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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TIME AND THE ROOM (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; opened 27 August, 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 ALCHEMIST (Birmingham Rep/Royal National Theatre [Olivier], London SE1; opened 10 September, 1996)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PINOCCHIO (Birmingham Rep; opened 3 December, 1996)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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