Alan Ayckbourn is to direct his play Absurd Person Singular to mark its 40th anniversary this year.
Ayckbourn will direct the comedy at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and it will run from June 8 to July 28 and again from September 14 to October 13. Ayckbourn will also direct the premiere of his new play Surprises in Scarborough later this year. The venue said the new text, which is the playwright’s 76th play, involves “amorous strangers, time travel and the quest for love everlasting”.
The Stephen Joseph summer season also includes the premiere of two short plays by John Godber and Jane Thornton entitled Lost and Found. The stand-alone plays are about two couples in Scarborough and they run from June 29.
Meanwhile, Chris Monks’ Soul Man is a musical adaptation of Verdi’s Rigoletto and Victor Hugo’s Le Roi S’Amuse. The production will run from August 3. The Stephen Joseph season opens with the premiere of Geordie Sinatra by Fiona Evans, running from May 16.