2017 marks the 60th anniversary of AlanAyckbourn joining the Library Theatre company in Scarborough, of which he wasthe Artistic Director for 37 years and where he made both his professionalplaywriting in 1959 and his directorial debut in 1961. He has spent his life intheatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explainswhy he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 81 plays and hiswork has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage andtelevision throughout the world and has won countless awards.
Major successes include: RelativelySpeaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, AChorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. In recent years, there havebeen revivals of Season's Greetings and A Small Family Business at the NationalTheatre and in the West End productions of Absent Friends, Relatively Speakingand How The Other Half Loves.
In 2009, he retired as artistic directorof the Stephen Joseph, where almost all his plays have been and continue to befirst staged. He has also forged close links with the 59E59 Theaters in NewYork, where he has directed a number of his own plays to great success since2009. 2016 saw him direct the New York premiere of Confusions - 40 years afterit first opened in Scarborough - as well as a more recent piece, Hero'sWelcome, for the Brits Off Broadway festival.
In recent years, he has been inductedinto American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Awardfor Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receiveboth Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in1997 for 'services to theatre.'