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Productions 1980-1990

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1980
JOE and BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE
The world premieres of a double bill of Joe by Bill Gavin and Behind A Painted Smile by Roger Stennett
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
June 1980

SNAKES AND LADDERS
The world premiere of four plays by Roger Stennett
Directed by Michael Gaunt
Designed by Reinhard Magiera
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: June Abbott. Joyce Cummings. David Purcell. Louis Haslar.
Running 17 July 1980
"An evening of undiluted aural pleasure" Jeremy Jehu, The Stage

THE BOXER
The world premiere of a new play by Bryan Oliver
Directed by David Purcell
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: John Adam Baker. Nic Jeune. Brian Shade. Ian Humphries. Anthony Woodruff.
4 August – 23 August 1980

A BED OF ROSES
The world premiere of a new play by Sheila Yeger
Directed by Jill Brooke
Designed by Jo Hendon
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: Sarah Nash. June Abbott. David Pucell. Marlene Sidaway. Lou Aberman.
15 September – 4 October 1980

A DARK NIGHT IN THE AMERICAN DREAM
Three short plays by Richard Lord
Directed by Morris Barry
Designed by Mic Dunk
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: Robert Arden. Ray Charleson. Helen Horton. Sidney Kean. Ronald Fernee.
6 October – 25 October 1980

THE ALTERNATIVE
by Rodney Hyde-Thompson
Directed by David Purcell
Designed by Bosco
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: Brian Abbott. Bonita Beach. Jonathan Kydd. June Abbott. Edmund Dehn. Gillian Lutchins.
3 November – 29 November 1980

ONE, TWO, THREE and A DISTINGUISHED LITERARY FIGURE
by Roger Stennett
Directed by Michael Gaunt
Designed by Paul Sayers
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: Edmund Kente. Keith Alexander. Elizabeth Archer. Peter Miles.
1 December – 20 December 1980
Subsequently filmed for HTV


1981
Tickets in 1981 cost £1.75, with a reduced price of £1.25 for Equity Card holders, Students and OAPs, and a special deal of three shows for £3.50, or £2.50 for Equity Card holders, Students and OAPs. Membership of the Finborough Theatre Club cost 25p a year.

SORRY
A double bill of Audience and Private View ("Vanek" plays) by Vaclav Havel
Translated by Vera Blackwell
Directed by David Purcell
Designed by John Bell
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast included: Melville Jones. Anthony Woodruff. Penelope Reynolds.
Opened 19 January 1981

DON JUAN AND THE NON-DON JUAN
The UK premiere of a play by Marvin Cohen, adapted by James Milton from two of Cohen’s books, ‘Women and Tom Gervasi’ and ‘Inside the World: As Al Lehman’.
Directed by June Abbott
Designed by John Bell
Music by Chas Ambler
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast included: Virginia Lester. David Purcell. Veronica Richards. Mela White. (A cast of six, plus two musicians.)
Opened 9 February 1981
“The whole thing was stylishly managed, a pub operetta. The author sat at the end of my row, hugely delighted at the accomplishment of it all.” Jonathan Keates, The Guardian, 25 February 1981

OEDIPUS AT THE CROSSROADS and OEDIPUS MEETS THE SPHINX
by Jeremy Kingston
Directed by Morris Barry
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: June Abbott. Jonathan Kydd. Terry Wright.
Opened 9 March 1981
“Both ingenious and amusing - the dialogue is of a quality that makes me hope the author will soon write another full length play.” John Barber, Daily Telegraph.
“A delicate clever rethink on the Oedipus myth. With some humorous exchanges and effects and a twist which is too good to reveal - recommended.” Steve Grant, Time Out.
“Did Oedipus really kill his father, Laius, at the crossroads?...Jeremy Kingston has taken a sceptical look at the fatal encounter - and the details work out differently from what we have been led to believe.” B.A. Young, Financial Times.

THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL
by Clive Barker
Presented by The Dog Company
6 – 11 April 1981

OUT AT SEA and ENCHANTED NIGHT
A double billl of plays by Slawomir Mrozek
Directed by June Abbott
Designed by Lee Dean
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: Anthony Woodruff. Ken Cotigan. David Purcell. Corinne Schnabel. Christopher Preston. Ian Humphries.
13 April – 9 May 1981

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lyall Watson
Designed by Jo Hendon
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: David Janson. David Pucell. Ken Cotigan. Gavin harding. Michael McCormack. Christopher Barnden. Martin Coveney. Tony Trackman. Hune Abbott. Patricia Napier. Jonathan Robinson. Deborah Keys.
13 May – 6 June 1981
Subsequently transferred to the Initimate Theatre, Palmers Green, for a fortnight run from 22 September 1981

AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
by Sheila Yeger
Directed by Chris James
Designed by Jo Hendon
Presented by the Court Theatre Company
Cast: June Abbott. Veronica Clifford. Elaine Cook. Juliette Kaplan. Maggie McCourt. Diana Mull.
13 July – 8 August 1981

NEVERMORE and FRAGMENTS
Written and Directed by Vanessa Drucker
Designed by Ralph Freeman
Lighting by Ron Hollis
Presented by Sloane Street Theatre
Cast: Anthony Sargeant. David Bauckham. Janet Crawford. Pauline Dare.
11 August – 22 August 1981

RENT
The world premiere of a new play by Julian Sands
Directed by Gordon Mackintosh
Cast: John Altman. Katherine Gibb. Tracie Hart. Julian Preston./ Ali Jones.
Opened 21 August 1981 for a two week run

1982
The Finborough Arms pub was closed for several months in 1982.
From 1982 to 1988, Colin Watkeys and Nica Burns also presented late-night comedy and cabaret on Fridays and Saturdays with performers such as Jeremy Hardy, Paul Merton and the first public appearances of a 21 year old Rory Bremner, and Julian Clary.
“I cannot recommend strongly enough a visit to the Finborough” Michael Coveney, Financial Times

DRACULA IS UNDEAD AND WELL AND LIVING IN PURFLEET
by Charles McKeown
Directed by Gavin Harding
Presented by The Good Company
Cast: Jill Barry. Roy Sampson. Tony Taylor.
January 1982
"The Good Company's opening production at their new Earl's Court venue, the Finborough Theatre Club...Look out for some more ambitious projects from this talented company in the near future". Barbara Schulman, The Stage.

THERESE RAQUIN
by Emile Zola
Translated by Kathleen Boutall
Directed by Mike McCormack
Designed by Lyall Watson and Judy Ling Wong
Presented by The Good Company
Cast: Chris Barnden. Gavin Harding. Seymour Green. Bill hepper. Judith fellows. Pamela Blackwood. Rebecca Mawson-Harris.
Opened 24 February 1982
"In addition to fair attempts to interest us in new plays, the Finborough company is doing a service in staging classics such as this Zola so ably". R.B. Marriott, The Stage

RUT and TAKING A RIDE
A double bill by Simon Thomsett
Directed by Chris Jagger
Cast: John Baxter. Martin Kennedy-Troakes. Mark Ellis. Amanda Paul. Eileen Roberts.
5 April – 17 April 1982 (Lunchtime)

STAIRCASE
by Charles Dyer
Directed by Ian Lowe
Designed by Polly Miller
Lighting by Neil Burrows
Cast: Andrew McLachlan. Roy Heather.
8 April (?) – 17 April 1982

THREE WEIRD SISTERS
Directed by Alan Dunnett
Cast: Heather Ram. Carinne Ransom. Fiona Black.
Opened at Pentameters Theatre, then played at the Finborough and Theatre Space (Lunchtime)
After 17 May 1982

LANDSCAPE and SILENCE
by Harold Pinter
Presented by Performance Exchange
Cast: Annie Hayes. David Newlyn. Janine Pegley. Matthew Solon. Malcolm Tulip.
21 May – 5 June 1982

THE AUDITION
by Sean Patrick Vincent
Directed by Nicholas Lumley
Music by Andrew Lawson Johnston
Musical Direction byMartin Waddington
Presented by Lunchpack Theatre Company in association with The Good Company
Cast: Nicholas Lumley. Alexandra Denman. Franic Lloyd. Judith Porter.
From 27 May – 5 June 1982 (Lunchtime)
Transferred to the King's Head Theatre for lunchtime performances from 29 July – 7 August 1982

THE DUMB WAITER
by Harold Pinter
Directed by Mark Scrimshaw
Presented by Lunchpack Theatre Company
Cast: Nicholas Lumley. Graham Fawcett.
24 June – 10 July 1982 (Lunchtime)

PLASTIC ZION
by Chris Ward
Directed by Julia Schofield
Presented by Wet Paint Theatre Company with Good Company Touring Theatre
Cast: Beki Bondage. Ros Hopkinson. Gianna Cassetta. Lee Lobb. Guy Picot.
Planned run : 25 July – 7 August 1982
The run was terminated after two performances due to "complaints from the landlord that friends and supporters of Wet Paint were being offensive to customers and smoking pot".

