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Phoenix Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Opened 7th September 1930.

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
7th September 1990Official Unveiling Ceremony
24th September 1930 - ? (opening production, 101 performances)Private Lives
Author: Noël Coward.
Cast included: Noël Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Adrienne Allen, Laurence Olivier
June 1931 - ?
132 performances
Late Night Final
Author: Louis Weitzenkom
1935Mary Read
Cast included: Flora Robson
January 1936
157 performances
Tonight at 8.30
Cast included: Noël Coward, Gertrude Lawrence
Autumn 1938The White Guard
Adaptation from Bulgakov
Cast included: Michael Redgrave, Peggy Ashcroft
Autumn 1938Twelfth Night
Cast included: Michael Redgrave, Peggy Ashcroft
1938 - 1939Showed films
November 1939Judgement Day
Author: Elmer Rice
1942Sky High
1943Love For Love
Author: Congreve. Director: John Gielgud
Cast included: John Gielgud (Valentine), Yvonne Arnaud (Mrs Frail)
1943War And Peace
Author: Tolstoy
1943Arc de Triomphe
Author: Ivor Novello
1944The Last Summer
Author: Kate O'Brien
May 1945The Skin Of Our Teeth
Thornton Wilder. Presented by Laurence Olivier
Cast included: Vivien Leigh (Sabina)
November 1945 - May 1947 - ?
665 performances
Under The Counter
Author: Arthur Macrae. Music: Manning Sherwin. Lyrics: Harold Purcell
Cast included: Cicely Courtneidge
1948 (252 performances)
transfer from Lyric Hammersmith
The Relpase, or Virtue In Danger
Author: Sir John Vanbrugh
~1948Playbill (The Browning Version and Harlquinade)
Author: Terence Rattigan
Cast included: Eric Portman, Mary Ellis
1949
London premiere
Death of a Salesman
Author: Arthur Miller
May 1949 - ? (15 months)The Beaux' Stratagem
Cast included: Kay Hammond (Mrs Sullen)
1950Dear Miss Phoebe
? - 5th September 1951 - ?The Winter's Tale
Author: William Shakespeare. Director: Peter Brook. Production: John Gielgud
Cast included: John Gielgud (Leontes), Diana Wynyard
Sept. 1951 ed.
~1951A Midsummer Night's Dream
John Gielgud
~1951/2Much Ado About Nothing
Cast included: John Gielgud (Benedick)
September 1952 - ?Quadrille
Author: Nöel Coward
Cast included: Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne
1953 - Saturday 3rd July 1954The Sleeping Prince
Author: Terence Rattigan
Cast included: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt, Richard Wattis, Paul Hardwick
1954/5Bell, Book and Candle
Author: John van Druten
December 1955 - July 1956Paul Scofield/Peter Brook Season - Hamlet, The Power and The Glory, The Family Reunion (T.S. Eliot)
? - 24th March 1956
Part of Paul Scofield-Peter Brook Season
Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare. Director: Peter Brook
Cast included: Paul Scofield, Diana Wynyard, Alec Clunes, Mary Ure, Ernest Thesiger
End of 1956The Diary Of Anne Frank
June 1957 - ?Six Months Grace
Authors: Robert Morley and Dundas Hamilton
Thursday 26th September 1957 - ? (2.5 years)Roar Like A Dove
Author: Lesley Storm. Director: Murray Macdonald
~1960 (6 months)A Majority Of One
Cast included: Robert Morley
Early 1960sThe Last Joke
Early 1960sOut of This World
Early 1960sThe Geese Are Getting Fat
Early 1960sLuther
Cast included: Albert Finney
Early 1960sIvanov
Cast included: John Gielgud
Early 1960sIncident At Vichy
Cast included: Alec Guinnes, Anthony Quayle
18th April 1963 - ?
transfer from Mermaid
All In Good Time
Author: Bill Naughton. Director: Josephine Wilson. Designer: David Myerscough Jones
Cast included: Bernard Miles, Marjorie Rhodes, Maureen Pryor, Lois Daine, Peter Welch, Donald Eccles, John Pickles, Mary Quinn, John McKelvey, Edward Petherbridge
Tuesday 18th May 1965 - ?A Heritage - and its history
Author: Julian Mitchell. Director: Frank Hauser
? - September 1966 - ?Lady Windermere's Fan
Author: Oscar Wilde. Designer: Anthony Quayle. Designer: Cecil Beaton
Cast included: Coral Browne, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Isabel Jeans, Juliet Mills, Corin Redgrave
21st March 1968 - ?
