Theatreland Memorabilia

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Name was changed to the Albery in 1973 as a tribute to Sir Bronson Albery.

During the 1940s it was the home of The Old Vic and Sadler's Wells as their theatres had closed due to bomb damage

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Noel Coward Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Opened on 12th March 1903. Has had a number of name changes over the years:
New Thatre until the end of 1972
Albery Theatre, 1st January 1973 - May 2006
Noel Coward Theatre, May 2006 - now
Was the home of the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells companies from 1941 until 1950 after their theatres were damaged by bombs.

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As New Theatre (1903 - End 1972)

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
12th March 1903 (opening performance) - ?Rosemary
Authors: Louis N. Parker & Murray Carson
Cast included: Sir Charles Wyndham, Mary Moore
1905The Scarlet Pimpernel
1909Henry of Navarre
Cast included: Fred Terry, Julia Neilson, Phyllis Terry
Each Christmas 1915-1919Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie
1920I'll Leave It To You
Author: Noel Coward. Presented by Mary Moore
Cast included: Noel Coward (Bobbie Dermott), Esme Wynne (Faith Crombie)
Matheson Lang
Early 1920sJane Clegg
Early 1920sThe Cenci
March 1924St Joan
Author: Bernard Shaw
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike (Joan)
September 1926 - ?
587 performances
The Constant Nymph
Novel: Margaret Kennedy. Adaptation: Margaret Kennedy and Basil Dean
Cast included: Noel Coward then John Gielgud (Lewis Dodd), Cathleen Nesbitt (Florence Churchill), Helen Spencer (Paulina Sanger), Edna Best (Teresa Sanger)
February 1933 - ?
472 performances
Richard Of Bordeaux
Author: Gordon Daviot
Cast included: John Gielgud
~1933/4Queen Of Scots
Author: Gordon Daviot. Director: John Gielgud
Cast included: Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Director: John Gielgud
Cast included: John Gielgud
Author: William Shakespeare
Cast included: John Gielgud and Jessica Tandy
~1935The Old Ladies
Author: Hugh Walpole. Adaptation: Rodney Ackland. Director: John Gielgud
Andre Obey
Cast included: John Gielgud (Noah)
October 1935 - ?Romeo And Juliet
Cast included: John Gielgud & Laurence Oliver (alternating Romeo & Mercurio), Peggy Ashcroft (Juliet), Edith Evans (Nurse)
1936The Seagull
Author: Chekhov
Cast included: John Gielgud (Trigorin)
1937As You Like It
Author: William Shakespeare. Old Vic production
Cast included: Edith Evans, Michael Redgrave
1937The Taming Of The Shrew
Author: William Shakespeare
Cast included: Edith Evans, Leslie Banks
Author: William Shakespeare. Old Vic production
Cast included: Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson
Late 1930sMourning Becomes Electra
Author: Eugene O'Neill
Late 1930sJohnson Over Jordan
Author: J. B. Priestley
14th January 1941 - 1950Home of Old Vic and Sadler's Wells (until 1944)
