> Edinburgh International Festival has announced its first Ayckbourn production with he world premiere staging of his epic narrative The Divide. Produced in association with the Old Vic Theatre and directed by Old Vic Associate Director Annabel Bolton, The Divide is an ambitious multi-media love story set in a dystopian future where the sexes have been divided following a catastrophic disease which has decimated the male population. Told over two performances, The Divide is unlike anything Alan Ayckbourn has ever written and more details about The Divide itself can be found at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website here. The Divide will be performed at King' Theatre, Edinburgh from 8 - 20 August and it is recommended both parts are seen for the best possible experience. Further details and bookings for The Divide can be found at the Edinburgh international Festival website here. The Divide will transfer to the Old Vic, London, later this year.
> Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy How The Other Half Loves is touring this autumn. Directed by Alan Strachan - who directed the acclaimed West End revival last year - it will be touring to Theatre Royal Windsor (30 Aug - 9 Sep), Salford Lowry (11 - 16 Sep), Theatre Royal, Glasgow (18 - 23 Sep), Theatre Royal Bath (2 - 7 Oct), Richmond Theatre (16 - 21 Oct), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (23 - 28 Oct), Everyman Theatre, Chelthenham (6 - 11 Nov), Theatre Royal, Brighton (20 - 25 Nov) and Norwich Theatre Royal (27 Nov - 2 Dec). Further details can be found here.
> Booking is now open for Alan Ayckbourn's new play and revival at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, this summer. He will be directing the world premiere of A Brief History of Women and a revival of Taking Steps. He will also be hosting two gala events, A Brief History of Plays, in which he will be celebrating his 60th anniversary with the Scarborough company through reminiscences, anecdotes and extracts from many of his plays. Further details about all these events can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> The blog is celebrating Alan Ayckbourns' 60th anniversary at the Stephen Joseph Theatre throughout the year with an article every Friday taking a year-by-year look at his association with the company.> Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd is now available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Fully updated for 2017, this book explores the unseen, withdrawn and unpublished works of Alan Ayckbourn with illustrations for the first time.