Confusions: Significant Productions

This page contains details of significant productions of Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions, such as the world and London premieres as well as Ayckbourn-directed revivals. It is not a complete list of productions given how frequently it has been performed by professionals and amateur companies around the world.

World Premiere (1974)

First performance: 30 September 1974
World premiere: 30 September 1974
Final performance: 9 October 1974
Venue: Lecture Room, Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Three-sided

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Costume Design: Christine Welch
Design: Helga Wood
Music: Paul Todd

Stage Manager: David Millard
Assistant Stage Manager: Kevin Wood
Character
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly /
Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Actor
Christopher Godwin
Janet Dale
Eileen O’Brien

Stanley Page
Stephen Mallatratt
Note: This production immediately went on a local tour with performances at Scarborough, Filey and Whitby presented in weekly repertory with other works. The schedule consisted of Filey Sun Lounge (12 & 26 November), Whitby Pavilion (13, 14, 27 & 28 November) and The Library Theatre,. Scarborough (15, 16, 29 & 30 November).

Revival (1975)

First performance: 4 August 1975
World premiere: 30 September 1975
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Costume Design: Christine Welch
Design: Helga Wood
Music: Paul Todd

Stage Manager: David Millard
Deputy Stage Manager: Kevin Wood
Assistant Stage Manager: Susan Legge
Character
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly /
Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Actor
Christopher Godwin
Janet Dale
Eileen O’Brien

Stanley Page
Stephen Mallatratt

London Premiere (1976)

First performance: 19 May 1976
Premiere: 19 May 1976
Final performance: 8 January 1977
Venue: Apollo Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Strachan
Design: Alan Tagg
Lighting: David Colmer
Costumes: Susan Yelland
Character
Harry / Martin / Waiter / Gosforth /
Ernest
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly/ Milly /
Doreen
Mr Pearce / Vicar / Charles
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Arthur
Actor
John Alderton

Pauline Collins
Sheila Gish

James Cossins
Derek Fowlds

Revival (1991)

Premiere: 4 December 1991
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Malcolm Hebden
Design: Juliet Nichols
Lighting: Jackie Staines
Music: John Pattison
Character
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Ernest
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly /
Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Charles
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Arthur
Actor
Peter Forbes
Elizabeth Rider
Serena Evans

Michael Percival
Keith Ladd

Revival (2015)

First performance: 9 July 2015
Opening night: 14 July 2015
Final performance: 26 September 2015
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Michael Holt
Lighting: Jason Taylor

Stage Manager: Fleur Linden Beeley
Deputy Stage Manager: Sue Volans
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Lang
Character
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly / Milly /
Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Actor
Richard Stacey
Elizabeth Boag
Emma Manton

Russell Dixon
Stephen Billington
Note: This production was re-directed for an end-stage tour in a co-production with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, which toured from 13 January - 5 March 2016. The company was identical with the inclusion of understudies Philipa Flynn and Nik Drake.

New York Premiere (2016)

First performance: 28 May 2016
Premiere: 28 May 2016
Final performance: 3 July 2016
Venue: 59E59 Theaters, New York
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Michael Holt
Lighting: Jason Taylor
Casting: Sarah Hughes

Deputy Stage Manager: Jennifer Hirst
AEA Stage Manager: Veronica Aglow
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Lang
Character
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly / Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Actor
Richard Stacey
Elizabeth Boag
Charlotte Harwood

Russell Dixon
Stephen Billington
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.