Theatreland Memorabilia

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The theatre was the London base of the RSC from 15th December 1960 to 1981

Aldwych Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Built in 1905

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
1905 (opening production)Blue Bell
1909Unknown
Cast included: Marie Dressler
1911The Cherry Orchard
Stage Society
1920
Transferred to DoY
Pygmalion
Author & Director: Bernard Shaw.
Cast included: Mrs Patrick Campbell
Between 1925 and 1933A Cuckoo In The Nest
Author: Ben Travers
Between 1925 and 1933Rookery Nook
Author: Ben Travers
Between 1925 and 1933Thark
Author: Ben Travers
Between 1925 and 1933Plunder
Author: Ben Travers
? - 5th August 1929 - ?A Cup Of Kindness
Author: Ben Travers
? - September 1943 (2nd year) - ?Watch On The RHine
Author: Lillian Hellman
Cast included: Diana Wynyard, Anton Walbrook, Athene Seyler, Margaretta Scott
1943There Shall Be No Night
Author: Robert E. Sherwood
Cast included: Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne
? - end 1946And No Birds Sing
Cast included: Elizabeth Allan, Harold Warrender
? - May 1947 - ?Jane
Author: S. N. Behrman. Based on story by W. Somerset Maugham
Cast included: Yvonne Arnaud, Ronald Squire, Irene Browne, Charles Victor
15th December 1948 - 21st February 1949 - ?September Tide
Author: Daphne du Maurier. Director: Irene Hentschel. Decor: Michael Ralph.
Cast included: Gertrude Lawrence (Stella Martyn), Michael Gough (Evan Davies), Cyril Raymond, Dandy Nichols, Anne Leon (Cherry, Stella's daughter), Bryan Forbes (Jimmy, Stella's son)
? - 12th October 1949 - May 1950 - ?A Streetcar Named Desire
? - Saturday 4th October 1952Under The Sycamore Tree
Cast included: Diana Churchill, Alec Guinness
Friday 10th October 1952 - ?Letter From Paris
Author: Dodie Smith
? - June 1954 - July 1954 - ?The Dark Is Light Enough
Author: Christopher Fry
Cast included: Edith Evans, James Donald, Margaret Johnston
? - 12th June 1957 - ?Janus
Author: Carolyn Green
Authors: Googie Withers, John McCallum
Monday 9th December 1957 - ?Dear Delinquent
Author: Jack Popplewell. Director: Jack Minster
? - October 1960 - ?Watch It, Sailor!
1960-1961The Duchess Of Malfi
RSC production
1963A Midsummer Night's Dream
Director: Peter Hall
RSC
1963The Beggar's Opera
Author: John Gay. Director: Peter Wood
RSC
1964The Merry Wives of Windsor
Author: William Shakespeare. Director: John Blatchley
1965The Homecoming
Author: Harold Pinter. Director: Peter Hall
RSC. Cast included: Pual Rogers, Ian Holm.
