Relatively Speaking: Further Reading

This page contains details of publications & articles relating to Relatively Speaking. The information is for research & the website cannot provide copies of the articles listed.

Published Editions

Relatively Speaking
Samuel French Ltd, 1987, ISBN 0573113556
Relatively Speaking*
Evans Plays, 1968, ISBN 0237494833


Paul Allen: A Pocket Guide to Alan Ayckbourn’s Plays
pp.12-16 (Faber & Faber, 2004, ISBN 0571214924)
Paul Allen: Alan Ayckbourn - Grinning at the Edge*
pp.108-113 (Methuen, 2001, ISBN 0413731200)
Michael Billington: Alan Ayckbourn (2nd Ed)*
pp.19-26 (Palgrave, 1990, ISBN 0333498976)
Bernard F. Dukore: Alan Ayckbourn - A Casebook
pp.28-31, 43-46 (Garland Publishing Inc, 1991, ISBN 0824027597)
Paul Elsam: Stephen Joseph - Theatre Pioneer And Provocateur
pp.58, 100, 161 (Bloomsbury, ISBN 978-1-408185674)
Michael Holt: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp.12-16 (Northcote Press, 1999, ISBN 0746308590)
Albert E. Kalson: Laughter In The Dark*
pp. 41-45, 91-93 (Associated Universities Press, 1991, ISBN 0838634796)
Simon Murgatroyd: Unseen Ayckbourn
(Lulu Books, 2013, ISBN 9781291676631)
Ian Watson: Conversations With Ayckbourn*
pp.58, 60 (Faber and Faber, 1988, ISBN 0571151922)
Sidney Howard White: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp. 29-33 (Twayne Publishers, 1984, ISBN 080576870X)
* indicates out of print


West End Bound
Desmond Pratt, Yorkshire Post, 4 March 1967
A Playwright Agreeably Surprised
Evening Standard, 30 March 1967
Evening Standard, 30 March 1967
About The North
Brian Finch, Radio Times, 27 February 1969
Farceur, Relatively Speaking
Robin Thornber, The Guardian, 7 August 1970
British Dramatists: The New Arrivals
John Russell Taylor, Plays And Players, December 1970
Alan Ayckbourn
Michael Wale, Financial Times, 8 July 1971
Title not known
Michael Billington, The Guardian, 14 August 1974
Scarborough Fare
Michael Coveney, Plays And Players, September 1975
When Coward Wired 'Dear Alan'
Scarborough Evening News, 25 March 1977
Alan Ayckbourn’s Theatre Conquests
Deborah Cowley, Reader’s Digest, November 1979
Alan Ayckbourn
Alan Ayckbourn, Drama, 1988, volume 1
Mum Has The Word On Private Ayckbourn
Elizabeth Johnson, Scarborough Evening News, 24 April 1996
Laugh? I Nearly Did
Chris Smith, British Airways Business Life, November 1999
Relatively Classic
Hull Daily Mail, 17 July 2007
Alan Ayckbourn, Relatively Speaking
Maggie Poppa, Down Your Way, November 2014

Reviews (world premiere)

Brilliant Dialogue In An Ayckbourn Farce
Scarborough Evening News, 9 July 1965
Relationships Mix-Up In New Comedy
The Stage, 16 July 1965

Reviews (London premiere)

This Frail Craft Deserves Your Salute
Herbert Kretzmer, Daily Express, 30 March 1967
Unashamed, I Enjoyed Myself Vastly
Peter Lewis, Daily Mail, 30 March 1967
Teamwork Lends Charm To Implausible Plot
W.A. Darlington, Daily Telegraph, 30 March 1967
The Season's Funniest Trick
Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 30 March 1967
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B.A. Young, Financial Times, 30 March 1967
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Philip Hope-Wallace, The Guardian, 31 March 1967
Low Brow
D.A.N. Jones, New Statesman, 7 April 1967
A Comedy That Scorns Blackness
Richard Watts Jnr, New York Post, 12 August 1967
Relatively Speaking
Punch, 5 April 1967
Farewell The Hairy Men
Hilary Spurling, The Spectator, 7 April 1967
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Harold Hobson, Sunday Times, 2 April 1967
Perplexed Boyfriend
The Stage, 3 March 1967
A Comedy Of Style, Depth And Wit
R.B. Marriott, The Stage, 7 April 1967
Fun Down To The Last Drop
Irving Wardle, The Times, 30 March 1967

Reviews (Scarborough revival 1977)

Relatively Speaking
David Ward, The Guardian, 15 July 1977
Excellent, Relatively Speaking…
Northern Echo, 18 July 1977
A Very Good Ayckbourn Play, Relatively Speaking
Scarborough Evening News, 15 July 1977

Reviews (Scarborough revival 2007)

Relatively Speaking
Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2007
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Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 26 July 2007
Ayckbourn Back On Speaking Terms Again
Charles Hutchinson, The Press, 27 July 2007
Play's Revival Stands The Test of Time
Sue Wilkinson, Scarborough Evening News, 25 July 2007
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Kevin Berry, The Stage, 26 July 2007
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Benedict Nightingale, The Times, 26 July 2007
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Ron Simpson,, 26 July 2007

Reviews (London revival 2013)

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Matt Wolf,, 21 May 2013
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Warwick Thompson,, 23 May 2013
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Simon Edge, Daily Express, 21 May 2013
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Quentin Letts, Daily Mail (online), 21 May 2013
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Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2013
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Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard, 21 May 2013
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Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times, 21 May 2013
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Michael Billington, The Guardian, 21 May 2013
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James Willstrop, Huffington Post (online), 2 June 2013
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Kate Bassett, Independent On Sunday, 26 May 2013
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Sebastian Mann, The Londonist, 21 May 2013
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Peter Brown, London Theatre Guide, 21 May 2013
Love Is Still A Laugh… 46 Years Later
Georgina Brown, Mail On Sunday, 26 May 2013
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Matt Wolf, New York Times, 28 May 2013
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Mark Shenton, The Stage (online), 21 May 2013
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Tim Walker, Sunday Telegraph, 26 May 2013
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Libby Purves, The Times, 21 May 2013
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Mark Valencia,, 21 May 2013

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.