1996

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ALADDIN (Southwark Playhouse, London SE1/Civic Centre, London SE15; opened ?? December, 1996)

ALBERT CAMUS, WHAT'S THE SCORE? in EDINBURGH FRINGE 4

THE ALCHEMIST (Birmingham Rep/Royal National Theatre [Olivier], London SE1; opened 10 September, 1996)

ALL OF ME in EDINBURGH FRINGE 4

ANE SATYRE OF THE THRIE ESTAITIS (Edinburgh International Conference Centre; opened 16 August, 1996)

THE ARCHITECT in EDINBURGH FRINGE 1

AS YOU LIKE IT (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 7 June, 1996)

AS YOU LIKE IT (Barbican Theatre, London EC2; opened 23 October, 1996)

BABY JEAN (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 19 March, 1996)

BARRY SORTS IT OUT in THE PICK OF LONDON'S SECOND ONE-PERSON PLAY FESTIVAL

BARTLEBY in EDINBURGH FRINGE 2

BEETHOVEN'S TENTH (Chichester Festival Theatre; opened 6 June, 1996)

THE BELLE VUE (Northcott Theatre, Exeter/touring; opened 20 November, 1996)

BETJEMANIA (King's Head Theatre, London N1; opened 12 January, 1996)

THE BIBLE THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD (ABRIDGED) in EDINBURGH FRINGE 1

THE BIG BOOK FOR GIRLS (Pleasance London, London N7; opened 19 December, 1996)

BIRDY (Lyric Studio Hammersmith, London W6; opened 15 July, 1996)

BLOOD LIBEL (Norwich Playhouse; opened 1 February, 1996)

A TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS (Apollo Theatre, London W1; opened 11 December, 1996)

BRAVELY FOUGHT THE QUEEN (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 9 April, 1996)

BUG (Gate Theatre, London W11; opened 20 September, 1996)

BY JEEVES (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; opened 1 May, 1996)

SCOTT CAPURRO in EDINBURGH FRINGE 2

CARMEN FUNÈBRE in EDINBURGH FRINGE 4

CATALPA in EDINBURGH FRINGE 4

THE CHAMPION OF PARIBANOU (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; opened 4 December, 1996)

COMIC CUTS (Lyric Studio Hammersmith, London W6; opened 26 January, 1996)

THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED) in THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) in THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

CONTESTED WILL (Etcetera Theatre, London NW1; opened 5 January, 1996)

CORDELIA (Young Vic Theatre, London SE1/touring; opened 15 June, 1996)

LES DANAÏDES (Birmingham National Indoor Arena/touring; opened 9 October, 1996)

DEAD HOURS (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 15 October, 1996)

THE DECAMERON (Gate Theatre, London W11; opened 23 July, 1996)

DIVINE RIGHT (Birmingham Rep; opened 23 April, 1996)

LA DOLCE VITA (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 9 April, 1996)

A DOLL'S HOUSE (Birmingham Rep; opened 15 October, 1996)

DON JUAN (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 1 February, 1996)

DRACULA in GLASGOW CITIZENS AUTUMN OPENINGS

EAST IS EAST (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs at the Ambassadors Theatre, London WC2/Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London E15; opened 21 November, 1996)

EDINBURGH FRINGE 1: The Bible The Complete Word Of God (Abridged)/Graham Norton/David Strassman/The Architect/Twelve/The League Of Gentlemen (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 1996)

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2: Ryder/Oblomov/Bartleby/Scott Capurro: The Doctor Is On/Geno Washington: Cut Loose And Singin' The Blues (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 1996)

EDINBURGH FRINGE 3: Portrait Of A Woman/Entertaining Angels/Viper's Opium/Here Lies Henry (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; August, 1996)

EDINBURGH FRINGE 4: Think No Evil Of Us My Life With Kenneth Williams/Inside Uitlander/Albert Camus, What's The Score?/Catalpa/All Of Me/Carmen Funèbre (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 1996)

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 4 December, 1996)

ELSINORE (Nottingham Playhouse/touring; opened 20 November, 1996)

THE ENTERTAINER (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 23 October, 1996)

ENTERTAINING ANGELS in EDINBURGH FRINGE 3

LEE EVANS (Lyric Theatre, London W1; opened 6 February, 1996)

FLESH AND BLOOD (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 24 June, 1996)

FOOL FOR LOVE (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 10 October, 1996)

FOOLS RUSH IN (Richmond Theatre; opened ?? July, 1996)

FUNERAL GAMES (Drill Hall Arts Centre, London WC1; opened 30 May, 1996)

