Bedroom Farce: 10 Facts

10 Facts offer an at a glance guide to some of the key information relating to Alan Ayckbourn's plays.
  • Bedroom Farce is Alan Ayckbourn's 19th play.
  • The world premiere was held at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, on 16 June 1975.
  • The London premiere took place in the Lyttelton at the National Theatre on 16 March 1977.
  • Alan Ayckbourn finished writing the play on the same day his and Andrew Lloyd Webber's flop musical Jeeves closed in the West End.
  • The play was initially going to feature four couples in four bedrooms rather than the four couples in three bedrooms of the final play.
  • Bedroom Farce was commissioned by the National Theatre as an end-stage play (and it is considered one of Alan's few end-stage pieces), however he intended to produce it in-the-round when it had its first production at the Library Theatre, Scarborough. Unfortunately, the set as designed wouldn't fit in the space, so it was produced three-sided.
  • The London production marked both Alan's debut as a director in London (credited as co-director with Peter Hall) and the first of his plays to be staged at the National Theatre.
  • The National Theatre's production transferred to both the West End and Broadway, where Alan received his only Tony Award nominations to date (for Direction and Best Play); although he would receive the Special Tony Award For Lifetime Achievement in Theatre in 2010.
  • The National Theatre's production was also adapted for television as part of a six play package agreed between the National Theatre and Granada Television. So successful was the broadcast, plans were seriously considered for a spin-off sitcom Ernest & Delia.
  • It is the only play that Alan Ayckbourn has directed in both performance spaces at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, producing it both in-the-round and as an end-stage production.
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