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Hard Times archiveThe repressed desire of beautiful Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage to Bounderby, a powerful mill-owner, is awakened by the handsome seducer James Harthouse. Thomas Gradgrind, her father, is forced to see love and imagination triumph over hid blind faith in "facts, facts, facts!".


Book by: Charles Dickens

Archive listings for Hard Times

Work type: Play.


Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden. Coketown is such a place. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. But what effect will this policy have on his own children, Tom and Louisa? How can he protect them from corrupting influences - especially when the circus comes to town? Dark satanic mills, interrupted by the colour and vibrancy of Sleary's Circus, set the stage for a sweeping tale of supressed love, seduction and social mores, peopled with the sharply observed exaggerated characters that Dickens is celebrated for. Conrad Nelson directs Deborah McAndrew's witty adaptation of Charles Dickens' great Northern novel to bring you a joyful juggling and tumbling through this touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.Company Northern Broadsides. Adapted by Deborah McAndrew. Director Conrad Nelson. Design Dawn Allsopp. Lighting Mark Howland. Performer Suzanne Ahmet (Sissy Jupe). Performer Paul Barnhill (Mr Sleary). Performer Victoria Brazier (Rachael). Performer Howard Chadwick (Bounderby). Performer Anthony Hunt (Steven Blackpool). Performer Darren Kuppan (Mr Harthouse). Performer Perry Moore (Tom Gradgrind). Performer Andrew Price (Thomas Gradgrind). Performer Vanessa Schofield (Louisa Gradgrind). Performer Claire Storey (Mrs Peglar).
22 May 18 to 26 May 18Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
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16 May 18 to 19 May 18Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
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2 May 18 to 5 May 18Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
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17 Apr 18 to 21 Apr 18Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough :: V949
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4 Apr 18 to 14 Apr 18New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
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27 Mar 18 to 31 Mar 18Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool :: V535
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6 Mar 18 to 10 Mar 18The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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27 Feb 18 to 3 Mar 18The Dukes, Lancaster :: V523
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16 Feb 18 to 24 Feb 18Viaduct Theatre, Halifax :: V1025
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Company Lighthouse Theatre.
24 Nov 17Hafren (formerly Theatre Hafren), Newtown :: V852
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Company Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
1 Sep 16 to 14 Oct 16Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry :: V638
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Paper Zoo recreate Dicken's classic tale with their trademark blend of humour and visual inventiveness.Company Paper Zoo Theatre Company.
23 May 13Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax :: V1098014226
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Company Mercury Youth Theatrte. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Director Gari Jones. Design Amy Yardley. Lighting Ben Payne.
22 Aug 12 to 23 Aug 12Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
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Company Creative Cow. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys.
28 Nov 11 to 3 Dec 11New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London :: V341
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10 Nov 11 to 12 Nov 11Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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8 Nov 11 to 9 Nov 11The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
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Company Library Theatre Company. Adapted by Charles Way. Music Colin Sell. Director Chris Honer. Director Mish Weaver (circus scenes). Music Colin Sell. Director Mish Weaver (circus scenes). Performer David Fleeshman (Thomas Gradgrind). Performer Richard Heap (Josiah Bounderby). Performer David Crellin (Stephen Blackpool/Sleary). Performer Arthur Wilson (Bitzer/Kidderminster). Performer Roberta Kerr (Mrs Gradgrind/Mrs Pegler). Performer Verity May Henry (Sissy). Performer Lynda Rooke (Mrs Sparsit/Stephen Blackpool's wife). Performer Mina Anwar (Rachel). Performer Gareth Cassidy (Tom/Slackbridge). Performer Richard Hand (Mr M'Choakumchild/President/Harthouse). Performer Alice O'Connell (Louisa). Performer Lucy Frost (circus performer). Performer Owen Gaynor (circus performer).
8 Jun 11 to 2 Jul 11General, Manchester :: V1414
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Company N1 Theatre Company. Adapted by Steve Jeffrey.
5 Jun 10Courtyard Theatre, Inner London :: V184
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Producer Capitol Theatre. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Director Andy Farrell.
11 Feb 09 to 14 Feb 09The Capitol Theatre, Manchester :: V1006
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Producer Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Director Wyn Jones.
9 Feb 09 to 12 Feb 09Bridewell Theatre, Inner London :: V171
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With buckets of energy, original new music, mime, movement and puppetry, Icon Theatre bring Dickens' classic novel to life in a powerful new stage adaptation. At age 18, the beautiful Louisa is forced to marry a man she detests, while watching her brother descend into a gambling addiction. Factory worker Stephen Blackpool hides the endless repercussions of a shameful early marriage, while his factory co-workers bay for his blood. The arrival of handsome James Harthouse unleashes the desires of these isolated lives, casting them from the dark mills of Coketown into the high spirited world of the Victorian circus. Fast and furious, this exuberant production celebrates the classic novel in Icon Theatre's distinctive, engaging style.Company Icon Theatre. Director Nancy Hirst. Design Lucille Acevedo-Jones. Design Angeline Ferguson (film and projection). Lighting David Miller. Music Christopher Warner. Performer Tom Peters. Performer James Hyland. Performer Raewyn Lippert.
