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The Changeling - Professional Productions

1961 - The English Stage Company

Mary Ure and Jeremy Brett in The Changeling - 1961 © The English Stage Company

Directed by Tony Richardson at the Royal Court Theatre, London 

Production run 21 February - 3 March 1961         

Reviewed by: Tony Richardson, Plays and Players, April (1961), 5 and Peter Roberts, Plays and Players, April (1961), 13 

 

1966 - The Oxford Stage Company

Directed by Frank Evans at the Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London; 26 July- 6 August 1966

Reviewed by: Peter Ansorge, Plays and Players, October (1966), 24

1970 - The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company

Directed by Richard Eyre at the Edinburgh International Festival; 9-12 September 1970

1971 - University of Sussex

Directed by Gordon McDougall, designed by John Halle and with original music by Francis Shaw it was performed at the Gardner Arts Centre, University of Sussex, Brighton; 30 September - 23 October 1971, and starred Alfred Lynch, Sinead Cusack, Jane Seymour, Ian White, Rowland Davies, Katharine Barker, Bernard Hopkins, William Simons, John Rowe and John Horsley.

Reviews: Gerald Chapman, 'Preview - The Changeling', Varsity 5 June 1971; Joan Hart, 'It's a triumph of Artistry', Brighton and Hove Gazette, 8 October 1971; Andrew Kidd, 'An Old thriller with All the Trimmings', Brighton Evening Argus, 1 October 1971; Eric Shorter, 'Plays in Performance, Regions.', Drama 3rd series 103 (1971), 34

1973 - Birmingham Theatre Company

Directed by Michael Simpson at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre; 18 October - 10 November 1973

Reviewed by:  J. C. Trewin, The Birmingham Post, 19 October 1973 and G. K. Hunter, RORD 17 (1974), 63

1974 - South London Theatre Centre

April 1974

1976 - Glasgow Citizens' Company

Directed by Philip Prowse at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre; 4-21 February 1976

1978 - Riverside Studios

Directed by Peter Gill at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London; 5-30 September 1978

Reviewed by: Irving Wardle, The Times, 6 September 1978, Martin Esslin, Plays and Players, November (1978), 16-7

See: RORD, 21 (1978), 68 and Michael Scott, Renaissance Drama and a Modern Audience (London: Macmillan, 1982), 86-7

1978 - The Royal Shakespeare Company

Directed by Terry Hands at the Aldwych; October 1978 - March 1979

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1978 - The Bristol Old Vic Company

Directed by Adrian Noble at the Theatre Royal, Bristol; 25 October-18 November 1978

Reviewed by: Jeremy Brien, The Stage, 9 November 1978 and Jenny Naish, RORD, 21 (1978), 69-70

1978 - Contact Theatre Company

Directed by Richard Williams at the University Theatre, Manchester; 25 October-11 November 1978

Reviewed by: R. V. Holdsworth, RORD, 21 (1978), 70-1

1979 - Victoria Theatre

Directed by Kate Crutchley at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Opened 7 March 1979

1979 - Match Theatre

Performed at the Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham, 19-23 June 1979

1981 - The New Classical Theatre Company

Directed by Lindsay Parker at the Northumberland Park School, London; June 1981

Reviewed in: The Stage, 16 July 1981

1984 - Voices Theatre Company

Directed by Howard Curtis at the Hollywood Arms public house, London; used a cast of eight and cut the sub-plot; 8 February - 4 March 1984

1984 - Crucible Studio Company

Directed by Jane Collins at the Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield; production run 16 Febuary - 10 March 1984

1984 - Albion Artists

Directed by Nigel Harrison at the Cockpit Theatre, London; 31 October - 17 November

1985 - Duke's Playhouse

Directed by Jonathan Petherbridge at the Duke's Playhouse, Lancaster; 23 January - 16 February 1985

1985 - The Pelican Theatre Company

Performed at the Bear Gardens Theatre, London; 18-23 November 1985

Reviewed by: Robert Jones, RDN, 6.2 (Autumn, 1985), 9-11

1986 - Yorick Theatre Company

Directed by Michael Batz; performed at the Buxton Festival (6-9 August 1986) and at the Saint Cuthbert's Hall, Edinburgh (11-30 August 1986)

1986 - *Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Directed by Bill Pryde; performed at the Arts Centre, Cambridge, 7-11 and 20-25 October 1986, then on tour

1988 - National Theatre Company

Directed by Richard Eyre at the Lyttelton, National Theatre, London; opened 17 June 1988

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1990 - Newcastle Playhouse

RSC Actors in Fringe events at the Newcastle Playhouse Foyer; 15-16 March 1990

1992 - Harrogate Theatre - Resident Company 

Directed by Andrew Manley at the Harrogate Theatre; 20 February - 14 March 1992 

1992 - The Royal Shakespeare Company

Directed by Michael Attenborough at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Opened at the Swan on 28 October, press night on 3 November 1992; transferred to the Newcastle Playhouse for eleven performances 1-9 March 1993 and to the Pit, London on 25 April 1993

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1998 - *Battersea Art Centre

Directed by Tassos Stevens; 1-19 July 1998

1999 - The Kneehigh Theatre Company

The Itch - 1999   © Kneehigh Theatre 

The Itch based on Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling production poster (photography Steve Tanner)

Directed by Emma Rice; the production toured between 10 June - 31 August 1999

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1999 - *Salsberg Studio

Directed by Guy Retallack at Salsberg Studion, Salisbury; 4-27 November 1999    

2001 - Third Party Productions

Directed by John Wright; BAC London 12 June - 1 July 2001

2001 - Graeae Theatre Company

The Chageling 2001 - Poster © Graeae Theatre Company

Adapted by Claire McIntyre and directed by Jenny Sealey; opened on 11 October 2001 at the Phoenix Theatre, Exeter, then touring

Reviewed by: T. Larque, Shakespeare Bulletin, 20.1 (2001), 22  

 

 

 

 

2002 - Mamamissi Production Theatre Company

Directed by Dawn Walton at the Southwark Playhouse; 8 October- 2 November 2002

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2004 - Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

Directed by Andrew Hilton (adapted scenes by Dominic Power) at The Tobacco Factory, Bristol between March-April; transferred to The Pit, London, 25 September - 23 October 2004

Matthew Thomas as De Flores - Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory 2004                      Saskia Portway as Beatrice-Joanna and Rupert Ward Lewis as Alsemero - Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory 2004

 The Changeling - 2004 © Photos by Alan Moore

 Cast, photos, press reviews available from Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

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2005 - KDC Theatre

Directed by Sarah Drinkwater at the Courtyard Theatre, London, 3-7 May 2005; review

2006 - Cheek by Jowl

Directed by Declan Donnellan and produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with BITE:06 Barbican; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale; Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg

Cast, reviews, photo gallery, tour history and podcasts with the director and the actors available from Cheek by Jowl  

Will Keen as De Floris  Olivia William as Beatrice-Joanna  Tom Hiddeston as Alsemero  Olivia Williams as Beatrice-Joanna and Tom Hiddeston as Alsemero  David Collings as Vermandero and Olivia Williams as Beatrice-Joanna  Olivia Williams as Beatrice  Olivia Williams as Beatrice

 

                                                               The Changeling - 2006  © Cheek by Jowl

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See: Philip Fisher, The British Theatre Guide, 2006; John Cardale, The British Theatre Guide, March 2006