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Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre in London's West End. Sometimes referred to as Haymarket Theatre or London Haymarket. Built in 1720 as the Little Theatre in the Hay, it gained its current name (and Royal patent) in 1766. Current building dates from 1821.

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
29th December 1720 - ? (opening production)La Fille a la Mode
1726Henry V
1729 (30 nights)Hurlothrumbo
1730Tom Thumb
Henry Fielding
1733The Comedies of His Majesty's Revels
Theophilus Cibber
1734The Historical Reguster
Henry Fielding
1805The Tailors
Author: Smuel Foote
1820 - 1821Building rebuilt
4th July 1821 - ? (opening production)The Rivals
1862 (400 nights)Our American Cousin
Cast included: Edward Southern (Lord Dundreary)
1887The Red Lamp
1893A Woman of No Importance
Author: Oscar Wilde
1893An Ideal Husband
Author: Oscar Wilde
1895 (over 260 performances)Trilby
1896Under the Red Robe
? - 9th May 1896 - ?King Henry The Fourth (Part 1)
Author: William Shakespeare
1897 (320 performances)The Little Minister
Music: Sir Alexander MacKenzie
J M Barrie, Cyril Maude, Winifred Emery.
1900Sweet Nell of Old Drury
1909Blue Bird
Author: Maurice Maeterlinck. Translation: Teixeira De Mattos. Producer: Herbert Trench
1911 (617 performances)Bunty Pulls the Strings
Author: Graham Moffat
Cast included: Laurence Irving
Author: Henrik Ibsen
1917 (532 performances)General Post
Author: J. E. Harold Terry
1920 (399 performances)Mary Rose
Author: J. M. Barrie
1926 (610 performances)Yellow Sands
Cast included: Ralph Richardson
1929 (632 performances)The First Mrs Fraser
Cast included: Marie Tempest
1939The Circle
John Gielgud Rep Season
1939Love For Love
John Gielgud Rep Season
John Gielgud Rep Season
1939A Midsummer Night's Dream
John Gielgud Rep Season
1939The Duchess of Malfi
John Gielgud Rep Season
? - September 1943 - ?Love For Love
Author: William Congreve. Director: John Gielgud.
1945Present Laughter
Author: Noel Coward
1945The Duchess Of Malfi
Author: John Webster
Cast included: John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft
1945Lady Winderemere's Fan
1945The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
1945This Happy Breed
~end 1946Lady Windermere's Fan
Production: John Gielgud
16th April 1947 - ?Present Laughter
Author and Producer: Noel Coward.
Cast included: Noel Coward (Garry Essendine), Joyce Carey (his wife), Moira Lister, Robert Eddison, Joan Swinstead, Avis Scott, Daphne NEwton, Billie Thatcher, Gerald Case, Peter Gray, Gwen Floyd
1st February 1949 - May 1950 - ?The Heiress
Authors: Ruth and Augusts Goetz. Producer: John Gielgud
Suggested by the novel Washington Square by Henry James
Cast included: Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and James Donald
Cast as at 21/10/49 & May 50: Geodfrey Tearle, Wendy Hiller
? - September 1952 - ?Waters Of The Moon
Author: N. C. Hunter
Cast included: Edith Evans, Sybil Thorndike, Kathleen Harrison, Wendy Hiller
? - June 1954 - ?A Day By The Sea
Author: N. C. Hunter
Cast included: John Gielgud, Mary Jerrold, Irene Worth, Ralph Richardson
11th April 1956 - 4th July 1957 - ?The Chalk Garden
Author: Enid Bagnold. Director: John Gielgud.
Cast included: Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Felix Aylmer
? - May 1958 - ?Flowering Cherry
Author: Robert Bolt. Director: Frith Banbury
Cast included: Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson
Author: Terence Rattigan
? - Saturday 17th November 1962School For Scandal
Director: John Gielgud
Cast included: Ralph Richardson, Margaret Rutherford, Annd and Daniel Massey
Thursday 29th November 1962 - ?The Tulip Tree
Author: N. C. Hunter
Cast included: Celia Johnson, John Clements, Lynn Redgrave
1971Voyage Round My Father
Author: John Mortimer
Cast included: Alec Guinness then Michael Redgrave
1972Crown Matrimonial
Author: Royce Ryton
Cast included: Wendy Hiller
1975On Approval
Cast included: Geraldine McEwan, Edward Woodward
1976The Circle
Cast included: Googie Withers, John McCallum
Cast included: Claire Bloom, Daniel Massey
1978The Millionairess
Cast included: Penelope Keith
Thursday 26th January 1978 - June 1978 - ?Waters of the Moon
Author: N. C. Hunter. Director: Patrick Garland
Cast included: Ingrid Bergman, Wendy Hiller
1979The Crucifer of Blood
Cast included: keith Michell, Susan Hampshire
1980Make and Break
Author: Michael Frayn
Cast included: Leonard Rossiter
Cast included: Peter Istinov
Cast included: Maggie Smith
1982Hobson's Choice
Cast included: Penelope Keith
1982A Coat of Varnish
Sir Ronald Miller
1982Captain Brassbound's Conversion
Author: Bernard Shaw
Thursday 5th August - Saturday 4th September 1982
(Adverts say start Tues 3rd, programme Thurs 5th)
Uncle Vanya
Author: Anton Chekhov. Director: Chirstopher Fettes.