(5 years, over 2000 performances)
Canterbury Tales
Author: Chaucer.
Early 1970sTwo Gentlemen Of Verona
1973Design For Living
Cast included: Vanessa Redgrave, Jeremy Brett, John Stride
? - September 1974 - ?Bloomsbury
Cast included: Daniel Massey (Lytton Strachey), Penelope Wilton (Dora Carrington), Clive Francis (Ralph Partridge)
? - January 1976 - ?
Part of Phoenix Theatre Season
I Do! I Do!
Cast included: Juliet Prowse, Rock Hudson
1976
Part of Phoenix Theatre Season
13 Rue de l'Amour
Cast included; Glynis Johns, Louis Jourdan
1976
Part of Phoenix Theatre Season
Bus Stop
Cast included: Lee Remick, Keir Dullea
1976
Part of Phoenix Theatre Season
The Pleasure Of His Company
Cast included: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Wilfred Hyde-White, Dinah Sheridan, David Langton
1977The Belle of Armherst
Cast included; Julie Harris
1977The Apple Cart
Author: Bernard Shaw
Cast included: Penelope Keith, Keith Michell
April 1978 - ?The Unvarnished Truth
Author: Royce Ryton
Cast included: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Royce Ryton
Late 1978Night And Day
Author: Tom Stoppard
Cast included: Diana Rigg (then Maggie Smith, Susan Hampshire)
~1979The Other Side Of The Swamp
Author: Royce Ryton
1980Sacred Cow
Author: Reg Livermore
Cast included: Reg Livermore
Early 1980sBiograph Girl
Author: Harold Fielding
Early 1980s
(6 months)
One Mo' Time
Early 1980sRules Of The Game
Author: Pirandello
Cast included: Leonard Rossiter
Early 1980sSnow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Early 1980sPeg
Author: David Heneker
~July 1984The Ratepayer's Iolanthe
Adaptation: Alistair Beaton and Ned Sherrin
~1984/5Trumpets And Raspberries
Author: Dario Fo
Cast included: Griff Rhys Jones
~1984/5Strippers
Author:Peter Terson
1985Are You Lonesome Tonight?
By Alan Bleasdale
Cast included: Simon Bowman (young Elvis), Martin Shaw (older Elvis)
28th July 1986 - ?The Cocktail Party
Author: T. S. Eliot. Director: John Dexter
Cast included: Alec McCowen, Sheila Gish
Late 1980sSeason by Renaissance Theatre Company
Late 1980sThe Common Pursuit
Author: Simon Gray
Late 1980sRichard II and III
Cast included: Derek Jacobi
Late 1980sThe Merchant Of Venice
Cast included: Dustin Hoffman
Late 1980sLife Of Napoleon
Author: John Sessions
Late 1980sSalomé
Author: Steven Berkoff
17th November 1989 - ? (previews)
27th November 1989 (press night) - ?
The Baker's Wife
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz. Book: Joseph Stein. Director: Trevor Nunn
Cast included: Sharon Lee-Hill (Genevieve), Alun Armstrong (baker), Drue Williams (young man)
17th May 1990 - ?The Wild Duck
Author: Henrik Ibsen. Director: Peter Hall
The Peter Hall Company
Yes
25th September 1990 - October 1990 - ?Into The Woods
Cast included: Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton
1991Dancing At Lughnasa
Author: Brian Friel
17thNovember 1991 - ? (previews)The Baker's Wife
Book: Joseph Stein. Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz. Director: Trevor Nunn. Designer: John Napier. Costumes: Andreane Neofitou. Lighting: David Hersey. Choreography: David Toguri. Orchestrations: David Cullen. Musical Direction: Gareth Valentine. Sound: Martin Levan.
Late 1991 - Early 2012 - ?
Transfer from Albery
Blood Brothers
? - August 2013 - November 2014 - ?Once A New Musical
Cast included: Ronan Keating (from 17/11/14)
? - mid 2015 - January 2016 - ?Bend It Like Beckham The Musical
? - December 2019 - ?Come From Away

Some theatre history taken from articles in Feb 1994 & 2008 Blood Brothers programmes and 1990 Into The Woods programme.