Relatively Speaking (1965)
Relatively Speaking (or Meet My Father as it was originally produced at the Library Theatre, Scarborough) is, of course, Alan Ayckbourn's break-out play.
It was a huge success in the West End and the practically universally positive reviews essentially made Alan an overnight theatre sensation in 1967.
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This marks the first time the royal family came to visit an Alan Ayckbourn play and the Daily Mail reported them seeing Relatively Speaking on 23 May 1967 (just two months after it opened at the Duke Of York's Theatre).
Members of the royal family became frequent visitors to Alan's plays over the years and apparently the Queen Mother was a big fan until the mid-1980s, when it was apparently felt the plays had become slightly too dark.
Legend has it that Bernard the Gnome from the West End production of Time & Time Again went to one of the Queen Mother's residencies during the early 1970s.
There was a huge amount of interest in Alan and Relatively Speaking after its successful opening in the West End and this article shows just how much of an impact Alan obviously made.
Relatively Speaking opened at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, on 8 July 1965 and was directed by Alan Ayckbourn. More details about the play can be found here.