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Ayckbourn, Alan 1939-

Overview
Works: 642 works in 1,841 publications in 5 languages and 31,643 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, Other, Creator, Conceptor, Narrator, Honoree
Classifications: PR6051.Y35, 822.914
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The Norman conquests : a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

43 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in English and held by 1,451 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 )

29 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,360 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
Woman in mind : December bee by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

31 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,083 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 )

26 editions published between 1974 and 1994 in 4 languages and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The crafty art of playmaking by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 984 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 895 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 )

15 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and held by 710 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 )

27 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 702 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 )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 663 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
The Norman conquests by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 555 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
Henceforward-- by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

26 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 478 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
Relatively speaking : a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

36 editions published between 1968 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 466 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
Time of my life by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gerry Stratton has organized a family dinner with his sons Glyn and Adam at his favorite restaurant to celebrate his wife Laura's 54th birthday. Glyn is with his long suffering wife Stephanie; their marriage looks to be on firmer ground that it once was. Adam has brought along his new girlfriend, an outrageous hairdresser, and they are both eager to impress. Gradually, family skeletons intrude on the happy domestic scene: Glyn's unfaithfulness knows no bounds, the family transport business has been hit by the recession, and Laura has been unfaithful. Glyn's story is set more recently and Adam's further back in time, while at the center Gerry and Laura pick apart their marriage and recall first love."--
Comic potential by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 417 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?
A chorus of disapproval : [a play] by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

18 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het wel en wee van een man die geen nee kan zeggen tegen drank, vrouwen en plezier
The revengers' comedies by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 405 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
Things we do for love by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 385 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
Invisible friends by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 364 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
Wildest dreams by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Season's greetings : a play by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cheating at snakes and ladders, fighting over comic books, a bungled infidelity beneath the tree. Christmas has arrived in the Bunker household along with family and friends. But as the children lurk just out of sight, it's the adults who are letting the side down. Alan Ayckbourn's masterly Season's Greetings offers a seriously entertaining look at the misery and high jinks of an average family Christmas
 
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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, Roland

Allen, Ronald 1939-

Ayckborn, Alan

Ayckborun, Alan 1939-

Эйкборн, Алан

איקבורן, אלן

אלן אייקבורן מחזאי , סופר ובמאי בריטי

אלן אקבורן

ആലൻ അയ്ക്ബോൺ

アラン・エイクボーン

エイクボーン, アラン

亞倫•艾克鵬

Languages
English (429)

French (18)

German (11)

Chinese (3)

Danish (1)

Covers
Three playsWoman in mind : December beeAbsurd person singularThe crafty art of playmakingA small family businessConfusions : five interlinked one-act playsCommunicating doorsThe Norman conquests