Frequently Asked Questions: General Questions

This page contains FAQs concerning general questions about Alan Ayckbourn; more specific career related questions can be found on the other pages in this section (see links above). If there is a question not listed here which you feel should be listed, please contact the website via the Contact Us page.
 
1) How do I pronounce Ayckbourn?
2) When was Alan Ayckbourn born?
3) Where was Alan Ayckbourn born?
4) When did Alan Ayckbourn suffer a stroke?
6) Is Alan Ayckbourn the second most performed playwright in the UK / World after Shakespeare?
5) I would like to produce an Ayckbourn play, who do I contact?
6) How can I contact Alan Ayckbourn?
7) Can I send scripts for Alan Ayckbourn to read / Can Alan Ayckbourn offer me advice on writing?
 
1) How do I pronounce Ayckbourn?
Ayckbourn is pronounced Ache-born (Ache rhyming with wake).
 
2) When was Alan Ayckbourn born?
Alan Ayckbourn was born on 12 April 1939.
 
3) Where was Alan Ayckbourn born?
Alan Ayckbourn was born in Hampstead in London.
 
4) When did Alan Ayckbourn suffer a stroke?
Alan Ayckbourn suffered a stroke on 21 February 2006. This was a week before it was reported in the press and media with news of the stroke only being released once it was ascertained Alan Ayckbourn was making a full recovery.

5) I would like to produce an Ayckbourn play, who do I contact?
Providing the play is available to produce (and a list of which plays are available to amateurs and professionals can be found here), you need to contact Samuel French about licensing a play if you are an amateur company. If you are intending to stage a professional production, you should contact Alan Ayckbourn's agents Casarotto Ramsay. Further details about contacts for productions and frequently asked questions about producing the plays can be found here.
 
6) Is Alan Ayckbourn the second most performed playwright in the UK / World after Shakespeare?
There is a page dealing with this question on the website here. The short answer is probably not, but no-one has the statistics to prove whether it's true or not.

7) How do I contact Alan Ayckbourn?
You can contact Alan Ayckbourn via this website - all email messages are passed onto his Personal Assistant - via: admin@alanayckbourn.net. Alternatively you can write to him via the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Although he does not work at the venue, mail addressed to him is still regularly picked up. The address is: Alan Ayckbourn ℅ Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, YO11 1JW.
 
8) Can I send scripts for Alan Ayckbourn to read / Can Alan Ayckbourn offer me advice on writing?
Alan Ayckbourn no longer accepts script submissions nor offers advice to writers. Whilst Artistic Director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, he spent 37 years reading and evaluating scripts (and five years at the BBC from 1965 - 1970 doing the same) as well as advising writers. With his retirement from the theatre in 2009, he felt it was time to pass the torch onto other people so that he could understandably concentrate completely on his own writing and directing for the first time. With regard to advice to writers and directors, he sincerely feels that everything he has to say on the subject can be found in his book The Crafty Art Of Playmaking (Faber, 2002) which is available via the website shop and many libraries.

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