1965Henry V
Author: William Shakespeare
RSC's 1964 Stratford production
1965Squire Puntila and his servant Matti
Author: Brecht
1965The Government Inspector
Author: Gogol
Cast included: Paul Scofield
1965The Oppenheimer Cast
Author: Heinar Kippardt
Cast included: Paul Scofield
January 1967 - ?Ghosts
Author: Ibsen. RSC production
Cast included: Peggy Ashcroft (Mrs Alving), John Castle (Oswald), David Waller (Pastor Manders), Clifford Rose (Engstrand)
15th July 1968 - ?The Merry Wives of Windsor
Author: William Shakespeare. Director: Terry Hands
RSC
1968 - 1969 RSC seasonThe Relapse
Vanbrugh
1968 - 1969 RSC season
World premiere
Indians
Author: Arthur Kopit
1968 - 1969 RSC season
British premiere
The Latent Heterosexual
Author: Paddy Chayefsky
1968 - 1969 RSC season
British premiere
God Bless
Author: Jules Feiffer
1968 - 1969 RSC season "intended"
British premiere
A Delicate Balance
Author: Edward Albee
1969
World Theatre Season '69
Unknown
Theatre Behind The Gate, Czechosolvakia
Monday 1st June 1970, 7pmThe Sixth Of July
RSC/Moscow Art Theatre
Tuesday 2nd June 1970, 7.30pmThe Sixth Of July
RSC/Moscow Art Theatre
Wednesday 3rd June 1970, 2.30pm & 7.30pmThe Seagull
RSC/Moscow Art Theatre
Thursday 4th June 1970, 7.30pmThe Sixth Of July
RSC/Moscow Art Theatre
Friday 5th June 1970, 7.30pmThe Sixth Of July
RSC/Moscow Art Theatre
Saturday 6th June 1970, 2.30pm & 7.30pmThe Seagull
RSC/Moscow Art Theatre
24th March - 10th April 1971
World Theatre Season '71
La Ville Dont Le Prince Est Un Enfant
Author: Henry de Montherlant. Director: Jean Meyer
Theatre Michel
12th - 17th April 1971
World Theatre Season '71
The Three Sisters & Ivanov
Author: Anthon Chekhov. Director: Otomar Krejca
Theatre Behind The Gate, Czechoslovakia
19th - 24th April 1971
World Theatre Season '71
The Dream Play
Author: August Strindberg. Director: Ingmar Bergman
Royal Dramatic Theatre, Sweden
26th April - 1st May 1971
World Theatre Season '71
Yvonne, Princess Of Burgundy & Krapp's Last Tape with Endgame
Author: Witold Gombrowicz (YPoB), Samuel Beckett (KLTwE). Director: Ernst Schroder (YPoB), Samuel Beckett (KLTwE)
Schiller Theatre, West Germany.
Cast included: Martin Held (lead, YPoB), Martin Held (Krapp), Ernest Schroder (lead, E), Horst Bollma (Lead, E)
3rd - 8th May 1971
World Theatre Season '71
The Venetian Twins
Author: Carlo Goldoni. Director: Luigi Squarzina
Genoa Stabile Theatre, Italy
Cast included: Alberto Lionello (twins)
10th - 15th May 1971
World Theatre Season '71
A Tale of Istanbul
Author: Erol Gunaydin. Director: Haldun Dormen
Dormen Theatre, Turkey
17th - 22nd May 1971
World Theatre Season '71
The Maids
Author: Jean Genet. Director: Victor Garcia
Nuria Espert Company, Spain
Cast included: Nuria Espert
1st June 1971 - (part of 1/6 - 17/7 1st booking period) - ?Old Times
Author: Harold Pinter. Director: Peter Hall
RSC. Cast included: Colin Blakely, Vivien Merchant
Part of 1/6 - 17/7 1971 1st booking period - ?A Midsummer Night's Dream
RSC's 1970 S-u-A production
Director: Peter Brook
January 1976 - ?Henry V
Director: Terry Hands. RSC production
Cast included: Alan Howard (Henry)
24th March - 17th April 1976
Transfer from Stratford
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Director: Terry Hands. RSC
22nd April 1976 - ?
in rep
The Zykovs
Author: Maxim Gorky. Director: David Jones
20th May 1976 - ?
in rep
The Iceman Cometh
Author: Eugene O'Neill. Director: Howard Davies
17th February 1977 - ?
