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Ayckbourn, Alan 1939-

Overview
Works: 663 works in 1,708 publications in 4 languages and 30,077 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Interviews  Television adaptations  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Television comedies  Romance films 
Roles: Lyricist, Librettist, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Creator, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PR6051.Y35, 822.914
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The Norman conquests : a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
40 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in English and held by 1,490 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 )
35 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,444 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."--P. [4] of cover
Woman in mind : December bee by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
33 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 1,080 libraries worldwide
Portrays the parallel lives of Susan, a middle-aged English suburban housewife who's trapped in a stifling, loveless marriage and slowly going mad. She creates the perfect dream family in her mind and weaves between the real and the imagined
The crafty art of playmaking by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 983 libraries worldwide
Alan Ayckbourne provides the aspiring playwright with tips, advice, and expertise on writing, directing, and rehearsing to pull together any play
Absurd person singular by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
13 editions published between 1974 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 970 libraries worldwide
Bedroom farce by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
26 editions published between 1975 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 887 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
A small family business by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
25 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 883 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 )
23 editions published between 1977 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 714 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 )
14 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 658 libraries worldwide
A chorus of disapproval : [a play] by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
24 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 593 libraries worldwide
The Norman conquests by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
14 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 471 libraries worldwide
Henceforward-- by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
16 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 459 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 )
25 editions published between 1968 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 442 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 )
11 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 441 libraries worldwide
Play text. Charts the decline of a large family business
Man of the moment by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
22 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 429 libraries worldwide
"Jill presents a TV drama/documentary series and is filming a reunion between Vic, a convicted robber, and Douglas who, seventeen years ealier, foiled his bank-raid attempt ... Vic ... is [now] a rich TV personality while Douglas ... lapsed into shabby obscurity ... will history repeat itself, or will justice finally be served?--P. [4] of cover
The revengers' comedies by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
13 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 411 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 )
12 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 406 libraries worldwide
Things we do for love by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
13 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 387 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 )
10 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 361 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
How the other half loves; a play in two acts by Alan Ayckbourn( Book )
5 editions published between 1970 and 1982 in English and held by 355 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Allen, Roland, 1939-

Allen, Ronald, 1939-
Ayckborun, Alan 1939-
エイクボーン, アラン
Languages
English (410)
French (11)
German (8)
Danish (2)
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