LUV
by Murray Scisgal
Directed by Timothy Turnbull
Music by Rick Friend
Presented by Triffic Shows Inc in association with The Good Company Limited
Cast: Russel Keith-Grant. Lillian Silverstone. Guy Dartnell.
8 September – 26 September 1982

SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOU and THE PROPOSAL
by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Bardy Thomas
Cast: James Griffiths. Patrick Connor. Peta Masters.
9 November – 21 November 1982

REVENGE
Playing 8 November – 10 November 1982

THE DIARY OF DAVID AND RUTH
The UK premiere of a new play by Rory Kilalea
Directed by Jane Kilalea
Presented by Delta Theatre Company
Cast: Barry Park. Anne Gillmaster.
25 November(?) – 19 December 1982
"The Delta Theatre Company make modest histroy at the Finborough as the first company from Zimbabwe to appear in London" Mike Gilmore, The Stage

DOWN and BECAUSE OF MR DARROW
The world premieres of Down by Clive Paton and Because of Mr Darrow by Miles Tredinnick
Directed by Miles Tredinnick
Produced by Jacqueline Ryan and Christine Coaker for Harlequinade Productions.
Cast included: Simon Feilder. Jill Frudd. Richard Marsella. Christine Coaker
From 10 February – 19 February 1982
Transferred to the Grove Theatre in Hammersmith

DULCINA
by H.E. Bates
Adapted and Performed by Nica Burns
Directed by Colin Watkeys
???

HOME FREE
Directed by Kathy Burke
Cast included: James Clyde.
???

1983
The theatre was completely reconstructed in 1983 with a grant from the Manpower Services Commission

THE ARCATA PROMISE
by David Mercer
Directed by Alan Dunnett
Presented by the Wooden Indian Theatre Company
Cast: Mark York. Francesca Hall. Yonnie Howgill. Terence Brown.
Presented the week after 24 February 1983.

THE LAST JUDGEMENT
The world premiere of a new play by Alfredo Cordal
Directed by Mike McCormack
Designed by Hector Morales
Costume Design by Clary Salandy
Lighting by Nina Grahame
Cast: Owen Brenman. Nic d’Avirro. Ana Luisa de Cavilla. Gordon Warnecke.
27 July – 6 August 1983
Subsequently transferred to the Old Red Lion Theatre for three weeks
“Brilliant performances…excellent design.” The Stage.
“Chilling authenticity.” Evening Standard.
“High poetic style.” The Times.

CRUSADES
by Jeremy Brock
Directed by Jason Wright
Cast: Kate Coleman. Susanna Page. Jamie Ripman. Vivian Munn.
August 1983

THREE WOMEN
A triple bill of one act plays by Hossein Karimbeik
Presented by Theatre in Exile
26 September – 8 October 1983

HUGHIE
by Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Richard Mangan and Nicholas Goldwyn
Cast: Nicholas Goldwyn. Chuck Julian. Noel Slattery.
Closed 27 September 1983

JOHN DOWIE
Stand Up Comedy
Presented by Rhombus Productions
5 December – 17 December 1983

1984
In 1984, the Finborough Theatre was the first London fringe theatre to be awarded a grant from the late GLC (Greater London Council) for its work with Theatre in Education and arts workshops with the community.

RUTH ERECT
Written and Directed by Tony Dunham
Presented by Confederacy of Dunces
Cast: Annabel Mednick. Robert Sian. Janet Behan.
17 January – 20 January 1984

I AM TALIESIN
Perfomed by Patrick Horne
25 January – 28 January 1984

KLEINSEIT
Written and Directed by Peta Barker
Based on the novel by Russell Hoban
Presented by Jackson's Lane Theatre Company
Closed 25 February 1984

AMERICAN BUFFALO
by David Mamet
Cast: Ronnie Destro. Keith Kole. Jared Seide.
13 March – 24 March 1984

THE INHERITANCE and THE BROTHER
A double bill
THE INHERITANCE
by Mick Jackson
Directed by Alan Bisset
Cast: Ben Davies.
and
THE BROTHER
Written and Directed by Ben Davies
Cast: Mike Jackson. Alan Busset.
30 April – 12 May 1984

PROGENY
Written and Directed by Declan Sweeney
Presented by Irish Film and Theatre Company
Cast: Eve Carroll. Chris Dunne. Seamus Fox. Erica Grant. Phil Beckwith.
Closed 2 June 1984

KAF
by Michael Sharp
Presented by Pepper's Ghost
Opened 28 May 1984

OUT OF ORDER
A revue by Christopher Middleton and Jonathan Kydd
Presented by I Zingari Theatre Company
Cast: Juliet Prague. Jonathan Kydd. Maria McErlane. Phil Nice. Chris Middleton. Carole Ruggier.
5 - 16 June 1984
Transferred from the New End Theatre, Hampstead. Later transferred to ‘Buster Brown’s’ at the Edinburgh Festival.
This production caused controversy as songs such as ‘Beat the Beast’ were seen by some as advocating cruelty to animals. Further controversy was caused by the firing of Kate Rabett, an aspiring model-actress with rumoured romantic connections to HRH Prince Andrew, as it was felt she could not make the necessary commitment to the production.
“Amusing and lively satirical look at the pretensions of fringe theatre.” Time Out.

