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THE WHITE DEVIL (The Pit, London EC2; opened 7 January, 1997)

SHOWSTOPPER (Arts Theatre, London WC2; opened 9 January, 1997)

ALL OF YOU MINE (Bush Theatre, London W12; opened 10 January, 1997)

BLACK BREAD AND CUCUMBER (Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1; opened 15 January, 1997)

ROPE (Salisbury Playhouse; opened 16 January, 1997)

THE SHIFT (Young Vic Studio, London SE1; opened 16 January, 1997)

DANCING WITH POTATOES (Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1; opened 21 January, 1997)

ONE WORD IMPROV (Albery Theatre, London WC2; opened 28 January, 1997)

GLASGOW CITIZENS FEBRUARY OPENINGS: Conversation With A Cupboard Man/Miss Julia/The Country Wife (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; opened 5-7 February, 1997)

THE JEWESS OF TOLEDO (Bridewell Theatre, London EC4; opened 10 February, 1997)

HEATHCLIFF (Labatt's Apollo Hammersmith, London W6; opened 12 February, 1997)

THE MESSAGE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds/touring; opened 17 February, 1997)

THE INHERITORS (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond; opened 24 February, 1997)

GET OUT OF HERE! (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 25 February, 1997)

KING LEAR (Leicester Haymarket; opened 27 February, 1997)

THE POSITIVE HOUR (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 4 March, 1997)

VIPER'S OPIUM (Drill Hall Arts Centre, London WC1; opened 5 March, 1997)

ENGLISH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: Beowulf/A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Theatre, Oxford/touring; opened 8 March, 1997)

WIDOWS (Cambridge Arts Theatre/touring; opened 8 March, 1997)

GLASGOW CITIZENS MARCH OPENINGS: Widowers' Houses/Eva Peron/Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; opened 12-14 March, 1997)

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHERETTES (Lyric Studio Hammersmith, London W6; opened 17 March, 1997)

HOBSON'S CHOICE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened 18 March, 1997)

MISALLIANCE (Birmingham Rep; opened 18 March, 1997)

HONESTLY (Young Vic Studio, London SE1; opened 25 March, 1997)

TOM AND CLEM (Aldwych Theatre, London WC2; opened 14 April, 1997)

CRACKED (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 15 April, 1997)

THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON (Chichester Festival Theatre; opened 22 April, 1997)

THE WASP FACTORY (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened 24 April, 1997)

ABSENT FRIENDS (Greenwich Theatre, London SE10; opened 29 April, 1997)

EASY (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 30 April, 1997)

SCHOOLGIRLS IN UNIFORM (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 1 May, 1997)

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE (Leicester Haymarket; opened 1 May, 1997)

LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN (Chichester Festival Theatre; opened 6 May, 1997)

THE SERVANT OF 2 MASTERS (Nottingham Playhouse; opened 7 May, 1997)

FAT JANET IS DEAD (Warehouse Theatre, Croydon; opened 9 May, 1997)

HENRY V (Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, nr. Newbury; opened 13 May, 1997)

MISS JULIE/THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (Derby Playhouse; opened 15 May, 1997)

MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION (Richmond Theatre/touring; opened 20 May, 1997)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Riverside Studios, London W6; opened 21 May, 1997)

THE WARP (Three Mills Island, London E3; May 24-25, 1997)

THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Birmingham Rep; opened 27 May, 1997)

THROWAWAY (Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London E15; opened 2 June, 1997)

LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART (Derby Playhouse; opened 3 June, 1997)

PINOCCHIO IN VENICE (Cambridge Arts Theatre/touring; opened 5 June, 1997)

NOCTURNE FOR LOVERS (Minerva Studio, Chichester; opened 9 June, 1997)

LA FERIA DE LOS CINCO SENTIDOS/KHOL DO (THE RETURN) (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 10-11 June, 1997)

WISHBONES (Bush Theatre, London W12; opened 13 June, 1997)

BLITHE SPIRIT (Chichester Festival Theatre; opened 16 June, 1997)

THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS (Arts Theatre, London WC2; opened 19 June, 1997)

RAMZY ABUL MAJD (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs at the Ambassadors Theatre, London WC2; opened 23 June, 1997)

DON JUAN (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened 24 June, 1997)

DISAPPEARANCES (Salisbury Playhouse Studio; opened 26 June, 1997)

SKYLIGHT (Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2; opened 30 June, 1997)

THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF NICOLAS POUSSIN (Royal London Hospital, London E1; opened 1 July, 1997)

DRINKING IN CIRCLES (White Bear Theatre, London SE11; opened 2 July, 1997)

THE PROVOK'D WIFE (Old Vic Theatre, London SE1; opened 4 July, 1997)

SUMMER HOLIDAY (Labatt's Apollo Hammersmith, London W6; opened 8 July, 1997)

ASSASSINS (New End Theatre, London NW3; opened 10 July, 1997)

DIVORCE ME, DARLING! (Chichester Festival Theatre; opened 15 July, 1997)

VANITY FAIR (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened 16 July, 1997)

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Greenwich Theatre, London SE10; opened 28 July, 1997)

'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE (Chelsea Centre, London SW10; opened 29 July, 1997)

LAST LETTERS FROM STALINGRAD (Bridewell Theatre, London EC4; opened 31 July, 1997)

A TAINTED DAWN (Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh; opened 11 August, 1997)

BLINDED BY LOVE (CEGADA DE AMOR) (Edinburgh International Conference Centre; opened 12 August, 1997)

WOUNDS TO THE FACE (Stella Artois Assembly, Edinburgh; opened 17 August, 1997)

EAST PALACE, WEST PALACE (Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh; opened 21 August, 1997)

THE COCKTAIL PARTY (King's Theatre, Edinburgh; opened 25 August, 1997)

TIMELESS (Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh; opened 27 August, 1997)

EDINBURGH FRINGE 1: Grace/Jump To Cow Heaven/Elsa Edgar/Vice And Verse – The Poetry Of Murray Lachlan Young (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 1997)

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2: The Hanging Tree/The Designated Mourner/Victor Hugo's Les Misérables/ thetownthatwentmad/Zero/27 (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 1997)

EDINBURGH FRINGE 3: Blue Heart/Massage (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 1997)

EDINBURGH FRINGE COMEDY 1: Boof!/The League Of Gentlemen/Graham Norton/Scott Capurro/Adam Bloom/The Divine Comedy (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 1997)

EDINBURGH FRINGE COMEDY 2: Glub Glub!/I Am A Coffee/Dead On The Ground/Dusty Fruit/Do You Come Here Often?/the gogmagogs gigagain (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 1997)

NEW TERRITORIES (BAC [Battersea Arts Centre], London SW11; opened 9 September, 1997)

OF MICE AND MEN (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened 9 September, 1997)

ONE NIGHT (Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London E15; opened 9 September, 1997)

PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Old Vic Theatre, London SE1; opened 15 September, 1997)

ODYSSEUS THUMP (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; opened 24 September, 1997)

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; opened 25 September, 1997)

HRH (Playhouse Theatre, London WC2; opened 9 October, 1997)

MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry/touring; opened 9 October, 1997)

SHINTOKU-MARU (Barbican Theatre, London EC2; opened 15 October, 1997)

A LETTER OF RESIGNATION (Comedy Theatre, London SW1; opened 16 October, 1997)

THEATRE STORIES (Royal National Theatre [Cottesloe], London SE1; opened 17 October, 1997)

"SHE KNOWS YOU KNOW!" (Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2; opened 20 October, 1997)

SCISSOR HAPPY (Duchess Theatre, London WC2; opened 22 October, 1997)

ELECTRA (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 23 October, 1997)

TALES MY LOVER TOLD ME (King's Head Theatre, London N1; opened 24 October, 1997)

JULIUS CAESAR (Birmingham Rep; opened 28 October, 1997)

I.D. (Riverside Studios, London W6; opened 30 October, 1997)

ANGELS AND DEMONS (Tricycle Theatre, London NW6; opened 12 November, 1997)

CARAVAN (Bush Theatre, London W12; opened 14 November, 1997)

THE END OF THE AFFAIR (Bridewell Theatre, London EC4; opened 19 November, 1997)

WALLACE AND GROMIT™ ALIVE ON STAGE IN A GRAND NIGHT OUT (Peacock Theatre, London WC2; opened 25 November, 1997)

BELFAST FESTIVAL AT QUEEN'S: Of Mice And Men, Macbeth, Phaedra, Nick Cave (Various venues, Belfast; November, 1997)

THE SNOWMAN (Birmingham Rep; opened 9 December, 1997)

JULIAN CLARY: SPECIAL DELIVERY (Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2; opened 12 December, 1997)

BABES IN THE WOOD (Palace Theatre, Watford; December, 1997)

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