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CLASSIC PLAYS: 1950-1959

Classic Plays: 1950

1950: THE SCHOOLMISTRESS - Arthur Wing Pinero (Saville)
James Thompson, Gretchen Franklin, Joan Lord, Ellen Martin, Joan Forrest, Judith Stott, Madge Elliott, Morris Sweden, Cyril Ritchard, Moya Nugent, Fred Emney, Roy Dean, Bill Fraser, Stanley Osborne, Howard Lamb; dir:Charles Hickman [8pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; VG] £3

1950: THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM - George Farquhar (Lyric)
John Clements, Kay Hammond, Robert Eddison, Charles Lloyd Pack, Phyllis Relph, Gwen Cherrell [4pp; a tatty copy] £1

1950 (Oct): THE SECOND MRS.TANQUERAY - Arthur Wing Pinero (Theatre Royal, Haymarket)
Eileen Herlie, Marie Ney, Basil Dignam, Leslie Banks, Ronald Ward, Robert Urquart; dir:Murray MacDonald, decor:Cecil Beaton [4pp; cast, credits etc.; minor marks, "20.10.50" written on cover, else VG] £3

1950 (Dec): THE SECOND MRS.TANQUERAY - Arthur Wing Pinero (Theatre Royal, Haymarket)
Eileen Herlie, Marie Ney, Basil Dignam, Norman Wooland, Ronald Ward, Robert Urquhart; dir:Murray Macdonald, decor:Cecil Beaton [4pp; cast, credits etc.; "22 Dec '50" written on cover, slightly rumpled, else VG] £2

1950: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Theatre Royal, Bristol)
Bristol Old Vic Company: Michael Hitchman, Donald Pleasence (as Slender), Edward Burnham, Julian d'Albie, Newton Blick (as Falstaff), Norman Rossington, Donald Sinden (as Pistol), Edward Stanley, David Edwards, Hugh Manning, Roland Bryant, Stuart Burge (as Doctor Caius), John Neville (as Fenton), John Phillips (as Ford), Gudrun Ure, Pamela Alan (as Mistress Ford), Lally Bowers (as Mistress Page), Joan White; dir:Denis Carey [8pp, 5x8; cast, credits etc.; biography and photograph of Joan White; somewhat rumpled, else VG] £2

c1950: THERE ARE CRIMES AND CRIMES - August Strindberg, English version by Graham Rawson (New Lindsey Theatre Club)
Anne Trigo, Aubrey Manning, Tristan Rawson, Charles Renison, Manning Whiley, Margery Caldicott, Wanda Rotha, Antony Eustrel, John Vere, Peter Forster; dir:Esme Percy [4pp, 5.5x8.5; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits, programme note etc.; VG] £2

1950: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park)
Clement Hamelin, Antony Eustrel, John Nugee, Michael Godfrey, Aubrey Woods, Leslie Crowther (as Solanio), David Powel, Peter Fawcett, Richard Bebb (as Lorenzo), Robert Atkins (as Shylock), Toke Townley, Anthony Newlands, John Fabian, John Barry, Antony Haines, Ruth Lodge (as Portia), Judith Stott, Rita Burke, Elisabeth Wade, Patricia McCarthy, Henry McGee; dir:Robert Atkins [single 5.5x8.75 sheet; slightly rumpled but uncommon] £2
1950: OTHELLO
1950 (Autumn): OTHELLO (Arts Council Tour)
Gordon Heath, Julian Somers, Valerie White, Roy Purcell, Willoughby Goddard, Pauline Henriques, Dilys Lay, John Frankau; dir:Ken Tynan [4pp, 5x8; cast, credits, tour dates etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] (£3) SOLD

Classic Plays: 1951

1951: HIS HOUSE IN ORDER - Arthur Wing Pinero (New)
James Ottaway, James Raglan, Sebastian Shaw, Godfrey Tearle, Joan Haythorne, Jeremy Spenser, Pamela Stirling, Mary Kerridge, Wynne Clark, Jacqueline Squire, Jack Lambert, George Merritt, Brian Oulton, Michael Logan; dir:John Counsell [8pp; cast, scenes, credits; slightly rumpled, else VG] £2

1951: EMLYN WILLIAMS as CHARLES DICKENS - Emlyn Williams (Lyric, Hammersmith)
Emlyn Williams [8pp; VVG] £2

1951: THE SECOND MRS.TANQUERAY - Arthur Wing Pinero (Theatre Royal, Haymarket)
Eileen Herlie, Marie Ney, Norman Wooland, Robert Urquhart; dir:Murray Macdonald, des:Cecil Beaton [4pp; rumpled] £1

1951: OTHELLO (St.James's)
Orson Welles, Gudrun Ure, Basil Lord, Peter Finch (as Iago), Keith Pyott, John Van Eyssen, Aubrey Richards, Edward Mulhare, Maxine Audley, Michael Warre, Dianne Foster, Giles Cooper; dir:Orson Welles, decor by Motley [8pp; very much rumpled - a reading copy only] £1

