tishoo; The Seagull; Saint Trixie; Double Double; The Crucible

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Sisterly Feelings
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

World Premiere: Taking Steps
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

London Premiere: Joking Apart
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Globe Theatre, London

New York Premiere: Bedroom Farce
Directors: Alan Ayckbourn / Peter Hall
Venue: Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York

Tour: Ten Times Table
Director: Not known
Producer: Bill Kenwright

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