Alan Ayckbourn: The Definitive Play List (1959 - Present)

This is a complete and definitive list of Alan Ayckbourn's plays and other writing to the present day.
For in-depth details on specific plays, click on the play title.

The 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…..Meet My Father - subsequently
1965…..Relatively Speaking
1967…..The Sparrow
1969…..How The Other Half Loves
1970…..The Story So Far… subsequently
1970…..Me Times Me Times Me - subsequently
1970…..Me Times Me - subsequently
1970…..Family Circles
1971
…..Time And Time Again
1972…..Absurd Person Singular
1973…..The Norman Conquests - comprising
1973…..Fancy Meeting You - subsequently
1973…..Table Manners
1973…..Make Yourself At Home - subsequently
1973…..Living Together
1973…..Round And Round The Garden
1974…..Absent Friends
1974…..Confusions
1975…..Jeeves (with Andrew Lloyd Webber) - subsequently
1975…..By Jeeves (with Andrew Lloyd Webber) (revised 1996)
1975…..Bedroom Farce
1976…..Just Between Ourselves
1977
…..Ten Times Table
1978…..Joking Apart
1979…..Sisterly Feelings
1979…..Taking Steps
1980…..Suburban Strains (with Paul Todd)
1980…..Season’s Greetings
1981…..Way Upstream
1981…..Making Tracks (with Paul Todd)
1982…..Intimate Exchanges - comprising
1982…..Events On A Hotel Terrace
1982…..Affairs In A Tent
1982…..Love In The Mist
1982…..A Cricket Match
1982…..A Game Of Gold
1982…..A Pageant
1982…..A Garden Fête
1982…..A One Man Protest
1983…..It Could Be Any One Of Us - subsequently
1983…..It Could Be Any One Of Us (revised 1996)
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 (pt.1 & pt.2)
1989…..Invisible Friends
1990…..Body Language - subsequently
1990…..Body Language (revised 1999)
1990…..This Is Where We Came In
1990…..Callisto 5 - subsequently
1990…..Callisto#7 (revised 1999)
1991
…..Wildest Dreams
1991…..My Very Own Story
1992…..Time Of My Life
1992…..Dreams From A Summer House (with John Pattison)
1994
…..Communicating Doors
1994…..Haunting Julia
1994…..The Musical Jigsaw Play (with John Pattison)
1995…..A Word From Our Sponsor (with John Pattison)
1996…..The Champion Of Paribanou
1997…..Things We Do For Love
1998
…..Comic Potential
1998…..The Boy Who Fell Into A Book
1999…..House &
1999…..Garden
2000…..Virtual Reality
2000…..Whenever (with Denis King)
2001…..Damsels In Distress - comprising
2001
…..GamePlan
2001…..FlatSpin
2001
…..RolePlay
2002…..Snake In The Grass
2002…..The Jollies
2003…..Sugar Daddies
2003…..Orvin - Champion Of Champions (with Denis King)
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 (with Denis King)
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
2017…..A Brief History of Women
2018
…..Better Off Dead

Other Works

One Act / Short Plays

Plays For Children And Young People

Adaptations (original author in parenthesis)

1982…..A Trip To Scarborough (R B Sheridan)
1985
…..Tons Of Money (Will Evans & Valentine)
1989
…..Wolf At The Door (Henry Becque)

1999…..The Forest (Ostrovsky)
2011
…..Dear Uncle (Chekhov)

Revues

1978…..Men On Women On Men (with Paul Todd)
1980
…..First Course (with Paul Todd)
1980
…..Second Helping (with Paul Todd)
1981
…..Me, Myself & I (with Paul Todd)
1983
…..Incidental Music (with Paul Todd)
1984
…..The 7 Deadly Virtues (with Paul Todd)

1984.….The Westwoods (with Paul Todd)
1985
…..Boy Meets Girl (with Paul Todd)
1985
…..Girl Meets Boy (with Paul Todd)
1986
…..Mere Soup Songs (with Paul Todd)
1998
…..Cheap And Cheerful (with Denis King)

Screenplays

Books

2002…..The Crafty Art Of Playmaking

The Grey Plays (performed but never published and not included in the canon)

1960…..Double Hitch
1961
…..Love Undertaken
1962
…..Follow The Lover
1975
…..Dracula (sketch from What The Devil!)
1977
…..The Jubilee Show

1983…..Backnumbers (with Paul Todd)
1987
…..An Evening With PALOS
1991
…..Ron & Julie
1992…..Between The Lines (by Paul Todd)
2005…..Untitled Farce

Early Writing (confirmed as written by and attributable to Alan Ayckbourn)*

1957 (circa)…..The Season
1958 (circa)
…..The Party Game

1959 (circa)…..Mind Over Murder
1959 (circa)…..Relative Values

Unproduced Plays

Contributions (works with contributions from Alan Ayckbourn)

* Although manuscripts exist for these plays, they are not available nor considered part of Alan Ayckbourn's acknowledged canon - predating in all likelihood his first acknowledged and professionally produced play The Square Cat. The surviving manuscripts of these plays are held in The Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute at the University Of York.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.