2009

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THREE WOMEN (Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1; opened 7 January, 2009)

MANDY PATINKIN IN CONCERT (Duke Of York's Theatre, London WC2; opened 8 January, 2009)

IN BLOOD: THE BACCHAE (Arcola Theatre, London E8; opened 9 January, 2009)

ROARING TRADE (Soho Theatre + Writers' Centre, London W1; opened 12 January, 2009)

HIT ME!: THE LIFE AND RHYMES OF IAN DURY (Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2; opened 13 January, 2009)

LES SEPT PLANCHES DE LA RUSE (Barbican Theatre, London EC2; opened 15 January, 2009)

EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR (Olivier Theatre, London SE1; opened 16 January, 2009)

COMPLICIT (The Old Vic, London SE1; opened 19 January, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 01–02/2009

L'╔CUME DE L'AIR (The Pit, London EC2; opened 20 January, 2009)

THRILLER – LIVE (Lyric Theatre, London W1; opened 21 January, 2009)

THE CONVICT'S OPERA (Salisbury Playhouse / touring; opened 22 January, 2009)

BE NEAR ME (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 26 January, 2009)

PRIVATE LIVES (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 27 January, 2009)

PLONTER (The Pit, London EC2; opened 27 January, 2009)

ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE (Trafalgar Studio 1, London SW1; opened 30 January, 2009)

SHADES (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London SE1; opened 2 February, 2009)

SHUN-KIN (Barbican Theatre, London EC2; opened 4 February, 2009)

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Duke Of York's, London WC2; opened 5 February, 2009)

THE STONE (Royal Court Theatre, London SW1; opened 9 February, 2009)

THE STONE (Royal Court Theatre, London SW1; opened 9 February, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 03/2009

ENGLAND PEOPLE VERY NICE (Olivier Theatre, London SE1; opened 11 February, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 05/2009

WRECKS (Bush Theatre, London W11; opened 13 February, 2009)

OTHELLO (Touring, seen at Hackney Empire; 14 February, 2009)

THE TEMPEST (Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon / touring; opened 17 February, 2009)

OTHELLO (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and touring; opened 18 February, 2009)

PLAGUE OVER ENGLAND (Duchess Theatre, London WC2; opened 23 February, 2009)

PLAGUE OVER ENGLAND (Duchess Theatre, London WC2; opened 23 February, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 04/2009

HAMLET (SchaubŘhne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin; seen February, 2009) in  PROMPT CORNER 05/2009

AS YOU LIKE IT (Curve, Leicester; opened 3 March, 2009)

DANCING AT LUGHNASA (The Old Vic, London SE1; opened 5 March, 2009)

OVER THERE (Royal Court Theatre, London SW1; opened 6 March, 2009)


STOVEPIPE (West 12 Shopping Centre, London W12; pened 9 March, 2009)

BERLIN HANOVER EXPRESS (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 10 March, 2009)

THE LAST CIGARETTE (Minerva Studio, Chichester; opened 17 March, 2009)

THE LAST CIGARETTE (Minerva Studio, Chichester; opened 17 March, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 06/2009

TRUMBO (Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1; opened 18 March, 2009)

TRUMBO (Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1; opened 18 March, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 06/2009

BILLY TWINKLE: REQUIEM FOR A GOLDEN BOY (Silk Street Theatre, London EC2; opened 19 March, 2009)

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL (Palace Theatre, London W1; opened 23 March, 2009)

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL (Palace Theatre, London W1; opened 23 March, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 06'2009

TWELFTH NIGHT AFTER WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Barbican Theatre, London EC2; opened 24 March, 2009)

DIMETOS (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 25 March, 2009)

SPRING AWAKENING (Novello Theatre, London WC2; opened 26 March, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 09/2009

TUSK TUSK (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London SW1; opened 1 April, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 07/2009

THE FEVER (Royal Court Theatre, London SW1; opened 6 April, 2009)

DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN (Olivier Theatre, London SE1; opened 8 April, 2009)


DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN (Olivier Theatre, London SE1; opened 8 April, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 07/2009

THE WINTER'S TALE (Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; opened 9 April, 2009)

ONLY WHEN I LAUGH (Arcola Theatre, London E8; opened 15 April, 2009)

HAY FEVER (Chichester Festival Theatre, W. Sussex; opened 16 April, 2009)

PANIC (The Pit, London EC2; opened 16 April, 2009)

NOCTURNAL (Gate Theatre, London W11; opened 21 April, 2009)


STOP MESSING ABOUT (Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2; opened 22 April, 2009)

THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN (Tricycle Theatre, London NW6; opened 24 April, 2009)

THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN (Tricycle Theatre, London NW6; opened 24 April, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 09/2009

AS YOU LIKE IT (Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; opened 28 April, 2009)

ROOKERY NOOK (Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1; opened 29 April, 2009)

WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 30 April, 2009)

