Knowledge Identifier: +Alan_Ayckbourn
His parents, who separated shortly after World War II, never married, and Ayckbourn's mother divorced her "first" husband to marry again in 1948
Scarborough premières of Ayckbourn plays between 1959 and 1976 were at the original venue of the Library Theatre, and premières between 1977 and 1995 were at the intermediate venue of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round at Westwood
He left the Stoke company in 1964, officially to commit his time to the London production of "Mr
Relatively Speaking - Then, in 1965, back at the Scarborough Library Theatre, "Meet my Father" was produced, later retitled "Relatively Speaking"
After the death of Stephen Joseph in 1967, the position of Director of Productions was appointed on an annual basis
Stephen Joseph - He refounded the theatre in Scarborough as the Scarborough Theatre Trust, which by 1967 was beginning to be successful with the assistance of new playwrights such as Alan Ayckbourn
Michael Gambon - His rise to stardom began in 1974 when Eric Thompson cast him as the melancholy vet in Alan Ayckbourn's "The Norman Conquests" at Greenwich
The only failure during this period was 1975 musical with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, "Jeeves", and even this did little to dent Ayckbourn's popularity
Denise Welch - She performed on stage in London in "Yakkety-Yak" with the McGann brothers at the Astoria Theatre in 1983, and later joined the Live Theatre Company, Newcastle, where she featured in many productions, including "There's a Girl in My Soup", and an Alan Ayckbourn quartet of plays including "Bedroom Farce"
Stockard Channing - The Alan Ayckbourn play "Woman in Mind" received its American premiere Off-Broadway in February 1988 at the Manhattan Theatre Club
Jenna Russell - She appeared in the RSC production of Alan Ayckbourn's "Wildest Dreams" at the Barbican in December 1993
Brenda Pye - Her second husband, with whom she was to live for the next 33 years, until he died in 1994, was Cecil Pye, the stepfather of the playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn and nephew of the founder of the Pye radio and television manufacturing business
Premières from 1996 were at the current Stephen Joseph Theatre, in the Round unless otherwise stated
He announced in 1999 that he would step back from directing the work of other playwrights, in order to concentrate on his own plays, the last one being Rob Shearman's "Knights in Plastic Armour" in 1999; the exception being in 2002 when he directed the world première of Tim Firth's "The Safari Party"
Janie Dee - In 2000 Dee appeared in the lead role Jacie Triplethree in Sir Alan Ayckbourn's new comedy "Comic Potential" at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Ian MacNaughton - In 2001 MacNaughton was returning from the first night of a translation of Alan Ayckbourn's play Seasons Greetings at the theatre in Hall, when he was involved in a car accident that led to his final illness
Damsels In Distress - In 2002, following a dispute over the Duchess Theatre's handling of "Damsels in Distress", Ayckbourn sharply criticised both this and the West End's treatment of theatre in general, in particular their casting of celebrities
Bryce Dallas Howard - Among these were "House and Garden", a 2002 Alan Ayckbourn production held at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in which she portrayed a disdainful, flirtatious teen
Although Alan Ayckbourn's plays no longer dominate the theatrical scene on the scale of his earlier works, he continues to write, his most recent major success being "Private Fears in Public Places" that had a hugely successful Off-Broadway run, and in 2006 was made into a film "C?urs", directed by Alain Resnais
He announced in June 2007 that he would retire as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre after the 2008 season
Matthew Warchus - Recent projects included a production of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy of plays "The Norman Conquests" at London 's Old Vic Theatre, "Boeing Boeing" at New York's Broadhurst Theatre , a UK tour of the musical "Our House" and the stage adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings", which played the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane from May 2007 through July 2008
Jenny Seagrove - In December 2007, she played Marion Brewster-Wright in the Garrick Theatre revival of Alan Ayckbourn's dark, three-act comedy "Absurd Person Singular"
Things That Go Bump - In 2008, they were included in the trilogy "Things That Go Bump" with the newly written "Life and Beth"
Ian Hogg (actor) - In the summer of 2008, he played in repertory in Scarborough, North Yorkshire at the Stephen Joseph Theatre under the artistic direction of Alan Ayckbourn
Mathew Bose - In 2011 Bose toured with the Alan Ayckbourn show "Season's Greetings"
Felicity Kendal - In 2013 she will star in the first London revival of "Relatively Speaking" by Alan Ayckbourn
Melbourne Grammar School - The 2013 production was a surrealist modern update of Alan Ayckbourn's "Ernie's Incredible Illucinations"
Mike Bartlett (playwright) - In October 2013, Mike won Best New Play at The National Theatre *awards for his play Bull, beating plays from both Alan Ayckbourn and Tom Wells
Tamzin Outhwaite - Outhwaite has been cast to play Teresa Phillips in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn How the Other Half Loves at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in March 2016