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Duchess Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Opened 25th November 1929

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
25th November 1929 (opening production)Tunnel Trench
Cast included: Emlyn Williams
1930The Man At Six
1930 (closed on first night)The Intimate Revue
Cast included: Tony Sympson
1932The Rose Without A Thorn
Cast included: Frank Vosper (Henry VIII)
Late 1932Children In Uniform
Producer: Leontine Sagan
Cast included: Jessica Tandy and Joyce Bland
Late 1933Laburnum Grove
Author: J. B. Priestley
1934Eden End
By: J. B. Priestley
Cast included: Ralph Richardson
Producer: J. B. Priestley
Cast included: Ralph Richardson
1935 (for over a year)Night Must Fall
Author: Emlyn Williams
Cast included: Emlyn Williams
1936Spring Tide
Late 1936Murder In The Cathedral
Author: T. S. Eliot
1937Time And The Conways
Author: J. B. Priestley
1938 (over 300 performances)Glorious Morning
1938-1939 (until theatre briefly forced to close due to the war in September)The Corn Is Green
Cast included: Emlyn Williams and Sybil Thorndike
1939The Playboy Of The Western World
1940The Golden Cockatoo
~1940Beyond Compere
Cast included: Ronald Frankau
Author: Henrik Ibsen
-March 1942Closed due to Blitz
March 1942Skylark
Cast included: John Clements and Constance Cummings
October 1942 - September 1943 (3rd year) - ?(transfer from Piccadilly, total of 1,997 performances)Blithe Spirit
Author: Noël Coward
Cast included: Margaret Rutherford
~end 1946Message For Margaret
Cast included: Flora Robson
~May 1947The White Devil
Author: John Webster. Director: Michael Benthall. Settings: Paul Sherriff. Costumes: Audrey Cruddas. Music: John Simons
Cast included: Roderick Lovell (Brachiano), Margaret Rawlings (Vittoria), Robert Helpmann (Flamineo), Andrew Cruickshank (Duke of Florence), John Toray (Gasparo), Hugh Griffiths (Cardinal Monticelso), Martita Hunt (Cornelia), Godron Davies (Marcello), Joan Schofield (Isabella), Mayura (Zanche)
1947 (over 400 performances)The Linden Tree
Author: J. B. Priestley
Cast included: Lewis Casson and Sybil Thorndike
1948Eden End
Cast included: Angela Baddeley
24th January 1949 - ? (transfer from the Embassy)The Father
Cast included: Michael Redgrave, Freda Jackson
24th February 1949 - March 1949 - ? (after a short provincial tour)The Foolish Gentlewoman
Author: Margery Sharp. Director: Michael Macowan
Presented by The London Mask Theatre
Cast included: Lewis Casson, Mary Merrall, Sybil Thorndike, Isabel Dean, Nigel Green, Mona Washbourne, Enid Lindsey, Eleanore Bryan
1950 (512 performances)The Holly And The Ivy
Author: Wynyard Browne
Cast included: Jane Baxter, Bryan Forbes, Herbert Lomas
1951Happy Family
Cast included: Thora Hird, Dandy Nicholls, Thora Hird Henry Kendall
? - September 1952 - ?The Deep Blue Sea
Author: Terence Rattigan
Cast included: Kenneth More, Peggy Ashcroft, Ronald Culver
1954The Manor Of Northstead
1955Mr Kettle And Mrs Moon
1956The Bride And The Bachelor
1958The Unexpected Guest
27th April 1960 - 20th May 1960 - ?A Shred Of Evidence
Author: R. C. Sherriff
30th May 1960 - ?(450 performances)
Transfer from Arts Theatre Club
The Caretaker
Author: Harold Pinter
Cast included: Donald Pleasence, Alan Bates
September 1961 (transfer)Goodnght Mrs Puffin
1962Rule Of Three
Author: Agatha Christie
Author: Bill Naughton
1963 (475 performances)The Reluctant Peer
Author: Willaim Douglas Home
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike and Naunton Wayne
1965 (transfer from Apollo, total 2,035 performances)Boeing-Boeing
1967Wait Until Dark
1968Little Boxes
~1968/1969The Au Pair Man
Author: Hugh Leonard
Cast included: Joan Greenwood and Donal McCann
1969Dames At Sea
Late 1969The Old Ladies
Cast included: Joyce Cary, Joan Miller and FLora Robson
1970Three Months Gone
Cast included: Diana Dors
1970The Basement
Author: Harold Pinter
Cast included: Donald Pleasence and Vivien Merchant
1970The Tea Party
Author: Harold Pinter
Cast included: Donald Pleasence and Vivien Merchant
1971 (794 performances)The Dirtiest Show In Town
1973In Praise Of Love
Author: Rattigan
Late 1974 - 1980
(transfer from Royalty, total 3,918 performances)
Oh, Calcutta!
