Ayckbourn talks work at theatre’s tea time event

Sir Alan Ayckbourn
Sir Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn will be the focus of a Tea Time Talk at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre later this month.

The writer and director will be in conversation with broadcaster and novelist Kate Fenton at 4.30pm on Thursday September 29 in the theatre’s Round auditorium. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

Alan Ayckbourn has worked in theatre as a playwright and director for more than 50 years, rarely if ever tempted by television or film. To date he has written more than 79 plays, many one-act plays and a large amount of work for the younger audience. His work has been translated into more than 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countless awards.

Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How The Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus Of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. In recent years, there have been revivals of Season’s Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre, Absent Friends, A Chorus Of Disapproval and Relatively Speaking in the West End, and currently at the Duke of York’s Theatre How The Other Half Loves.

In 2015, Chichester mounted an excellent revival of Way Upstream and Hamburg’s Schauspielhaus had a sell-out run with its revival of Henceforward... This year has seen another successful visit to 59E59 Theaters New York for the Brits off Broadway Festival with the SJT’s productions of Confusions and Hero’s Welcome attracting universally enthusiastic reviews. Alan also wrote the lyrics for the recent hit Where is Peter Rabbit? recently seen at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness, in celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th Anniversary.

Alan was artistic director of the Stephen Joseph from 1972 to 2009 where almost all his plays have been first staged. He continues to direct his latest new work here – this year The Karaoke Theatre Company and Consuming Passions. He received the 2016 Oxford Literary Festival’s Honorary Fellowship and in recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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