Alan Ayckbourn to Premiere 79th Play and Direct Revival of Confusions

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Alan Ayckbourn is to premiere his 79th play, Hero's Welcome, as part of the 60th anniversary season at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre that he used to run, and which has been the home for the premiere of most of his plays. He will also direct Scarborough's first revival of his 1974 play Confusions.

Confusions will begin performances July 9 prior to an official opening July 14 — a date that marks the theatre's 60th anniversary — for a run in rep through Sept. 26. The play features a devoted and isolated mother, her unfaithful traveling salesman husband, a solicitous waiter and well-heeled diners. According to press materials, human frailty is laid bare as one hilarious situation unfolds after another. Hero’s Welcome will begin performances Sept. 4 prior to an official opening Sept. 8 for a run in rep through Oct. 3. Seventeen years ago Murray fled the neighborhood under somewhat of a cloud and certain folk have long memories, not least Alice, the mayor, whom he left standing at the altar.… Murray's declared intention of settling down with his new bride threatens to stir up all sorts of old rivalries and resentments.

The summer season will also include a revival and tour of Sullivan’s one-act comic opera Cox & Box – Mrs. Bouncer’s Legacy, reinvented by artistic director Chris Monks and composer Richard Atkinson; the long-running West End hit stage version of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black returning to its original Scarborough home; and Tim Firth's Neville's Island.

To book tickets, which go on sale March 9, contact the box office on 01723 370541 or visit

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