1951: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Open Air, Regent's Park)
Robert Atkins, Richard Johnson (as Demetrius), Russell Thorndike, Leslie Crowther (as Flute), Diana Wilson, Judith Stott, Josephine Tweedy, Diarmuid Kelly (as Oberon), Leslie French; dir:Robert Atkins [4pp; cast, credits etc.; with invitation to associated Garden Party (6 June); VG] £2

1951: PRESERVING MR.PANMURE - Arthur Wing Pinero (Aldwych)
Reginald Purdell, Dorothy Reynolds, Gwen Cherrell, Alan MacNaughtan, John Garside; dir:John Fernald [4pp; cast, scenes etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £2

1951: THE TEMPEST (Mermaid)
Clifford Evans, Josephine Griffin, Anthony Service, Bryan Coleman, Ferdy Mayne, Bernard Miles (as Caliban), Toke Townley, Terry Wale, Josephine Wilson, Genitha Halsey, Maggie Teyte (as Juno); dir:Julius Gellner [6pp triple-fold, 5x8.5; cast, credits, programme notes etc.; VG] £4

Classic Plays: 1952

1952: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Royal Court)
The Group Theatre: Donald Eccles, Jeremy Geidt, Patricia Burke, June Brown (as Second Courtezan), John Van Eyssen, John Garley, Cecil Winter, Ernest Milton, Gudrun Ure, Wilfred Fletcher, Marie Ney; dir:Rupert Doone and Roy M.Walker [8pp, 4.8x7.25; cast, credits etc.; VG] £4

1952: EMLYN WILLIAMS as CHARLES DICKENS (Duchess)
Emlyn Williams [8pp; extensive programme notes; slightly rumpled, else VG] £2

1952: EMLYN WILLIAMS as Charles Dickens in BLEAK HOUSE (Ambassadors)
Emlyn Williams [8pp; list of characters, programme notes etc.; VG] £2

1952: THE CONSTANT COUPLE - George Farquhar (Winter Garden)
Alec Clunes, Laurence Hardy, Tony Britton, Richard Wordsworth, Ivan Staff, Geoffrey Hibbert, Cavan Malone, John Kidd, Arnold Diamond, Denis Holmes, Tom Colmer, Richard Walter, Maxine Audley, Dorothy Green, Ruth Trouncer, Ann Summers, Cicely Paget-Bowman, Joyce Ash; dir:Alec Clunes [8pp, 5x7.5; cast list, credits, programme note, photo of Alec Clunes; VG] £3

Classic Plays: 1953

1953: THE FATHER - August Strindberg (Arts Theatre Club)
Wilfred Lawson, Oliver Johnston, Paul Stasino, Gerald Harper, Beatrix Lehmann, Kynaston Reeves, Nora Nicholson, Dorothy Gordon; dir:Peter Cotes [8pp, 6x4.75; VG] £2

1953: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE - Oscar Wilde (Savoy)
Jean Cadell, Frances Hyland, William Mervyn, Athene Seyler, Peter Barkworth, Paul Anstee, Isabel Jeans, Joan Benham, Philip Burton, Clive Brook, Charles Perry, Stringer Davis, Peter Bayliss, Nora Swinburne, Aubrey Mather, Daphne Newton; dir:Michael Benthall [12pp, 5x7.5; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; VG] £3

1953: A DOLL'S HOUSE - Henrik Ibsen (Lyric, Hammersmith)
Sylvia Syms, Mai Zetterling, Mogens Wieth, Michael Goodliffe, Rosalie Crutchley, Winifred Evans, Margaret McCourt, Brian Parker, George Rose; dir:Peter Ashmore [8pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits, notes etc.; VG] £2

1953 (Sep): THE WAY OF THE WORLD - William Congreve (Library Theatre, Manchester)
Peter Whitbread, Ralph Nossek, Lorna Bartelle, Roy Hope, John Saunders, Ivo Roderick, Diana Olsson, Muriel Barker, Barbara Lott, Margaret Butt, Elizabeth Rogers, Joan Heath, Pat Blyton, Alec Gunn; dir:Stuart Latham [16pp, 5x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; tatty - a reading copy] £1

1953 (Nov): THE DUCHESS OF MALFI - John Webster (Library Theatre, Manchester)
Barbara Lott, Muriel Barker, Diana Olsson, Joan Heath, Douglas Rye, Alec Gunn, Denis Raymond, Peter Whitbread, Ralph Nossek, John Saunders, Roy Hope, David Marlowe, Michael Robbins, Ivo Roderick, John Saunders, Patricia Blyton, David Marlowe, Margaret Butt; dir:Stuart Latham [16pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, programme notes, large photo of Barbara Lott etc.; VG] £3

