Alan Ayckbourn: Influences

Throughout his life, Alan Ayckbourn has acknowledged certain individuals as having a significant impact on his life and his career. Frequently referred to as his 'guardian uncles', these key mentors would frequently shape the course of Alan Ayckbourn's life from inspiring him to becoming an actor, challenging him to write and direct or to simply pass on their wealth of experience and enthusiasm for theatre.

Click on a link below to look at some of these influential figures and what Alan Ayckbourn has said about them over the years. The
Playwriting Influences page contains quotes from Alan Ayckbourn about some of the writers who have influenced him.


All research for this section by Simon Murgatroyd. Copyright of Haydonning Ltd.