Time And Time Again: In Brief

Key facts relating to Alan Ayckbourn's Time And Time Again.
  • Time And Time Again is Alan Ayckbourn's 11th play.
  • The world premiere was held at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, on 8 July 1971.
  • The London premiere took place at the Comedy Theatre on 16 August 1972.
  • The play was inspired by Alan Ayckbourn seeing a production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and wanting to write a play whose drama originated totally from characters rather than plot contrivances. Alan also challenged himself to write a totally unmotivated protagonist whose sheer inertia causes damage to all around him.
  • Time And Time Again is the first Ayckbourn play to include a water feature: a pond. Other plays to include water features include Absurd Person Singular, Way Upstream and House & Garden.
  • The original production marked the first time collaboration in Scarborough between the actor Christopher Godwin and Alan Ayckbourn. He would play the role of Leonard and go on to perform a number of memorable Ayckbourn characters for the first time such as Norman in The Norman Conquests, Colin in Absent Friends and Dennis in Just Between Ourselves.
  • Time And Time Again is considered the first step towards writing in the tragi-comedy genre for which the playwright is most renowned (and for which he will embrace fully in his subsequent play Absurd Person Singular).
  • The London production marked the first time Alan Ayckbourn collaborated with the director Eric Thompson. The success of Time And Time Again led to Eric directing the London premieres of Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests, Absent Friends and Jeeves.
  • It was adapted for television by Anglia Television and broadcast on 18 May 1976. Directed by Casper Wrede, it saw Tom Courtenay reprising his West End role of Leonard.
  • Time And Time Again is one of only two plays Alan Ayckbourn has directed in all three Scarborough venues which have been home to the Stephen Joseph Theatre company (the Library Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and the Stephen Joseph Theatre). The other is Absurd Person Singular; whilst Relatively Speaking and Confusions have been staged at all three venues, only two of the productions were directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
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