Anno Domino: Facts

Anno Domino

Play Number: 84
World Premiere: 25 May 2020
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre website

Premiere Staging: Audio play

Published: N/A
Other Media: Audio play

Cast: 3m / 3f plays plus 2 off-stage voices
Run Time: 1hr 45m

Note: Originally written as a staged play in 2018, but adapted in 2020 as an audio play.
Anno Domino is Alan Ayckbourn's 84th play.
It premiered on 25 May 2020 on the Stephen Joseph Theatre's website as an audio stream initially for a month - this was extended by an extra week due to demand for the play.
It is the first Ayckbourn play to have its world premiere as an audio play.
Anno Domino is, it should be emphasised, a full-length play intended for the stage - which the playwright hopes will be staged as intended in the future.
Anno Domino was written during Autumn 2018 without a specific production slot for the Stephen Joseph Theatre in mind; it is one of several Ayckbourn plays written since 2017 which have yet to be produced on stage.
For the world premiere, Alan Ayckbourn and his wife, Heather Stoney, played all the roles in the play. This marked Alan's first return to professional acting since 1964.
The world premiere production marked the first time Alan Ayckbourn had both directed and acted in one of his own plays.
The title not only reflects a key element within the play but is also a play on the words Anno Domini - the full form of AD (as in 2020AD), but also Latin for 'advancing age.' It also suggests the idea of a domino effect - another theme of the play.
Arguably the play revisits some of the ideas previously - less successfully - explored in the now withdrawn play Virtual Reality; this too explores the idea of how one couple's disintegration has unforeseen effects on the relationships around them.
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