Private Fears In Public Places: 10 Facts

10 Facts offer an at a glance guide to some of the key information relating to Alan Ayckbourn's plays.
  • Private Fears In Public Places is Alan Ayckbourn's 67th play.
  • The world premiere was held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on 17 August 2004.
  • The London premiere was held at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, on 25 May 2005.
  • It is one of only three full-length plays written by Alan Ayckbourn without an interval (and runs at approximately 105 minutes). The others are Haunting Julia (1994) and My Wonderful Day (2009).
  • The title was originally intended for a totally different play announced by Alan Ayckbourn in 1994; when he instead wrote Communicating Doors, he saved the title Private Fears In Public Places for a later play.
  • Private Fears In Public Places was adapted into a French language film, Coeurs, by the award-winning director Alain Resnais in 2006.
  • With 54 scenes, Private Fears In Public Places has more scenes than any other Ayckbourn play; the nearest equivalents are The Revengers' Comedies pt.1 and pt.2 which has a combined total of 42 scenes and Intimate Exchanges, which has a combined total of 31 scenes from its eight permutations.
  • The play features a composite set (several locations on one stage at all times). Other Ayckbourn plays to feature composite sets include How The Other Half Loves, Bedroom Farce, Taking Steps, If I Were You and Life Of Riley.
  • It is one of the few Ayckbourn plays to be specifically set in London. Other London-set plays include Virtual Reality, GamePlan, FlatSpin, RolePlay and Sugar Daddies.
  • Private Fears In Public Places is only the eighth full-length Ayckbourn play (as of 2015) to have been directed in New York by the playwright himself. The previous plays are Arrivals & Departures, Bedroom Farce (co-directed with Peter Hall); By Jeeves, Intimate Exchanges, My Wonderful Day, Neighbourhood Watch, and Time Of My Life.
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