Alan Ayckbourn Biography (1939-)

Surname is pronounced Ache- born; born April 12, 1939, in London, England; son of Horace (a concert violinist) and Irene (a writer of romance fiction under the pseudonym Mary James; maiden name, Worley) Ayckbourn; married Christine Helen Roland, May 9, 1959 (marriage ended); companion of Heather Stoney (an actress); children: Steven Paul, Philip Nicholas. Career: Writer, producer, director, and actor. Donald Wolfit's Company, stage manager andactor in Scotland and England, 1956-57; Library Theatre (now Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round Company), Scarborough, England, stage manager and actor,1957-59, writer and director, 1959-61; Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, England, founding member, actor, writer, and associate director, 1961-64; BritishBroadcasting Corp. (BBC), Leeds, England, radio drama producer, 1965-70; Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round Company, writer and artistic director, 1970-. National Theatre (London), visiting playwright and director, 1977, 1980, 1986-88; St. Catharine's College, Oxford, Cameron Mackintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre, 1992. Member: Royal Society of Arts (fellow), GarrickClub. Awards, Honors: Evening Standard Award, best comedy, 1973, for Absurd Person Singular; Evening Standard Award, best play, and Best New Play Award, Plays and Players, both 1974, for The Norman Conquests; named Playwright of the Year, Variety Club of Great Britain, 1974; Evening Standard Award, best play, 1977, for Just between Ourselves; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding writing in a drama series, 1977, for the television version of The Norman Conquests; AntoinettePerry Award nominations, best Broadway play and outstanding director of a Broadway play, both 1979, for Bedroom Farce; Best New Play Award, Plays and Players, awards from Evening Standard and Drama, andLaurence Olivier Award, Society of West End Theatre, all 1985, for A Chorus of Disapproval; Evening Standard Award, best play, 1987, for A Small Family Business; Director of the Year Award, Plays and Players, 1987, for A View from the Bridge; decorated Commander, Order ofthe British Empire, 1987; Evening Standard Awards, best play, 1989, for Henceforward.., and 1990, for Man of the Moment; DramaLogueAward, 1991, for Henceforward..; Lifetime Achievement Award, Writers Guild of Great Britain, 1993; Best West End Play Award, Writers Guild of GreatBritain, 1994, for Haunting Julia; Mont Blanc de la Culture EuropeanAward, 1994; Lifetime Achievement Award, Writers Guild of Great Britain, 1994; honorary degrees include D.Litt., University of Hull, 1981, University of Keele, 1987, University of Leeds, 1987, University of York, 1992, University of Bradford, 1994, and University of Wales, University College, Cardiff, 1995.Addresses: Office: Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round Company, Valley Bridge, Scarborough, North Yorkshire Y011 2PL, England.; Agent: Casarotto Ramsay, Ltd., National House, 60-66 Wardour St., London W1V 3HP, England.

Writer, producer, director, actor
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April 12, 1939
London, England

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