Truth Will Out: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Truth Will Out. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

Will Truth Will Out ever be produced?
Truth Will Out will have its first - probably only - public airing in a rehearsed reading on 17 September 2023 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Tickets are available via It is unlikely there will be any other productions of the play in the future.

Is Truth Will Out Alan Ayckbourn' 84th play?
No. Truth Will Out was intended to be his 84th play but when the world premiere production was cancelled, Anno Domino became his 84th play. This is because Alan Ayckbourn only considers play which have had staged, professional productions to be part of his official play canon. Truth Will Out has not been professionally staged - and is unlikely to be - so it is not part of the official canon and instead considered one of the 'grey plays'; plays which have been produced in some form other than a full professional staging (in this case, a rehearsed reading), but which have not been published and are not available for production.

Will Truth Will Out be released for future performance.
At this time, it is unlikely that Alan Ayckbourn will approve the release of Truth Will Out for performance by either professional or amateur companies.

Will Truth Will Out be published?
No, the playwright currently has no intention to publish Truth Will Out.

Can I read Truth Will Out?
Truth Will Out will eventually be made part of the Ayckbourn Archive in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York. At this point, it will be available to read in situ for visitors to the Borthwick Institute.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.