A Brief History Of Women: Further Reading

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's A Brief History Of Women. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

Can you tell me what the piano music used between scenes in the world premiere production is and who composed it?
It is a piece of music called Divenire by the composer Ludovico Einaudi and widely available.

When will A Brief History Of Women be available to be performed?
Although not confirmed, A Brief History of Women is likely to be made available for production from late 2018. Professional enquiries should be made to Imogen Sarre at Alan's agents Casarotto Ramsay.

A Brief History of Women features a lot of doubling (tripling) of actors, could it be performed with a larger company taking all the individual roles?
Whilst the play was devised for a company of six - and there is no doubt Alan created it to showcase actors with a variety of different roles within a single play, there's no reason why all the roles could not be individually cast. Arguably, some of the theatricality of the piece would be lost, but it could be done with a large enough company.

The New York Times review on 2 May 2018 notes there may be some dispute as to what number the play is in the Ayckbourn canon, what number is it?
There is no dispute in the playwright's mind! This is his 81st full-length canon play.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.