Communicating Doors: Significant Productions

This page contains details of significant productions of Alan Ayckbourn's Communicating Doors, 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 (1994)

First performance: 27 January 1994
World premiere: 2 February 1994
Final performance: 14 May 1994
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: Mick Hughes
Music: John Pattison

Stage Manager: Philip Rees
Deputy Stage Manager: Jo Alexander
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Gordon

Character
Julian
Poopay
Reece
Ruella
Harold
Jessica

Actor
Richard Durden
Adie Allen
John Hudson
Liz Crowther
Nick Stringer
Sara Markland

London Premiere (1995)

Premiere: 7 August 1995
Closed: 6 January 1996
Venue: The Gielgud Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: Mick Hughes
Music: John Pattison
Costumes: Christine Wall
Fights: Jonathan Howell

Character
Julian
Poopay
Reece
Ruella
Harold
Jessica

Actor
Ken Bones
Adie Allen
Laurence Kennedy
Julia McKenzie
John Arthur
Sara Markland

London Transfer (1996)

Premiere: 29 January 1996
Closed: 27 July 1996
Venue: The Savoy Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: Mick Hughes
Music: John Pattison
Costumes: Christine Wall
Fights: Jonathan Howell

Character
Julian
Poopay
Reece
Ruella
Harold
Jessica

Actor
Ken Bones
Jane Slavin
Laurence Kennedy
Angela Thorne
John Arthur
Eleanor Tremain

New York Premiere (1998)

Premiere: 20 August 1998
Venue: Variety Arts Theatre (off Broadway)
Staging: End-stage

Director: Christopher Ashley
Design: David Gallo
Lighting: Donald Holden
Music: John Gromada
Costumes: Jess Goldstein
Fights: B.H. Barry

Character
Julian
Poopay
Reece
Ruella
Harold
Jessica

Actor
Gerrit Graham
Mary-Louise Parker
Tom Beckett
Patricia Hodges
David McCallum
Candy Buckley

Revival (2010)

First performance: 5 August 2010
Premiere: 10 August 2010
Final performance: 8 October 2010
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Michael Holt
Lighting: Jason Taylor
Music: John Pattison

Stage Manager: Andy Hall
Deputy Stage Manager: Fleur Linden Beeley
Assistant Stage Manager: Annette Waldie

Character
Julian
Poopay
Reece
Ruella
Harold
Jessica

Actor
Kim Wall
Laura Doddington
Ben Porter
Liza Goddard
Jamie Kenna
Laura Howard

Tour (2011)

Premiere: 5 May 2011
Venue: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Staging: End-stage

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Associate Director: Clare Prenton
Design: Michael Holt
Lighting: Jason Taylor
Music: John Pattison

Character
Julian
Poopay
Reece
Ruella
Harold
Jessica

Understudy
Understudy

Actor
Ben Jones
Laura Doddington
Ben Porter
Liza Goddard
Jamie Kenna
Daisy Aitkens

Catriona Martin
Toby Spearpoint

London Revival (2015)

First performance: 7 May 2015
Final performance: 27 June 2015
Venue: Menier Chocolate Factory, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Lindsay Posner
Design: Richard Kent
Lighting: Jason Taylor
Sound: Davy Ogilivy
Music:
Matthew Scott
Fight Director: Terry King

Character
Julian
Poopay
Reece
Ruella
Harold
Jessica

Actor
David Bamber
Rachel Tucker
Robert Portal
Imogen Stubbs
Matthew Cottle
Lucy Briggs-Owen
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.