2022 Quiz

Its’ the final blog of the year and time for the annual quiz. This year we’re looking ahead to 2022 and back at 2021 to see how much attention you’ve been paying!

Let’s see how you do. You can find everything on Alan Ayckbourn’s Official Website www.alanayckbourn.net – or the answers are at the bottom of the page.

In the meantime, season’s greetings and a happy new year. Look forward to seeing you all again in 2022!

2022 Quiz

  1. Which acclaimed and award-winning play by Alan Ayckbourn celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022?
  2. Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play, All Lies, will premiere somewhere other than his adopted home town of Scarborough, where will it premiere on 6 May 2022?
  3. And how many years will it have been in 2022 since an Ayckbourn play last premiered outside Scarborough?
  4. Can you name the play and the venue for the Question 3 play?
  5. Alan Ayckbourn celebrates another anniversary in 2022, how many years is it since he was appointed the Artistic Director of the Library Theatre, Scarborough – now the Stephen Joseph Theatre?
  6. Which Ayckbourn play became, in 2021, the first film of an Ayckbourn directed production in-the-round?
  7. Which play, regarded as Alan Ayckbourn’s first tragi-comic work, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021?
  8. The first professional Ayckbourn production to open in London since the Pandemic took place in 2021, can you name the play and venue?
  9. 2021 marked a significant anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn’s directorial debut. Can you name the year and bonus point if you can name the production.
  10. By the end of 2022, how many full-length plays will Alan Ayckbourn have written and had produced?


  1. Absurd Person Singular premiered on 26 June 1972 at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary during 2022.
  2. All Lies will premiere at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, on 6 May 2022.
  3. It’s been 37 years (in 2022) since the last Ayckbourn play not to premiere in Scarborough…
  4. …and this was A Small Family Business at the National Theatre.
  5. Alan Ayckbourn was officially appointed the Artistic Director of the Library Theatre, Scarborough, on 12 November 1972, so 2022 is also the 50th anniversary of this event.
  6. The Girl Next Door became the first play directed by Alan Ayckbourn and performed in-the-round to be filmed and streamed from the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
  7. Time & Time Again celebrated its 50th anniversary during 2021.
  8. The play was Relatively Speaking and it opened at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in the autumn having transferred from The Mill at Sonning. Let’s hope 2022 turns out to be a more positive year for theatres around the globe!
  9. Alan Ayckbourn made his directorial debut on 29 June 1961 with a production of Patrick F Hamilton’s Gaslight at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.
  10. By the end of 2022, Alan will have written and had produced 87 full-length plays. The 86th will be All Lies and the 87th will be the was yet unannounced play for the summer at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

How did you do? Anything above 7 points and you’ve definitely been reading the blog, watching the Ayckbourn YouTube videos, scanning the tweets or perusing the website. Most impressive!

OK, that’s it for now. Have a good Christmas, I’ll be blogging – and back on social media – again from the first full week of January.

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