Alan Ayckbourn: The Unproduced Plays

The 'unproduced plays' are full-length works written and completed by Alan Ayckbourn which have not, at the time of writing, been produced.

This page primarily serves to acknowledge the existence and providence of the plays prior to inclusion into the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York; this allows the playwright to assert that whilst there may be unproduced works within the archive, there are no lost or undiscovered works.

The Unproduced Plays

A Case of Missing Wives (2016): A police procedural play intended for production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre during 2017 but replaced by A Brief History of Women. As elements of A Case of Missing Wives were later incorporated into Better Off Dead, it is unlikely this play will ever be produced.
Men, Meals & Me (2018): A play in which the central character is played by three characters representing different aspects of her personality, intended for production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre during 2019 but which was replaced by Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present.
Small Mercy (2019): A play about media manipulation intended for production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre during 2020, but which was replaced by Truth Will Out.
Truth Will Out (2020): A play about a young boy's social media hack which has unintended and ever-escalating consequences. Advertised and scheduled for the Stephen Joseph Theatre's 2020 summer season, this was cancelled as a result of the UK theatre lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic.

All research for this section is by Simon Murgatroyd. Please do not reproduce without crediting the author and Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website. All written material © Haydonning Ltd.