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Ayckbourn, Alan 1939-

Works: 687 works in 2,253 publications in 6 languages and 33,809 library holdings
Genres: Drama  One-act plays  Periodicals  Monologues (Drama)  Comedy plays  Interviews  Film adaptations  Romance films  Acting editions  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Lyricist, Librettist, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Contributor, Conceptor, Narrator, 233, 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 )

57 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,445 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
Three plays by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

36 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A scathing comedy of social striving in the suburbs, Absurd Person Singular follows the fortunes of three couples who turn up in each other's kitchens on three successive Christmases, to hilarious and devastating effect. In Absent Friends, Diana and Paul host a tea party for Colin, recently returned to England after the tragic drowning of his fiancée. But Colin proves impervious to their awkward attempts to console him as he unwittingly touches every raw nerve in the troubled lives of his old friends. The action of Bedroom Farce 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."--P. [4] of cover
Woman in mind : December bee by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

41 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,085 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 )

48 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. The "lower class" but very much up and coming Hopcrofts are in their bright new, gadget filled kitchen anxiously giving a little party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbor. Next there are the architect and his wife in their neglected, untidy flat. Then the bank manager and his wife are in their large, slightly modernized, old Victorian style kitchen. Running like a dark thread through the wild comedy of behind the scenes disasters at Christmas parties is the story of the advance of the Hopcrofts to material prosperity and independence and the decline of the others. In the final stages the little man is well and truly on top, with the others, literally and unnervingly, dancing to his tune
The crafty art of playmaking by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 990 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 )

31 editions published between 1987 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 881 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
Confusions : five interlinked one-act plays by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

36 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Confusions is a set of 5 interlinked one acts plays. Each play deals with human eccentricities and the human dilemma of loneliness: a mother unable to escape from baby talk, a disastrous fête, an unsuccessful seduction attempt, a fate-fraught dinner encounter -- the final play sums up with five self-immolated characters on park benches"--Page 4 of cover
Communicating doors by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 672 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
Moving parts : monologues from contemporary plays by Nina Shengold( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 125 monologues by Mamet, Shepard, August Wilson, and others
The Best short plays( )

in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Norman conquests by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

25 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passions flare and tempers rise when three couples cross paths at a country house one weekend. It all begins with the arrival of Reg and his wife, Sarah. They've come to give Reg's younger sister, Annie, a few days' break from caring for their bedridden mother. However, Annie confides that she's seeing someone, not Tom, the single young vet who's pursuing her, but her brother-in-law, Norman. Appalled, Sarah informs Norman's wife, Ruth, and all hell breaks loose. Ayckbourn's trilogy tells the same weekend story from three different vantage points in the house and garden
Relatively speaking : a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

38 editions published between 1968 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 453 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. He wonders about Ginny's plan 'to visit her parents' and decides to follow her. Ginny is really going to see a considerably older lover, but only in order to break with him. Greg mistakes the ex-lover and his wife for Ginny's parents. Ginny's arrival further compounds an already wildly hilarious situation."--Publisher description
Henceforward-- by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 449 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 )

15 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Time of My Life charts the decline and fall of a successful family business founded and nurtured by Gerry and Laura Stratton. It is Laura's fifty-fourth birthday and Gerry has organized a small family dinner at their favourite restaurant. Domestically, all seems well. Glyn, their eldest son, has patched up his marriage with Stephanie; younger son Adam has a new girlfriend and is deeply in love. But, as we suspect, all this is surface stuff. For, as their evening proceeds, the play reveals skeletons from the past and a spectre of the future."--BOOK JACKET
The revengers' comedies by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 428 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
Comic potential by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A hilarious satire of television and a touching romantic comedy, it begins in a television studio where a hospital soap opera is being taped ... Adam, the young nephew of the producer and an aspiring writer who worships the director ... is on the set. Adam starts chatting with Jacie Tripplethree, the actoid (serial number JC333) playing the nurse and finds, to his surprise, that not only can she carry on a conversation but, due to what she calls a fault in her programming, she has a creative imagination. Adam wants to build a new television series around her but the studio will not hear of it. He also finds he is falling in love with the charming robot! Will Adam get the green light on his series? Will love prevail?"--Publisher's description
Man of the moment by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and German and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The price of accidental fame is hashed out in this comedy about a famous bank robber and the clerk who foiled his biggest heist
Things we do for love by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Danish and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nikki and her fiancé Hamish move in with Nikki's old school-friend Barbara. Hamish and Barbara's instant distaste for each other hide feelings that could destroy an engagement and a friendship as well as having repercussions for everyone including the downstairs lodger. 'Things We Do for Love' was premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in April 1997
A chorus of disapproval : [a play] by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het wel en wee van een man die geen nee kan zeggen tegen drank, vrouwen en plezier
Bedroom farce by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

6 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Three plays
Three playsWoman in mind : December beeAbsurd person singularThe crafty art of playmakingA small family businessConfusions : five interlinked one-act playsCommunicating doorsMoving parts : monologues from contemporary plays
Alternative Names

controlled identityAllen, Roland, 1939-

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn britischer Dramatiker

Alan Ayckbourn Brits auteur

Alan Ayckbourn dramaturge et metteur en scène britannique

Alan Ayckbourn drammaturgo britannico

Allen, Roland

Allen, Ronald 1939-

Ayckborn, Alan

Ayckborun, Alan 1939-

Эйкборн, Алан

אייקבורן, אלן 1939-

איקבורן, אלן

אלן אייקבורן מחזאי , סופר ובמאי בריטי

אלן אקבורן

آلن ایکببورن

ആലൻ അയ്ക്ബോൺ


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