GRAB BAG
by Don Thompson
Presented by Pepper's Ghost
11 June – 23 June 1984 (Lunchtime)

WE TWO BOYS
Presented by Grapple and Graft Theatre Company.
Transferred from the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, and subsequently played at the New End Theatre, Hampstead.
The play won the George Orwell Memorial Award in 1984
June 1984

JOHN DOWIE
and Cliffhanger Theatre Company
Playing on 12 July – 21 July 1984

CHICANE'S LAW

THE CURE
by John Cooper
Directed by Graham Padden
Presented by Pepper's Ghost
31 July – 10 August 1984
Run subsequently extended to 2 September 1984

THE STONEMASON
The world premiere of a first play by Michael Haruni
Directed by Vivienne Cottrell
Designed by Sarah Mitchell
Presented by Head Line Theatre Company
Cast: Rachel Wright. Christopher Bridgman. Lino Omoboni. Beverley Rayson. Gerard Brown. Guy Callan. Patrick Neville.
11 September – 20 September 1984
Subsequently transferred to the Sir Richard Steele pub theatre, Chalk Farm.

LINDSAY HOLIDAY
2 October – 21 October 1984

BEFORE THE DUST SETTLED
Book and Lyrics by Eoin West
Music by Ben Brierley and Glen Matlock
Directed by Gabriel Connaughton and Billy Jones
Designed by Billy Jones
Lighting by Zee
Musical Direction by Ben Brierley
Choreography by Irene Bradshaw
Video by Derek Jarman
Presented by Transatlantic Theatre Company
Cast: Gabriel Connaughton. John English. Guy Ford. Steve Hyams. Chris Kolb.
25 October (?) – 10 November 1984

JOHN DOWIE
Playing December 1984

1985
SPECIAL MINERS FAMILY BENEFIT
Supporting the Miners Strike
Friday, 18 January 1985

THE OPEN COUPLE
The UK premiere of the play by Dario Fo and Franca Rame.
Directed by Simon Usher
Designed by David Van Oss for Praxis.
Presented by The Fo-Rame Theatre Project.
Cast: Chris Adamson. Anna Ziman.
29 January - 9 February 1985
Opened at the Sir Richard Steele pub theatre, Chalk Farm, from 23 January – 26 Janaury 1985

REGRESSIONS
Written and Directed by David Graham-Young
Cast: William Haden.
12 February – 15 February 1985 (Evenings)
Opened for a lunchtime run at the Donmar Warehouse from 30 January – 9 February 1985
Subsequently seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company Festival at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in Autumn 1985 and the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough,
in 1987.

DIONYSUS RE-MEMBERED (sic)
Written and Performed by Max Hafler
Directed by Tony Hegarty
12 February – 24 February 1985

STILL DANCING
Three short plays by Paul Chown and Roddy Williams
Directed by Richard Shannon
Designed by Philippa Nash
Music by Isobel Ward
Cast: Robert Bond. Rebecca Harbord. Chris Samsworth. Siabhra Woods.
Presented by Common Stock
Opened 26 March 1985, followed by a tour

CANARY
The world premiere of a new play by Barb Jungr
Directed by Mike McCormack
Cast: Barb Jungr. Michael Parker. Wayne Jackman.
3 April – 20 April 1985

FRIENDS LIKE YOU
The world premiere of a first play by Tam Hoskyns
Directed by Brian Stirner
Designed by Henk Schut
Cast: Tam Hoskyns. Melinda McGraw.
16 April – 3 May 1985

BOOK DEPOSITORY BLUES
by Ron Hart
Directed by Sydnee Blake
Designed by Suzanne Glenister
Presented by Cakes and Ale Theatre Company
Cast: Kieron Hecchinis. Anne Purcell. Leo Wringer. Nick Simons. Diana Brooks. Andre Thornton Grimes. James Bryce.
8 May – 25 May 1985

AVON A'CALLIN' and SELLOUT
The world premiere of a double bill of new plays
AVON A'CALLIN' by Rosalind Scanlon
Cast: Emily Momoh.
SELLOUT by Philip Hawthorne
Directed by Philip Hawthorne
Cast included: Gordon Warren. Colin Heywood. Michael Hammond. Charlotte Kasner. Anthony Stragger. Norma Dixit.
Opened week of 23 May 1985 – 8 June 1985

