Family Circles: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Family Circles. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

Is it possible to read any of the earlier versions of Family Circles - such as The Story So Far… or Me Times Me Times Me?
Sadly, no manuscript has survived from them original production of The Story For Far… nor of its subsequent revision and revival as Me Times Me. An actor's manuscript for Me Times Me Times Me from 1971 does exist and is currently held by the playwright, but this will transfer into the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York at some point; it will then be available to read onsite for research purposes.

Is it possible to produce any of the earlier versions of Family Circles?
No - largely for the reasons detailed above. Also Alan Ayckbourn considers
Family Circles to be the definitive version of the play and has always been unhappy with the previous itinerations of the play.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.