Confusions: Further Reading

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Published Editions

Confusions (click here to buy)
Samuel French Ltd, 1977, ISBN 0573110735
Confusions (click here to buy)
Methuen, 1983, ISBN 0413532704
Heinemann, 1992, ISBN 0435233009
Bloomsbury / Methuen, 2015 ISBN 9781474270847


Paul Allen: A Pocket Guide to Alan Ayckbourn’s Plays
pp.38-43 (Faber & Faber, 2004, ISBN 0571214924)
Paul Allen: Alan Ayckbourn - Grinning at the Edge*
pp.151-154 (Methuen, 2001, ISBN 0413731200)
Michael Billington: Alan Ayckbourn (2nd Ed)*
pp.89-96 (Palgrave, 1990, ISBN 0333498976)
Oleg Kerensky: The New British Drama
pp.126-127 (Hamish Hamilton, 1977, ISBN0241896282)
Albert-Reiner Glaap: Ayckbourn Country (2nd Ed)*
pp.50-59 (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2004, ISBN 3884766783)
Albert-Reiner Glaap: Confusions To Roundelay - Stages In Ayckbourn’s Creative Work
(Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015, ISBN 9783868216295)
Simon Murgatroyd: Unseen Ayckbourn
(Lulu Books, 2013, ISBN9781291676631)
Malcolm Page: File On Ayckbourn*
pp.236-38 (Methuen, 1989, ISBN 0413420108)
Sidney Howard White: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp.73-79 (Twayne Publishers, 1984, ISBN 080576870X)
* indicates out of print


Upside Down Writer Has Another Hit Coming
Christine Dunn, Daily Mail, 26 August 1974
Going Out
Shirley Green, Over 21, 1 May 1976
Confusions - An Actors' Evening Of One Act Plays
Ruth Hamilton, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 November 1976

Reviews (world premiere)

Striking New Plays By Ayckbourn
John Barber, Daily Telegraph, 14 October 1975
Ayckbourn's Confusions
Robin Thornber, The Guardian, 6 August 1975
Fresh Confusions
Harry Mead, Northern Echo, 20 November 1974
Alan Ayckbourn Brings Us Another Winner
Scarborough Evening News, 1 October 1974
The Stage, 19 September 1974
Ingenuity And Technique
Yorkshire Gazette, 14 August 1975

Reviews (London premiere)

J.C. Trewin, Birmingham Post, 20 May 1976
In Top Form Again, Catching People With Pants Down
Herbert Kretzmer, Daily Express, 20 May 1976
Alan Plus Aldertons Equals Hits
Jack Tinker, Daily Mail, 21 May 1976
John Barber, Daily Telegraph, 20 May 1976
Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 20 May 1976
B.A. Young, Financial Times, 20 May 1976
Michael Billington, The Guardian, 20 May 1976
Ayckbourn's Confusions: Comic Sketches On Marriage
John Walker, International Herald Tribune, 23 May 1976
The Lady, 3 June 1976
Scraps And Scoops
John Elsom, The Listener, 27 May 1976
Robert Cushman, The Observer, 23 May 1976
Love, Honour, And Andre Obey
Sheridan Morley, Punch, 26 May 1976
Kenneth Hurren, The Spectator, 29 May 1976
Confusions At The Apollo
R.B.Marriott, The Stage, 27 May 1976
Clive Hirschhorn, Sunday Express, 23 May 1976
Writ Small
Frank Marcus, Sunday Telegraph, 23 May 1976
Harold Hobson, Sunday Times, 23 May 1976
Number Unobtainable
Irving Wardle, The Times, 20 May 1976

Reviews (Scarborough revival 1991)

Robin Thornber, The Guardian, 23 December 1991
Telling Play Of Confusions
Gillian Enlund, Scarborough Evening News, 5 December 1991
David Jeffels, The Stage, 9 January 1992
David Jeffels, Yorkshire Post, December 1991

Reviews (Scarborough revival 2015)

A Minor Ayckbourn But Still Bitter Sweet
Claire Allure, Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2015
Ayckbourn Triumphant Return To His 1974 Curiosity
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 19 July 2015
Confusions - Tour De Force Of Ensemble Playing
Clare Brennan, The Guardian, 2 August 2015
Confusions' Dark Depths Are Clearer 40 Years On
Paul Vallely, The Independent, 17 July 2015
Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions
Charles Hutchinson, The Press, 17 July 2015
Ron Simpson, The Public Review, 15 July 2015
Forty Years On - There's Still A 'Sting In The Tail'
Mike Tilling, Scarborough News, 16 July 2015
Steve Pratt, The Stage (online), 15 July 2015
From Cartoon To Crushing Truth
Sam Marlowe, The Times, 15 July 2015

Reviews (New York premiere)

Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions at 59E59 Is Great Theater
Marina Kennedy, Broadway World, 10 June 2016
An Acid-Tinged Double Bill
Alexis Soloski, The Guardian, 10 June 2016
First Nighter: Alan Ayckbourn
David Finkle, Huffington Post, 9 June 2016
Take A Ride On The Farce Train With Two From Alan Ayckbourn
Ben Brantley, New York Times, 13 June 2016
Confusions & Hero's Welcome
David Gordon, Theater Mania, 9 June 2016
Hero's Welcome & Confusions
Sandy MacDonald, Time Out New York, 11 June 2016
A Taste Of Ayckbourn
Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal, 16 June 2016

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.