If you’re looking for an Ayckbourn treat for the New Year, we have the solution with the latest publication of an Ayckbourn play.
Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is Alan Ayckbourn’s 83rd play and was premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, during 2019; due to the events of last year, it is the most recently written Ayckbourn play to have been performed on stage.
The play centres on Adrian, apparently an unlikely middle-aged lothario according to his parents much to the shock of his fiancee, Grace. But as each scene goes further back in time, the truth behind the closet Casanova is revealed…
Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is a play for four actors (two male / two female) and is the first of Ayckbourn’s plays to run backwards (it begins in the present and over the course of the play goes back 38 years).
Acclaimed on its world premiere run at the SJT, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present received four star reviews from The Guardian and The Times. This publication marks the first time the play has been published.
Although not currently available for performance, this is expected to change later this year and given it’s small cast, may prove popular with amateur companies given the present difficulties in staging plays.