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
Venue: 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

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 / Vicar / Ernest
Lucy / Bernice / Mrs Pearce / Beryl
Rosemary / Paula / Polly/ Milly / Doreen
Mr Pearce / Gosforth / 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.