A Brief History of Women

by  Alan Ayckbourn

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over sixty years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen.

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A Brief History of Women

by  Alan Ayckbourn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

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    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A Brief History of Woman  charts the life of Anthony Spates: from his first job as an adolescent footman at a country manor house through to his retirement as manager of the hotel the manor house became. Over the course of six decades, the play follows him and the remarkable women he has loved, left and lost over the years.

A Brief History of Woman premiered in September 2017 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

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Reviews

"There’s a lot of loss and longing in this journey, but the play’s elegiac, reflective tone proves both moving and liberating as it reaches an ending of haunting beauty." - The Stage

"...he is writing and directing with as much wit, insight, originality and mischief as ever, still surprising, still setting himself theatrical puzzles, still so spot-on about the arts, education, marriage, romance, loss and life's vicissitudes for men and women, but now with added reflection and humane sagacity." - York Press

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  • College Theatre / Student
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  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

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Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countles ...

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