Thursday 9th - Saturday 25th September 1982
(Adverts say start Tues 7th, programme Thurs 9th)
The Rules Of The Game
Author: Luigi Pirandello. Director: Anthony Quayle
Cast included: Leonard Rossiter, Mel Martin
Monday 27th September - Saturday 9th October 1982Uncle Vanya
Author: Anton Chekhov. Translation: John Murrell. Director: Chirstopher Fettes
Cast included: Donald Sinden, Frances de la Tour, Ronald Pickup, Sheila Gish, Bill Fraser, Margaret Rawlings, Freda Jackson, Harry Andrews
Monday 11th -Saturday 30th October 1982The Rules Of The Game
Monday 1st - Saturday 13th November 1982Uncle Vanya
Same cast as Sept-Oct
Tuesday 16th November 1982 - Saturday 1st January 1983
(no midweek matinees, no Xmas day performances)
Man And Superman
Author: Bernard Shaw. Director: Patrick Dromgoole
Cast included: Peter O'Toole, Lisa Harrow, James Grout, RObert Beatty, Joyce Carey
Tuesday 4th January - Saturday 4th March 1983The School For Scandal
Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Director: John Barton
Cast included: Donald Sinden, Beryl Reid, Bill Fraser, Michael Denison
Tuesday 7th March 1983 - ?
(for a limited season)
Heartbreak House
Author: Bernard Shaw.Director: John Dexter
Cast included: Rex Harrison, Diana Rigg, Rosemary Harris
1983Edmund Kean
Cast included: Ben Kingsley (Edmund Kean)
1983A Patriot For Me
Author: John Osborne
1983The Cherry Orchard
Author: Chekhov
1983The Sleeping Prince
Author: Terence Rattigan
1984The Aspern Papers
Cast included: Christopher Reeve
1984Aren't We All
Author: Frederick Lonsdale
Tuesday 13th November 1984 - ?The Way Of The World
Author: William Congreve. Director: William Gaskill
Cast included: Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright
1985Sweet Bird of Youth
Cast included: Lauren Bacall
1985Old Times
Author: Harold Pinter
1985Fatal Attraction
Author: Bernard Slade
?- July 1986 - ? (8 weeks)The Taming Of The Shrew & Antony and Cleopatra (in rep)
Author: William Shakespeare. Directors: Toby Robertson & Christopher Selbie. Designer: Simon Higlett. Lighting: Pat Nelder. Music: RObert Stewart. Choreography: Terry John Bates.
Cast included: Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Ken Bones, Gerald James, Margot Leicester, Kika Markham, Bunny May, RObert O'Mahoney, Sylvestor McCoy
1986Breaking The Code
Cast included: Derek Jacobi
1986Long Day's Journey Into Night
Cast included: Jack Lemmon
1986The Applecart
Author: Bernard Shaw
1987Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
Author: Jane McCulloch
Author: Simon Gray
1988Orpheus Descending
Cast included: Vanessa Regrave
1988You Never Can Tell
Author: Bernard Shaw
1988The Deep Blue Sea
Author: Terence Rattigan
1988Admirable Crichton
Author: J M Barrie
1989Royal Baccarat Sancal
Author: Royce Ryton
1989Veterans' Day
Author: Donald Freed
31st October 1989 - ?A Life In The Theatre
Author: David Mamet. Director: Bill Bryden
Cast: Denholm Elliott, Samuel West
1990London Assurance
Author: Dion Boucicault
1990An Evening With Peter Ustinov
Author: Ben Elton
1991Silly Cow
Author: Ben Elton
1991John Sessions' Travelling Tales
Cast included: Derek Jacobi, Robert Lindsay
? - December 1992 - ?Cyrano de Bergerac
1993Heartbreak House
1993A Woman of No Importance
19th April 1994 - ?(opening performance)An Evening with Peter Ustinov
1994 - June 1995 (431 performances)Arcadia
Author: Tom Stoppard
1995Burning Blue
Author: David Greer
1995The Master Builder
Author: Ibsen. Director: Sir Peter Hall
Cast included: Alan Bates
1996An Ideal Husband
Author: Oscar Wilde. Director: Peter Hall
Cast included: Martin Shaw (Lord Goring), Hannah Gordon, Anna Carteret
1996 (12 weeks)The Odd Couple
Cast inclued: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman
1996Shakespeare For My Father
Cast included: Lynn Redgrave
1997A Streetcar Named Desire
Author: Tennessee Williams. Director: Peter Hall
Cast included: Jessica Lange, Toby Stephens, Imogen Stubbs
1997 (over 100 performances)Lady Windermere's Fan
Author: Oscar Wilde
1997An Ideal Husband
Cast included: Martin Shaw, Kate O'Mara
1997 - 1998A Delicate Balance
Author: Edward Albee
Cast included: Maggie Smith, John Standing, Annette Crosbie, Eileen Atkins
1998Jasper Carrott's one man show
Transfer from NT
The Invention of Love
Author: Tom Stoppard
1999Fascinating Aida