Transferred to Piccadilly
Privates On Parade
Author: Peter Nichols
12th May 1977 - ?
in rep
Destiny
Author: David Edgar. Director: Ron Daniels
? - 18th June 1977
in rep
King Lear
RSC. Cast include: Donald Sinden (King Lear)
11th April 1979 - ?Love's Labour's Lost
Director: John Barton. RSC production
24th April 1979 - ?The Taming Of The Shrew
Director: Michael Bogdanov. RSC's 1978 production
23rd May 1979 - ?The White Guard
Author: Mikhail Bulgakov. English Translation: Michael Glenny
Director: Barry Kyle
1979Measure For Measure
Early 1980sThe Nerd
Cast included: Rowan Atkinson
Early 1980sJumpers
Author: Tom Stoppard
Cast included: Paul Eddington, Felicity Kendal
Early 1980sBrighton Beach Memoirs
NT
28th October 1987 - Dec 1987 - ?A View From The Bridge
Author: Arthur Miller. Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Cast included: Michael Gambon, Elizabeth Bell
Late 1980sHapgood
Author: Tom Stoppard
Cast included: Felicity Kendal, Nigel Hawthorne, Roger Rees
Late 1980sThe Sneeze
Adaptation: Michael Frayn. Based on Chekhov's play and stories
Cast included: Rowan Atkinson
Late 1980sThe Cherry Orchard
Author: Chekhov
Cast included: Dame Judi Dench
Late 1980sLook Look
Author: Michael Frayn
Late 1980sRun For Your Wife!
Author: Ray Cooney
May 1990Private Lives
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: Joan Collins (Amanda), Keith Baxter (Elyot), Sara Crowe (Sybil)
~1990Julian Clary Is Camping at the Aldwych
~1990Coriolanus and The Winter's Tale
English Shakespeare Company
~1990/1Tango Argentino
~1990/1Brand
Ibsen
1991-1992The BFG
~1992The Cotton Club
Early 1990s
(transfer from Wyndham's)
Straight And Narrow
Cast included: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Carmel mcSharry
Early 1990sThe Rise And Fall Of Little Voice
NT Production
Early 1990sThe Importance Of Being Earnest
Cast included: Maggie Smith (Lady Bracknell)
Early 1990sAn Inspector Calls
Author: J. B. Priestley
Early 1990sIndian Ink
Author: Tom Stoppard
Cast included: Felicity Kendal
January 1996 (23 performances)The Fields Of Ambrosia
Based on the 1970 film The Travelling Executioner
~1996Present Laughter
Author: Noel Coward
Late 1990sTolstoy
Author: James Goldman
Late 1990sWho's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Cast included: David Suchet, Diana Rigg
Late 1990sTom & Clem
Cast included: Michael Gambon, Alec McCowen
Late 1990sLife Support
Author: Simon Gray
Cast included: Alan Bates
Late 1990sBoys In The Band
Author: Matt Crowley
Late 1990sAmy's View
Author: David Hare. NT production
Cast included: Judi Dench
1st July 1998 - November 2000 - ? (2.5 years)Whistle Down The Wind
~2000
Transfer from Tricycle, transferred to Duke of Yorks
Stones in his Pockets
Author: Marie Jones
Early 2000sThe Secret Garden
RSC
Early 2000sMahler's Conversaion
Author: Ronald Harwood
Cast included: Antony Sher
Early 2000sThunderbirds
Early 2000sTop Girls
Caryl Churchill
Early 2000sMother Clap's Molly House
NT
Early 2000sBedroom Farce
Cast included: Richard Briers, June Whitfield
~2002 - 2005 - ? (3.5 years)Fame The Musical
~2006Dancing In The Streets
29th September 2006 - 13th August 2007 - ? (nearly 5 years)Dirty Dancing
Early 2010sCool Hand Luke
Cast included: Marc Warren
Early 2010sA Round-Heeled Woman
Cast included: Sharon Gless
Early 2010sMidnight Tango
19th April 2012 - Feb 2013 - ?Top Hat
~2013/4Stephen Ward
Andrew Lloyd Webber
~2014Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies
Author: Hilary Mantel
RSC
23rd October 2014 - ?Dance Til Dawn
Cast included Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacae
10th February 2015 - ?Beautiful The Carole King Musical
? - December 2019 - (booking to) June 2021Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Some history taken from the articles in the A View From The Bridge 1987 programme and Beautiful 2015 programme