GIOVANNI'S ROOM (Drill Hall Arts Centre, London WC1; opened 16 July, 1996)

GLASGOW CITIZENS AUTUMN OPENINGS: Seascape/Long Day's Journey Into Night/Dracula (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; opened 30 October-1 November, 1996)

GRACE (Old Red Lion, London EC1; opened 30 October, 1996)

GREEN FORMS in OFFICE SUITE

GUARDS! GUARDS! (Grace Theatre, London SW11; opened 19 December, 1996)

HAMLET (Oxford Playhouse at the Rose Theatre/touring; opened ?? August, 1996)

HAMLET (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; opened 27 September, 1996)

THE HAVE-NOTS in THE PICK OF LONDON'S SECOND ONE-PERSON PLAY FESTIVAL

HEDDA GABLER (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 1 August, 1996)

HENRY IV PARTS 1 & 2 (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe/touring; opened 26 October, 1996)

HERE LIES HENRY in EDINBURGH FRINGE 3

THE HYPOCHONDRIAC (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened 29 May, 1996)

INSIDE UITLANDER in EDINBURGH FRINGE 4

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (Gate Theatre, London W11; opened 21 June, 1996)

I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE (Royal Exchange Theatre at Upper Campfield Market. Manchester; opened 24 October, 1996)

IT TOOK MORE THAN ONE MAN (Southwark Playhouse, London SE1; opened 8 February, 1996)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Lyceum Theatre, London WC2; opened 19 November, 1996)

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Labatt's Apollo Hammersmith, London W6; opened 27 February, 1996)

JOURNEY WEST (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 21 February, 1996)

THE LAST OF THE MACEACHANS in ANE SATYRE OF THE THRIE ESTAITIS

THE LAST YANKEE (Colchester Mercury; opened 8 February, 1996)

LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR (Queen's Theatre, London W1; opened 3 October, 1996)

THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN in EDINBURGH FRINGE 1

THE LEGEND OF PERICLES (Riverside Studios, London W6; opened 7 November, 1996)

A LIE OF THE MIND in SAM SHEPARD FESTIVAL

THE LIGHTS (Royal Court Theatre, London SW1; opened 22 July, 1996)

LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Chichester Festival Theatre; opened 10 October, 1996)

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT in GLASGOW CITIZENS AUTUMN OPENINGS

THE LONG MIRROR (Theatr Clwyd, Mold; opened 9 February, 1996)

LOOT (Churchill Theatre, Bromley/West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened ?19 June, 1996)

MACBETH (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; opened 16 May, 1996)

THE MARAT/SADE (Bristol Old Vic; opened 15 November, 1996)

MARKURELL (Chelsea Centre, London SW10; opened 15 February, 1996)

MAX KLAPPER A LIFE IN PICTURES (Gate Theatre at the Electric Cinema, London W11; opened 20 November, 1996)

MISFITS (Manchester Royal Exchange; opened 9 May, 1996)

MISS JULIE (Gate Theatre, London W11; opened 16 April, 1996)

MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL (Almeida Theatre, London N1; opened 31 July, 1996)

NORTHANGER ABBEY (Greenwich Theatre, London SE10; opened 8 July, 1996)

GRAHAM NORTON in EDINBURGH FRINGE 1

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 18 April, 1996)

NUREMBERG (Tricycle Theatre, London NW6; opened 8 May, 1996)

OBLOMOV in EDINBURGH FRINGE 2

OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME (Barbican Theatre, London EC2/touring; opened 6 March, 1996)

OBSESSION in THE PICK OF LONDON'S SECOND ONE-PERSON PLAY FESTIVAL

AN OCCASIONAL ORCHID in THE PICK OF LONDON'S SECOND ONE-PERSON PLAY FESTIVAL

THE ODD COUPLE (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London SW1; opened 26 June, 1996)

OFFICE SUITE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened 24 September, 1996)

ON THE BOULEVARD (Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1; opened 3 June, 1996)

ON THE DEATH OF KEN SARO-WIWA, BY KEN SARO-WIWA (Contact Theatre, Manchester; single performance 31 May, 1996)

THE PAINTER OF DISHONOUR (The Pit, London EC2; opened 21 May, 1996)

PAINT YOUR WAGON (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London NW1; opened 26 July, 1996)

PENN AND TELLER (Sadler's Wells Theatre, London EC1; opened 23 April, 1996)

THE LEGEND OF PERICLES (Riverside Studios, London W6; opened 7 November, 1996)