1999The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Author: Neil Simon
Cast included: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason
1999Love Letters
Author: A.R. Gurney
Cast included: Charlton Heston, Lydia Clarke Heston
1999The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Chichester Festival Theatre production
Cast included: Patricia Routledge
2000Collected Stories
Author: Donald Marguiles
Cast included: Helen Mirren
2000Miss Julie
Author: Strindberg
? - 25th November 2000The Blue Room
David Hare, adapted from Schnitzler's La Ronde
Cast included: Michael Higgs, Camilla Power
30th November 2000 - ?The Accused
Cast included: Jeffrey Archer
2001The Blue Room
Author: David Hare. Director: Loveday Ingram
Cast included: Michael Higgs, Camilla Power
Author: Simon Gray. Director: Sir Peter Hall
Cast included: Jasper Britton, Toby Stephens, Clare Swinburne
2001The Beau
Author: Ron Hutchinson. Director: Caroline Hunt
Cast included: Peter Bowles
24th October 2001 - 2002The Royal Family
Authors: George S Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Director; Sir Peter Hall
Cast included: Judi Dench
2002Lady Windermere's Fan
Author: Oscar Wilde. Director: Peter Hall
Cast included: Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson
2002Much Ado About Nothing
2002Antony and Cleopatra
12th June - 21st July 2002Rose Rage
Adaptation of Henry VI. Author: Edward Hall
27th July - 21st September 2002Much Ado About Nothing
27th July - 21st September 2002Antony And Cleopatra
2003The Breath Of Life
Cast included: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith
2003The Rat Pack
29th May - 30th August 2003
transferred from Swan Theatre
Author: Henrik Ibsen. Translation: Michael Myer. Director: Adrian Noble
Cast included: Ralph Fiennes
2003A Woman of No Importance
Author: Oscar Wilde. Director: Adrian Noble
Cast included: Rupert Graves, Samantha Bond, Prunella Scales, Joanne Pearce
2004When Harry Met Sally
Cast included: Luke Perry, Alyson Hannigan
2004Singular Sensations At The Theatre Royal Haymarket
Cast included: Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Michael Ball, Joshua Rifkin
? - December 2004 - ?Becket
Author: Jean Anouilh. Adaptation: Frederic and Stephen Raphael. Director: John Caird
Cast included: Dougray Scott, Jasper Britton
2005 (16 weeks)Acorn Antiques The Musical!
Author: Victoria Wood. Director: Trevor Nunn
2005The Genius of Ray Charles
2005A Few Good Men
Cast included: Rob Lowe
~January 2006A Man For All Seasons
Author: Robert Bolt
Cast included: Martin Shaw (Thomas More)
2006Hay Fever
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: Judi Dench, Peter Bowles, Dan Stevens
2006Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
Cast included: Dave Willetts, Shona Lindsay
2006Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
Cast included: Claire Bloom, Billy Zane
2007Pinter's People
Cast included: Bill Bailey, Kevin Eldon, Geraldine McNulty, Sally Phillips
2007The Lady From Dubuque
Cast included: Maggie Smith
2007The Last Confession
Author: Roger Crane. Director: David Jones
Chichester Festival Theatre production
27th September 2007 - 12th January 2008The Country Wife
Author: William Wycherley. Director: Jonathan Kent. Design: Paul Brown. Lighting: Mark Henderson. Sound: Paul Groothuis
Cast included: Fiona Glascott, David Haig, Patricia Hodge, Toby Stephens
17th January - 19th April 2008The Sea
Author: Edward Bond. Director: Jonathan Kent. Design: Paul Brown. Lighting: Mark Henderson. Sound: Paul Groothuis
Cast included: Eileen Atkins, David Haig
6th May - 1st November 2008
World premiere
Music: Michel Legrand. Book: Alain Boubil, Claude-Michel Schonberg & Jonathan Kent. Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer. Original French Lyrics: Alain Boubil. Director: Jonathan Kent. Design: Paul Brown. Lighting: Mark Henderson. Sound: Paul Groothuis
Cast included: Ruthie Henshall.
~2009Waiting For Godot
Cast included: Patrick Stewart
~ November 2009Breakfast At Tiffany's
Cast included: Anna Friel
30th June 2016 - ?Breakfast At Tiffany's
Author: Truman Capote. Adaptation: Richard Greenberg
Curve Leicester production. Cast included: Pixie Lott
? - 30th September 2017Queen Anne
Helen Edmundson. Director: Natalie Abrhami

History of productions taken from article in The Last Confession 2007 programme.