THE CATFORD CAPER
by Chris Stagg
Directed by Paul Hodson
Designed by Chris Field
Presented by Laughing Stock
Cast: Trisha Golding. John Hazlett. Joanne Howarth. Janet Sate. Chris Stagg.
18 June – 6 July 1985
Transferred from the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton, where it opened on 21 May 1985, and a tour

THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR, THE TELL-TALE HEART and THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
by Edgar Allan Poe
Directed by Mike McCormack
Presented by The Good Company
Cast: Mike McCormack. David Plaut.
17 September – 12 October 1985

CALAMITY AT CLIFTONVILLE
Presented by Inner City Theatre Company
Playing the week following 24 October 1985

ANACONDA
by Wendy Foot
Presented by Humakind Kolektiv Theatre
Cast: John Tramper. Wendy Foot. Guy Manning.
Ran at the Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead, from 5 November – 17 November 1985, followed by a transfer to the Finborough Theatre

THE FEAST
"An improvised fantasy"
Directed by Susan Kodicek and Vernon Gudgeon
Designed by Delia Mount
Presented by Robin Gardiner and Richard Lassalle for Sica Theatre
Cast: Jon Armes. Jane Loukes. William Petrie. Lucianne Lasalle. Stephanie Syfreg. Ruth Truman. Peter Kodicek. Vernon Gudgeon. Christopher Neil. Ridwan Speller.
12 November – 16 November 1985, and 26 November – 30 November 1985

THE PROMISE
by Aleksei Arbuzov
Translated by Ariadne Nicholaeff
Directed by Anton Horowitz
Presented by Rosebud Productions
Cast: Harriet St Johnston. Mark Dewison. Anton Horowitz.
17 December – 22 December 1985, and 30 December 1985 – 4 January 1986

1986
In 1986, a regular series of ‘Performance Evenings’ began, "devoted to innovation in music, dance, theatre, cabaret and performance art".

THE JACKPOT
Written and Directed by Kevin Clarke
Designed by Paul Bonomini
Cast: Pat Connell. Brian Croucher. Shirley Greenwood. Gina Landor.
28 January – 8 February 1986.

LADIES IN WAITING
by Ellen Fox
Directed by Simon Usher
Designed by Lucy Weller
Lighting by Ben Ormerod
Presented by Bill Grantham for Canadian Mosaic
Cast: Andrea Ainsworth. Barbara Barnes. Jeni Konko. Michael Richmond. Christopher Vaughan. Roxanna Ziolkowska.
11 February – 1 March 1986

THE BALD PRIMA DONNA and OUR MAN
A double bill of The Bald Prima Donna by Eugene Ionesco and Our Man by Clucas
Directed by Anita Harmon
Presented by Empty Handed Theatre
Cast: Helen Alexander. Sheila Bryans. Michael Huxley. Patrick Lambe. Noni Magdanz. John Vernon.
Opened 11 March 1986

VASCO
by Georges Schehade
Translated by Robert Baldick
Directed by Wendy Leston
Presented by Backdoor Theatre Company
Designed by John Bell
Lighting by Steve Elliot
Music by Eric Watson
Cast: Daniel Foley. Bill Homewood. Simon Turner. Roz Buck. Tim Diggle. Corinne Emerson. Gary Owston.
8 April - 19 April 1986

THE WASPS
by Aristophanes
Adapted by Mike Coleman
Directed by Dennis Douglas
Presented by Shoestring
Cast: Felicity Brooks. Dennis Douglas. Robert Wynford Evans. Gavin ferris. Meg Kincaid. Mike Morris.
22 April – 26 April 1986

LOST RITES
Presented by Goff and Steel and Amorous Piranha
29 April – 3 May 1986

BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE
by Roger Stennett
Directed by Jan Ryans
Designed by Ana Jebens
Choreography by Mick Wall
Cast: Adrian Monahan. Mary Blatchford. Sarah Ball. Harry Hague.
Opened 6 May 1986

CHICKEN
A jazz play, written and directed by Gregory Motton
Music by Roland Perrin
Cast includes: Carol Bayford. Eva Carroll. Raymond Carty. Tim Holloway. Neil Packham. Bernard Pellegrinetti. Richard Self.
The Band: Gerry Blanc (Trumpet). Laura Conelly (Alto Sax). Dave Floyd (Drums). Maria Kalnars (Keyboards). Graheme Smith (Keyboards). Philip wtason (Tenor Sax). Steve Youngs (Drums). Ian Robinson (Bass).
Previously performed at Portlands, Portland Place, and subsequently performed at Riverside Studios.
24 June – 5 July 1986

BACK TO BACK
by Al Brown
Presented by Greyhound Theatre Company
12 August – 23 August 1986

NIGHT BIRDS
by Gerald Killingworth
Directed by William Howe
Designed by Dave Baker
Music by James McConnell
Cast included: Jeremy Clay. Helen Keen. Peter Meathey. Nicola Slade.
16 September – 4 October 1986
Tickets £3.50, £2.50 concessions. 50p membership.

