Ayckbourn Chronology: 1980

Notable Events

Writes Suburban Strains with Paul Todd, his first full length musical since Jeeves in 1975.

Announces a new play Sight Unseen, but subsequently writes a completely different play Season's Greetings.

Alan's unhappiness with the London production of Taking Steps marks the point at which he directs every West End premiere of his work from this point forward.

Sisterly Feelings opens at the National Theatre, directed by Alan Ayckbourn and Christopher Morahan.

The Norman Conquests is released on video in the UK; the first Ayckbourn play adaptation to be released commercially. Unfortunately, there is no contract for this and the trilogy only receives limited availability.

The first book solely dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn, Ian Watson's Conversations With Ayckbourn, is published by Faber.

World premieres

Suburban Strains; Season's Greetings; First Course; Second Helping

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Time And The Conways

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Season's Greetings
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

World Premiere: Suburban Strains
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

World Premiere: First Course
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Description: Revue
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

World Premiere: Second Helping
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Description: Revue
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

London Premiere: Sisterly Feelings
Directors: Alan Ayckbourn / Christopher Morahan
Venue: National Theatre, London

London Premiere: Taking Steps
Director: Michael Rudman
Venue: Lyric Theatre, London

Tour: Taking Steps
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Producer: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round

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