Ayckbourn Chronology: 1999

Notable Events

A survey by the National Theatre places Alan Ayckbourn as the 14th most influential playwright of the 20th century. The Norman Conquests is also listed as one of the greatest plays of the century.

Adapts Ostrovsky's The Forest for the National Theatre.

Announces he will no longer be directing plays by other authors and will concentrate on his own writing.

Celebrates his 60th birthday by writing and staging House & Garden; two plays with the same cast running simultaneously in two auditoria.

Ayckbourn plays are included in the national curriculum for the first time.

His mother, Irene Maud Worley (also known professionally as Mary James), dies on 26 February.

Revises and revives the 1990 play Body Language for the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Frequent design collaborator Michael Holt's book Alan Ayckbourn (Writers And Their Work) is published by Northcote House.

York Notes On Absent Friends published by Longman.

A Guided Tour Through Ayckbourn Country by Albert-Reiner Glaap is published.

Writes Gizmo for the New Connections 99 festival; a play intended to be performed by young people.

Faber & Faber publish Comic Potential. Samuel French publish Things We Do For Love & Gizmo.

LA Theater Works adapts The Norman Conquests as an audio play.

World premieres

House & Garden; The Forest

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

Knights In Plastic Armour

Notable Productions

World Premiere: House & Garden
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

World Premiere: The Forest
Director: Anthony Page
Venue: National Theatre, London

London Premiere: Comic Potential
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Lyric Theatre, London

Revival: Haunting Julia
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Revival: Body Language
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Revival: Callisto#7
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Tour: Haunting Julia
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Producer: Stephen Joseph Theatre

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