Alan Ayckbourn: The Plays - In Depth

The Plays section is the heart of with more than 1,000 pages dedicated to the full length plays and Alan Ayckbourn's other writing.

Each full length play has its own section complete with a history of the play, synopsis, quotes and articles by Alan Ayckbourn, world premiere reviews, major production details, adaptations in other media information and further reading amongst other pages.

To access further details about the full length plays, click on a play title in the right hand column or visit the
Play Index page by clicking on the links at the top of page or below.

To find out details about Alan Ayckbourn's other writing such as his adaptations, revues and one act plays, visit the
Play Index page.

Original research for all the play pages is by and copyright of Simon Murgatroyd.


Play Index: A list of every Ayckbourn plays with links to its relevant section on the website

Play Index (alphabetical): Every play / play title listed alphabetically with links

Defintive List: The definitive chronological list of every Ayckbourn play with relevant links

Play Premieres: Dates for world, London, New York & North American premieres

Play Availability: Availability of the plays for production alongside pertinent play details

Performing Rights: How and where to obtain licenses for Ayckbourn plays and FAQs

Early Plays: An overview of Alan Ayckbourn's pre-professional plays and writing

Grey Plays: A guide to Alan Ayckbourn's withdrawn and unpublished 'Grey Plays'

Contributions: Works which Alan Ayckbourn has contributed material to

Miscellany: Details of other Ayckbourn works

Sponsor A Play: Sponsor your favourite Ayckbourn play on the website

The Shop: Buy Alan Ayckbourn's play-texts and other books about the playwright


As of 2016, Alan Ayckbourn has written:
  • 80 full length plays
  • 11 revues / musical entertainments
  • 5 one act plays
  • 2 plays for performance by young people
  • 4 plays for pre-school children
  • 5 adaptations
  • 1 narrative for voices
  • 1 screenplay
  • 1 book

The 80 full length plays include:
  • 11 family plays
  • 8 musicals
  • 1 farce*
  • 4 plays incorporating elements of chance
  • 2 trilogies**
* Alan Ayckbourn considers that he has only written one true full-length farce, this being Taking Steps.
The Norman Conquests and the Damsels In Distress plays are considered by Alan Ayckbourn to be his only true trilogies; his three supernatural plays (Haunting Julia, Snake In The Grass and Life & Beth) are thematically connected but are not officially considered a trilogy.

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Full Length Plays

1959   The Square Cat
1959   Love After All
1960   Dad's Tale
1961   Standing Room Only
1962   Christmas V Mastermind
1963   Mr Whatnot
1965   Relatively Speaking
1967   The Sparrow
1969   How The Other Half Loves
1970   Family Circles
1971   Time And Time Again
1972   Absurd Person Singular
1973   The Norman Conquests
1973   Table Manners
1973   Living Together
1973   Round & Round The Garden
1974   Absent Friends
1974   Confusions
1975   Jeeves / By Jeeves
1975   Bedroom Farce
1976   Just Between Ourselves
1977   Ten Times Table
1978   Joking Apart
1979   Sisterly Feelings
1979   Taking Steps
1980   Suburban Strains
1980   Season’s Greetings
1981   Way Upstream
1981   Making Tracks
1982   Intimate Exchanges
1983   It Could Be Any One Of Us
1984   A Chorus Of Disapproval
1985   Woman In Mind
1987   A Small Family Business
1987   Henceforward...
1988   Man Of The Moment
1988   Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays
1989   The Revengers’ Comedies
1989   Invisible Friends
1990   Body Language
1990   This Is Where We Came In
1990   Callisto 5 / Callisto#7
1991   Wildest Dreams
1991   My Very Own Story
1992   Time Of My Life
1992   Dreams From A Summer House
1994   Communicating Doors
1994   Haunting Julia
1994   The Musical Jigsaw Play
1995   A Word From Our Sponsor
1996   The Champion Of Paribanou
1997   Things We Do For Love
1998   Comic Potential
1998   The Boy Who Fell Into A Book
1999   House & Garden
2000   Virtual Reality
2000   Whenever
2001   GamePlan
2001   FlatSpin
2001   RolePlay
2002   Snake In The Grass
2002   The Jollies
2003   Sugar Daddies
2003   Orvin - Champion Of Champions
2003   My Sister Sadie
2004   Drowning On Dry Land
2004   Private Fears In Public Places
2004   Miss Yesterday
2005   Improbable Fiction
2006   If I Were You
2008   Life & Beth
2008   Awaking Beauty
2009   My Wonderful Day
2010   Life Of Riley
2011   Neighbourhood Watch
2012   Surprises
2013   Arrivals & Departures
2014   Roundelay
2015   Hero’s Welcome
2016   Consuming Passions