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Alan Ayckbourn Encyclopedia: Dates - July

1 July: Broadcast premiere of The Levin Interviews featuring Alan Ayckbourn on BBC2 in 1984.

2 July:
World premiere of Round & Round The Garden (The Norman Conquests) at the Library Theatre in 1973; West End premiere of Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical By Jeeves at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1996.

3 July: World premiere of FlatSpin at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2001.

5 July: World premiere of The Ten Magic Bridges at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2003.

6 July: New York premiere of Season's Greetings at the Joyce Theatre in 1985; radio premiere of the BBC's adaptation of Joking Apart in 1981.

8 July: World premiere of Relatively Speaking at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1965; world premiere of Time & Time Again at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1971; world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn & Paul Todd's revue First Course at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1980.

9 July: Received an Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to theatre in Scarborough and his services to creative industries across the world at the ceremony from the University Of Coventry Scarborough Campus in 2018.

10 July: Awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of York in 1992.

11 July: First acting role at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, playing Eric Birling in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls in 1957.

12 July: World premiere of Dear Uncle - an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya -at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2011; world premiere of The Karaoke Theatre Company at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2016; radio premiere of the BBC's adaptation of Intimate Exchanges in 1987; radio premiere of the BBC's adaptation of Joking Apart in 1981.

13 July: World premiere of Standing Room Only at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1961; world premiere of The Sparrow at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1967.

14 July: The Library Theatre, Scarborough, is opened by Stephen Joseph in 1955 - it is home to the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company; London premiere of Absurd Person Singular at the Criterion Theatre in 1973.

17 July: World premiere of Surprises at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2012.

18 July: London premiere of The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at Soho Theatre in 2012; BBC Radio 3 broadcasts Essential Classics featuring Alan Ayckbourn over five days in 2016.

19 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn and Paul Todd's revue Backnumbers at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1983.

21 July: Live television broadcast of the first act of Relatively Speaking on BBC1 in 1967.

22 July: World premiere of Life & Beth at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2008; West End premiere of Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical By Jeeves at the Duke Of York's Theatre in 1996; world premiere of The Inside Outside Slide Show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1989; radio premiere of Don Haworth's We All Come To It In The End in 1968, directed by Alan Ayckbourn and nominated for the Prix Italia award.

23 July: World premiere of Sugar Daddies at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2003; television premiere of Yorkshire Television's adaptation of Just Between Ourselves in 1978; West End premiere of Absent Friends at the Garrick Theatre in 1975; world premiere of The Girl Who Lost Her Voice at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2005; world premiere of the musical adaptation The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2014.

25 July: Alan Ayckbourn's 26th play is announced in the media as the thriller Sight Unseen - this will never be written and is replaced by Season's Greetings in 1980.

27 July: Alan Ayckbourn directs a revival of Man Of The Moment at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton, in 2009.

28 July: Broadcast premiere of The South Bank Show - The Plain Guide To Playwriting pt 2 on ITV in 1996.

29 July: Broadcast premiere of The Long And The Short And The Tall by Willis Hall, directed by Alan Ayckbourn, on BBC Radio 4 in 1968.

30 July:
World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's first professionally produced play The Square Cat at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1955; world premiere of Henceforward… at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1987.

31 July: World premiere of How The Other Half Loves at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1969; revival of Joking Apart, directed by Alan Ayckbourn, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2018.

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