It Could Be Any One Of Us: Frequently Asked QuestionsAlan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's It Could Be Any One Of Us.
Can It Could Be Any One Of Us be performed without the random murderer?
Yes. Whilst the play was written with the intention that the murderer is randomly determined each night on stage, there is nothing to stop productions making the decision before hand for the evening, although that does reduce much of the play's appeal. However, it can and has successfully been done as a 'set' text lacking the random element.
Is it possible to perform the original version of the play?
It Could Be Any One Of Us was revised in 1996 by the playwright to - notably - alter the play to include a murder; this seemingly required essential part of a murder-mystery was omitted from the original production. Alan Ayckbourn views the original version of the play, premiered in 1983, as unsatisfactory and not up to the standard of the later revised version. As a result, only the revised version is available to produce and the original version has been permanently withdrawn.
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.