Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a prolific English playwright. He has written and produced more than seventy full-length plays. He was the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays received their first performance. More than forty of Ayckbourn's plays were produced in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company since his first hit, Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York's Theatre.
Ayckbourn has won numerous awards, including seven London Evening Standard Awards. Ten of his plays have been staged on Broadway, attracting two Tony nominations, and one Tony Award.
Major successes include Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests trilogy, Bedroom Farce, Just Between Ourselves, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind, A Small Family Business, Man Of The Moment, House & Garden, and Private Fears in Public Places.