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Sir Alan Ayckbourn wrote his first play in 1959 at the age of 20. It was the start of what has become one of the most successful and prolific careers in British theatre. He talks to Mark Lawson about the usefulness of terrifying deadlines and why writing a play is like creating a new boardgame.

And, as he embarks on his 73rd play, Sir Alan explains the visual appeal of writing for theatre and his theory that writers attract the characters they write about.

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Fri 10 Apr 2009 19:15

Front Row's Cultural Exchange

Cultural Exchange

Seventy-five leading creative minds choose a favourite cultural work.

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