WorldCat Identities

Ayckbourn, Alan 1939-

Overview
Works: 661 works in 2,121 publications in 5 languages and 33,242 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Periodicals  Monologues (Drama)  One-act plays  Interviews  Film adaptations  Romance films  Television adaptations  Television comedies  Made-for-TV movies 
Roles: Author, Lyricist, Librettist, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Creator, Conceptor, Other, Narrator, 233, Honoree
Classifications: PR6051.Y35, 822.914
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The Norman conquests : a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

55 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in English and held by 1,448 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 )

34 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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."--Page 4 of cover
Woman in mind : December bee by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

40 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,082 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
The crafty art of playmaking by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 977 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 2014 in 3 languages and held by 875 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
Moving parts : monologues from contemporary plays( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Communicating doors by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 649 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 )

20 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 573 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 )

18 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 454 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 )

37 editions published between 1968 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 451 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
Time of my life by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 434 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 411 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 )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 402 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 )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Danish and held by 372 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 )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 361 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
Cœurs = Private fears in public places by Alain Resnais( Visual )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Six personnages, qui cherchent l'amour se croisent dans une comédie urbaine pétillante d'esprit et de vie
Aimer, boire et chanter = Life of Riley by Alain Resnais( Visual )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in French and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extrait du résumé figurant sur la jaquette :Dans la campagne anglaise du Yorkshire, la vie de trois couples est bouleversée pendant quelques mois, du printemps à l'automne, par le comportement énigmatique de leur ami George Riley.Lorsque le médecin Colin apprend par mégarde à sa femme Kathryn que les jours de son patient George Riley sont sans doute comptés, il ignore que celui-ci a été le premier amour de Kathryn. Les deux époux, qui répètent une pièce de théâtre avec leur troupe amateur locale, persuadent George de se joindre à eux. Cela permet à George, entre autres, de jouer des scènes d'amour appuyées avec Tamara, la femme de son meilleur ami Jack, riche homme d'affaires et mari infidèle. Jack, éploré, tente de persuader Monica, l'épouse de George qui s'est séparée de lui pour vivre avec le fermier Simeon, de revenir auprès de son mari pour l'accompagner dans ses derniers mois. Au grand désarroi des hommes dont elles partagent la vie, George exerce une étrange séduction sur les trois femmes : Monica, Tamara et Kathryn .Laquelle George Riley emmènera-t-il en vacances à Ténérife ?
Conversations with Ayckbourn by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 1988 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Smoking by Alain Resnais( Visual )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sur sa terrasse, Célia, l'épouse de Toby Teasdale, directeur d'école d'un village du Yorkshire, succombe au bonheur d'une cigarette, bonheur interrompu par l'arrivée soudaine de Lionel Hepplewick, le jardinier. Fatiguée de son mari alcoolique, Célia propose à Lionel d'exploiter ensemble une boulangerie. Lors d'une kermesse, la jeune femme débordée pique une crise nerveuse. Après 5 ans de maladie, elle revoit à un enterrement Lionel dont les affaires ont prospéré. Et si les choses s'étaient passées autrement
 
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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

אייקבורן, אלן 1939-

איקבורן, אלן

אלן אייקבורן מחזאי , סופר ובמאי בריטי

אלן אקבורן

آلن ایکببورن

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 (396)

French (26)

German (8)

Danish (3)

Chinese (2)

Covers
Three playsWoman in mind : December beeThe crafty art of playmakingA small family businessMoving parts : monologues from contemporary playsCommunicating doorsThe Norman conquestsRelatively speaking : a comedy