TIME AND THE CONWAYS (Lyttelton Theatre, London SE1; opened 5 May, 2009)

WAITING FOR GODOT (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London SW1; opened 6 May, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 09/2009

BREAKING NEWS (Theatre Royal, Brighton; opened 7 May, 2009)

THE CONTINGENCY PLAN: On The Beach / Resilience (Bush Theatre, London W12; opened 7 May, 2009)

MONSTERS (Arcola Theatre, London E8; opened 8 May, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 10/2009

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD (Theatre Royal, Brighton / touring; opened 12 May, 2009)

IPHIGENIE AUF TAURIS (SchaubŘhne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin; opened 14 May, 2009)

THE PRODUCERS (Admiralspalast, Berlin; opened 15 May, 2009)

A DOLL'S HOUSE (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 19 May, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 10/2009

THE OBSERVER (Cottesloe Theatre, London SE1; opened 20 May, 2009)

╠Y└-IL╔ (THE FIRST WIFE) (Soho Theatre + Writers' Centre, London W1; opened 21 May, 2009)

JULIUS CAESAR (Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; opened 26 May, 2009)

SANDRA BERNHARD: WITHOUT YOU I'M NOTHING (Leicester Square Theatre, London W1; opened 26 May, 2009)

AUNT DAN AND LEMON (Royal Court Theatre, London SW1; opened 27 May, 2009)

WALLENSTEIN (Minerva Studio, Chichester; opened 29 May, 2009)

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London NW1; opened 1 June, 2009)

SISTER ACT (London Palladium, London W1; opened 2 June, 2009)

HAMLET (Wyndham's Theatre, London WC2; opened 3 June, 2009)

AS YOU LIKE IT (Shakespeare's Globe, London SE1; opened 8 June, 2009)

THE WINTER'S TALE / THE CHERRY ORCHARD (The Old Vic, London SE1; opened 9 June, 2009)

THE MOUNTAINTOP (Theatre 503, London SW11; opened 12 June, 2009)

BEEN SO LONG (Young Vic Theatre, London SE1; opened 17 June, 2009)


OH WELL NEVER MIND BYE (Union Theatre, London SE1; opened 18 June, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 13/2009

APOLOGIA (Bush Theatre, London W12; opened 22 June, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 13/2009

OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 23 June, 2009)

THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE (Minerva Studio, Chichester; opened 30 June, 2009)

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: Everybody Loves A Winner / It Felt Like A Kiss / Marina Abramovic Presents... (Various venues, Manchester
Opened 3 / 4 July, 2009)


MARINA ABRAMOVIC PRESENTS... (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; opened 4 July, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 14/2009

SPIKE MILLIGAN'S ADOLF HITLER: MY PART IN HIS DOWNFALL (Bristol Old Vic; opened 9 July, 2009)

SWANSONG and THE BROWNING VERSION / HOME / THE APPLE CART (Theatre Royal, Bath; opened 13 / 14 July, 2009)

ENRON (Minerva Studio, Chichester; opened 22 July, 2009)

4.48 PSYCHOSIS (Young Vic (Maria), London SE1; opened 23 July, 2009)

TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN (Comedy Theatre, London SW1; opened 24 July, 2009)

DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS (Savoy Theatre, London WC2; opened 27 July, 2009)

DIRT (Arcola Theatre, London E8; opened 30 July, 2009)

THREE MORE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (Lyttelton Theatre, London SE1; opened 31 July, 2009)

SUDDENLOSSOFDIGNITY.COM (Bush Theatre, London W12; opened 3 August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: Sea Wall / Midsummer / East 10th Street / Little Gem / Stefan Golaszewski Is A Widower / Barflies (Traverse Theatre and offshoots, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: Internal / The Red Room / Palace Of The End / Orphans / The Interminable Suicide Of Gregory Church (Traverse Theatre and offshoots, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: Beachy Head / Accidental Nostalgia / 360 / A British Subject (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: Optimism / Faith Healer / Diaspora (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

FAUST (Lowland Hall, Ingliston, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: Wondermart / Guru Guru / The Hotel / Sporadical / Noir / The Event (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: The Doubtful Guest / If That's All There Is / Bette Bourne: A Life In Three Acts / The Last Witch (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: Chronicles Of Long Kesh / This Is Now / Lilly Through The Dark (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: The Body Tights Man Show / The School For Scandal / Simon Amstell: Do Nothing (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH COLUMN: Heroin(e) For Breakfast / Tim Key: The Slutcracker / Otto Kuhnle (Various venues, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

THE YALTA GAME / AFTERPLAY (King's Theatre, Edinburgh; August, 2009)

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE (Various venues; August, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 16–17/2009

ALAN CUMMING: I BOUGHT A BLUE CAR TODAY (Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2; opened 2 September, 2009)

VANYA (Gate Theatre, London W11; opened 2 September, 2009)

