Sir Alan Ayckbourn

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Ayckbourn, Sir Alan

Ayckbourn, Sir Alan (ākˈbôrn), 1939–, English playwright and director, b. London. One of Britain's most successful and prolific dramatists, he had his first play produced in 1959 and since then has written more than 50 works for the theater. He is known for the wit and ingenuity with which he portrays the foibles and anxieties of England's suburban middle class and their conflicts with those in the social spheres above and below them. Since 1970, Ayckbourn has been artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Company in Scarborough, where he began his career, and he has taught at the Univ. of Oxford since 1992. His antibourgeois farces, many of which were also produced in the United States and a number of which have been televised, include How the Other Half Loves (1970); Absurd Person Singular (1973); The Norman Conquests (1974), a trilogy; Bedroom Farce (1975); Season's Greetings (1982); the darker A Small Family Business (1987); Man of the Moment (1990); Communicating Doors (1995); Things We Do for Love (1998); Comic Potential (2000); and a paired comedy of manners, House and Garden (2001). Ayckbourn, who was knighted in 1997, has also written musicals and plays for children.
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Sir Alan Ayckbourn directs a 13-strong cast, including two children in Arrivals and Departures
PLAYWRIGHT Sir Alan Ayckbourn could have been a character from one of his own farces after mistaking a burglar for a visitor to his house.
SIR Alan Ayckbourn could have been starring in one of his own farces after mistaking a burglar for a guest at his mansion.
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Those who know Tamzin - from her former drama school teacher to top playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn - have no doubts that, like Miss Hurley, she will go far.
| BIRTHDAYS: Montserrat Caballe, opera singer, 85; Sir Alan Ayckbourn, | playwright, 79; Herbie Hancock, jazz pianist, 78; Ed O'Neill, actor, 72; George Robertson, former Nato secretarygeneral, 72; Dan Lauria, actor, 71; David Letterman, former chat show host, 71; Scott Turow, novelist, 69; Andy Garcia, actor, 62; Shannen Doherty, actress, 47; Claire Danes, actress, 39; Brian McFadden, singer, 38.
BIRTHDAYS: Montserrat Caballe, opera singer, 83; Sir Alan Ayckbourn, playwright, 77; Herbie Hancock, pianist, 76; Ed O'Neill, actor, 70; George Robertson, former Nato secretary-general, 70; Dan Lauria, actor, 69; David Letterman, former chat show host, 69; Scott Turow, novelist, 67; David Cassidy, singer, 66; Andy Garcia, actor, 60; Shannen Doherty, actress, 45; Claire Danes, actress, 37; Brian McFadden, singer, 36.
SIR Alan Ayckbourn is still going strong at 74 and is touring with his latest and 77th play.
Tuesday SIR Alan Ayckbourn comes to Warwick Arts Centre tonight to do an 'In Conversation With' talk, followed by his new play Arrivals and Departures.
TAKING STEPS - Thursday, March 24-Saturday, March 26 Enjoy this frothy farce by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. THE NAKED TRUTH - Monday, March 28-Wednesday, March 30 Former Emmerdale and Bad Girls star Claire King, currently treading the boards in the theatre's panto, is back at the venue later this year in this comedy about sisterhood.
Sir Alan Ayckbourn, another friend and trustee, also visits regularly with his plays.