Anno Domino: In Brief

Key facts relating to Alan Ayckbourn's Truth Will Out.
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 for a month.
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.
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 unusual circumstances surrounding the play were due to the Covid-19 pandemic which closed all the UK's theatres during 2020. With theatres unable to stage plays, the Artistic Director Paul Robinson was looking for ways the SJT could keep producing new material. Alan suggested he could record a new play for audio streaming to help the company during these challenging times.
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.' - as well as the idea of a domino effect.

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