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A Salisbury Playhouse Production in the Main House

Way Upstream

by Alan Ayckbourn

Main House

8 September - 8 October 2011

Way Upstream


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For this brand-new production of Alan Ayckbourn's hilarious and bittersweet play, the auditorium of the Playhouse has been re-configured, and the stage filled with a huge water tank – and a 20ft river boat!

Keith and his business partner, Alistair, hire a boat to take their wives, June and Emma, on a river holiday together. What could be nicer?

And indeed all is idyllic – except that Alistair and Emma know nothing about sailing, and Keith and June are having marital difficulties. Plus, daily visits from Keith’s secretary Mrs Hatfield bring worrying updates on the ever-worsening situation at his factory, where the work-force is threatening to go on strike.

And then Vince, a suave and experienced boating expert, comes onboard, trailed by his friend Fleur, and the stage is set for a nautical farce – or should that be a spot of piracy?

Read the latest blog about the production and see how the stage and auditorium have been transformed.


Enjoy Dinner at the Playhouse

Delicious pre-show dinners are served in the Playhouse Restaurant on show days. See here for more details and call the Box Office on 01722 320 333 to book your table.


Booking Details

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Please note: the auditorium will be re-configured for this production, with tiered seating on both sides of the performance area. View the seating plan here.

Performance Times

Mon-Wed evenings: 7.30pm; Thur-Sat evenings: 8pm
Matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays: 2.30pm

BSL interpreted performance
Wednesday 5 October, 7.30pm

Audio Description & Touch Tour
Thursday 6 October, 2.30pm & 8pm

Ticket Prices
£12 - £21

Tours and Talks

Backstage Tour
Saturday 17 September, 11am

Theatre Day
Thursday 29 September, 11.30am

Talk Out: Post Show Discussion
Tuesday 4 October

Discounts and Concessions

Supersaver – Save up to £35!
Book for at least three productions in the Main House at the same time and pay just £14 per ticket for best available seats (available Tuesday to Saturday evenings) Please call Box Office to Book on 01722 320 333.

Over 60s
£2 off full-price tickets (Available Tuesday – Saturday Evenings)

Under 25s, NUS cardholders, disabled, Jobseekers Allowance, income support, Wiltshire Passport, Equity members
£10 at all performances (Proof of status required)

School groups & youth organisations
£8.50 at all performances

Groups of 12+ £3 off full price
Groups of 40+ £4 off full price

The small print
Only one discount or concession per ticket.
Subject to availability.


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"Superlative... viciously entertaining. Highly recommended"
4 Star Rating Daily Telegraph

"Brilliant comic moments are juggled with truly sinister twists"
The Stage

"Very funny, with dry asides and classic Ayckbourn wit"
Salisbury Journal

"It's not often you enter a theatre and then cross a bridge over a river to get to your seat!"
Southern Daily Echo

"An excellent production"
British Theatre Guide


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