My Wonderful Day: Timeline

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

Circa 2008 (possibly earlier)
Alan writes a concept for a play called
Life Of Riley which features an 11 year old girl called Winnie Barnstairs, who is studying French.

March 2009
Alan Ayckbourn begins writing
My Wonderful Day. It features a nine year old girl called Winnie Barnstairs who is studying French, but bears no other resemblance to the Life Of Riley concept.

27 March 2009
Alan Ayckbourn finishes the first draft of My Wonderful Day and announces the news to an informal gathering of the company at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, marking his stepping down as Artistic Director of the venue. At this time, the play is titled Winnie's Wonderful Day.

23 May
Winnie's Wonderful Day is publicly announced as Alan Ayckbourn's 73rd play in the programme for the Royal & Derngate's Ayckbourn At 70 season programme.

Mid June 2009
The title of Winnie's Wonderful Day is altered to My Wonderful Day.

26 June 2009
The Stephen Joseph Theatre company is informed My Wonderful Day will transfer immediately to New York after its run at the Stephen Joseph Theatre; this is the first Ayckbourn play to have an American premiere immediately after its world premiere.

8 October 2009
My Wonderful Day world premieres at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

11 November 2009
My Wonderful Day opens at 59E59 Theaters, New York, as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

13 December 2009
My Wonderful Day closes at 59E59 Theaters, New York, having broken box office records during its limited season run.

20 January 2010
My Wonderful Day UK tour opens at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

March 2011
My Wonderful Day is published by Samuel French Ltd and made available for amateur performance in the UK.

October 2011
My Wonderful Day is published by Faber & Faber as part of the collection Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 5.

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