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Ayckbourn, Alan 1939-

Works: 558 works in 1,801 publications in 11 languages and 31,493 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Interviews  Film adaptations  Romance films  Television comedies  Television adaptations  Made-for-TV movies  Comedy films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dark comedy films 
Roles: Author, Lyricist, Librettist, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Creator, Other, Narrator, Honoree
Classifications: PR6051.Y35, 822.914
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Most widely held works by Alan Ayckbourn
The Norman conquests : a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

65 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each play takes place during the same weekend in the same household but in differrent rooms, and, although the plays are independent of each other, all center around the same character, Norman
Woman in mind : December bee by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

39 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The central character of Alan Ayckbourn's new play is Susan, a parson's wife, 'one of the most moving and devastating that he has created ..."--Robin Thornber reviewing the first production in Scarborough in the Guardian
Absurd person singular by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

53 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three plays by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

19 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in English and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bedroom farce: "The action ... unfolds simultaneously-- and uproariously-- in the onstage bedrooms of three couples all in some way connected to an utterly self-absorbed fourth couple who heedlessly intrude on their friends' privacy, leaving chaos in their wake."--Page 4 of cover
The crafty art of playmaking by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Swedish and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Ayckbourne provides the aspiring playwright with tips, advice, and expertise on writing, directing, and rehearsing to pull together any play
A small family business by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

30 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jack Mccracken has all the qualifications required to turn around almost any ailing business enterprise. The opportunity is offered him by his own father-in-law but the unbusinesslike way -- and worse -- endemic to the family firm proved harder to eliminate than good management practice would require
Bedroom farce by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

27 editions published between 1975 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Domestic comedy intercuts scenes in 3 bedrooms. Couple having marital difficulties disrupts the evening for 3 other couples, friends, husband's parents, and husband's former girlfriend and her husband. 2 acts, 4 men, 4 women, 1 interior
Confusions : five interlinked one-act plays by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

58 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First performed at London's Apollo Theatre in 1976, 'Confusions', a series of one-act plays, typifies Ayckbourn's particular brand of black comedy on human behaviour. The plays are alternately naturalistic, stylised and farcical, but underlying each is the echoing problem of profound loneliness. 'The Mother Figure' shows a mother unable to escape from baby talk; in 'The Drinking Companion' an absentee husband attempts seduction without success; in 'Between Mouthfuls' a waiter oversees a fraught dinner encounter. A garden party gets out of hand in 'Gosforth's Fête' while 'A Talk in the Park' is a revue style curtain call piece for five actors. Whether the comedies concern marital conflict, infidelity or motherhood; take place on a park bench or at a village fete, the characters are familiar and their cries for help instantly recognisable
Communicating doors by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a near dystopian future, a dominatrix flees for her life through a hotel communicating door only to find herself 20 years in the past as a result of which she is stalked by a psychopath in the present and the past. The opportunity to alter time for the better puts the lives of three women at stake. 'Communicating Doors' premiered in February 1994 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough
How the other half loves; a play in two acts by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

38 editions published between 1970 and 2004 in English and French and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National Theatre, Louis A. Lotito, managing director, Michael Myerberg, Peter Bridge, and Eddie Kulukundis in association with Lawrence Shubert Lawrence present Phil Silvers, Sandy Dennis in "How the Other Half Loves," a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, also starring Richard Mulligan, Bernice Massi, Tom Aldredge, Jeanne Hepple, designed by David Mitchell, lighted by Peggy Clark, costumes by Winn Morton, directed by Gene Saks
A chorus of disapproval : [a play] by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

29 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het wel en wee van een man die geen nee kan zeggen tegen drank, vrouwen en plezier
Relatively speaking : a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

39 editions published between 1968 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greg and Ginny are living together, but Greg is becoming somewhat suspicious that he is not the only man in her life: little things like telephone calls that are cut off the moment he answers, a drawer full of boxes of chocolates, a pair of slippers that are certainly neither his nor hers. He wonders about Ginny's plan "to visit her parents" and decides to follow her. In actual fact he has sound grounds for his suspicions: Ginny is really going to see a considerable older lover, but only in order to break with him and retrieve some letters
Henceforward-- by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

26 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerome plans to regain access to his child by hiring an actress to play his fiancée, and impress the Child Welfare Department. Essentially a one-character story the author discovers an achingly funny means of expressing extreme distress
Time of my life by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Play text. Charts the decline of a large family business
Comic potential by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in June 1998, 'Comic Potential' is a science-fiction comedy-thriller. In the near future, an android develops emotions and an aspiring writer falls in love with her. But where he sees potential, others see only a malfunction - leading to the question, what makes us human?
The revengers' comedies by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hugely entertaining pitch about two suicidal strangers who meet on London's Albert Bridge, where they agree to swap revenges. It recalls the old movies to which it frequently pays homage - 'Strangers on a Train', 'Rebecca', 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' - and expands after intermission to reveal an immensely disturbing vision of contemporary middle-class England poisoned by the rise of economic ruthlessness and the collapse of ethics. 'The Revengers' Comedies' was premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, in June 1989
Man of the moment by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jill presents a TV drama/documentary series and is filming a reunion between Vic, a convicted robber, and Douglas who, seventeen years ealier, foiled his bank-raid attempt ... Vic ... is [now] a rich TV personality while Douglas ... lapsed into shabby obscurity ... will history repeat itself, or will justice finally be served?--P. [4] of cover
Invisible friends by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Lucy's imaginary friend Zara becomes all too real and offers to make her family disappear, Lucy is all too happy to agree. But when Zara's much worse family appears in their place, Lucy has to deal with the consequences of her actions and find a way to bring her own family home. 'Invisible Friends' was premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, in 1989
Sweet revenge by David Greene( Visual )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By chance, downcast businessman Henry Bell and quirky aristocrat Karen Knightley save each other's lives just as they were both attempting to leap from London's Tower Bridge. Karen quickly invents a plot of retaliation against those who drove them to the edge
Cœurs Private fears in public places by Alain Resnais( Visual )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Six personnages, qui cherchent l'amour se croisent dans une comédie urbaine pétillante d'esprit et de vie
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Alternative Names

controlled identityAllen, Roland, 1939-

Alan Ayckbourn britischer Dramatiker

Alan Ayckbourn Brits auteur

Alan Ayckbourn dramaturge et metteur en scène britannique

Alan Ayckbourn drammaturgo britannico

Allen, Ronald 1939-

Ayckborn, Alan

Ayckborun, Alan 1939-

Эйкборн, Алан

איקבורן, אלן

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Woman in mind : December beeAbsurd person singularThree playsThe crafty art of playmakingA small family businessConfusions : five interlinked one-act playsCommunicating doorsHow the other half loves; a play in two acts