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Vaudeville Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Opened on 16th April 1870. Building was rebuilt in 1891 and 1925-1926

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
16th April 1870 - ?
opening production
For Love Or Money
1870
300 performances
Two Roses
Author: James Albery
1875
1,362+ performances
Our Boys
Author: H J Byron
~1870s/1880sThe Road To Ruin
~1870s/1880sThe Rivals
~1870s/1880sThe School For Scandal
Cast included: Cyril Maude (Sir Joseph)
1891Hedda Gabbler
Author: Henrik Ibsen
1891Rosmersholm
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Within 1900-1907 periodAlice In Wonderland
Within 1900-1907 periodScroog
Within 1900-1907 periodBluebell In Fairyland
Within 1900-1907 periodThe Belle Of Mayfair
1902
459 performances
Quality Street
Author: J M Barrie
Cast included: Seymour Hicks, Ellaine Terriss
1904
621 performances
The Catch Of The Season
Co-writer: Seymour Hicks
Within 1907-1915 periodJack Straw
Author: Somerset Maugham
September 1915 - ?
Transfer from Playhouse
Samples
Andre Charlot revue
Within 1915-1924 periodSome
Andre Charlot revue
Within 1915-1924 periodCheep
Andre Charlot revue
Within 1915-1924 periodBuzz-Buzz
Andre Charlot revue
Within 1915-1924 periodPot Luck
Andre Charlot revue
Within 1915-1924 periodSnap
Andre Charlot revue
Within 1915-1924 periodHats
Andre Charlot revue
End of 1925 - 22nd February 1926Closed for rebuild
23rd February 1926 - ?
Nearly 300 performances
r.s.v.p.
Archie de Bear's revue
1928Charlot's 1928 revue
~1930sChar-A-Bang
~1930sGoodness How Sad!
Author: Robert Morley
1930The Breadwinner
Author: Somerset Maugham
Cast included: Peggy Ashcroft, Jack Hawkins
19371937 Revue
March 1940Moonshine
Archie de Bear revue
October 1940Shakespeare seaon presented by Robert Atkins
Early 1940sBerkeley Square
Early 1940sMen In Shadows
Author: Mary Hayley Bell
Early 1940sLottie Dundass
Author: Enid Bagnold
Early 1940sAcacia Avenue
1944
742 performances
No Medals
Author: Esther McCracken. Director: Richard Bird
Cast included: Fay Compton, Thora Hird
~end 1946The Poltergeist
Cast included: Gordon Harker, Olga Lindo
? - May 1947 - ?Now Barabbas
Author: William Douglas Home
Cast included: Owen Holder (Smith)
1947 - February 1949 (2nd year) - ?
651 performances
The Chiltern Hundreds
Author: William Douglas Home. Producer: Colin Chandler
Cast included: A. E. Matthews, Marjorie Fielding and Michael Shepley
? - 25th April 1949 - ?A Woman's Place
Author: Wendy Grimwood. Director: Charles Hickman
Cast included: Leslie Banks, Elizabeth Allan, Kathleen Harrison
Early 1950sBonaventure
Early 1950sArdele
Author: Jean Anouilh
Early 1950sWomen Of Twilight
Early 1950sMurder Mistaken
1954The Moon Is Blue
5th August 1954 - March 1960
Transfer from Bristol Old Vic. Over 2,000 performances in total
Salad Days
Authors: Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds
1960sFollow That Girl
Authors: Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds
1960sThe Bride Comes Back
Author: Ronald Miller
1960sTeresa Of Avila
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike
Early 1962Critic's Choice
Cast included: Ian Carmichael
1960s
Transfer from Royal Court
Chips With Everything
Author: Arnold Wesker
1960sPortrait Of A Queen
Cast included: Dorothy Tutin (Queen Victoria)
? - Mid 1966 - ?Arsenic And Old Lace
Author: Joseph Kesselring
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike, Athene Seyler, Lewis Casson, Julia Lockwood, Richard Briers, Derek Farr, Desmond Walter-Ellis
July 1968 - ? (2 years)
Transferred to Duke of York
The Man Most Likely To...