THE EDGES OF VENGEANCE
by Elliott Stein
Directed by Guy Callan
Cast: James Hollidge. Adrian Bull. Maxine O'Reilly. Miranda Jokel.
14 October – 1 November 1986

LAUNDRY AND BOURBON
by James McLure
Directed by Pat Browning
Presented by Original Eight
Cast: Kristin Lowman. Deborah Manship. Sue Woodley.
4 November – 15 November 1986

ON THE ROCKS / CLIMBING OUT
A double bill of On the Rocks by Nasser Memarzia and Climbing Out by Kay Mellor
Presented by the Yorkshire Theatre Company
18 November – 29 November 1986

1987
The Finborough is awarded its first grant from Greater London Arts, and also received some help and financial support to Whitbread PLC, Sinclair Research Ltd., Nashua Copycat Ltd., The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The Manpower Services Commission, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons, Hayley Mills and Bob Monkhouse.
“The best experimental performance space in London.” John Connor, City Limits.
“Visionary theatrical experiences.” Time Out.

HAMLET
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Mike Pearce
Associate Producer - Mike Allaway
Music by Stephen Hope-Wyne
Fights by Terry McCormack
Lighting by Graham Hales
Presented by forTforA (sic)
Cast: Steven Wickham. Elizabeth Graham. Adrian Ball. Steophen Fortune. Terrence Orr. Stephen Hope-Wyne. Natasha McQueen. Michael Hucks. Malcolm Sympson.
27 January – 14 February 1987

THE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT
by Joe Orton
Directed by Joel Fisher
Designed by Paul Smith and Fiona Dunbar
Presented by Elementary Theatre
Cast: Vincent Worth. Angela Rooks. Gillian Vickers. Catherine McQueen. Mark Chiappi. Dennis Handby. Jane Horrocks.
3 March – 28 March 1987

BENT
by Martin Sherman
Directed by Peter R Taylor
Presented by Twilight Productions
Cast: Paul Fuller. Andrew Kent. Marc Lincoln.
2 April – 18 April 1987

FATHER’S DAY
by Oliver Hailey
Directed by Nigel P. Draycott
Presented by Four Corners Theatre
Designed by David Casey
Lighting by Perryn Leech
Cast included: Ron Chartier. Beverley Foster. Anna Gilbert. Leonard Grendel. Rojer Weightman. Yvonne Worth.
23 April – 9 May 1987.

LUNCH and QUARTER
A double bill of
LUNCH
by Steven Berkoff
Directed by Alison Hume.
Designed by Alison Hume and Tim Batten.
Lighting by Sally Woodward.
Sound Design by Steven Byrne
Costume Design by Catherine Cottenden
Cast: Steven Dykes. Sally Griffin.
with
QUARTET
by Heiner Muller. Translated by Carl Weber.
Directed by Nesta Jones.
Presented by NXT (New Cross Theatre)
Designed by Gerald Lidstone.
Lighting by Steve Greatorex.
Sound Design by Annie Broadley
Costume Design by Catherine Cottenden
Cast: Steven Dykes. Hollie Garrett.
2 – 13 June 1987

BOOTLICKING SNARLING WEASELS
Cast: Ray Hanna. Doug Nunn. Tracy Burns. Brian Lohmann.
Opened 30 July 1987
Subsequently transferred to the Comedy Boom, Edinburgh

THE INSECT PLAY
by The Brothers Capek
Directed by Simon Goldie
Presented by Bare Facts Theatre Company
18 August – 5 September 1987

DREAMING TO DEATH
Playing the week following 24 September 1987

THE FACE
A mime show
Devised by Desmond Jones
Presented and Performed by The Mimanics
Premiered before 8 October 1987

THE HOUR
A physical theatre performance
Presented by Ralf Ralf
10 October 1987
Part of a tour including Midland Group Arts Centre, Nottingham, and Latchmere Theatre, London.

