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Gielgud Theatre

Theatre in London's West End which opened in 1906 as The Hicks Theatre, before becoming the Globe Theatre in 1908.
In November 1994 it was renamed the Gielgud Theatre, both in tribute to Sir John Gielgud and to avoid confusion with the Shakespeare's Globe when it opened.

As the Globe Theatre (1908-1994)

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
1907Brewster's Millions
Cast included: Gerald du Maurier
1908A Waltz Dream
Cast included: Geogre Grossmith and Gertie Millar
1915 (transfer, performances #106-709)Peg O' My Heart
1923Our Betters
Author: Somerset Maugham
Cast included: Constance Collier
1925Fallen Angels
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: Tallulah Bankhead
1928Holding Out The Apple
Author: B. Wynne-Bowers
Cast included: John Gielgud (Doctor)
Author: S.N. Behrman, Director: Noel Coward
1930Street Scene
Author: Elmer Rice
Author: Ivor Novello
1934A Murder In Mayfair
Author: Ivor Novello
Author: George Bernard Shaw. Producer: H.M. Tennent
1938Dear Octopus
Author: Dodie Smith
John Gielgud
1939The Importance Of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde. Director: John Gielgud
Cast included: John Gielgud, Edith Evans, Margaret Rutherford and Michael Denison
1940Fumed Oak & Hand Across The Sea (double bill)
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: John Gielgud
1941Dear Brutus
Author: J. M. Barrie. Director: John Gielgud. Decor: Ruth Keating
Cast included: John Gielgud (Will Dearth), Zena Dare, Roger Livesey, Margaret Rawlings, Mary Jerrold, Nora Swinburne, Ursula Jeans, Leon Quartermaine, Ronald Ward, Muriel Pavlow, George Howe
1940s (transer from New)Crime And Punishment
Cast included: John Gielgud (Raskoinikoff)
1943While The Sun Shines
Author: Terence Rattigan
? - September 1943 - ?They Came To A City
Author: J. B. Priestley
Cast included: John Clements
~end 1946The Gleam
Author: Warren Chetham Strode
Transferred from Lyric Hammersmith and Haymarket
The Eagle Has Two Heads.
Author: Jean Cocteau. Adaptation: Ronald Duncan. Director: Murray MacDonald
Cast included: Eileen Herlie (Queen), James Donald (Stanislas), Cicley Paget-Bowman (Edith de Berg), Raymond Jaquarello (The Duke of Willenstein), Webber Alexander (Tony), David Read (Baron Foehn)
26th January 1949 - 21st February 1949 - ? (transfer from Lyric Hammersmith)Oranges And Lemons - an intimate revue
A Company of Four production. Devised and Directed by Laurier Lister
Cast included: Diana Churchill, Elisabeth Welch, Max Adrian, Diana Churchill
May 1949 - ?
(294 performances, transfered to USA)
The Lady's Not For Burning
Author: Christopher Fry
Cast included: John Gielgud, Pamela Brown, Claire Bloom, Richard Burton
? - 12th October 1949 - May 1950 - ?Ring Round The Moon
Author: Jean Anouilh. Translation: Christopher Fry
Cast included: Paul Scofield, Cecil Trouncer, Margaret Rutherford, Audrey Fildes, David Horne
? - September 1952 - ?The Globe Revue
Thursday 10th June 1954 - ?After The Ball
Author: Noel Coward. Adapted from Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan
Cast included: Mary Ellis, Vanessa Lee, Peter Graves, Graham Payn, Irene Browne
1954An Evening With Beatrice Lillie
1954The Prisoner
Cast included: Alec Guinness
? - 17th March 1956Charley's Aunt
Author: Brandon Thomas
Brandon Thomas Company. Cast included: Frankie Howerd
Early 1956A Likely Tale
Author:Gerald Savory
Cast included: Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford
November 1956 - February 1958 Nude With Violin
Author: Noel Coward. Directors: Noel Coward and John Gielgud
Cast included (June-July 1957): Michael Wilding, Joyce Carey, David Horne, Kathleen Harrison
1958The Potting Shed
Author: Graham Green
Cast included: John Gielgud
? - 12th May 1958 - ?Variation On A Theme
Author: Terence Rattigan. Director: John Gielgud
Cast included: Margaret Leighton, Jean Anderson
1960The Complaisant Love
Cast included: Ralph Richardson, Paul Scofield and Phyllis Calvert
? - October 1960 - ?A Man For All Seasons
Author: Robert Bolt
Cast included: Paul Scofield
Author: Jean Anouilh. Translation: Lucienne Hill
RSC production. Cast included: Christopher Plummer, Eric Porter, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Esmond Knight
? - 5th November 1962 - April 1963 - ?The Private Ear and The Public Eye (double bill)
Author: Peter Shaffer
Cast included: Maggie Smith (1962), Kenneth Williams, Judith Stott (1963)
1966 - March 1969 - ? (1064 or 1321 performances depending on source)(There's) A Girl In My Soup
? - November 1969 - ?Play It Again Sam
Dudley Moore
Cast included: Alan Badel
1975The Norman Conquests
Author: Alan Ayckbourn. Producer: Michael Codron
1976Dame Edna Everage
Cast included: Barry Humphries
1980Born In The Gardens
Author: Peter Nichols
Cast included: Beryl Reid
1983 - August 1985 - ? (1180 performances)Daisy Pulls It Off
Producer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
? - March 1986 - ?Lend Me A Tenor
Author: Ken Ludwig. Director: David Gilmore
Cast included: Denis Lawson, Jan Francis
1987The House Of Bernarda Alba
Lyric Theatre Hammersmith production
Cast included: Glenda Jackson, Joan Plowright, Patricia Hayes
1987 - 22nd October 1988
(transferred to Broadway)
Lettice And Lovage
Author: Peter Shaffer
Cast included: Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack
1989 - March 1990 - ?The Man Of The Moment
Author & Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Designer: Roger Glossop. Lighting: Mick Hughes. Music: Paul Todd. Assosicate Producer: David Sutton
Cast included: Michael Gambon, Peter Bowles, Diane Bull, Daniel Collings, Doreen Andrew, Terence Booth, Simon Chandler, Shirley-Anne Selby, Samantha Bond
1991When She Danced
Cast included: Vanessa Redgrave (Isadora)
1992An Ideal Husband
Author:Peter Hall
Cast included: Anna Carteret, Michael Denison, Hannah Gordon, Dulcie Gray, Martin Shaw, David Yelland
7th September 1992 - ? (previews)
17th September - ?
Valentine's Day
Music: Denis King. Lyrics: Benny Green. Book: Benny Green & David William, adapted from the Bernard Shaw play You Never Can Tell. Director and Choreographer: Gillian Lynne
Cast included: Edward Petherbridge, John Turner, Edward de Souza, Elizabeth Counsell, Teresa Banham, Robert Hands, John Berlyne, Alexander Hanson (Valentine)
Transfer from Donmar
Design For Living
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: Rachel Weisz, Rupert Graves, Marcus D'Amico

