Aldwych Theatre (1905-Present)

The theatre was built as a pair with the Waldorf Theatre now known as the Novello Theatre, both being designed by W.G.R. Sprague. Funded by Seymour Hicks, in association with the American impressario Charles Frohman, and built by Walter Wallis of Balham. The ornate decorations were in the Georgian style. The theatre was constructed on the newly built Aldwych.

The Aldwych theatre opened on 23 December 1905 with a production of Blue Bell, a new version of Hicks' popular pantomime Bluebell in Fairyland. In February 1913 the theatre was used by Serge Diaghilev and Vaslav Nijinsky for the first rehearsals of Le Sacre du Printemps before its controversial première in Paris later that year. From 1925-1933, it became the home of Ben Travers's farces, also known as The Aldwych Farces. Members of Travers's company included Ralph Lynn, Tom Walls, Yvonne Arnaud, Norma Varden, Mary Brough, Winifred Shotter and Robertson Hare. In 1933, Richard Tauber presented and starred in a new version of Das Dreimäderlhaus at the Aldwych under the title Lilac Time. From the mid-1930s until about 1960, the theatre was owned by the Abrahams family.

On 15 December 1960, after intense speculation, it was announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford-upon-Avon was to base its London productions in the Aldwych Theatre for the next three years. In fact they stayed for over 20 years, finally moving to the Barbican Arts Centre in 1982. During absences of the RSC, the theatre hosted the annual World Theatre Seasons, foreign plays in their original productions, invited to London by the theatre impresario Peter Daubeny, annually from 1964 to 1973 and finally in 1975. For his involvement with these Aldwych seasons, run without Arts Council or other official support, Daubeny won the Evening Standard special award in 1972.

Date Play
Apr 19, 2012 Top Hat
Jan 31, 2012 Midnight Tango
Nov 30, 2011 A Round-Heeled Woman
Sep 28, 2006 Dirty Dancing
Apr 27, 2006 Dancing in the Streets
Sep 6, 2002 Fame: The Musical
Apr 5, 2002 Bedroom Farce
Feb 6, 2002 Mother Clap's Molly House
Jan 8, 2002 Top Girls
Dec 11, 2001 Thunderbirds FAB
Sep 20, 2001 Mahler's Conversion
Feb 17, 2001 The Secret Garden
Jun 22, 1998 Whistle Down the Wind
Jan 5, 1998 Amy's View
Oct 23, 1997 The Boys in the Band
Jul 30, 1997 Life Support
Apr 9, 1997 Tom and Clem
Oct 30, 1996 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Apr 25, 1996 Tolstoy
Feb 21, 1996 Present Laughter
Jan 22, 1996 The Field of Ambrosia
Feb 15, 1995 Indian Ink
Aug 25, 1993 An Inspector Calls
1992 The Importance of Being Earnest
1991 The Cotton Club
1991 Brand
1990 Coriolanus
1990 Private Lives
1989 The Cherry Orchard
1988 The Black Prince
1988 The Sneeze
1987 Hapgood
Oct 15, 1985 Phedra
1985 Made in Bangkok
1985 Annie Get Your Gun
1984 Gala: A Tribute to Joyce Grenfell
1984 Jumpers
Apr 20, 1982 Good
Feb 12, 1982 The Forest
Jan 11, 1982 La Ronde
Dec 22, 1981 The Swan Down Gloves
Nov 24, 1981 Richard III
Nov 10, 1981 Richard II
Oct 9, 1981 Romeo and Juliet
Sep 17, 1981 Hamlet
Sep 8, 1981 The Love Girl and the Innocent
Jul 22, 1981 As You Like It
Jul 16, 1981 The Merchant of Venice
Jul 6, 1981 Troilus and Cressida
Apr 23, 1981 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Apr 16, 1981 The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Feb 4, 1981 The Suicide
Jan 13, 1981 Passion Play
Nov 22, 1980 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Oct 7, 1980 Juno and the Paycock