in rep
Peer Gynt
Author: Henrik Ibsen
The Old Vic Theatre Company. Cast included Ralph Richardson and Sybil Thorndike
in rep
Arms And The Man
The Old Vic Theatre Company
in rep
Richard III
The Old Vic Theatre Company
1945The First Gentleman
Author: Norman Ginsbury
Cast included: Robert Morley
~end 1946The Old Vic Theatre Company repertoire
? - 11th Janaury 1947 - ?An Inspector Calls
Author: J. B. Priestley.
? - January 1947 - May 1947 - ?Cyrano de Bergerac
Author: Edmond Rostand, Translation: Brian Hooker. Producer: Tyrone Guthrie
Old Vic Theatre Company.Cast included: Ralph Richardson, Michael Warre and Alec Guinnes
January 1947 edition
23rd April 1947 - May 1947 - ?Richard II
Producer: Ralph Richardson
Old Vic Theatre Companyd. Cast included: Alec Guinness (Richard), Ralph Richardson (John of Gaunt), Harry Andrews (Bolingbroke), Lewis Casson, Nicholas Hannen, Rosalind Atkinson (Duchess of Gloucester)
? - May 1947 - ?The Alchemist
Author: Jonson. Producer: John Durrell
Old Vic Theatre Company.
20th January 1949 - ? (in rep?)The School For Scandal
Cast included: Vivien Leigh (Lady Teazle), Laurence Olivier (Sir Peter Teazle)
26th January 1949 - 21st February 1949 - ? (in rep?)The Tragedy of King Richard III
Author: William Shakespeare
The Old Vic Theatre Company.
Cast included: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
21-2-49 edition
10th Febuary 1949 - March 1949 - ? (in rep?)Antigone
Author: Jean Anouilh, Old Vic production
Cast included: Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh
March 1949 (curtain raiser for Antigone)The Proposal
Author: Anton Chekhov
3rd May 1950 - ?
325 performances
The Cocktail Party
Author: T. S. Eliot
Cast included: Rex Harrison (the Unidentifed Guest), Maragret Leighton (Celia)
1950sThe Roung Elizabeth
1952The Millionairess
Author: Bernard Shaw
Cast included: Katharine Hepburn (Epifania)
1950sDear Charles
Cast included: Yvonne Arnaud
1950sI Am A Camera
Cast included: Dorothy Tutin
1950sThe Remarkable Mr Pennypacker
Cast included: Nigel Patrick
Cast included: Leslie Caron
1957Summer Of The Seventh Doll
All Australian cast
1950sThe Rose Tattoo
1950sThe Long and the Short and the Tall
1959Look After Lulu
Cast included: Vivien Leigh (Lulu)
30th June 1960 - September 1966 or 1967 (depending on source)
(2618 performances)
Lionel Bart
Late 1960sJorrocks
Late 1960sHoward's End
Late 1960sThe Constant Couple
5th September 1968 - ?
Transfer from Royal Court
The Hotel In Amsterdam
Author: John Osborne
~1969Anne of Green Gables
January 1970Come As You Are
Author: John Mortimer
Cast included: Glynis Johns
November 1970The Winslow Boy
Author: Terence Rattigan
Cast included: Kenneth More
Summer 1971Amphitryon 38
National Theatre Company
Summer 1971Long Day's Journey Into Night
National Theatre Company
Cast included: Laurence Olivier (James Tyrone)
April 1972 - January 1973 - ?
Through name change
London Assurance
RSC production
Cast included: Donald Sinden, Judi Dench

