Bedroom Farce was the first Ayckbourn play to be produced at the National Theatre - and also marked Alan's directorial debut in London.
The play opened in the Lyttelton (end-stage) auditorium at the National Theatre in 1977 and although it was commissioned by Peter Hall for the National, it was first produced at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1975.
Reviews for the play were excellent - marred slightly by a number of prominent critics arguing Ayckbourn plays were too commercial for the National and should remain in the West End - and the play was a huge early hit for the National Theatre.
Its success saw it not only performed for an extended period at the National Theatre, but the production also transferred into the West End, had a UK tour, transferred to Broadway and was also adapted for television in a production featuring most of the original National company.
It began a long and successful relationship between the National Theatre and Alan Ayckbourn.
Below are reprinted four of the posters used by the National Theatre for Bedroom Farce during its original run and its subsequent transfer to the West End.
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