28 November - 3 December: Relatively Speaking at Bath Theatre Royal
1 - 24 December: No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (directed by Alan Ayckbourn)
> There's a world premiere of an Alan Ayckbourn play this week with the opening of No Knowing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The play sees a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, but is their relationship all as it seems? A look back to last Christmas holds some surprises for all. No Knowing can be seen at the SJT from 1 - 24 December and further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.
> Christmas is in the air! The blog will be launching its first Advent calendar this week with a daily delve into the Ayckbourn Archive for Christmas related goodies. From 1 - 24 December, we'll be pulling out press cuttings, photos, notes and other archive items from Alan Ayckbourn's Christmas set plays or just connected to Christmas.
> Your final chance too see Liza Goddard and Robert Powell in Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking takes place this week when its UK tour comes to an end at the Theatre Royal Bath. The production, directed by Robin Herford, will be at the venue until 3 December.
Sponsoring A Play On Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website
If you have a favourite Ayckbourn play, there's opportunity to be associated with it via Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website. Every Play on the site is open to sponsorship for a nominal fee - to help with the costs of running the website and domain costs - and which gives the sponsor (individuals only, not businesses) a credit on every page relating to the specific play. You can find out more about sponsoring a play and which plays are still available by clicking here.
Event Of The Week
A weekly feature highlights an event in Alan Ayckbourn's life pertinent to the week in question.
Amazing Mr A: On 30 November 1988, Alan Ayckbourn's Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays was premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in Scarborough. It was the first of his 'family' plays and written to meet - what Alan perceived as - the need to provide a play for families that did not patronise its intended audience. Its success led to a string of family plays in which the playwright wrote pieces which he hoped would entertain the family, but would excite and stimulate younger audiences, who he felt were often ill-served by traditional Christmas productions.