1939 – Born on the 12th of April in Hampstead, London.
1957 – Married his first wife Christine Roland, together having two sons, Steven and Philip.
– Employed by the director Stephen Joseph as an acting stage manager (a stage manager with acting roles) at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.
1959 – He played Stanley in Harold Pinter’s self-directed second production of The Birthday Party.
1964 – After Ronnie Barker played Lord Slingsby-Craddock in the London production of Ayckbourn’s Mr Whatnot.
1967 – At the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company since his first hit Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
1987 – Received the CBE.
– He directed four works in each of the auditoria of the Royal National Theatre, using a stock company for all four plays which included established performers like Michael Gambon, Polly Adams and Simon Caddell.
1991 – He received a Dramalogue Critics Award for his play Henceforward.
1997 – He was Knighted.
2006 – He suffered a stroke, and states on his website that "I am making a good recovery from my recent stroke.
– In September, he returned to work and premièred his 70th play If I Were You at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
2007 – He announced on June that he would retire as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre next year.