1953: MARIA MARTEN by The Hon.___, a Gentleman (Arts Theatre Club) Mark Dignam, Andrew Downie, William Dickie, S.Williams, Alan Dudley; dir:Alec Clunes; music:Donald Swann [4pp, 5.75x8.7; "period" programme; Scene Ten: INSIDE THE RED BARN! PERFIDY! - DECEPTION! - MURDER! - Incredible Transformation Scene. ... Scene Seventeen: THE MARKET PLACE. The Scaffold. The Hour of the Infanticide's Retribution - Remorse in the Extreme - Honour's Vindication - A SURPRISING VISION - Death to the Death-Dealer ... etc.; slightly tatty but attractive and interesting] £3

Classic Plays: 1954

1954: THE DIARY OF A NOBODY - George and Weedon Grossmith, adapted by Basil Dean and Richard Blake (Arts Theatre Club)
George Benson, Dulcie Gray, Edna Petrie, Helen Christie, Willoughby Goddard, Brian Wilde, Leslie Phillips, Michael John, Rose Hill, Laurie Main, Alan MacNaughtan, Erik Chitty, Sidney Vivian, Diane Todd, Ernest Hare; dir:Basil Dean [8pp, 5x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; VG] £3

1954: THE CHERRY ORCHARD - Anton Chekhov (Lyric, Hammersmith)
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Trevor Howard, Esme Percy, Robert Eddison; dir:John Gielgud [8pp; cast, credits etc.; VG] £2

1954: PYGMALION - G. B. Shaw (St.James's, King Street)
John Clements, Kay Hammond, Nicholas Hannen, Athene Seyler [8pp] £2

1954: CHARLEY'S AUNT - Brandon Thomas (Strand)
Simon Lack, Eliot Makeham, David Evans, John Mills, Joy Rodgers, Jennifer Wright, William Mervyn, Philip Stainton, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Natasha Parry; dir:John Gielgud, des:Motley [12pp, 4.75x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; light horizontal bend, else VG] £3

1954 (Jun): THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Library Theatre, Manchester)
Elizabethan Theatre Company: Josee Richard, Tony Church, Frank Windsor, Colin George, Peter Jeffrey, Clifford Rose, Peter Ellis, Yvonne Bonnamy, Deirdre Doone; dir:Peter Hall, sets:Anthony Waller, costumes:Malcolm Pride, music:Brian Easdale [12pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, programme note by Peter Hall, photo etc.; The Elizabethan Theatre Company is under the Artistic Direction of John Barton, Colin George, Hugh Goldie, Peter Hall and Toby Robertson; date written on cover, else VG] £5

1954 (11 April): EMLYN WILLIAMS as CHARLES DICKENS (Wyndham's)
Emlyn Williams [8pp, 5x7.4; a Special Performance in aid of The Building Fund Appeal of the Central School of Speech and Drama; list of items, programme note, credits etc.; rumpled] £1

1954 (Nov): RICHARD II (The Playhouse, Kidderminster)
Elizabethan Theatre Company: Toby Robertson, Frank Windsor, Michael Martin, Clifford Rose, Peter Jeffrey, Emrys James, Colin George, Harry Londis (sic), Pauline Adderley, Yvonne Bonnamy; dir:John Barton, des:Disley Jones [8pp; cast, programme note etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

Classic Plays: 1955

1955: LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS - Alexandre Dumas, fils (Duke of York's)
Compagnie Edwige Feuillere: Edwige Feuillere, Jacques Dacqmine, Charlotte Clasis, Jacques Berlioz; stage director:Henri Lecomte [8pp, 4.75x7.25; w.synopsis insert; cast, credits, notes etc.; VG] £4

1955: CLASSICAL THEATRE OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (Palace)
Details of three different programmes; repertoire notes by Miles Malleson, credits [8pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, credits, notes etc.; VG] £4

1955: CHARLEY'S AUNT - Brandon Thomas (Globe)
Gerald Harper, A. J. Brown, Richard Waring, Frankie Howerd (as Lord Fancourt Babberley), Joy Rodgers, Wendy Williams, Charles Cullum, Wensley Pithey, Marjorie Stewart (as Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez), Jane Downs; dir:William Chappell [8pp, 5x7.4; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; VG] £4

1955: HAMLET (Arts Council Tour)
Elizabethan Theatre Company: Richard Gale (as Hamlet), Eric Thompson (as Claudius), Toby Robertson (as Polonius and Osric), Peter Jeffrey (as Horatio), Clifford Rose (as Laertes and Guildenstern), David Terence (as Rosencrantz), Bernard Brown (as Priest and Marcellus), Peter Barker (as Barnardo and Lucianus), Roger Boston (as Francisco), Patrick Duffy (as Prologue, 2nd Gravedigger and An Attendant), Colin George (as Player King, 1st Gravedigger, Fortinbras and Ghost), Simon Carter (as Player Queen and A Sailor), Patricia Kneale (as Gertrude), Lesley Nunnerley (as Ophelia), Yvonne Bonnamy and Patricia Voysey (as Ladies attendant on the Queen); directed by Peter Wood, music composed by David King, fights arranged by John Barton [4pp; cast, credits, producer's note, Tour dates etc.; remarkable cast; rumpled, else VG; very uncommon] £3