COLLUSION
A triple bill of
A FALLING DREAM by Phillipa O’Connor
STRANGER IN PARADISE (Dancer: Wendy Houston)
MOVE THE RABBIT by Richard Layzell?
November 1987

ADULT CHILD/DEAD CHILD
The world premiere of a new play
Written and performed by Claire Dowie
Winner of the 1988 Time Out Theatre Award
Playing the week following 3 December 1987
“A powerful, dramatic monologue...Brace yourself, but see it.” Georgina Brown

1988
SEASCAPE - WITH SHARKS AND DANCER
The European premiere of the play by Don Nigro
Directed and Designed by Gerard Murphy and Michael Vale
Lighting by Mike Blackman
Presented by TISA
Cast: Holly de Jong. Christopher Milburn.
3 February – 27 February 1988
“Gerard Murphy’s direction tempers sensitively to this small theatre-in-the-round…Both young players are obviously talented; the play is never less than sleekly tailored and professional.” Martin Hoyle, Financial Times.

THE DOOR
Directed by Chris Rowbury
Presented by Dust Weblings
1 March – 26 March 1988

SHARON LANDAU
Playing the week following 14 April 1988

RATTLE
Playing the weeks following 5 May 1988 and 19 May 1988

LONG DONE DAZY
Written and Performed by Richard Layzell
Lighting by Colin Watkeys
21 June – 9 July 1988

DONE IN THREE WAYS IT'S DELICIOUS
Written and Performed by Bronwen Geddes
Lighting and Sound by Irene Lifke
5 August – 6 August 1988

TRIUMPH OF TEARS
Devised by Caroline Gardiner, Mary Chater and Margaret Metcalf
Directed by Caroline Gardiner
Presented by Astra Theatre Company
Cast: Mary Chater. Margaret Metcalf.
4 October - 29 October 1988
Suibsequently broadcast on BBC Radio

STONE
By Edward Bond
Directed by Fabian Worsfield
Music by Ian Gardiner
Presented by Dolmen
1 December(?) – 16 December 1988

1989
The theatre and bars were redecorated and reopened with:
CAGE
Written and Directed by Lyall Watson
Performed by Mike McCormack
12 April - 7 May 1990

DAYS OF CAFAVY
by Gerald Killingsworth
Directed by Alison Skilbeck
Designed by Rachel Lawson
Lighting by Richard Rafter
Cast: Tim Hardy. Mark Frankel. Rodney Matthew. Marina McConnell. William Relton. Ashley Russell. Ben Wheatley. James Woolley.
18 May – 11 June 1989
Transferred to the King’s Head Theatre from 21 June - 8 July 1989

HAMLET
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ian Embleton
Presented by Footsquare Theatre Company
Cast: Nick Carpenter. Neil Birih. Tim Calver. Miranda French. Natasha Langrdige. Kevin Marlowe. Bernadette Moyley. Jerome Ripp. Clive Room.
Playing on 29 June – 6 July 1989

NIGHTBIRDS
by Gerald Killingsworth
???

CRYING CELIBATE TEARS
by John Roman Baker
Directed by Geoffrey Colman
Lighting by Andy Hyde
Music by Alyson Taylor
Presented by AIDS Positive Underground Theatre Company
Cast: Andrew St John. Nigel Greenhalgh. Tom Sharpstone. Graham White.
Playing on 31 August – 17 September 1989

THE GROTESQUE
A reading by Patrick McGrath from his novel
6 October – 7 October 1989

PHILIP K. DICK
Directed and Adapted by John Dowie, from the work of Philip K. Dick
Presented by The Red Blue and Yellow Magic Hammer Consortium and the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool.
Cast: John Joyce.
Opened 25 October 1989
“A sympathetic, touching performance and Joyce’s engaging performance fleshes it out skilfully.” Sarah Hemming, The Independent.
“A compelling piece of work.” John Connor, The Guardian.

COVENANT - Tales of Betrayal, Tales of Trust.
by John Gibbens
Directed by Paul Milican
Movement Direction by Rosemary Lee
Designed by Emma Withers
Presented by Third Eye.
Cast: John Gibbens. Francesca Howell.
November 21 - December 10 1989

HOME FREE and WRITTEN IN SICKNESS
A double bill of Home Free by Lanford Wilson and Written in Sickness by Damon Runyon
Directed by Katy Burke and Tony Allen
Presented by The Bunch and Handbag Productions
Cast: Deirdre Strath. James Clyde. David Gilliam. Jay Benedict.
13 December – 23 December 1989

THE FURTIVE NUDIST
Written and Performed by Ken Campbell
???

1990
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde
Cast: Susan Franklyn. Judith Scott.
11 – 21 January 1990.

