A Brief History Of Women: BackgroundA Brief History of Woman is Alan Ayckbourn's 81st play and will premiere during summer 2017 in repertory alongside a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Taking Steps.
The play was announced at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on 15 February 2017 at a summer season launch event attended by Alan Ayckbourn. The play itself had been written the previous December with the first draft completed on 5 December; it was not the play originally commissioned by the SJT but a second idea ALan had after all but completing the original commission (see Behind The Scenes).
The play is in four parts and takes place over six decades, following the life of the unremarkable Anthony Spates who begins the play as a page boy at a manor house. It follows the remarkable women he has loved, left and lost over the years all whilst still at the same house, which over time has become a school, arts centre and country house hotel.
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