Season's Greetings: A Timeline

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

25 July 1980
An article in the Evening Standard reveals the title of Alan Ayckbourn's latest play will be Sight Unseen.

Mid August 1980
Alan Ayckbourn begins writing what is still titled Sight Unseen.

Circa 1 September 1980
Alan Ayckbourn abandons Sight Unseen and writes a totally different play, Season's Greetings, completing it just as rehearsals are scheduled to commence.

5 September 1980
Rehearsals begin for Season's Greetings at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough. Due to Alan's re-writing, the rehearsals start slightly later than scheduled and the opening date of the play is pushed back by a day,

25 September 1980
World premiere of Season's Greetings at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. It is scheduled for just four performances before going on tour.

13 October 1980
Season's Greetings tours to The Round House, London, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

28 October 1980
Season's Greetings returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, running in repertory until 3 January 1981.

20 May 1981
Season's Greetings is revived at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. By this stage, Alan has revised the play from thee acts to two acts with a slightly shorter running time.

28 January 1982
Season's Greetings opens at the Greenwich Theatre, London, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

29 March 1982
Season's Greetings transfers to the Apollo Theatre, London, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

18 September 1982
Season's Greetings closes at the Apollo Theatre, London.

1982
Season's Greetings is published by Samuel French.

Mid-1984
Season's Greetings is officially released for general professional production. Despite Alan's desire for his plays be made immediately available for repertory production following the West End production, an unsuccessful attempt to tour the play led to it being unavailable for 18 months.

1 September 1985
Season's Greetings is released for amateur production.

25 September 1985
First major UK tour of Season's Greetings, directed by Peter Cue, opens at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

28 December 1985
Season's Greetings is broadcast on radio on BBC Radio, directed by Gordon House.

24 December 1986
Season's Greetings is broadcast on television on BBC1, directed by Michael Simpson.

1990
The BBC Radio adaptation of Season's Greetings is released on audio-cassette in a double-bill with Relatively Speaking.

26 December 1999
A second radio adaptation of Season's Greetings is broadcast by BBC Radio, directed by Polly Thomas.

6 October 2004
Season's Greetings tour opens at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

2 December 2010
Season's Greetings is published by Faber & Faber in both print and as an ebook; this marks the first Ayckbourn play to be published digitally.

8 December 2010
Season's Greetings opens at the National Theatre, London, directed by Marianne Elliott.

13 March 2011
Season's Greetings closes at the National Theatre.

4 August 2011
The 1999 BBC Radio adaptation of Season's Greetings, directed by Polly Thomas, is released on CD and digital formats.

12 September 2011
UK tour of Season's Greetings, directed by Robin Herford and produced by Bill Kenwright, launches at Norwich Theatre Royal.

10 December 2011
UK tour of Season's Greetings, directed by Robin Herford, ends at the Bath Theatre Royal.

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