VANYA (Gate Theatre, London W11; opened 2 September, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 18/2009

QUADROPHENIA (Touring; seen at Theatre Royal, Brighton; opened 3 September, 2009)

ED BYRNE: DIFFERENT CLASS (Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2; opened 7 September, 2009)

PUNK ROCK (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 8 September, 2009)

PUNK ROCK (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 8 September, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 18/2009

THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE (Hampstead Theatre, London NW3; opened 22 September, 2009)

TALENT (Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1; opened 23 September, 2009)

THE GRAIN STORE / THE DRUNKS (Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; opened 24 September, 2009)

SPEAKING IN TONGUES (Duke Of York's Theatre, London WC2; opened 28 September, 2009)

THE AUTHOR (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London SW1; opened 29 September, 2009)

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (Theatre Rotal, Haymarket, London SW1; opened 29 September, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 20/2009

MONEY (42-44 Bermondsey Street, London SE1; opened 30 September, 2009)

PRICK UP YOUR EARS (Comedy Theatre, London SW1; opened 30 September, 2009)

PRICK UP YOUR EARS (Comedy Theatre, London SW1; opened 30 September, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 20/2009

FOUND IN THE GROUND (Riverside Studios, London W6; opened 1 October, 2009)

THE POWER OF YES (Lyttelton Theatre, London SE1; opened 6 October, 2009)

THE BLUE DRAGON (O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin; opened 8 October, 2009)

TALES OF BALLYCUMBER (Abbey Theatre, Dublin; opened 9 October, 2009)

FREEFALL / RADIO MUEZZIN (Project Arts Centre / Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin; opened 10 October, 2009)


LIFE IS A DREAM (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 13 October, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 21/2009

MY WONDERFUL DAY (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; opened 13 October, 2009)

COMEDIANS (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 14 October, 2009)


COMEDIANS (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 14 October, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 21/2009

ENDGAME (Duchess Theatre, London WC2; opened 15 October, 2009)

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE (Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2; opened 20 October, 2009)

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE (Vaudeville Theatre, London WC2; opened 20 October, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 21/2009

TWELFTH NIGHT (Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; opened 21 October, 2009)

PAINS OF YOUTH (Cottesloe Theatre, London SE1; opened 28 October, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 22/2009

MRS KLEIN (Almeida Theatre, London N1; opened 29 October, 2009)

SEIZE THE DAY (Tricycle Theatre, London NW6; opened 2 November, 2009)

SHRADDHA (Soho Theatre + Writers' Centre, London W1; opened 4 November, 2009)

THE MAKING OF MOO (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond; opened 13 November, 2009)

THE HABIT OF ART (Lyttelton Theatre, London SE1; opened 17 November, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 23/2009

COCK (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London SW1; opened 18 November, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 23/2009

THE FAHRENHEIT TWINS (The Pit, London EC2; opened 19 November, 2009)

THE ROMAN TRAGEDIES (Barbican Theatre, London EC2; opened 20 November, 2009)

THE LINE (Arcola Theatre, London E8; opened 23 November, 2009)

THE LINE (Arcola Theatre, London E8; opened 23 November, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 24/2009

NATION (Olivier Theatre, London SE1; opened 24 November, 2009)

MOLI╚RE, OR THE LEAGUE OF HYPOCRITES (Finborough Theatre, London SW10; opened 26 November, 2009)

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 30 November, 2009)

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Lyric Hammersmith, London W6; opened 30 November, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 25–26/2009

JIGGERY POKERY (BAC, London SW11; opened 2 December, 2009)

ALADDIN (Hackney Empire, London E8; opened 3 December, 2009)

PETER PAN (The O2, London SE10; opened 3 December, 2009)

KIM NOBLE WILL DIE / THE PAJAMA MEN: LAST STAND TO REASON (Soho Theatre + Writers' Centre, London W1; opened 7 December, 2009)

ALADDIN (Theatre Royal Stratford East, London E15; opened 8 December, 2009)

RED (Donmar Warehouse, London WC2; opened 8 December, 2009)

MORECAMBE (Duchess Theatre, London WC2; opened 10 December, 2009)

ALADDIN (Shaw Theatre, London NW1; opened 11 December, 2009)

ALADDIN (New Wimbledon Theatre, London SW19; opened 15 December, 2009)

ARABIAN NIGHTS (Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; opened 15 December, 2009)

THE CAT IN THE HAT (Cottesloe Theatre, London SE1; opened 16 December, 2009)

THE MISANTHROPE (ComedyTheatre, London SE1; opened 17 December, 2009)

THE MISANTHROPE (Comedy Theatre, London SW1; opened 17 December, 2009) in PROMPT CORNER 25–26/2009



PROMPT CORNER 25–26/2009: The Misanthrope / Jack And The Beanstalk (Various venues; December, 2009)


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