Woman In Mind: Significant Productions

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

World Premiere (1985)

First performance: 30 May 1985
World premiere: 30 May 1985
Final performance: 31 August 1985
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Adrian P Smith
Lighting: Francis Lynch
Musical Director: Paul Todd

Stage Manager: David Milling
Deputy Stage Manager: David Emmett-Miller
Deputy Stage Manager: Jo Linfoot
Assistant Stage Manager: Paul Quinn
Assistant Stage Manager: Kathryn-Anne Woodward

Character
Susan
Bill
Andy
Tony
Lucy
Gerald
Muriel
Rick

Actor
Ursula Jones
Barry McCarthy
Robin Herford
John Hudson
Caroline Webster
Russell Dixon
Heather Stoney
Tom Bowles

London Premiere (1986)

Premiere: 3 September 1986
Final performance: 4 July 1987
Venue: The Vaudeville Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: David Hersey
Musical Director: Paul Todd

Character
Susan
Bill
Andy
Tony
Lucy
Gerald
Muriel
Rick

Actor
Julia McKenzie
Peter Blythe
Benedick Blythe
John Hudson
Christina Barryk
Martin Jarvis
Josephine Tewson
Daniel Flynn

London Recast (1987)

Premiere: 3 September 1986
Final performance: 4 July 1987
Venue: Vaudeville Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Strachan (based on the original production by Alan Ayckbourn)
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: David Hersey
Musical Director: Paul Todd

Character
Susan
Bill
Andy
Tony
Lucy
Gerald
Muriel
Rick

Actor
Pauline Collins
Ralph Bates
Benedick Blythe
Matthew Solon
Jane Kaeser
Michael Jayston
Jacqueline Clarke
Michael Shilling

New York Premiere (1988)

Premiere: 2 February 1988
Final performance: 13 March 1988
Venue: Manhattan Theatre Club
Staging: End-stage

Director: Lynne Meadow
Design: John Lee Beatty
Lighting: Pat Collins
Sound: John Gromada
Costumes: Ann Roth

Character
Susan
Bill
Andy
Tony
Lucy
Gerald
Muriel
Rick

Actor
Stockard Channing
Simon Jones
Daniel Gerroll
Michael Countryman
Tracy Pollan
Remak Ramsay
Patricia Conolly
John David Cullum

Revival (2008)

First performance: 4 September 2008
Premiere: 9 September 2008
Final performance: 4 October 2008
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: Mick Hughes

Character
Susan
Bill
Andy
Tony
Lucy
Gerald
Muriel
Rick

Actor
Janie Dee
Paul Kemp
Bill Champion
Martin Parr
Perdita Avery
John Branwell
Joanna David
Dominic Hecht

London Revival (2009)

First performance: 29 January 2009
Premiere: 6 February 2009
Final performance: 2 May 2009
Venue: Vaudeville Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: Mick Hughes
Producer: Bill Kenwright

Character
Susan
Bill
Andy
Tony
Lucy
Gerald
Muriel
Rick

Actor
Janie Dee
Paul Kemp
Bill Champion
Martin Parr
Perdita Avery
Stuart Fox
Lavinia Bertram / Joanna David*
Dominic Hecht

* Woman In Mind was originally due to feature Joanna David reprising her role as Muriel from the Scarborough revival. Unfortunately, due to ill-health Joanne pulled out of the play just prior to the press night on 6 February and was replaced by an understudy until 4 March, when Lavinia Bertram took over the role for the length of the run.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.

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