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Apollo Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Opened on 21st February 1901

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
21st February 1901 - ?
Opening show
The Belle of Bohemia
Early 1900s (over 200 performances)Kitty Grey
By George Edwardes
Early 1900s (340 performances)Three Little Maids
Early 1900s (430 performances)The Girl From Kay's
1907Tom Jones
Music: Edward German
1908-1912 (with breaks for B & TI)The Follies
H. G. Pelissier
1908Butterflies
1910The Islander
1913General John Regan
? - 13th November 1913 - ?
(Double bill with NSD)
The Wife Tamer
Author: J. Sackville Martin
? - 13th November 1913 - ?
(Double bill with TWT)
Never Say Die
Author: W. H. Post
1914Peg o' My Heart
1915The Only Girl
By Victor Herbert
1916Hobson's Choice
1917Inside The Lines
1919 (over 400 performances)Tillie of Bloomsbury
Author: Ian Hay
? (between 1919 and 1922)The Wheel
Author: J. B. Fagan
1922Trillby
1925 (347 performances)By The Way
Revue
1926Is Zat So?
1927Abie's Irish Rose
1928The Squeaker
Sunday 9th December 1928 (one night only)Journey's End
Author: R.C. Sherriff
1929The Silver Tassie
Author: O'Casey
1929A Symphony In Two Flats
Author: Ivor Novello
1930Nine To Six
1931There's Always Juliet
Author: John Van Druten
Cast included: Edna Best, Herbert Marshall, Cyril Raymond
1932Springtime For Henry
1933Wild Decembers
Author: Clemence Dane
Cast included: Diana Wynyard (Charlotte Brontë)
December 1933 - ?Escape Me Never
Cast included: Elizabeth Bergner
1934Sour Grapes
Cast included: Roger Livesey, Constance Cummings
1934Hyde Park Corner
Cast included: Godfrey Tearle, Gordon Harker
1935Espionage
1936The Fugitives
1936-1937The Housemaster
Author: Ian Hay
1937London After Dark
1938Idiot's Delight
Author: Robert Sherwood.
Cast included: Raymond Massey
1938-1939Gaslight
Author: Patrick Hamilton
1942 - September 1943 - ? (670 performances)Flare Path
Author: Terence Rattigan. Director: Anthony Asquith
1944Private Lives
Author: Noel Coward
1946Grand National Night
Cast included: Leslie Banks, Hermione Baddeley
1947Off The Record
? - 21st February 1949 - ?
605 performances
The Happiest Days Of Your Life
Author: John Dighton
Cast included: Margaret Rutherford
? - 12th October 1949 - May 1950 - ?
358 performances
Treasure Hunt
Authors: M. J. Farrell and John Perry. Director: John Gielgud
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike, Lewis Casson, Marie Lohr, Alan Webb, Irene Browne
1950 - Late 1953 - ?
551 performances
Seagulls Over Sorrento
Author: Hugh Hastings. Director: Walalce Douglas
Cast included: William Hartnell, Basil Lord
9th June 1954 - ?Both Ends Meet
Author: Arthur Macrae
Cast included: Brenda Bruce, Alan Webb, Arthur Macrae, Miles Malleson, Cyril Raymond
~End of 1957/Early 1958 (2nd year)For Amusement Only
? - May 1958 - ?Duel Of Angels
Author: Jean Giradoux. Translation: Christopher Fry
Cast included: Vivien Leigh, Claire Bloom, Freda Jackson
? - October 1960 - ?Pieces Of Eight
November 1960 - ?
Transfer from Aldwych
Watch It Sailor
Tuesday 20th February 1962 - 1965
Transferred to Duchess, total of 2,035 performances
Boeing Boeing
25th May 1965 - ?Nymphs and Satires
A New Revue
Cast included: Joyce Grant, Peter Gilmore, Maxine Day, Manhattan Brothers
? - March 1967 - ?Spring and Port Wine
Author: Bill Naughton
Cast included: Alfred Marks, Ruth Dunning, John Alderton, Jennifer Wilson
1967
461 performances
The Flip Side
1968 - March 1969 - ?40 Years On
Author: Alan Bennett
Cast included: John Gielgud, Alan Bennett, Dorothy Reynolds, Paul Eddington, Nora Nicholson
1970Happy Apple
1970Home
English Stage Company production
Cast included; John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson
1971Lulu
Nottingham Playhouse production
Late 1971Forget-Me-Not Lane
Christmas 1971Charley's Aunt
Summer 1972
427 performances
The Mating Game
Cast included: Terry Scott, Clive Francis, Julia Lockwood
December 1973 - March 1974 - ?
510 performances
Why Not Stay For Breakfast?
Authors: Gene Stone and Ray Cooney
Cast included: Derek Nimmo and Katy Manning
1975
672 performances, transfer from Globe
The Norman Conquests
1976Confusions
1977Separate Tables
1977Shut Your Eyes And Think Of England
1979Happy Birthday
1980
Transfer from Lyric
Middle-Age Spread
1982Season's Greetings
? - June 1983 - ?Romantic Comedy
Author: Bernard Slade. Director: Michael Attenborough. Lighting: Joe Vanek. Designer: Robert Muller
Cast included: Tom Conti, Pauline Collins, Jan Holden
? - September 1984 - ?Corpse!
