Arrivals & Departures: Timeline

The Timeline offers a chronological view of significant events in the history of the play Arrivals & Departures; it only lists major productions of the play.

Late August 2012
Alan Ayckbourn begins writing his 77th play, Arrivals & Departures.

2 September 2012
In an interview with the Independent On Sunday*, Alan Ayckbourn confirms he has been commissioned to write his 77th play by the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and has begun writing the as yet untitled play.

September 2012
Alan Ayckbourn finishes writing Arrivals & Departures.

25 February 2013
Arrivals & Departures officially announced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre for summer 2013 alongside two new one acts plays by Alan Ayckbourn, collectively known as Farcicals, and a revival of Time Of My Life.

6 August 2013
Arrivals & Departures opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn (first performance: 1 August 2013)

5 October 2013
Arrivals & Departures closes at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

7 October 2013
Arrivals & Departures embarks on a short in-the-round tour to Bowness-on-Windermere and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

31 December 2013
The Guardian's critic Michael Billington names Arrivals & Departures as one of his top 10 UK shows of 2013.

28 January 2014
First performance of Arrivals & Departures as part of the Ayckbourn Ensemble 2014 UK end-stage tour, which opened on 22 January with Time Of My Life at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

2 March 2014
The day after the French film director Alain Resnais's death, it is confirmed his next project would have been Arrivées et Départs; an adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's Arrivals & Departures.

29 May 2014
The Ayckbourn Ensemble - including Arrivals & Departures - tours to the Brits Off Broadway festival at the 59E59 Theaters, New York, for a month-long run opening with Arrivals & Departures.

4 December 2014
Arrivals & Departures is named as one of the Top Ten Shows of 2014 by Richard Zoglin in Time magazine.

2 August 2018
Arrivals & Departures is published by Faber as part of the collection Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6.

28 January 2019
Arrivals & Departures published as an acting edition by Samuel French.

Note: When reading the Independent On Sunday's interview, it is important to note that the curriculum vitae article at the end of the piece has several significant factual errors regarding dates of important Ayckbourn events and should not be regarded as an accurate source of information. Accurate details for significant events in Alan Ayckbourn's life can be found on the Chronology page of the Life section.

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