Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn CBE

“I belong to the Writers’ Guild because it is important that new young writers have a voice that represents them and looks after their interests. Given my years of age and experience combined with a first class agent, my concerns are looked after – not so those writers who are entering the profession. Hence my membership and support of the Writers’ Guild. We cannot afford to lose it.”

Photo: © Andrew Higgins

Alan Ayckbourn has been writing for more than 60 years. He has written – as of 2021 – 84 full-length plays and more than 20 other revues and plays for children.

His work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards. He retired as Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2009 after 37 years in post but remains a guest director and Director Emeritus. Knighted in 1997, other accolades include induction into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, the Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, and Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards.



View more Why I'm a WGGB member interviews