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Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn (Playwright) has written 79 plays and his work has been translated into over 35 languages. His work is performed on stage and television throughout the world and he has won countless awards. His plays include Relatively SpeakingHow the Other Half LovesAbsurd Person SingularBedroom FarceA Chorus of Disapproval, and The Norman Conquests. In the past four years, there have been revivals of Season's Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and in the West End productions of Absent FriendsA Chorus of Disapproval, and Relatively Speaking. In 2009 he retired as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged. In June of 2014, an extremely successful visit of the SJT Ayckbourn Ensemble company to the Brits-off-Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters in New York City attracted uniformly excellent reviews of his two new plays Arrivals & Departures and Farcicals and a revival of his play Time Of My LifeArrivals & Departures being included in Time Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of the Year whilst also receiving an enthusiastic salute from The New York Times. In 2016 he will return to the festival with Hero's Welcome and a revival of Confusions. 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. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.

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