Alan Ayckbourn

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Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE (born 1939-04-12) is one of England's most prolific and commercially successful comic playwrights.


  • Few women care to be laughed at and men not at all, except for large sums of money.
  • There are very few people on top of life, and the rest of us don't like them very much.
  • A comedy is just a tragedy interrupted, I once said. Do you finish with the kiss or when she opens her eyes to tell him she loves him and sees blonde hairs on his collar?
    • "A Crash Course in Playwriting" (1993) [1]
  • The darker the subject, the more light you must try to shed on the matter. And vice versa.
    • The Crafty Art of Playwriting (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) p. 3.


  • Plays by Alan Ayckbourn have been attracting larger audiences in the regional theatres than those of Shakespeare.

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