Ayckbourn Chronology: 1986

Notable Events

Joins the National Theatre in London as a company director for two years.

Despite the sabbatical from Scarborough, he remains the Artistic Director at the venue during his absence (with Robin Herford made responsible for the day-to-day running of the venue) and commits himself to returning to Scarborough and his home venue in 1988.

Reports he is intending to permanently leave the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round are debunked, whilst a report he has benefitted financially from the theatre leads to the revelation he has never drawn his salary as Artistic Director, has put in more than £70,000 of his own money into production and 1% of gross royalties are given to the theatre.

Directs Woman In Mind in the West End with Julia McKenzie playing Susan.

Appointed Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough.

Faber & Faber begin publishing Alan Ayckbourn's plays with A Chorus Of Disapproval and Woman In Mind.

A television adaptation of Season's Greetings is broadcast on BBC1 on Christmas Eve.

World premieres

Mere Soup Songs

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Tons Of Money

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Mere Soup Songs
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Description: Revue
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

London Premiere: Woman In Mind
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Vaudeville Theatre, London

London Premiere: Mere Soup Songs
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Description: Revue
Venue: National Theatre, London

Revival: Time And Time Again
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough

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