Joking Apart: A Timeline

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

December 1977
The title of Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, Joking Apart, is announced. Alan Ayckbourn writes the play in mid-December.

12 January 1978
World premiere of Joking Apart at Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

February 1978
The Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round production of Joking Apart goes on a short UK Tour sponsored by Midland Bank (now HSBC). This is the first tour from the venue to receive sponsorship.

23 May 1978
Revival of
Joking Apart at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

30 September 1978
Joking Apart closes at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round,

7 March 1979
London premiere of Joking Apart at the Globe Theatre, London, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

7 July 1979
Joking Apart closes at the Globe Theatre, London.

1979
Chatto & Windus publish
Joking Apart in the mass market hardback edition Joking Apart And Other Plays.

1979
Samuel French publishes the acting edition of
Joking Apart.

1980
Joking Apart released for professional repertory production; first production is probably at Bolton's Octagon Theatre.

12 July 1981
Joking Apart broadcast on BBC Radio 4, directed by Caroline Smith.

9 February 1990
A second adaptation of Joking Apart is broadcast on BBC Radio 3, directed by Michael Fox.

11 July 2002
Revival of Joking Apart at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

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