Alan Ayckbourn
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"Sir Alan Ayckbourn", Order of the British Empire/CBE is a prolific English playwright. He has written and produced more than seventy full-length plays in Scarborough, North Yorkshire/Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End theatre/West End, at the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company since his first hit Relatively Speaking (play)/Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1967.

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