Classic Plays: 1956

1956: CHARLEY'S AUNT - Brandon Thomas (Globe)
Gerald Harper, A.J.Brown, Richard Waring, Frankie Howerd (as Lord Fancourt Babberley), Joy Rodgers, Wendy Williams, Charles Cullum, Wensley Pithey, Marjorie Stewart (as Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez), Jane Downs; dir: William Chappell [8pp, 5x7.4; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; light vertical bend, else VG] £4

1956: CYRANO DE BERGERAC - Edmond Rostand (Theatre Sarah Berhardt, Paris)
Pierre Dux, Michel Herbault, Francoise Christophe, Paul Cambo; dir:Raymond Rouleau, des:Lila de Nobili [68pp, 5x7; 60+ cast photos, articles, designs etc.; VG] £5

1956: CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA - G. B. Shaw (Old Vic)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre: Doreen Aris, Geoffrey Bayldon, Nancie Jackson, Kenneth Mackintosh, Charmian Eyre, Bunny May, Robert Chetwyn, Ronald Hines, Bernard Hepton, Colin George, Mark Kingston, Nicholas Courtney, Angus Mackay, Albert Finney (as Belzanor); dir:Douglas Seale [8pp; cast, scenes, credits, programme notes etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1956: THE COUNTRY WIFE - William Wycherley (Royal Court)
Laurence Harvey, Nigel Davenport, Esme Percy, Diana Churchill, Sheila Ballantine, Alan Bates, Robert Stephens, John Moffatt, George Devine, Joan Plowright, Moyra Fraser; dir:George Devine [16pp, 4.9x7.25; 8 photos; minor tear on cover, else VG] £2

1956: THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES - Moliere, adapted by Miles Malleson (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham)
Alexandra Repertory Company: Michael Barrington, William Avenell, Rex Garner, Pauline Williams, Ursula O'Leary, John Bown, Leslie Sands, Vernon Fortescue; dir:Peter Powell [8pp, 5.5x8.4; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; VG] £3

1956: THE RIVALS - R. B. Sheridan (Saville)
Peter Sallis, Michael Kent, Petra Davies, Clare Bradley (for Kay Hammond), Peggy Simpson, Athene Seyler, John Clements, Laurence Harvey, Paul Daneman, Michael Medwin, William Mervyn, Brian Hayes; dir:William Chappell [8pp, 5.5x8.75; cast change written on cast page; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

1956: THE RIVALS - R. B. Sheridan (Saville)
Peter Sallis, Michael Kent, Petra Davies, Gwen Cherrell, Peggy Simpson, Athene Seyler, John Clements, Richard Johnson, Paul Daneman, Brian Hayes, William Mervyn, Emrys Leyshon; dir:William Chappell [8pp, 5.5x8.75; light vertical bend, else VG] £3

1956 (Aug-Sep): THE SEAGULL - Anton Chekhov, translated by David Magarshack (Saville)
Diana Wynyard, Lyndon Brook, George Relph, Perlita Neilson, David Bird, Kara Aldridge, Jill Bennett, Hugh Williams, Nicholas Hannen, John Bennett, Vernon Smythe, Stella Riley, David Ayliff; dir:Michael Macowan [8pp, 5.5x8.75; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits; VG] £4

1956: THE WAY OF THE WORLD - William Congreve (Saville)
John Clements, Douglas Wilmer, Megan Latimer, Angus Neill, Peter Hughes, Reginald Beckwith, Geoffrey Dunn, Reginald Jarman, Valerie Hanson, Margaretta Scott, Kay Hammond, Rosalind Knight (as Mincing), Harry H. Corbett, Anne Leon, Margaret Rutherford (as Lady Wishfort), Sheila Grant, Peter Collingwood, Raymond Francis; dir:John Clements [8pp, 5.5x8.75; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits; tatty] £1

1956: PHEDRE - Racine (Palace)
Compagnie Edwige Feuillere: Edwige Feuillere, Jean-Francois Calve, Bernard Noel, Eliane Zucchini, Charles Nissar, Maria Tamar, Anne Chobaut; dir:Jacques Noel [12pp; 6.75x9.5; 7 cast photos; VG] £4

1956: MARIE TUDOR - Victor Hugo (Palace Theatre)
Theatre National Populaire: Maria Casares, Jean-Pierre Darras, Philippe Noiret, Jean Topart, Lucien Arnaud, Daniel Sorano, Georges Wilson, Monique Chaumette, Jean-Paul Moulinot, Roger Mollien, Jean Winckler, Georges Lycan, Georges Riquier, Coussonneau, Andre Schlesser, Guy Saint Jean; directed by Jean Vilar, music by Maurice Jarre, associate conductor: Francis Chagrin [4pp insert, enclosed in an 8-page 7.25x9.6 Season Programme; insert has cast, synopsis, production photo, and schedule of performances; main programme has article about Peter Daubeny, 5 production photos of the Theatre National Populaire, The Hungarian State Dance Company, and Les Ballets de Roland Petit; slightly rumpled, else VG] £4