TRISTRAM SHANDY
Adapted from Lawrence Sterne’s nine-volume work, ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’.
Directed by Brian Croucher.
Adapted and Performed by Stephen Oxley.
Lighting by Philip Rutter.
23 January – 10 February 1990
“An evening of varied company, affectionately observed.” Martin Hoyle, The Times.

BE-BOP THE RULER
by Paul Herzberg
Directed by Michael John Pallotti and Sam Williams.
Designed by Sheridan Stymest
Lighting by Jane Harns
Presented by Tim Fulstow for Quazar Productions Ltd.
Cast: Toby Aspin. John Cassady. Rhian Grice. Paul Herzberg. Michael Irwin. Barry Jacobs. Vicky Jeffrey. Peter Leeper. Richard Palmer-Romero. Sam Williams. Kerryanne White.
15 February - 11 March 1990.

MISS MAGGIE
by Roberto Atheyde
Directed by Erico Carneiro.
Presented by Plexus.
Cast included: Sally Templer
March 1990

ANSWERS
by Thomas Marty
Directed by Ian McLaren
Designed by Ian McLaren
Lighting by Kevin Wood
Presented by Fat Rat Theatre Company.
Cast: Stephen Amadio. Kenneth Clayton. Graham Machell. Thomas Marty.
10 - 29 April 1990
A transfer

DEATHWATCH
by Jean Genet, translated by B. Frechtman
Directed and Designed by Graeme Messer.
Presented by The Attraction
Cast: Mark Debernig. Jamie Sewell. Nick Sutton.
April 1990

PVT WARS
by James McLure
Directed by Justin Gregson
Presented by Gary Burley for Design Art Company
15 May – 3 June 1990

WHEN SHE WAS BAD
Devised and Presented by Transfer Theatre
Designed by Kendra Ullyart
6 June – 24 June 1990

LUNCHTIME CONCERT
by Olwen Wymark.
Directed by Mark Thomason.
Designed by Vikie le Sache.
Presented by Definite Productions.
July 1990

MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Richard Syms
Presented by Regeneration Theatre Company.
Cast: Rob Swinton. Sarah-Jayne Wareham. Hugo Ellis. Robin Brunskill. David Watley. Daniel Hunt. Colin Heber-Percy. Vivienne Glance. Brett O'Brien.
7 August – 20 August 1990

BROKEN PROMISE
by Tim Knapman
Directed by Christopher Hynes
Designed by Andrew Hall
Lighting by Sam Moon
Presented by Tormentor Theatre Company
Cast: Frank Stirling. Kathryn Grey. Frank Kovacs. Greer Gaffney.
5 September – 29 September 1990

LEATHER
by Eric Presland
Lighting by Richard Desmond
Presented by Homo Promos
Cast: Keith Bursnall. Joshua Matthews. Eric Presland.
2 – 27 October 1990.
"During the course of the run, the brewery which owns the Finborough Arms tried to ban the play, but we had the support of the Theatre organisers there, and completed the four-week run." Homo Promos website

HEAD IN THE MACHINE
by Ted Dawson.
Directed by Jonquil Panting.
Designed by Sarah Nelson.
Lighting by John Rudin.
Sound by Edwin Dootson.
Presented by Mechanics Theatre
Cast: James Low. Colin Sampson. Gordon Truefitt. Lee Warner.
30 October – 25 November 1990

TORCHED
The world premiere of a new play by Elaine Acworth
Directed by Riel Karmy Jones
Cast: Melina Day. Angela Ekaette. Mark McKenna. Philippa Williams.
29 November – 16 December 1990.

MORNINGS AFTER
A new play by Lucinda Coxon.
Presented by Placebo Productions.
Cast: Kath Burlinson and Alison Steward a.k.a. ‘The Wild Girls’. Paul Anthony.
3 - 14 December 1990?
Performances were preceded by rehearsed readings from SMOKE AND OTHER STORIES by Djuna Barnes.

COVER GIRLS
Presented by The Millies.
Cast: Caroline Leddy. Donna McPhail. Jo Unwin.
December 11 - 22 1990?
“Zestfully played and sleekly choreographed - this tight cabaret bubbled with charm.” The Guardian.
“A pleasingly different style of revue - it stands up well in strength and satirical comment.” The Stage.

ROMEO AND JULIET - THE PANTOMIME
Directed by Graham Callan
Designed by Fran Cooper
Music by Harvey Eagles
Lighting by Adam Rustin
Presented by The New Heritage Theatre Company
Cast: Sally Dunbar. Karla Goodman. Mary Harvey. Colin Heber-Percy. Samantha Spiro. Mark Leadbetter. Timothy Andrews.
19 December 1990 – 13 January 1991