1980 (Over 300 performances)Private Lives
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: Maria Aitken and Michael Jayston
1981The Business of Murder
cast included: Richard Todd
1984Snoopy The Musical
Cast included: Teddy Kempner, Susie Blake
1985A State Of Affairs
1985Other Places
Author: Harold Pinter
Cast included: Colin Blakely and Dorothy Tutin
1985The Sloane Ranger Revue
Devised by Ned Sherrin and Neil Shand
January 1986A Month Of Sundays
Cast included: George Cole
1986 (tranfer from Garrick during it's 16th year, ran for a year, total 6,671 performances)No Sex Please, We're British!
1987 (for 2.5 years)Late Joys
The Players Theatre
1990 (transfer from Aldwych, total run over 9 years)Run For Your Wife
Author: Ray Cooney
1991An Evening With Gary Linekar
By: Chris England and Arthur Smith
26th October 1992 - ? 1997
(transfer from Apollo, 4.5 years)
Don't Dress For Dinner
Author: Marc Camoletti. Director: Peter Farago
Dec 94 ed.
1997 (for 5 weeks)Live And Kidding
Cast included: Maureen Lipman
? - April 1997 - 4th October 1997 - ?The Herbal Bed
Author: Peter Whelan
RSC production
1997 (for three months)Scissor Happy
1998 (for 2 weeks)Brief Lives
cast included: Alan Davies then Michael Williams (both as John Aubrey)
1998 (for 10 weeks)The Unexpected Man
RSC. Cast included: Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon
August 1998 (transfer, 5 months then national tour)Things We Do For Love
Author: Alan Ayckbourn, Producer: Michael Codron, Lee Dean
Cast included: Belinda Lang
5th February 1999 - November 2000 - ?Copenhagen
Author: Michael Frayn, National Theatre production
? - July 2001 - ?Blue/Orange
Author: Joe Penhall
2001Alone It Stands
2002Life After George
Cast included: Stephen Dillane
2002The Glee Club
2002Via Dolorosa
David Hare
4th September 2002 - ?Damsels in Distress - GamePlan, FlatSpin, RolePlay
Writer & Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Design: Roger Glossop. Lighting: Mick Hughes. Costumes: Christine Wall.
Early 2003Zipp!
Gyles Brandreth
2003Through The Leaves
Author: Harold Pinter
Cast included: Hershey Felder (George Gershwin)
2004Coyote On A Fence
? - December 2004 - ?Little Women
Novel Theatre production. Enna Reeves. Director: Andrew Loudon
2005Man and Boy
Author: Terence Rattigan
Cast included: David Suchet
2005The Birthday Party
Cast inclued: Eileen Atkins, Henry Goodman
Cast included: Maureen Lipman (Florence Foster)
2006Breakfast with Mugabe
2006See How They Run
2007Underneath the Lintel
2007The Hound of the Baskervilles
August 2007 - February 2009Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
2009Plague over England
20th May 2009 - ?Taking Sides & Collaboration
Author: Ronald Harwood. Director: Philip Franks
Cast included: Michael Pennington, David Horovitch, Isla Blair, Pip Donaghy, Martin Hutson, Melanie Jessop, Sophie Roberts
? - December 2009Endgame
Author: Beckett
Cast included: Mark Rylance
Author: Ibsen
Cast included: Lesley Sharp (Mrs Alving)
24th May 2010 - 5th September 2010 (end?)The Fantasticks
August 2013Fences
Author: August Wilson
Cast included: Lenny Henry
? - October 2014 - ?The Play That Goes Wrong

Some show and cast dates/details taken from George Hoare's article in Copenhagen programme and Mark Fox'a article in The Fantasticks May 2010 programme.