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Alan Ayckbourn Encyclopedia: Dates - January

1 January: Alan Ayckbourn was made a CBE in 1987 and knighted for services to theatre in 1997; television premiere of the BBC's adaptation of Absurd Person Singular in 1985; television premiere of the BBC's adaptation of Way Upstream in 1988.

6 January: Faber & Faber publishes its first Ayckbourn play with A Chorus Of Disapproval in 1986.

9 January: A touring production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party opens at Birmingham Theatre Centre, directed by Harold Pinter with Alan Ayckbourn playing Stanley.

10 January: World premiere of Sisterly Feelings at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1979.

11 January: Radio premiere of the BBC's adaptation of Woman In Mind in 2014.

12 January: World premiere of Joking Apart at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1978; world premiere of the revues Incidental Music (1983) and The 7 Deadly Virtues (1984) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round.

15 January: The Evening Standard announces Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber are collaborating on a musical based on P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves novels in 1974.

18 January: World premiere of Ten Times Table at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1977; world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn and Paul Todd's musical Suburban Strains at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1980.

21 January: Television premiere of A Cut In The Rates on BBC2 written for the English Files series in 1984.

22 January: Alan Ayckbourn receives his first award with Absurd Person Singular winning the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award in 1974; the soft back edition of Alan Ayckbourn's The Crafty Art Of Playmaking is published by Faber & Faber in 2004.

25 January: Premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's production of John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore at the National Theatre in 1988.

26 January: Inducted into the Hall Of Fame For Achievements in American Theatre in 2009.

27 January: Premiere of what is believed to be Alan Ayckbourn's first production as a BBC Radio Drama Producer with John Pennington's I Want To Be A Train Driver on the BBC World Service in 1965.

28 January: World premiere of Just Between Ourselves at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1976; London revival of Season's Greetings at the Greenwich Theatre in 1982; world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's adaptation of Ostrovsky's The Forest at the National Theatre in 1999.

29 January: West End revival of Woman In Mind at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2009; receives Lloyd's Private Banking Playwright Of The Year Award in 1997.

31 January: Takes the Chair of Cameron Macintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University in 1992.

Original research for the The Alan Ayckbourn Encyclopedia section is by Simon Murgatroyd and copyright of the author.