Communicating Doors: Timeline

The Timeline offers a chronological view of significant events in the history of the play Communicating Doors; it only lists major productions and does not include the vast majority of the many professional and amateur productions of the play.

July 1993
The Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, announces booking is open for Alan Ayckbourn's new play Private Fears In Public Places.

Late Summer 1993
Alan begins writing Private Fears In Public Places, but the play does not come together. A second idea - probably a non-musical A Word From Our Sponsor - also also abandoned. Alan advises the theatre a revival may need to be staged before he has the idea for Communicating Doors.

2 February 1994
Communicating Doors world premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

25 May 1994
Communicating Doors opens at the Merle Reskin Theatre, Chicago, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. This production is part of the International Theatre Festival Of Chicago and features the original Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round company.

30 May 1995
Communicating Doors opens at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. This production will go on a short tour before transferring to the West End in August.

7 August 1995
Communicating Doors opens at the Gielgud Theatre, London, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

1995
Faber & Faber publishes
Communicating Doors.

6 January 1996
Communicating Doors closes at the Gielgud Theatre, London, prior to transferring to another West End venue.

January 1996
Communicating Doors is nominated for Best Comedy at The Laurence Olivier Awards.

29 January 1996
Communicating Doors transfers to the Savoy Theatre, London.

27 July 1996
Communicating Doors closes at the Savoy Theatre, London.

1996
Samuel French publishes the acting edition of Communicating Doors.

1997
Alan Ayckbourn wins the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best West End Play for
Communicating Doors.

1997
The first production of
Communicating Doors in Paris wins the Molière Award for Best Comedy; this is Alan's first recognition by the Molières.

20 August 1998
Communicating Doors opens at the Variety Arts Theatre, New York, directed by Christopher Ashley.

5 August 2010
Communicating Doors, directed by Alan Ayckbourn, opens at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (the official first night being 10 August).

5 May 2011
Communicating Doors, directed by Alan Ayckbourn, begins a UK tour at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

7 May 2015
Communicating Doors, directed by Lindsay Posner, opens at the Menier Chocolate Festival, London.

27 June 2015
Communicating Doors, directed by Lindsay Posner, closes at the Menier Chocolate Festival, London.

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