Author: Gerald Moon. Director: John Tillinger
Cast included: Keith Baxter and Milo O'Shea
1985The Dragon's Tail
Cast included: Penelope Keith
1986Orphans
Cast included: Albert Finney
1986I'm Not Rappaport
Cast included: Paul Scofield, Howard Rollins
~1986/7Siegfried Sassoon
Cast included: Peter Barkworth
~1986/7A Piece Of My Mind
Cast included: George Cole, Anna Carteret
~1986/7
transfer from Donmar
Up On The Roof
~1986/7Thursday's Ladies
Cast included: Dorothy Tutin, Eileen Atkins, Sian Phillips
November 1987 - ?
(transferred to Fortune Jan 1988)
Dangerous Obsession
Author: N.J. Crisp
Cast included: Dinsdale Landen
1988The Best Of Friends
Author: Hugh Whitemore
Cast included: John Gielgud
1988Driving Miss Daisy
Cast included: Wendy Hiller
Early 1989
Transfer from National
Mrs Klein
1989A Very Private Diary
Cast: Victor Spinetti
June 1989A Madhouse In Goa
Author: Martin Sherman
Cast included: Vanessa Redgrave
1989Thunderbirds FAB
1989- June 1990 - ? (over a year)Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell
Author: Keith Waterhouse
Cast included: Peter O'Toole (succeeded by Tom Conti, James Bolam)
31st October 1990 - ?Bookends
Author: Keith Waterhouse. Director: Ned Sherrin. Lighting: Mick Hughes. Costumes: Stephen Brimson-Lewis. Setting: John Gunter
Cast included: Michael Hordern, Dinsdale Landen
20th March 1991 - Oct 1991 - ?
18 months, transferred to Duchess
Don't Dress For Dinner
Author: Marc Camoletti
1992Our Song
Author: Keith Waterhouse
Cast included: Peter O'Toole
March 1993 - ?
Transfer from Almeida
The Deep Blue Sea
Author: Terence Rattigan
~1993/4Thunderbirds FAB
~1993/4Forever Plaid
By Stuart Ross
5th May 1994 - ?Rough Justice
Cast included: Martin Shaw, Diana Rigg
3rd October 1994 - December 1994 - ?Neville's Island
Author: Tim Firth. Director: Jeremy Sams
Cast included: Tony Slattery, Jonathan Coy, Michael Siberry, Paul Raffield
6th March 1995 - ?In Praise Of Love
Author: Terence Rattigan
17th July 1995 - 16th March 1996Dead Guilty
Author: Richard Harris. Producer: Bill Kenwright.
Cast included: Jenny Seagrove, Hayley Mills
1996 (two weeks)
Transfer from Lyric
Lee eEvans
1996Sylvia
1996Dial M For Murder
9th December 1996 - ? (Christmas Season)A Tribute To The Blues Brothers
1997David Strassman
1997 (two weeks)It, Wit, Don't Give A Shit, Girls
Fascinating Aïda
? - April 1997 - 1998 (17 months)Popcorn
Author: Ben Elton
1998 (10 weeks)Lee Evans
1998 (2 weeks)Jeff Green
7th December 1998 - 24th January 1999 - ?Jesus, My Boy
Author: John Dowie. Director: Tom Kinninmont
Cast: Tom Conti
8.98 edition
? - March 1999 - ?Defending The Caveman
Mark Little
Sunday 25th April 1999Paul Merton
? - December 1999 - ?A Saint She Ain't
late May 2000 - ?All My Sons
Author: Arthur Miller. Director: Howard Davies. Set Designer: Willaim Dudley. NT production
Cast included: Julie Walters, Ben Daniels, James Hazeldine, Catherine McCormack
Thursday 31st August - Saturday 2nd September 2000Phil Jupitus
17th October 2000 - November 2000 - ?Fallen Angels
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: Felicity Kendal, Frances de la Tour
? - July 2001The Female Odd Couple
July 2001 - ?Gondoliers
Gilbert and Sullivan
14th February 2003 - ?My Brillian Divorce
Author: Geraldine Aron. Director: Garry Hynes
Cast included: Dawn French
20th January 2006 - ?Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Author: Edward Albee. Director: Anthony Page
Cast included: Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin, Mirelle Enos, David Harbour
Early 2010Jerusalem
Cast included: Mark Rylance
? - May 2010 - 11th September 2010 (end?)All My Sons
Author: Arthur Miller. Director: Howard Davies. Design: William Dudley. Lighting: Mark Henderson. Music: Dominic Muldowney. Sound: Paul Groothuis
Cast included: David Suchet, Zoë Wanamaker, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Lapaine, Jemima Rooper, Olivia Darnley, Steven Elder, Claire Hackett, Tom Howard, Ted O'Neill, Gabriel Steele, Tom Vaughan-Lawler
29th September 2014 - October 2014 - ?Urinetown The Musical
Music and Lyrics: Mark Hollmann. Book and Lyrics: Greg Kotis. Director: Jamie Lloyd
February 2016 - ?Nell Gwynn
Author: Jessica Swale. Director(?): Christopher Luscombe
Cast included: Gemma Arterton
? - July 2016 - ?The Go-Between
Author: L P Hartley. Score: Richard Taylor
Cast included: Michael Crawford (Leo Colston)
? - December 2019 - ?Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Early history taken from article in Jesus My Boy 1998 programme