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Henceforward

Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4f, 3m

"This brilliant play offers an ultimately bleak vision of men, machines and society. But the exhilarating Ayckbournian paradox is that the darker it gets the funnier it becomes." - The Guardian
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 3m
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • UIL Approved
Accolades
Accolades
  • 1989 Evening Standard Best Comedy Award

    1988 Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy

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Summary
England's comic master is in a black comic mode in this West End hit about our fascination with technology. It is sometime quite soon in a steel shuttered, slovenly flat in a no go area of North London where punks rule deserted streets. Here, a lonely composer sits surrounded by high tech equipment. His only company is a robot nanny, and she's on the blink. He desperately wants to reclaim his teenage daughter and enlists an out of work actress to implement a cunning plan he's evolved to impress his estranged wife and a wired for sound child welfare officer. When things don't work out, Jerome has to improvise... It's amazing what can be done with new micro chips and a screwdriver!
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"This brilliant play offers an ultimately bleak vision of men, machines and society. But the exhilarating Ayckbournian paradox is that the darker it gets the funnier it becomes." - The Guardian

"A superbly constructed comedy." - Daily Telegraph

"Nobody can be as funny as Alan Ayckbourn, or as frightening." - Financial Times

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  • Alan Ayckbourn on Growing As a Dramatist

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  • Alan Ayckbourn on Getting Started

  • Alan Ayckbourn on the Difference Between Then and Now

  • Alan Ayckbourn on Ideas

  • Alan Ayckbourn on Writing a Well Made Play

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Alan Ayckbourn

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn joining the Library Theatre company in Scarborough, of which he was the Artistic Director for 37 years and where he made both his professional playwriting in 1959 and his directorial debut in 1961.

He has spent his life in thea ...

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