Cast included: Leslie Phillips
1970sMove Over Mrs Markham
1970sSnap
Cast included: Maggie Smith
1970sAbsurd Person Singular
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
1970sStevie
Cast included: Glenda Jackson
1970sAn Evening With Dave Allen
1970sStage Struck
Author: Simon Gray
Cast included: Alan Bates
1970sEnjoy
Author: Alan Bennett
Cast included: Joan Plowright
1970sBeethoven's Tenth
Author: Peter Ustinov
? - January 1976 - ?Double Edge
Cast included: Margaret Lockwood, Paul Daneman, Barrie Ingham
~Aug/Sep 1977 - September 1978 - ?A Murder Is Announced
? - August 1979 - ?The Family Reunion
Author: T. S. Eliot
Cast included: Edward Fox, Avril Elgar, Joanna David, Pauline Jameson, Daphne Oxenford, Constance Chapman, William Fox, Jeffry Wickham, Hilda Schroder, Harry Walker, Esmond Knight
~1970s/1980sGreat And Small
Cast included: Glenda Jackson
1984 (18 months)Benefactors
Author: Michael Frayn
? - September 1986 - ?Blithe Spirit
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: Jane Asher, Joanna Lumley, Simon Cadell, Marica Warren (Madame Arcati)
1986/1987Woman In Mind
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Cast included: Julia Mackenzie
Early 1988Shirley Valentine
Author: Willy Russell
Cast included: Pauline Collins
1988Uncle Vanya
Author: Chekhov. Translation: Michael Frayn
Cast included: Michael Gambon, Jonathan Pryce
1988 - September 1989
10 months
Henceforward...
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
1988 or 1989Re;Joyce
Cast included: Maureen Lipman (Joyce Grenfell)
Early 1990Barnaby And The Old Boys
Author: Keith Baxter
Early 1990Exchange
Author: Trifonov. Translation: Michael Frayn
Early 1990Being At Home With Claude
Author: René-Daniel Dubois
12th June 1990 - ?Hidden Laughter
Author & Director: Simon Gray
Cast included: Felcity Kendal, Peter Barkworth
1995
Transfer from NT
Dealer's Choice
Author: Patrick Marber
1996Salad Days
Authors: Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds. Director: Ned Sherrin
1999The Chiltern Hundreds
Author: William Douglas Home
Cast included: Edward Fox
? - November 2000 - ?Madame Melville
Writer and Director: Richard Nelson. Set Design: Thomas Lynch. Costume Design: Fotini Dimou. Lighting Design: Peter Mumford. Sound Design: Scott Myers
Cast included: Macaulay Culkin, Irène Jacob, Madeleine Potter
2002 - 2007Stomp
2007The Importance Of Being Earnest
Cast included: Penelope Keith (Lady Bracknell)
? - November 2009 - ?The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice
Cast included: Lesley Sharp, Marc Warren, Diana Vickers
2010Private Lives
Director: Richard Eyre
Cast included: Matthew Macfadyen (Elyot), Kim Cattrall (Amanda)
2012What The Butler Saw
Author: Orton
Cast included: Omid Djalili, Samantha Bond
25th May 2013 - 22nd June 2013The West End Men In Concert
9th September 2014 - ?Forbidden Broadway
26th November 2014 - ?The Wind In The Willows
22nd January 2015 - ?Di And Vi And Rose
Author: Amelia Bullmore. Director: Anna Mackmin
Cast included: Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Spiro, Jenna Russell
24th June 2015 - ?The Importance Of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde. Director: Adrian Noble.
Cast included: David Suchet, Michele Dotrice, Richard O'Callaghan, Emily Barber, Michael Benz, Philip Cumbus, Imogen Doel, Brendan Hooper, David Killick
February 2016 - ?Hand To God
Cast included: Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Harry Melling
~July 2016Hobson's Choice
Cast included: Martin Shaw, Gabrielle Dempsey, Naomi Frederick, Florence Hall, Christopher Timothy
1st March - 17th June 2017Stepping Out
Author: Richard Harris. Director: Maria Friedman
Cast included: Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracey-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicola Stephenson

Early history of theatre teakn from articles in Hidden Laughter Juny 1990 and Forbidden Broadway 2014 programmes