Classic Plays: 1957

1957: ARLECCHINO - Carlo Goldini, translated by Edward J. Dent (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith)
Terence Soall, Anna Barry, Fanny Carby, John Barrard, Michael Wynne, Shirley Butler, Peter Moffatt, Barry Letts, Lawrence Dalzell, Hazel Hepworth, Sheila Dring, Kenneth Toye; dir:David Turnbull [8pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, programme note, credits etc.; light vertical bend, else VG] £1

1957: LYSISTRATA - Aristophanes, English version by Dudley Fitts (Royal Court)
Joan Greenwood, Patricia Marmont, Natasha Parry, Margaret Ashcroft, Gillian Neason, Patricia Burke, Tessa Davies, Isla Cameron, Clare Walmsley, Maxine Holden, Laura Sarti, Margo Cunningham, Phyllida Law, Ruth Morrison, James Grout, Ronald Barker, John Church, Neil McCarthy, James Donnelly, Alexander Harris, David Ritch, John McDonald, George Benson, Gary Raymond, Robert Cartland; dir:Minos Volanakis [16pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, programme note, 3 biographies with photos, credits etc.; VG] £4

1957: THE COUNTRY WIFE - William Wycherley (Royal Court)
Laurence Harvey, Nigel Davenport, Stephen Dartnell, Esme Percy, Diana Churchill, Sheila Ballantine, Alan Bates, Robert Stephens, John Moffatt, George Devine, Joan Plowright, Maureen Quinney, Moyra Fraser, Margaret Ashcroft, Margery Caldicott, Brian Hankins; dir:George Devine, des:Motley [16pp, 4.9x7.25; 8 cast photos; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits, Royal Court notes etc.; date on cover, else VG] £4

1957: THE COUNTRY WIFE - William Wycherley (Adelphi)
Terence Morgan, Robert Stephens, Stephen Dartnell, Esme Percy, Marian Spencer, Sheila Ballantine, Brian Hankins, Frederick Treves, John Moffatt, Esmond Knight, Joan Plowright, Maureen Quinney, Shelagh Fraser, Margaret Ashcroft, Margery Caldicott, Skippo, Richard Coe; dir:George Devine, des:Motley [12pp, 4.9x7.25; 5 cast photos and biographies; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; VG] £4

1957: THE COUNTRY WIFE - William Wycherley (Chelsea Palace Theatre)
Terence Morgan, Robert Stephens, Stephen Dartnell, Esme Percy, Marian Spencer, Sheila Ballantine, Brian Hankins, Frederick Treves, John Moffatt, Esmond Knight, Joan Plowright, Maureen Quinney, Shelagh Fraser, Margaret Ashcroft, Margery Caldicott, Skippo, Richard Coe; dir:George Devine, des:Motley [8pp, 4.9x7.25; 8 cast photos and biographies; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; VG] £2

1957: COMPAGNIE EDWIGE FEUILLERE SEASON (Palace Theatre) Flyer
Compagnie Edwige Feuillere: La Dame Aux Camelias, Phedre, La Parisienne, and Le Carosse du Saint-Sacremont [single-sheet flyer 4.75x8.5 for the company's season at the Palace; production credits, schedule of performances for the four weeks; a couple of pinholes, else VG; an uncommon survivor!] £1

1957: MARY STUART - Friedrich Schiller, adapted by Jean Stock Goldstone and John Reich (Phoenix Theatre, New York)
Irene Worth, Dorothy Sands, Robert Goodier, John Colicos, Max Adrian, Eva Le Gallienne, James Neylin, Douglas Campbell, William Hutt, Ellis Rabb, Michael Hogan, David Ford, Dario Barri, Dalton Dearborn, Vincent Dowling; dir:Tyrone Guthrie [16pp, 6x9; cast list, synopsis of scenes, historical note, cast biographies, credits etc.; light vertical bend, else VG] £3

1957: THE COUNTRY WIFE - William Wycherley (Adelphi Theatre, New York)
English Stage Company production: Laurence Harvey, George Tyne, Wilie Wade, Ernest Thesiger, Pamela Brown, Ludi Claire, Richard Easton, Peter Donat, John Moffatt, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Julie Harris, Maureen Quinney, Coleen Dewhurst, Joan Hovis, Cynthia Latham, David Vaughan; dir:George Devine [60pp, 6.5x9; cast list, synopsis of scenes, programme notes, cast biographies, credits etc.; VG] £4

1957: THE COUNTRY WIFE - William Wycherley (Playhouse Theatre, Wilmington, Delaware)
English Stage Company production: Laurence Harvey, George Tyne, Wilie Wade, Ernest Thesiger, Pamela Brown, Louise Latham, Richard Easton, Peter Donat, John Moffatt, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Julie Harris, Maureen Quinney, Ludi Claire, Joan Hovis, Phoebe Mackay, David Vaughan; dir:George Devine [32pp, 6.1x9; photographic cover, cast list, synopsis of scenes, programme notes, cast biographies, credits etc.; VG] £3

