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Rebecca archiveClassic costume drama (Gothic thrills) from the 1930's. A young bride feels the presence of her husband's former wife in the haunting home of Manderlay. Slowly she pieces together the tragic history of the dead Rebecca and confronts the housekeeper Mrs Danvers. Running times 2 hours 20 minutes including interval.
Performers Nigel Havers (Maxim de Winter), Maureen Beattie, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh.
Author Daphne Du Maurier. Producer David Pugh Ltd. Adapted by Frank McGuinness. Director Patrick Mason. Design Robert Jones. Lighting Howard Harrison.

Rebecca

Rebecca (Play) production archive for QTIX code T083716300. Details of all Rebecca archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4729

Archive Listings

20 Nov 06
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25 Nov 06
Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester
West Sussex
13 Nov 06
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18 Nov 06
Everyman Theatre
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
6 Nov 06
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11 Nov 06
Devonshire Park Theatre
Eastbourne
East Sussex
30 Oct 06
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4 Nov 06
King's Theatre
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
16 Oct 06
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21 Oct 06
Haymarket Theatre
Leicester
Leicestershire
9 Oct 06
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14 Oct 06
Alhambra Theatre
Bradford
West Yorkshire
2 Oct 06
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7 Oct 06
Sheffield Theatres
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
25 Sep 06
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30 Sep 06
Hull New Theatre
Hull
Humberside
21 Nov 05
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26 Nov 05
The Lowry
Salford
Greater Manchester
31 Oct 05
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5 Nov 05
New Wimbledon Theatre
Outer London
Greater London
17 Oct 05
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22 Oct 05
His Majesty's Theatre
Aberdeen
Aberdeen
10 Oct 05
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15 Oct 05
Theatre Royal
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
19 Sep 05
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24 Sep 05
Birmingham Hippodrome
Birmingham
West Midlands
9 May 05
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14 May 05
Richmond Theatre
Outer London
Greater London
2 May 05
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7 May 05
Theatre Royal
Norwich
Norfolk
25 Apr 05
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30 Apr 05
Marlowe Theatre
Canterbury
Kent
18 Apr 05
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23 Apr 05
New Victoria Theatre
Woking
Surrey
11 Apr 05
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16 Apr 05
Richmond Theatre
Outer London
Greater London
4 Apr 05
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9 Apr 05
Regent Theatre
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
28 Mar 05
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2 Apr 05
Theatre Royal
Glasgow
Glasgow
21 Mar 05
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26 Mar 05
Grand Theatre
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
14 Mar 05
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19 Mar 05
Theatre Royal
Brighton
East Sussex
28 Feb 05
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5 Mar 05
Milton Keynes Theatre
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
21 Feb 05
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26 Feb 05
Mayflower Theatre
Southampton
Hampshire
14 Feb 05
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19 Feb 05
King's Theatre
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
7 Feb 05
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12 Feb 05
Theatre Royal
Plymouth
Devon
31 Jan 05
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5 Feb 05
New Theatre
Cardiff
Glamorgan
20 Jan 05
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29 Jan 05
Theatre Royal
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

User Reviews

USER (04Nov06): No atmosphere, bad timing, poorly directed and limited props and scenery. Did not create the necessary moods and the acting was wooden. Nigel Havers played Nigel Havers but seemed bored doing it. Disappointing. A big name cannot carry a play alone.
USER (20Sep05): Daphne Du Maurier's Classic “Rebecca” Adapted by Frank McGuinness, Directed by Patrick Mason Starring: Nigel Havers and Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh Birmingham Hippodrome, 19 September 2005. There can be no doubting the audience pull of Daphne Du Mauriers’s “Rebecca” whether you read the novel or saw the film it is something so familiar to millions. Last night certainly saw a full house at Birmingham Hippodrome and the tour publicity for the show boasts box office records broken right from the start. So the big question is does this adaptation do justice to the novel and that now classic 1940 film version directed by Alfred Hitchcock? Designer Robert Jones leaves rather too much to the viewers imagination and in spite of the wonderful opportunity to stage some of the exterior of the famous house Manderley we are given no image at all and yet this is surely as important as the three central characters. The sea shore and the sound of waves lapping against the shingle works well but the sometimes blank backdrop added nothing to a production that moved too quickly at times. Act 2 slowed down and there was the promise of more suspense between Mrs De Winter and Mrs Danvers but this did not happen. I asked myself would I be able to follow this if I didn’t know something of the story? Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh daughter of the late actor Dermot Walsh is well cast as Mrs De Winter but the adaptation does not make enough of the relationship between her and Mrs Danvers played by Maureen Beattie and does not get across the fear and intimidation that results from Mrs Danvers attempts to undermine and remove her from the house. Nigel Havers as Maxim De Winter is more insipid than a tortured soul and there was little opportunity to see the contrasting emotions that the novel and film displayed. In comparison there are some standout supporting characters, the rakish Jack Favell played by Guy Williams whose appearances brought the stage to life and Maxim’s sister, Beatrice played by Amanda Waldy who managed to capture some of the brother and sister relationship whilst sparring with husband Giles played by Ian Barritt. The sound and lighting were both excellent as was the voice projection of all the cast but I would like to have seen more characterization and a more glamorous setting. For me this production missed the mark and is a good example of how difficult it is to stage a much-loved classic. Clive Fuller

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