As the Gielgud Theatre (1994 - now)

DateShowProgamme in our eBay Store?
2nd November 1994 - ? (previews, opening production)Hamlet
Director: Peter Hall. Fight: William Hobbs. Sound Desing: Paul Arditti. Musical Director: Martin Allen. Lighting Designer: Joe Atkins. Electronic Score: Stephen Edwards. Designer: Lucy Hall
Cast included: Stephen Dillane, Donald Sinden, Michael Pennington, Tom Beard, Gina Bellman, Christian Burgess, Martin Chamberlain, Stephen Critchlow, Alan Dobie, Mark Elstob, Daniel Goode, Peter Gordon, Ian Jeffs, Oliver Montgomery, Stephen Noonan, Graham Root, Devon Scott, Gwen Taylor
1995Communicating Doors
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Cast included: Julia Mackenzie
? - September 1996 - ?Chapter Two
Author: Neil Simon
Cast included: Sharon Gless, Tom Conti
1997An Evening With Jack Dee
26th June - 6th August 1997Shopping And F***ing
1998Things We Do For Love
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Cast included: Jane Asher
Late 1998Alarms And Excursions
Author: Michael Frayn
Cast included: Felicity Kendal and Nicky Henson
? - December 1999 - ?Song At Twilight
Author: Noel Coward, Director: Sheridan Morley
Cast included: Corin Redgrave, Kika Markham and Vanessa Redgrave
? - August 2000 - July 2001 - ?The Graduate
Adaptation and Director: Terry Johnson
Mrs Robinson played by: Kathleen Turner, Jerry Hall (11/00), Amanda Donohoe, Anne Archer and Linda Gray
2002 (transfer from NT)Humble Boy
? - August 2002 - ?Afterplay
Author: Brian Friel. Gate Theatre, Dublin production
Cast included: John Hurt and Penelope Wilton.
5th December 2002 - ? (in repertoire)The Malcontent
Author: John Marston
RSC production
Repertoire programme
10th December 2002 - ? (in repertoire)The Island Princess
Author: John Fletcher
RSC production
Repertoire programme
13th December 2002 - ? (in repertoire)The Roman Actor
Author: Philip Massinger
RSC production
Repertoire programme
17th December 2002 - ? (in repertoire)Edward III
Author: William Shakespeare
RSC production
Repertoire programme
20th December 2002 - ? (in repertoire)Eastward Ho!
Authors: Ben Jonson, John Marston and George Chapman
RSC production
Repertoire programme
? - 22nd January 2005One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Cast included: Christian Slater
28th January 2005 - ?Don Carlos
Author: Friedrich Schiller. Adaptation: Mike Poulton. Director: Michael Grandage. Designer: Christopher Oram. Lighting: Paule Constable. Music & Sound: Adam Cork.
Cast included: Derek Jacobi, Richard Coyle, Elliot Cowan, Claire Price, Una Stubbs, Stuart Burt, Peter Eyre, Michael Hadley, Ian Hogg, Paul Keating, Andrew McDonald, Brian Poyser, Claire Price, Charlotte Randle, Roger Swaine.
? - October 2006 - ?The Canterbury Tales
? - December 2007 - ?Nicholas Nickleby
? - May 2010 - ?Hair
? - September 2015 - January 2016 - ?The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Author: Simon Stephens. Based on novel by Mark Haddon
NT production

History of the theatre and early production details taken from Mark Fox's article in the RSC In Repertoire 2002 programme.