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The Old Vic production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy trilogy THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, directed by Matthew Warchus and featuring the original company from The Old Vic, opens tomorrow night on Broadway at Circle in the Square (235 West 50th Street). 


Here are some recent stories about the production:


The New York Times

Ayckbourn, the Juggler, in Triple Time

By Sarah Lyall

April 22, 2009


LONDON – Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 70 plays, which makes him something like the Joyce Carol Oates of British theater. “If you didn’t write so much, they’d realize you were quite good,” the director Peter Hall once told him wryly.


Skip to next paragraphBut productivity has never really hurt Mr. Ayckbourn, who turned 70 on Easter Sunday and whose works are performed, seemingly continuously, across Britain and beyond. In March he received an Olivier Award for lifetime contribution to the theater and also wrote his latest play, which took him his customary two weeks.


He is about to start work on an adaptation of “Uncle Vanya.” One of his plays, “Woman in Mind,” is currently running in the West End; another, the 1973 “Norman Conquests” trilogy, is to open on Thursday at the Circle in the Square in New York, with its London cast, after a triumphant run at the Old Vic.


The New York Post

Secrets of his ‘Conquests’

By Michael Riedel

April 17, 2009


Alan Ayckbourn has written 73 plays, about twice that of England’s second most prolific play wright, one William Shakespeare.


Many critics think “The Norman Conquests,” a comic trilogy set in a middle-class suburb, is Ayckbourn’s finest play. That verdict is certainly bolstered by a terrific revival from London that opens next week at Circle in the Square.


The trilogy, which Tom Stoppard playfully calls “The Coast of Suburbia,” centers on Norman, a disheveled assistant librarian with a powerful libido.

Ayckbourn, who just turned 70, can’t attend his Broadway opening. He’s recovering from a stroke and says, “I need to conserve my energy.”


He answered a few questions about “The Norman Conquests” via e-mail.



The New York Post

Conquering ‘Conquests’

By Barbara Hoffman

April 18, 2009


It’s 10 a.m. Do you know where theater mavens are? Probably girding for the marathon –

the three-plays-in-one-day fun fest that is “The Norman Conquests.”


Alan Ayckbourn’s ’73 trilogy about an incorrigible seducer – Norman, the horny librarian (Stephen Mangan) – just moved into Broadway’s Circle in the Square. You can see it one play at a time, or immerse yourself in all three on a Saturday. And while there are bathroom breaks aplenty, even die-hards pale at the prospect of too much of a good thing. (“The Coast of Utopia,” anyone?) No worries. Here’s how to enjoy nonstop “Norman.”



Today Show

Interview with Kevin Spacey

April 21, 2009


Today’s Matt Lauer talks to Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey about the Broadway revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “The Norman Conquests,” originally produced at Spacey’s Old Vic Theatre. 



CW11 Morning News

Interview with Kevin Spacey and Jessica Hynes

April 7, 2009


Actors Kevin Spacey and Jessica Hynes stopped by the studio to talk about their roles in the new Broadway play “The Norman Conquests”. Spacey is the artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre in London, where the production originated, and Hynes stars as Annie.



WOR Radio

The Joan Hamburg Show – Kevin Spacey and Jessica Hynes


Joan Hamburg sits down with Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey and British star Jessica Hynes about the new Broadway show The Norman Conquests


WNYC Radio

The Leonard Lopate Show – Kevin Spacey and Jessica Hynes


Old Vic Theater artistic director Kevin Spacey and actress Jessica Hynes talk to WNYC’s Leonard Lopate about Alan Ayckbourn’s comedic trilogy “The Norman Conquests.” Listen to the entire interview here.



WQXR Radio

People and the Arts: Kevin Spacey


Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy of comedies “The Norman Conquests”, is now on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre, with the original Old Vic cast. Annie Bergen talks with Kevin Spacey, Artistic Director of the Old Vic, about bringing the plays to New York and producing them as they were originally intended, “in the round”.




Six Pack: Introducing The Norman Conquests Sextet

By Smith Galtney


They knocked ’em dead at the Old Vic Theatre in London last fall. Now the cast of the first Broadway revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy trilogy The Norman Conquests is ready to charm New York City. In preparation for the show’s opening night, Broadway.com organized an informal meet and greet to help you get to know the gang. So don your weekend casual attire, grab yourself a Pimm’s Cup or some parsnips and dandelion wine. It’s homemade!



Tickets for THE NORMAN CONQUESTS are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online at www.Telecharge.com and at the Circle in the Square box office (235 West 50th Street). 


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