Aug 14, 1980 Othello
Jun 21, 1980 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
May 8, 1980 The Merry Wives of Windsor
Apr 11, 1980 Twelfth Night
Feb 2, 1980 The Greeks
Dec 28, 1979 Piaf
Nov 6, 1979 Measure for Measure
Oct 9, 1979 The Children of the Sun
Sep 4, 1979 Once in a Lifetime
Jul 18, 1979 Antony and Cleopatra
May 29, 1979 The White Guard
Apr 27, 1979 The Taming of the Shrew
Apr 12, 1979 Love's Labour's Lost
Dec 21, 1978 Saratoga, or Pistol for Seven
Nov 5, 1978 Old Time Music Hall
Oct 16, 1978 The Changeling
Sep 22, 1978 Cousin Vladimir
Sep 15, 1978 As You Like It
Jul 31, 1978 The Women Pirates Ann Bonney and Mary Read
Jun 16, 1978 The Dance of Death
Jun 2, 1978 Coriolanus
Apr 30, 1978 A Miserable and Lonely Death
Apr 15, 1978 Henry VI Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3
Apr 4, 1978 Henry V
Jan 27, 1978 The Way of the World
Dec 14, 1977 The Alchemist
Dec 14, 1977 The Comedy of Errors
Nov 1, 1977 The Days of the Commerce
Sep 15, 1977 Troilus and Cressida
Aug 1, 1977 Pillars of the Community
Jul 5, 1977 Romeo and Juliet
Jun 29, 1977 Much Ado About Nothing
Jun 25, 1977 A Midsummer Nights Dream
May 10, 1977 Destiny
May 2, 1977 King Lear
Feb 22, 1977 Privates on Parade
Dec 9, 1976 Wild Oats
Oct 7, 1976 Old World
Sep 2, 1976 Ivanov
Jul 8, 1976 The Devil's Disciple
May 20, 1976 The Iceman Cometh
Apr 22, 1976 Zykovs
Mar 24, 1976 The Merry Wives of Windsor
Jan 28, 1976 Henry IV, Part 2
Jan 27, 1976 Henry IV, Part 1
Jan 16, 1976 Henry V
Dec 7, 1975 The Actors Are Come Hither… Buzz, Buzz
Dec 2, 1975 Return of A. J. Raffler
Oct 21, 1975 Too True To Be Good
Sep 16, 1975 The Marrying of Ann Leete
Aug 14, 1975 Jingo
Jul 15, 1975 Hedda Gabler
May 27, 1975 Travesties
Apr 29, 1975 Love's Labour's Lost
Mar 4, 1975 Macbeth
Feb 6, 1975 Twelfth Night
Jan 6, 1975 King John
1974 Hedda Gabler
Dec 19, 1974 Cymbeline
Nov 19, 1974 The Marquis of Keith
Sep 18, 1974 Richard III
Sep 5, 1974 Doctor Faustus
Aug 27, 1974 Summerfolk
Jun 10, 1974 Travesties
May 7, 1974 The Bewitched
Feb 5, 1974 Duck Song
Jan 23, 1974 Section Nine
Jan 1, 1974 Sherlock Holmes
Nov 25, 1973 Midwinter Spring
Oct 24, 1973 Titus Andronicus
Oct 23, 1973 Antony and Cleopatra
Oct 23, 1973 Julius Caesar
Oct 22, 1973 Coriolanus
Oct 17, 1973 Landscape
Oct 17, 1973 A Slight Ache
Mar 7, 1973 Suzanna Andler
Dec 5, 1972 The Island of the Mighty
Aug 31, 1972 Muder in the Cathedral
Aug 2, 1972 A Midsummer Nights Dream
Jul 18, 1972 Othello
Jun 29, 1972 The Lower Depths
Jun 22, 1972 The Merchant of Venice
Jan 31, 1972 All Over
Jan 17, 1972 The Oz Trial
Dec 15, 1971 Much Ado About Nothing
Nov 25, 1971 The Balcony
Oct 7, 1971 Exiles
Sep 13, 1971 The Man of Mode
Jul 22, 1971 Enemies
Jun 10, 1971 A Midsummer Nights Dream
Jun 1, 1971 Old Times
1970 London Assurances
1970 The Dream Play
1970 After Haggerty
Dec 22, 1970 The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Dec 17, 1970 Henry VIII
Oct 19, 1970 Major Barbara
Aug 6, 1970 Twelfth Night
Jul 21, 1970 The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising
Jul 2, 1970 The Winter's Tale
Jun 23, 1970 London Assurances
Feb 26, 1970 After Haggerty
Jan 15, 1970 Tiny Alice
Nov 27, 1969 The Revenger's Tragedy
Oct 30, 1969 Bartholomew Fair
Sep 10, 1969 The Silver Tassie
Jul 17, 1969 Much Ado About Nothing
Jun 30, 1969 Landscape
Jun 30, 1969 Silence
Jun 19, 1969 Troilus and Cressida
Mar 26, 1969 Dutch Uncle
Jan 14, 1969 A Delicate Balance
Nov 26, 1968 All the World's a Stage
Nov 25, 1968 The Madness of Lady Bright
Nov 25, 1968 Home Free!