Classic Plays: 1958

1957: LYSISTRATA - Aristophanes, English version by Dudley Fitts (Royal Court)
English Stage Company production: Joan Greenwood, Patricia Marmont, Natasha Parry, Margaret Ashcroft, Gillian Neason, Patricia Burke, Tessa Davies, Isla Cameron, Clare Walmsley, Maxine Holden, Laura Sarti, Margo Cunningham, Phyllida Law, Ruth Morrison, James Grout, Ronald Barker, John Church, Neil McCarthy, James Donnelly, Alexander Harris, David Ritch, John McDonald, George Benson, Gary Raymond, Robert Cartland; dir:Minos Volanakis, des:Nicholas Georgiadis [16pp, 4.8x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits, 4 photos etc.; date on cover (22-1-58), else VG] £3

1957: LYSISTRATA - Aristophanes, English version by Dudley Fitts (Duke of York's)
English Stage Company production: Joan Greenwood, Patricia Marmont, Natasha Parry, Margaret Ashcroft, Gillian Neason, Patricia Burke, Tessa Davies, Isla Cameron, Clare Walmsley, Maxine Holden, Laura Sarti, Margo Cunningham, Phyllida Law, Ruth Morrison, Margery Caldicott, James Grout, Ronald Barker, John Church, Neil McCarthy, James Donnelly, Morris Perry, David Ritch, Michael Browning, Martin Lane (for John McDonald), Peter Bull, Gary Raymond, David Morrell; dir:Minos Volanakis, des:Nicholas Georgiadis [8pp, 4.8x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits etc.; VG] £2

1958: THE CHERRY ORCHARD - Anton Chekhov (Sadler's Wells)
Moscow Arts Theatre: Alla Tarasova, Pavel Massalsky, Sergey Lukyanov [16pp, 5x7.25; cast list, synopsis, character descriptions, credits etc.; minor marks, else VG] £4

1958: THREE SISTERS - Anton Chekhov (Sadler's Wells)
Moscow Arts Theatre: Kira Ivanova, Margarita Yurieva, Rayissa Maximova, Pavel Massalsky, Nicolai Alexeev, Georgy Koltsov [16pp, 5x7.25; cast list, synopsis, character descriptions, credits etc.; VG] £4

1958: UNCLE VANYA - Anton Chekhov (Sadler's Wells)
Moscow Arts Theatre: Anatoly Khtorov, Margarite Anastasieva, Tatyane Lennikova, Vera Popova, Vassily Orlov, Leonid Gubanov, Mikhail Yanshin, Anna Kolomytseva, Vassily Kornukov [16pp, 5x7.25; cast list, synopsis, character descriptions, credits etc.; vertical fold, else VG] £2

1958: THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS - Carlo Goldoni (Sadler's Wells)
Piccolo Teatro della Citta di Milano: Marcello Moretti, Antonio Battistella, Nicoletta Rizzi, Checco Rissone, Giancarlo Dettori, Relda Ridoni, Luigi Vannucchi, Gianfranco Mauri, Narcisa Bonati, Marcello Bertini, Raoul Consonni, Angelo Corti; dir:Giorgio Strehler, des:Ezio Friggerio [16pp, 5x7.25; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; date on cover (8 July 1958), else VG] £4

1958: MARIA STUART - Friederich Schiller (Sadler's Wells)
Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus: Heidemarie Hatheyer, Maria Wimmer, Karl Maria Schley, Rudolf Therkatz; dir:Karl Heinz Stroux, des:Jean Pierre Ponelle [16pp, 5x7.25; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; date on cover (29 September 1958), else VG] £4

1958: NATHAN DER WEISE - Gottold Ephraim Lessing (Sadler's Wells)
Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus: Rudolf Therkatz, Eva Bottcher, Ernst Deutsch, Nicole Heesters, Gerda Maurus, Martin Benrath, Otto Rouvel, Arthur Mentz, Max Mairich, Arthur Jaschke; dir:Karl Heinz Stroux, des:Jean Pierre Ponelle [16pp, 5x7.25; cast list, synopsis, credits etc.; date on cover (3 October 1958), else VG] £4

1958 (Aug): EDWARD II - Christopher Marlowe (Lyric, Hammersith)
Cambridge University Marlowe Society: no cast named; dir:Toby Robertson, des:Disley Jones [20pp, 4.9x7.25; articles and synopsis; biogs and photos of director and designer; past productions of Marlowe Society; VG] £4

1958 (March): LITTLE EYOLF - Henrik Ibsen, translated by Michael Meyer (Lyric, Hammersith)
Heather Chasen, Barbara Clegg, Robert Eddison, John Hall, Selma Vaz Dias, Michael David; dir:David William [16pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, synopsis of scenes, cast biographies w.photos, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG] £3

1958: AS YOU LIKE IT (Open Air, Regent's Park)
Ceclia Sonnenberg, Leonard Graham, Robert Atkins, Leslie French, Margaret Wedlake [8pp; rumpled] £2

