Ayckbourn Chronology: 2014

Notable Events

Alan Ayckbourn celebrates his 75th birthday.

World premiere of Roundelay, a play with five inter-related acts whose order of appearance is determined randomly by the audience just prior to performance. There are 120 possible permutations of the play.

The 50th anniversary of the first Ayckbourn play to transfer into the West End with Mr Whatnot.

French film auteur Alain Resnais adaptation of Life Of Riley (Aimer, Boire et Chanter), which opens in competition at the Berlin Film Festival on 10 February. Resnais dies soon afterwards on 1 March.

The National Theatre revives A Small Family Business; which had its world premiere at the venue in 1987. It is directed by Adam Penford and becomes the first Ayckbourn play to be live-streamed to cinemas around the world.

To coincide with the NT's revival, Faber & Faber publish a new edition of A Small Family Business as well as the first ebook of the play.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre premieres a musical adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's play The Boy Who Fell Into A Book with lyrics by Paul James and music by Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus.

The Ayckbourn Ensemble (Arrivals & Departures, Time Of My Life and Farcicals) tours to the Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters, New York. Arrivals & Departures is named by Time magazine as one of its top ten shows of 2014.

Paul Allen's biography of Alan Ayckbourn, Grinning At The Edge, is published as an ebook by Methuen.

The BBC broadcasts a new adaptation of Woman In Mind with Lesley Sharp playing Susan.

The 1977 television adaptation of The Norman Conquests is re-released on DVD in the UK.

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row Christmas Day special is devoted to Alan Ayckbourn. An episode of the BBC Documentary Profile is also dedicated to the playwright in April.

World premieres

Roundelay

Notable Productions

World Premiere: Roundelay
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre

World Premiere: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book (musical)
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre

London Revival: A Small Family Business
Director: Adam Penford
Venue: The Olivier, National Theatre


New York Premiere: Arrivals & Departures
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: 59E59 Theaters, New York

New York Premiere: Time Of My Life
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: 59E59 Theaters, New York

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

Tour: Arrivals & Departures; Time Of My Life; Farcicals
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Producer: Stephen Joseph Theatre

Revival: Things We Do For Love
Director: Laurence Boswell
Venue: Bath Theatre Royal

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