Alan Ayckbourn: Unproduced Plays

Given the longevity of Alan Ayckbourn's professional writing career, it would be surprising if there had not been some unproduced plays. This page contains details of completed plays which are currently unproduced.

It also serves to acknowledges the existence and providence of the plays prior to inclusion into the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives; this allows the playwright to assert there are no lost or undiscovered works within the Archive.
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The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door was written as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic during 2020. As a result of the global outbreak, all the UK's theatre's were closed during March 2020 and Alan's latest play, Truth Will Out, was cancelled at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. As a result, Alan went onto to produce an audio stream of a previously unproduced play - formerly featured on this page - called Anno Domino.

As soon as Alan had finished working on
Anno Domino in early May, he immediately began writing a new four-hander called The Girl Next Door, which was completed in late May. Whilst few details are currently known, the fact it is a four-hander suggests it was written with the post-Coronavirus state of theatre in mind.

However, almost immediately after writing, the playwright lost faith with the play due to a noted similarity in concept to the television series
Goodnight Sweetheart, which the playwright had never seen. The similarity seems to have actually only been the concept of someone travelling between the present day (during the Covid-19 lockdown) and the same street during Word War II. Whether the playwright will ever return to The Girl Next Door is unknown.