Way Upstream: Significant Productions

This page contains details of significant productions of Alan Ayckbourn's Way Upstream, such as the world and London premieres as well as Ayckbourn-directed revivals. It is not a complete list of productions of Way Upstream given how frequently Alan Ayckbourn's plays are performed by professionals and amateur companies around the world.

World Premiere (1981)

First performance: 2 October 1981
World premiere: 2 October 1981
Final performance: 16 January 1982
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Edward Lipscomb
Lighting: Francis Lynch
Music: Paul Todd

Stage Manager: Isobel Nimmo
Deputy Stage Manager: Eric Lumsden
Assistant Stage Manager: Sue Merry

Character
Keith
June, his wife
Alistair, his partner
Emma, his wife
Mrs Hatfield
Vince
Fleur

Actor
Robin Bowerman
Carole Boyd
Robin Herford
Lavinia Bertram
Susan Uebel
Graeme Eton
Gillian Bevan

North American Premiere (1982)

First performance: 24 February 1982
Final performance: 31 March 1982
Venue: Alley Theatre, Houston
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Edward Lipscomb
Lighting: Francis Lynch
Music: Paul Todd

Character
Keith
June, his wife
Alistair, his partner
Emma, his wife
Mrs Hatfield
Vince
Fleur

Actor
Robin Bowerman
Carole Boyd
Robin Herford
Lavinia Bertram
Susan Uebel
Graeme Eton
Gillian Bevan

Note: This was the company from the original production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, which toured to the Alley Theatre, Houston, for a two month residency with Way Upstream and a new production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends.

London Premiere (1982)

First performance: 14 August 1982
(postponed from 12 August)

Premiere:
4 October 1982
(postponed from 18 August)
Final performance: 19 April 1983
Venue: The Lyttelton, National Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Alan Tagg
Lighting: William Bundy
Music: Paul Todd

Character
Keith
June, his wife
Alistair, his partner
Emma, his wife
Mrs Hatfield
Vince
Fleur

Actor
Tony Haygarth
Susan Fleetwood
Jim Norton
Julie Legrand
Jane Downs
James Laurenson
Nina Thomas

Tour (1984)

First performance: 25 June 1984 (to be confirmed)
Venue: The Grand Theatre, Leeds (to be confirmed)
Staging: End-stage

Co-Director: Val May
Co-Director: Christopher Masters
Design: Saul Radomsky
Lighting: Richard M. Parker

Producer: Duncan C. Weldon

Character
Keith
June, his wife
Alistair, his partner
Emma, his wife
Mrs Hatfield
Vince
Fleur

Actor
Peter Forbes
Sarah Parish
Jason Hughes
Jill Halfpenny
Nicola Sloane
Jason Durr
Emily Laing

Revival (2003)

First performance: 17 October 2003
Premiere: 22 October 2003
Final performance: 15 November 2003
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Michael Holt
Lighting: Mick Hughes
Music: John Pattison
Fight Director: Christopher Main

Stage Manager: Dawn Erica Dyson
Deputy Stage Manager: Emily Thurlby
Assistant Stage Manager: Sarah Caldwell

Character
Keith
June, his wife
Alistair, his partner
Emma, his wife
Mrs Hatfield
Vince
Fleur

Actor
John Branwell
Fiona Mollison
Matthew Cottle
Saskia Butler
Suzy Aitchison
Stephen Beckett
Maeve Larkin

Note: The 2003 revival featured an impressive rain-storm effect during the play; a considerable feat given it was produced in-the-round and the storm had to be confined to the stage without drenching the front rows. The effect was created by Water Sculptures Ltd.

Revival (2011)

First performance: 8 September 2011
Final performance: 8 October 2003
Venue: Salisbury Playhouse
Staging: Traverse

Director: Lucy Pitman- Wallace
Design: Janet Bird
Lighting: Richard G Jones
Music: Paul Dodgson
Fight Director: Terry King
Assistant Director: Ellie Trevitt

Character
Keith
June, his wife
Alistair, his partner
Emma, his wife
Mrs Hatfield
Vince
Fleur

Actor
David Hounslow
Cate Hamer
Daniel Crowder
Sally Scott
Suzy Aitchison
Richard Trinder
Georgina White

Revival (2015)

First performance: 23 April 2015
Final performance: 16 May 2015
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre
Staging: Thrust

Director: Nadia Fall
Design: Ben Stones
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Sound: Fergus O’Hare
Fight Director: Rachel Bown-Williams
Fight Director: Ruth Cooper-Brown
Assistant Director: Jake Smith

Character
Keith
June, his wife
Alistair, his partner
Emma, his wife
Mrs Hatfield
Vince
Fleur

Actor
Peter Forbes
Sarah Parish
Jason Hughes
Jill Halfpenny
Nicola Sloane
Jason Durr
Emily Laing

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.