1958: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Open Air, Regent's Park)
Anthony Sharp, Ruth Dunning, Reginald Jarman, Robert Atkins [8pp; VG] £3

1958: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Open Air, Regent's Park)
Bernard Brown, Ceclia Sonnenberg, Robert Atkins, Leslie French [8pp; VG] £3

1958 (Feb): MANDRAGOLA - Nicolo Machiavelli, adapted by Ashley Dukes (Guildford Theatre)
Colin Rix, Graeme Campbell, Roderick Joyce, Arnold Yarrow, Frances Lyndall, Barbara Atkinson, Eric Jones, Margaret Jordan; dir:James Gillhouley, music by John Hotchkis [8pp, 5x7.5; cast list, synopsis of scenes, credits, notes etc.; vertical bend, else VG] £2

1958: ROMEO AND JULIET and ROMANOFF AND JULIET - Peter Ustinov (Arts Council Tour)
Henry Woolf, Kenneth Toye, Hubert Willis, Freddie Jones, Edmund Bailey, Robert Arnold, Elizabeth Shepherd, Marc Sheldon, Margaret Robertson, Diana Oxford, Maroussia Frank, Peter Whitbread, Robert Tunstall, Mary Miller, Trevor Ray, Rowland Holt-Wilson; dir:Jordan Lawrence, music for the ballads composed by Anthony Hopkins [8pp, 5x8; cast, credits, preface by Peter Ustinov, programme notes, Tour Dates etc.; VG; uncommon] £4

1958 (July): PEER GYNT - Henrik Ibsen, version by Norman Ginsbury (Scala Theatre)
Rose Bruford Training College of Speech and Drama: Anne Cunningham, Freddie Jones (as Peer Gynt), Richard Matthews, Gillian Bagnall, Virginia Balfour, Jane Corbould, Grania Hayes, Christine Holmes, Nerys Kerfoot Hughes, Mary Kingsley, Hilary Lees, Pat Lever, Kathleen Malin, Jillian Morris, Gillian Prowse, Genista Streeten, Harriet Townsend, Penelope Whittam, Judith Wrightson, Stewart Auchinleck, Norman Bennett, Nicholas Clarke, Evan David, James Dodding, Ian Fairbairn, Laurence Harding, Brian Hewlett, Peter Jeson, Michael McCallion, Geoffrey Pullan, Terry Jones, Beryl Andrews, Judy Knowlson (as Solveig), Jill Williams, John Scadding, Elizabeth Bridge, Jennifer West, Kim Pears, Patrick McLoughlin, Wendy Case, Louise Burkin, Marian Jones, Iris Potter, Joy Ring, Pamela Winters, Jeni Wood, Tobi Weinberg, Aloysius Ganda, Ronald Lewis, Janet Badjan, Judith Bate, Louise Bennett, Frances Besbrode, Judith Brereton, Yvonne Clarke, Ann Cronin, Joan Evans, Naomi Godfoot, Anne Hughes, Jyl Marsh, Pamela McGrath, Judy Owen, Susan Schroeter, Leonora Vines, Michael Foulkes, Robert Gretton, Amos Mgbemene, Terence Palmer, Kenneth Parkin, Robert Prior-Pitt, Calum Reid, Laurence Taylor, Pauline Johncock, Mellan Mitchell, Beryl Williams, Barbara Brimelow, Mary Denison, Rosemary Hartley, Louanne Harvey, Heather Johnson Brown, Angela Seear, Rhoda Cottam, Ken Heggie; dir:Rose E. Bruford [8pp, 5.5x8.5; cast list, synopsis of scenes, programme note, credits, notes etc.; uncommon; light vertical bend, else VG] £4

1958: MOSCOW ART THEATRE 1958 Season (Sadler's Wells) Season Brochure
Moscow Art Theatre Company [16pp, 8.5x11; w.24 portraits of the leading members of the company, article about the Art Theatre, photograph and printed letter from Chekhov's widow (touching); cover slightly grubby and corners wrinkled, otherwise VG; uncommon] £10
1958: Moscow Art Theatre Symposium
1958: MOSCOW ART THEATRE - A Symposium (Sadler's Wells)
Moscow Art Theatre Company [44pp, 8.25x10.5; 50+ superb photos of Art Theatre productions and artists; four essays; a splendid souvenir of the Moscow Art Theatre's first visit to London - a visit which proved highly influential for the future of British theatre...; excellent condition] (£20) SOLD

Classic Plays: 1959

1959 (Mch): CREDITORS - August Strindberg, translated by Michael Meyer, and THE CHEATS OF SCAPIN - Thomas Otway, from the comedy by Moliere (Lyric Hammersmith)
59 Theatre Company: Creditors - Lyndon Brook, Michael Gough, Mai Zetterling, dir:Caspar Wrede; Scapin - Harold Lang, Maxwell Shaw, Peter Sallis, Patrick Wymark, Fulton Mackay, Helen Montague, dir:Peter Dews [20pp, 4.75x7.3; biographies, designs, illustrated articles, notes etc.; VG] £4