THE PERSECUTION AND ASSASSINATION OF JEAN-PAUL MARAT AS PERFORMED BY THE INMATES OF THE ASYLUM OF CHARENTON UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE MARQUIS DE SADE (Bristol Old Vic; opened 15 November, 1996)
 

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (Royal Exchange Theatre at Upper Campfield Market, Manchester; opened 11 July, 1996)

THE PICK OF LONDON'S SECOND ONE-PERSON PLAY FESTIVAL (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 29 October, 1996)

PINOCCHIO (Birmingham Rep; opened 3 December, 1996)

PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN in EDINBURGH FRINGE 3

THE POWER OF THE DOG (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond; opened 13 May, 1996)

PRIVATE LIVES (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 17 June, 1996)

PROMISES, PROMISES (Bridewell Theatre, London EC4; opened 18 July, 1996)

THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (Criterion Theatre, London W1; opened 7 March, 1996)

RICHARD III (Barbican Theatre, London EC2; opened 27 June, 1996)

ROAD MOVIE (Lyric Studio Hammersmith, London W6; opened 22 May, 1996)

ROGUES TO RICHES (Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, nr. Newbury; opened 23 July, 1996)

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES THE SONGS OF RANDY NEWMAN (Tricycle Theatre, London NW6; opened 8 July, 1996)

RYDER in EDINBURGH FRINGE 2

SEASCAPE in GLASGOW CITIZENS AUTUMN OPENINGS

SERVING IT UP (Bush Theatre, London W12; opened 16 February, 1996)

THE SEVEN STREAMS OF THE RIVER OTA (Royal National Theatre [Lyttelton], London SE1; opened 21 September, 1996)

THE SHATTERED VESSEL (Riverside Studios, London W6; opened 19 April, 1996)

SAM SHEPARD FESTIVAL (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 3 July, 1996)

SHORT FAT KEBAB-SHOP OWNER'S SON presented with A STRANGE BIT OF HISTORY

SIMPLY DISCONNECTED (Minerva Studio, Chichester; opened 16 May, 1996)

THE SOLDIER'S SONG (Theatre Royal, Stratfod East, London E15; opened 18 March, 1996)

SONG AT SUNSET (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 11 June, 1996)

SONG FROM A FORGOTTEN CITY (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 19 March, 1996)

STATES OF SHOCK in SAM SHEPARD FESTIVAL

A STRANGE BIT OF HISTORY and SHORT FAT KEBAB-SHOP OWNER'S SON (Riverside Studios, London W6; opened 10 January, 1996)

DAVID STRASSMAN in EDINBURGH FRINGE 1

SUICIDE IN B FLAT in SAM SHEPARD FESTIVAL

SUNSET BOULEVARD (Adelphi Theatre, London WC2; press night for this cast 15 January, 1996)

SUNSPOTS (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 13 September, 1996)

TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (Derby Playhouse; opened 23 February, 1996)

THINK NO EVIL OF US MY LIFE WITH KENNETH WILLIAMS in EDINBURGH FRINGE 4

THIS LIME TREE BOWER (Bush Theatre, London W12; opened 5 July, 1996)

THREE HOURS AFTER MARRIAGE (Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; opened 15 May, 1996)

THE THREE SISTERS (Harrogate Theatre; opened 25 April, 1996)

TIME AND THE ROOM (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; opened 27 August, 1996)

TOMMY (Shaftesbury Theatre, London WC2; opened 5 March, 1996)

A TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS (Apollo Theatre, London W1; opened 11 December, 1996)

TWELVE: see EDINBURGH FRINGE 1

20-52 (Tricycle Theatre, London NW6; opened 4 March, 1996)

2 BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT (Arts Theatre, London WC2; opened 25 July, 1996)

(UNCLE) VANYA (Almeida Theatre, London N1; opened 19 June, 1996)

VARIÉTÉ (Hackney Empire, London E8/touring; opened 30 September, 1996)

VIOLIN TIME (Royal National Theatre [Cottesloe]/Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; opened 2 October, 1996)

VIPER'S OPIUM: see EDINBURGH FRINGE 3

A VISIT FROM MISS PROTHERO in OFFICE SUITE

VOYEURZ (Whitehall Theatre, London SW1; opened 22 July, 1996)

WARTS AND ALL (Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, nr. Newbury; opened 19 February, 1996)

GENO WASHINGTON in EDINBURGH FRINGE 2

WHEN WE ARE MARRIED (Chichester Festival Theatre; opened 30 July, 1996)

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Almeida Theatre, London N1; opened 25 September, 1996)

WOMEN LAUGHING (Palace Theatre, Watford; opened 8 October, 1996)
 


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