Ayckbourn Chronology: 2012

Notable Events

Absent Friends and A Chorus Of Disapproval revived in London's West End.

The world premiere of Surprises is co-produced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre. Faber publishes the play concurrently - both in soft back and as an ebook - to coincide with the original production.

Once more listed in The Stage 100 of leading theatre practitioners over the past 12 months.

Comes top in a What's On Stage poll to find the Jubilee Playwright (the most popular playwright who has worked during Queen Elizabeth II's reign).

The BBC broadcasts a new adaptation of Henceforward…, directed by Martin Jarvis and starring Jared Harris.

The world premiere production of Neighbourhood Watch transfers to London playing at the Tricycle Theatre fora month; this is the first Ayckbourn production to transfer to London and New York with its original Scarborough production.

Two major West End revivals take place with Absent Friends, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and A Chorus Of Disapproval, directed by Trevor Nunn, both at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

The BBC publishes Alan Ayckbourn - In His Own Words, a digital only audiobook containing a number of broadcast interviews with Alan Ayckbourn.

Interviewed by BBC HARDtalk, Sky Arts' In Conversation and One On One on Radio Leeds about his life and career in theatre.

Vintages Classics publishes Three Plays in ebook format.

World premieres


Notable Productions

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

Revival: Absurd Person Singular
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

London Premiere: Neighbourhood Watch
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Tricycle Theatre, London

London Revival: Absent Friends
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Venue: Harold Pinter Theatre

London Revival: A Chorus Of Disapproval
Director: Trevor Nunn
Venue: Harold Pinter Theatre

Tour: Neighbourhood Watch
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Producer: Stephen Joseph Theatre

Tour: Haunting Julia
Director: Andrew Hall
Producer: Hall & Childs

Tour: Relatively Speaking
Director: Lindsay Posner
Producer: Danny Moar

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