Alan Ayckbourn Plays 5

Alan Ayckbourn

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Snake in the Grass
A terrific piece – brilliant, bizarre and yet totally believable . . . In fact, it’s more than classic; it’s close to the top of its class. Yorkshire Post

If I Were You
A blissfully funny comedy that’s also filled with sadness, a devilishly simple theatrical idea that spins out all kinds of complex truths about human nature. Daily Telegraph

Life and Beth
A wise, humane, funny play about the inevitability of death and the continuity of life. Guardian

My Wonderful Day
A transformation happens as magical as the most magnificent pantomime transformation anyone could ever imagine . . . the playwright dissolves the paraphernalia of our adult selves and uncovers that space inside each of us that is still the child we once were. Observer

Life of Riley
As perceptive as ever . . . Ayckbourn has once again achieved a satisfyingly rich, tragi-comic complexity. Daily Telegraph


Alan Ayckbourn was born in London in 1939 to a violinist father and a mother who was a writer. He left school at seventeen with two ‘A’ levels and went straight into the theatre. Two years in regional theatre as an actor and stage manager led in 1959 to the writing of his first play, The Square Cat, for Scarborough’s…

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