1959: BRAND - Henrik Ibsen, translated by Michael Meyer (Lyric, Hammersmith)
59 Theatre Company: Patrick McGoohan, Dilys Hamlett, Patrick Wymark, Harold Lang, Fulton MacKay, Peter Sallis, Frank Windsor, June Bailey; dir:Michael Elliott [20pp; cast biographies, photos, extensive articles; VG] £4

1959: URFAUST - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Swedish translation by Bertil Malmberg (Princes)
Malmo Municipal Theatre production: Max Von Sydow, Oscar Ljung, Toivo Pawlo (as Mephistopheles), Axel Duberg, Ake Fridell, Ake Engfeldt, Tor Isedal, Gunnel Lindblom (as Margareta), Gudrun Brost, Maud Hansson, Folke Sundquist, Naima Wifstrand; dir:Ingmar Bergman [24pp, 4.9x7.25; cast list, 15 biographies w.photos, synopsis, credits etc.; VG] £4

1959: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park)
Tristan Rawson, Kerry Jordan, Bernard Brown, Peter Zander, Paul Meed, Anthony Sharp, Peter Street, Robert Atkins (as Bottom), Peter John, Jack Lynn, John Geden, Brenda McGuinne, Margaret Wedlake, Zinnia Charlton, Ian White (as Oberon), Mary Duddy, Sydney Bromley (as Puck), Patricia De Dulin, Phyllis Brodie, Patricia Roots, Jocelyn Ward, Diana Chadwick; dir:Robert Atkins [8pp, 5x7.5; cast list, credits etc.; photographic cover; date on cover, else VG] £4

1959 (2-7 Mch): THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Guildford Theatre)
Ronald Ibbs, Gary Hope, Colin Rix, Michael Ellison, Robert Arnold (for Daniel Moynihan), Alan Haywood, Charmian Eyre (as Portia), Beronice Barron, Peter Burden, Janet Saddleton, Barbara Girdwood, Jane Duckett, Mandy Duckett, Esme Sherwood, Philip Grout (as Shylock), Walter Hall, Trevor Ray, Patrick Carter, Edmund Dring, Keith Goodman, Chip Coveney, Eric Longworth; dir:Richard Hayter [8pp, 4.9x7.5; cast list, credits, notes etc.; light vertical bend, else VG] £2

1959: TREASURE ISLAND - Robert Louis Stevenson (Mermaid) Bernard Miles, John Hall, David Airey, Colin Ellis, Philip Grout, Norman Johns, Ronald Pember, David Dodimead, Michael Shepley, Roy Adams, Talfryn Thomas, John Boxer, Norman Mitchell, Douglas Blackwell, Barry Jackson, Patrick Crean, Anthony Bate, Gary Watson, Richard Coe, John Ruddock, Captain Flint (as Captain Flint); dir:Peter Coe [32pp, 4.9x9; 15 cast biographies w.photos, interesting illustrated articles; VG] £3

1959 (May): CYRANO DE BERGERAC - Edmond Rostand (Theatre Royal, Bristol)
Bristol Old Vic company: Peter Wyngarde (as Cyrano), Raymond Ross, Christopher Grainger, Peter Wilson (as 1st Cavalier), Robin Phillips (as 2nd Cavalier), Patrick Stewart (as Cut-Purse), Valerie Gearon, Norman Tyrrell, John Rolfe, Terry Harding, David Perry (as Cuigy), David Tudor-Jones, Donald Troedson, Donald Pickering (as Christian), David King, John Woodvine (as Le Bret), Daniel Moynihan, William Thomley, Ingrid Hafner (as Roxane), Susan Engel (as her Duenna), Peter Jeffrey (as Comte de Guiche), Philip Anthony, Arthur Skinner, William Wymar, Edward Argent, Pat Keen, Susan Lawrance, Anita Hartwell; dir:John Hale, des:Patrick Robertson and Rosemary Vercoe [8pp; cast, scenes, programme note, credits etc.; slightly rumpled, else VG; remarkable cast!] £4

1959 (May): TWELFTH NIGHT (Northampton Repertory Theatre)
Alan Brown, Peter Montier, Bryan Douglas, Michael Rothwell, Jennie Goossens (as Viola), Gerald Batty, Charles Workman, Phyllis Montefiore, Peter Wyatt, Nicholas Courtney, Ruth Trouncer, Dorothy Wheatley, Gillian Barclay, Lionel Hamilton (as Malvolio), Robin Chapman, Matthew Vaughan, Ken MacDonald, Leslie Rocker; dir:Lionel Hamilton [16pp, 5.4x8.5; 75th Commemorative Production; cast, scenes, reproduction of 1884 Playbill, illustrated article about the Theatre Royal and Opera House, Northampton, article and photos of the 1933 and 1948 productions of 'Twelfth Night' at this theatre etc.; VG] £4


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