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 November 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
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly /
Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur
Actor
Stephen Mallatratt
Christopher Godwin
Janet Dale
Eileen O’Brien

Stanley Page

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
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly /
Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur
Actor
Stephen Mallatratt
Christopher Godwin
Janet Dale
Eileen O’Brien

Stanley Page

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
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Arthur
Harry / Martin / Waiter / Gosforth /
Ernest
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly/ Milly /
Doreen
Mr Pearce / Vicar / Charles
Actor
Derek Fowlds
John Alderton

Pauline Collins
Sheila Gish

James Cossins

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
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Arthur
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Ernest
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly /
Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Charles
Actor
Keith Ladd
Peter Forbes
Elizabeth Rider
Serena Evans

Michael Percival

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
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly / Milly /
Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur
Actor
Stephen Billington
Richard Stacey
Elizabeth Boag
Emma Manton

Russell Dixon

UK Tour (2016)

First performance: 13 January 2016
Final performance: 5 March 2016
Opening Venue: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Staging: End-stage

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

Stage Manager: To be announced
Deputy Stage Manager: To be announced
Assistant Stage Manager: To be announced
Character
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly / Milly /
Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur

Understudy
Understudy
Actor
Stephen Billington
Richard Stacey
Elizabeth Boag
Emma Manton

Russell Dixon

Phillipa Flynn
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
Terry / Waiter / Stewart / Ernest
Harry / Martin / Vicar / Charles
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly / Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / Arthur
Actor
Stephen Billington
Richard Stacey
Elizabeth Boag
Charlotte Harwood

Russell Dixon
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.