Nov 24, 1968 The Fox and The Fly
Nov 21, 1968 Eve and After
Nov 20, 1968 Julius Caesar
Nov 15, 1968 Men-at-Arms
Nov 15, 1968 The Hollow Crown
Nov 12, 1968 Alarums and Excursions
Nov 11, 1968 Waiting for Godot
Nov 10, 1968 Pleasure and Repentance
Oct 23, 1968 God Bless
Sep 16, 1968 The Latent Heterosexual
Aug 15, 1968 The Relapse
Jul 15, 1968 The Merry Wives of Windsor
Jul 9, 1968 Room for Company
Jul 4, 1968 Indians
Mar 19, 1968 The Hollow Crown
Mar 4, 1968 Under Milk Wood
Jan 17, 1968 All's Well That End's Well
Jan 4, 1968 Macbeth
Dec 8, 1967 Ghosts
Nov 21, 1967 The Hollow Crown
Oct 15, 1967 Fordham Flower Shakespeare Recital
Sep 28, 1967 The Criminals
Aug 17, 1967 The Relapse
Aug 3, 1967 The Taming of the Shrew
Jul 19, 1967 As You Like It
Jul 3, 1967 Little Murders
Jun 14, 1967 Ghosts
Feb 26, 1967 The Senate Hearings on Vietnam
Feb 26, 1967 Two Open Debates on War
Feb 26, 1967 The Peloponnesian War
1966 The Persians
Dec 20, 1966 The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew
Nov 17, 1966 Belcher's Luck
Nov 2, 1966 Staircase
Oct 13, 1966 US
Jul 28, 1966 The Meteor
Jun 9, 1966 Days in the Trees
May 25, 1966 Tango
Feb 19, 1966 The Investigation
Jan 19, 1966 The Government Inspector
1965 The Jew of Malta
Dec 22, 1965 Hamlet
Dec 11, 1965 The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew
Nov 24, 1965 Marat / Sade
Oct 19, 1965 The Investigation
Oct 5, 1965 The Hollow Crown
Jul 15, 1965 Puntila
Jun 3, 1965 The Homecoming
May 27, 1965 Henry V
Feb 15, 1965 The Comedy of Errors
Feb 4, 1965 The Governor's Lady
Feb 4, 1965 Expedition Two
Feb 4, 1965 The Wideawakes
Feb 4, 1965 If There Weren't Any Blacks
Feb 4, 1965 Don't Make Me Laugh
Dec 17, 1964 The Merry Wives of Windsor
Oct 29, 1964 Eh?
Oct 1, 1964 The Jew of Malta
Aug 20, 1964 Marat / Sade
Aug 5, 1964 Victor
Jul 9, 1964 Endgame
Jul 2, 1964 Picnic on the Battlefield
Jul 2, 1964 Expeditions One
Jul 2, 1964 The Keyhole
Jul 2, 1964 No Why
Jul 2, 1964 Act Without Words
Jul 2, 1964 The Pedagogue
Jun 25, 1964 Afore Night Came
June 18, 1964 The Birthday Party
Feb 10, 1964 The Rebel
Jan 11, 1964 Henry VI
Jan 11, 1964 Richard III
Jan 11, 1964 Edward IV
Jan 11, 1964 The Wars of the Roses
Dec 11, 1963 The Comedy of Errors
Sep 25, 1963 The Representative
Jul 16, 1963 The Beggar's Opera
Jun 21, 1963 The Physicist
Jun 13, 1963 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jan 9, 1963 The Physicist
Dec 19, 1962 The Comedy of Errors
Dec 12, 1962 King Lear
Oct 18, 1962 The Devils
Oct 15, 1962 Troilus and Cressida
Oct 9, 1962 Curtmantle
Aug 2, 1962 A Penny For a Song
Jun 18, 1962 The Collection
Jun 18, 1962 Playing With Fire
Mar 29, 1962 The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Mar 19, 1962 The Art of Seduction
Feb 1, 1962 The Hollow Crown
Jan 10, 1962 As You Like It
1961 The Devils
Sep 13, 1961 The Taming of the Shrew
Jul 11, 1961 Becket
Mar 19, 1961 The Hollow Crown
Feb 20, 1961 The Devils
Jan 12, 1961 Ondine
Dec 19, 1960 Twelfth Night
Dec 15, 1960 The Duchess of Malfi
1957 Meet Me By Moonlight
Apr 24, 1957 Janus
Apr 14, 1955 The Bad Seed
Apr 30, 1954 The Dark is Light Enough
1951 Figure of Fun
Oct 1, 1949 A Streetcar Named Desire
Aug 30, 1944 Tomorrow the World
Feb 10, 1942 On Approval
1940 Once a Crook
1939 Nap Hand
1939 Little Ladyship
1938 Number Six
1937 Lot's Wife
1933 Indoor Fireworks
May 10, 1925 The Orphan
May 10, 1925 The Phoenix
1920 Macbeth
1916 Love for Love
1912 Her Side of the House
1911 Proud Maisie
1910 The Married Man
1910 Business
1910 The Cherry Orchard
1910 Pompey the Great
1909 Champions of Morality
1909 Civil War
1908 What the Public Wants
1908 A Modern Aspasia
1908 Unemployed
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