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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Ayckbourn Exits

More British theatre news. Alan Ayckbourn has been called the British Neil Simon. Well, try to imagine Neil Simon in charge of his own regional theatre, directing his own plays for nearly 40 years and that might approach the scope of this career. (The fact that Simon basically shriveled up when the Broadway that he knew disappeared shows another difference between the two theatre cultures.)

Anyway, Sir Alan is calling it quits as of next year, stepping down from the helm of Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre.

There'll always be a home for him at Manhattan Theatre Club! Another crazy play-cycle of his can currently be caught at the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59. (In all gazillion parts.)

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