Ayckbourn Chronology: 2011

Notable Events

The Borthwick Institute at the University Of York acquires the Ayckbourn Archive for the nation.

The world premiere of Neighbourhood Watch opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, before transferring to the Brits Off Broadway festival in New York at the 59E59 Theaters.

The BBC dedicates an episode of the flagship arts programme, Imagine, to Alan Ayckbourn to coincide with the world premiere of Neighbourhood Watch. A BBC Radio programme, Ayckbourn In Action, meanwhile explores his career as a director.

York St. John University awards Alan an honorary degree of Doctor Of Letters.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre stages the world premiere of Dear Uncle, his adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya; originally commissioned by David Pugh for the West End in 2009.

London has fringe premieres of Snake In The Grass at The Print Room, Haunting Julia at Riverside Studios and Drowning On Dry Land at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

Samuel French publishes If I Were You, Life & Beth and My Wonderful Day.

Faber publishes the collections Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 4 & Plays 5.

The first edition of Unseen Ayckbourn by Simon Murgatroyd is published with a look at lost, altered and unwritten Ayckbourn plays.

The Norman Conquests is released own DVD for the first time in North America.

Featured in the BBC documentary series Town with Nicholas Crane when it focuses on Scarborough.

LA Theaterworks publishes a new audiobook adaptation of Henceforward…, directed by Martin Jarvis, as well as a collection of previous adaptations of his plays.

World premieres

Neighbourhood Watch; Dear Uncle (adaptation)

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Neighbourhood Watch
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

World Premiere: Dear Uncle
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

London Premiere: Snake In The Grass
Director: Lucy Bailey
Venue: The Print Room, London

London Premiere: Drowning On Dry Land
Director: Guy Retallack
Venue: Jermyn Street Theatre, London

London Premiere: Haunting Julia
Director: Andrew Hall
Venue: Riverside Studios, London

London Revival: By Jeeves
Director: Nick Bagnall
Venue: Landor Theatre, London

New York Premiere: Neighbourhood Watch
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: 59E59 Theaters, New York

Tour: Communicating Doors
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Producer: Stephen Joseph Theatre

Tour: Season's Greetings
Director: Robin Herford
Producer: Bill Kenwright

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