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As Albery Theatre (1st January 1973 - May 2006)

DateShowAvailable to buy
April 1972 - January 1973 - ?
Through name change
London Assurance
1973Joseph And the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat & Jacob's Journey
Early 1970sThe Constant Wife
Author: Somerset Maugham
Cast included: Ingrid Bergman, John McCallum
Thursday 16th May 1974 - ?Pygmalion
Author: Bernard Shaw. Director: John Dexter
Cast included: Diana Rigg, Alec McCowen
May 1974 ed.
Mid 1970sWhat Every Woman Knows
Cast included: Dorothy Tutin
Mid 1970sThe Gay Lord Quex
Cast included: Judi Dench, Daniel Massey
Mid 1970sTravesties
Author: Tom Stoppard. RSC production
Mid 1970sLies!
Cast included: Wendy Hiller
Mid 1970sA Month In The Country
Prospect Theatre Company
Cast included: Dorothy Tutin
Mid 1970sEquus
National Theatre Company
Mid 1970sCandida
Cast included: Deborah Kerr, Denis Quilley
21st December 1977 - August 1979 - ? (3 years)Oliver!
By Lionel Bart. Director: Robin Midgley.
1981 - March 1982 - ?Children Of A Lesser God
Author: Mark Medoff
Cast included: Trevor Eve
? - December 1983 - ?Lovers Dancing
Author: Charles Dyer. Director: Donald McWhinnie
Cast included: Paul Eddington, Colin Blakely, Georgina Hale, Jane Carr
? - August 1985 - ?Pump Boys and Dinettes
Cast included: Joe Brown, Lynsey De Paul, Jeremy Clyde, Peter Duncan, Clodagh Rodgers, Chad Stuart
1988Blood Brothers
1992Hay Fever
Cast included: Maria Aitken (Judith Bliss)
Late 1992Shades
Author: Sharman McDonald. Director: Simon Callow
Cast included: Pauline Collins
22nd November 1993 - ?BFG
? - 19th March 1994Eddie Izzard
1994A Month In The Country
Cast included: John Hurt, Helen Mirren (Natalya Petrovna)
23rd January 1995 (first performance) - ? ("limited season")As You Like It
Author: William Shakespare
Cheek By Jowl
1995Five Guys Named Moe
Author: Clarke Peters
March 1996Company
Donmar Warehouse production
~1996/7The Cherry Orchard
~1997/8An Ideal Husband
Peter Hall Company
? - December 1997 - ?Stepping Out
September 1998 - November 1998 - ?Racine & Phedre and Britannicus (double bill/in rep)Almeida at the Albery
Cast included: Diana Rigg
? - 27th March 1999Vassa
Almeida at the Albery
Cast included: Sheila Hancock
15th April - 10th July 1999Plenty
Author: David Hare. Almeida at the Albery
Cast included: Cate Blanchett
? - October 1999 - ?Quartet
Late 2000The Guardsman
November 2000 - January 2001 - ?
Transferred from Comedy
The Mystery of Charles Dickens
Author & Cast: Simon Callow
? - July 2001 - ?A Servant To Two Masters
Author: Carlo Goldoni
2001Private Lives
Cast included: Lindsay Duncan (Amanda), Alan Rickman (Elyot)
2000sThe Real Thing
Donmar Warehouse production
Almeida production
Cast included: Michael Gambon
2000sBaby Doll
Author: Tennesse Williams. NT production
2000sFar Away
Author: Carul Churchill. Director: Stephen Daldry
2000sA Midsummer Night's Dream
Cast included: Dawn French, Jemma Redgrave
2000sMouth To Mouth
Author: Kevin Elyot. Royal Court production
Cast included: Lindsay Duncan, Michael Maloney
2000sShockheaded Peter
Author: Michael Frayn
Cast included: Neil Pearson, Emma Chamber
2000sRory Bremner Live on Stage
7th November 2002 - ?Macbeth
Director: Edward Hall
Cast included: Sean Bean, Samantha Bond
12th June 2003 - ?The Master Builder
Author: Henrik Ibsen. Translation: John Logan. Director: Anthony Page
Cast included: Patrick Stewart, Sue Johnston
? - 31st July 2004Suddenly Last Summer
Author: Tennessee Williams. Director: Michael Grandage
Cast included: Diana Rigg, Victoria Hamilton
18th August 2004 - ?Twelfth Night
Cast included: Kulvinder Ghir, Neha Dubey, Paul Bhattacharjee, Raza Jaffrey
16th December 2004 - ?Romeo And Juliet
Director: Peter Gill
RSC. Cast included: Matthew Rhys (Romeo), Sian Brooke (Juliet)
7th February - 13th May 2006Blackbird
Author: David Harrower. Director: Peter Stein
Cast included: Roger Allam, Jodhi May

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As Noel Coward Theatre (May 2006-now)

DateShowAvailable to buy
1st June 2006 - December 2007 - ?Avenue Q
November 2009 - ?Calendar Girls
Cast included: Helen Lederer, Kelly Brook, July Goodyear
? - October 2014 - ?Shakespeare In Love
5th September - 21st November 2015Photograph 51
Author: Anna Ziegler. Director: Michael Grandage
Cast included: Nicole Kidman
? - December 2015 - 30th January 2016A Christmas Carol
9th February 2016 - ? (after try-out in Bath)Mrs Henderson Presents
? - 2nd September 2017Half A Sixpence
Cast included: Charlie Stemp

Early history taken from articles in Olvier! August 1979 programme and Avenue Q December 2007 programme