Ayckbourn Chronology: 1996

Notable Events

Moves the Scarborough company to its first purpose-designed venue, the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Revises and revives the musical Jeeves as By Jeeves with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which opens the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

By Jeeves transfers from Scarborough to the West End before receiving its American premiere later in the year.

Receives TMA Regional Theatre Award for Best Musical for By Jeeves as well as the Writers' Guild of Britain Best Play award for Communicating Doors.

The second dedicated The South Bank Show is broadcast on ITV, The Plain Guide To Playwriting Part 2.

BBC2 documentary Ayckbourn's Ambition looks at the journey to open the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Revises and revives the random murderer thriller It Could Be Any One Of Us - this version actually includes a murder.

BBC Radio broadcasts The Revengers' Comedies.

Samuel French publish Communicating Doors and A Word From Our Sponsor.

By Jeeves broadcast by BBC Radio with original cast recordings for both the Scarborough and London premieres also released on CD.

World premieres

By Jeeves; The Champion of Paribanou

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Wild Honey

Notable Productions

World Premiere: By Jeeves
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

World Premiere: The Champion Of Paribanou
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

London Premiere: By Jeeves
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Duke Of York's Theatre, London

American Premiere: By Jeeves
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Goodspeed Opera House, Connecticut

Revival: It Could Be Any One Of Us
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

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