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Ayckbourn, Alan 1939-

Works: 595 works in 1,884 publications in 14 languages and 31,190 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Interviews  Television adaptations  Film adaptations  Comedy films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dark comedy films 
Roles: Author, Lyricist, Librettist, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Contributor, Creator, Other
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 )

70 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,084 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 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is remarkable about Alan Ayckbourn's comedy is that it contrives to be simultaneously hilarious and harrowing. Literally, it is agonisingly funny. In these plays, Ayckbourn's perfectly pitched dialogue slices into the soul of suburbia. The settings are simple - a kitchen, a bedroom, a party - but the relationships between the husbands and wives are more complicated. Fraught relationships are exposed with humour, bathos and a sharp understanding of human nature
Woman in mind : December bee by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

39 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in 3 languages 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 )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,030 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 5 languages and held by 888 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 )

27 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 727 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 )

25 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 679 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
Bedroom farce by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

45 editions published between 1977 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Absurd person singular by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chorus of disapproval : [a play] by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

32 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het wel en wee van een man die geen nee kan zeggen tegen drank, vrouwen en plezier
Joking apart ; Ten times table ; Just between ourselves by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

31 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relatively speaking : a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

49 editions published between 1967 and 2006 in 5 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
Time of my life by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Play text. Charts the decline of a large family business
Absurd person singular by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

57 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The revengers' comedies by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 415 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 )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 409 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?
Season's greetings : a play by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

41 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 386 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
Invisible friends by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 368 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
Henceforward-- by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

22 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 368 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
House ; &, Garden by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The amazing dexterity of House and Garden is that the two plays take place in different auditoria simultaneously with the same large cast appearing in both of them ..."
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A small family business
Alternative Names

controlled identityAllen, Roland, 1939-

Alan Ayckbourn britischer Dramatiker

Alan Ayckbourn Brits auteur

Alan Ayckbourn dramaturge et metteur en scne britannique

Alan Ayckbourn drammaturgo britannico

Allen, Ronald 1939-

Ayckborun, Alan 1939-

Эйкборн, Алан

אלן אקבורן

ആലൻ അയ്ക്ബോൺ

エイクボーン, アラン

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Three playsWoman in mind : December beeThe crafty art of playmakingA small family businessConfusions : five interlinked one-act playsCommunicating doorsBedroom farceA chorus of disapproval : [a play]