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Sir Alan Ayckbourn to receive Tony honour

Sir Alan Ayckbourn
Sir Alan's career spans more than five decades

Playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn is to receive a Tony award recognising his life's work, organisers have announced.

The 71-year-old, who has written 74 full-length plays during his career, will collect his honour at a ceremony in New York on 13 June.

A Broadway revival of Sir Alan's The Norman Conquests won a Tony last year.

US actress Marian Seldes, who appeared in all 1,809 New York performances of Ira Levin's Deathtrap will also be honoured at this year's event.

Seldes, who made her stage debut in Medea in 1947, is also a renowned acting teacher.

Sir Alan, whose other works include Absurd Person Singular and Bedroom Farce, has most of his plays premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

He was artistic director at the playhouse until last year when he decided to step down.

Several of his plays have also been adapted for television.

Sir Alan was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Olivier Awards in London last year.

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