Confusions was first seen at the Library Theatre, Scarborough in 1974 since when it has become one of the most popular and studied plays of the last 40 years. This is Alan Ayckbourn’s first revival of it to mark the SJT’s 60th anniversary.

From a devoted and isolated mother, to her unfaithful travelling salesman husband, through a solicitous waiter to well-heeled diners and an utterly shambolic garden fete, human frailty is laid bare as one hilarious situation after another unfolds. Each of the plays connects to the next through one of its characters until the final one is reached when four people sit alone on park benches.

From high farce to poignant observation; the laughs, however dark, keep coming.


Written & directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Reviews and Interviews

Alan Ayckbourn has nothing to preserve him from despair but an ingenious brain and immense high spirits. It is these which give Ayckbourn audiences such wonderful evenings, as his Confusions does”

Harold Hobson, THE SUNDAY TIMES on the original production

"Confusions is sad, sharp and funny”

Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN on the original production


Read the interview with Alan Ayckbourn here

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Running times

Act 1 65 mins

Interval 15 mins

Act 2 50 mins

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