24 Oct 08 to 16 Nov 08Warehouse Theatre, Outer London :: V304
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Company Compass Theatre Company. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Director Neil Sissons. Design Neil Irish. Lighting Jason Taylor. Performer Sonia Beck. Performer Michael Onslow. Performer Chris Porter. Performer Naomi Watts.
20 Nov 06 to 22 Nov 06Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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16 Nov 06 to 18 Nov 06Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe :: V952
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14 Nov 06 to 15 Nov 06Stahl Theatre, Oundle :: V452
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31 Oct 06 to 4 Nov 06Coliseum Theatre, Oldham :: V497
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24 Oct 06 to 28 Oct 06Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton :: V918
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17 Oct 06 to 21 Oct 06New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
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12 Oct 06 to 14 Oct 06Palace Theatre, Mansfield :: V453
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10 Oct 06 to 11 Oct 06Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
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3 Oct 06 to 7 Oct 06Greenwich Theatre, Outer London :: V308
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27 Sep 06 to 30 Sep 06Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield :: V979
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Company Sterts Touring Company. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Director Maggie Inchley.
16 Nov 06 to 18 Nov 06Sterts Arts Centre, Liskeard :: V878
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A newly commissioned stage play of the novel by Charles Dickens. Set both in the industrial revolution of the 1850s and now, this timeless tale proves that it still has a point to make about the industrial crises, education and the horrors wreaked by industry on vulnerable workers. The result is a thought-provoking, colourful and very entertaining performance that respects the original text, but asks whether we have made much progress since Dickens revealed the incompatibility of the human spirit with the uncompromising logic of industry.Company Love and Madness Theatre Company.
17 Nov 04Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
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10 Nov 04Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax :: V1098014226
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9 Nov 04Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough :: V0895700786
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5 Nov 04Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline :: V1112
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28 Oct 04 to 29 Oct 04Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh :: V633
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23 Oct 04Hafren (formerly Theatre Hafren), Newtown :: V852
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20 Oct 04 to 21 Oct 04The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere :: V191
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19 Oct 04Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead :: V1294444431
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11 Oct 04 to 15 Oct 04Bloomsbury Theatre, Inner London :: V170
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1 Oct 04Guildhall Theatre, Derby :: V994
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29 Sep 04Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury :: V99
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27 Sep 04 to 28 Sep 04Wyvern Theatre, Swindon :: V928
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23 Sep 04 to 25 Sep 04Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield :: V425
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Company Torch Youth Theatre. Director Andy Greenhouse.
15 Mar 02 to 16 Mar 02Torch Theatre, Milford Haven :: V820
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Company Northcott Theatre Company. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Director Richard Baron. Design Sarah-Jane McClelland. Lighting Mark Pritchard. Music Jon Beales. Costume Sarah-Jane McClelland. Performer Geoffrey Abbott (Mr Gradgrind). Performer David Delve. Performer Emily Fairman. Performer Helen Logan.
15 Nov 01 to 1 Dec 01Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
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Company Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Director John Durnin.
28 Feb 01 to 3 Mar 01Westminster Theatre, West End :: V419
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Company Mountview Theatre School. Director John Durnin. Design Paula Gordon. Design John Durnin.
28 Feb 01 to 3 Mar 01Mountview Theatre School, Outer London :: V317
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Company Compass Theatre Company. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys.
11 Dec 00 to 16 Dec 00Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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6 Dec 00 to 7 Dec 00Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Canterbury :: V673
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22 Nov 00 to 23 Nov 00Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield :: V979
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20 Nov 00 to 21 Nov 00Civic Theatre, Rotherham :: V961
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16 Nov 00 to 18 Nov 00ARC, Stockton-on-Tees :: V01950064742
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7 Nov 00 to 11 Nov 00Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
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4 Nov 00Civic Theatre, Chelmsford :: V32
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1 Nov 00 to 2 Nov 00Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V160
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31 Oct 00Guildhall Theatre, Derby :: V994
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23 Oct 00 to 24 Oct 00New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London :: V341
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3 Oct 00 to 4 Oct 00Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton :: V795
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27 Sep 00 to 30 Sep 00Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool :: V535
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Barclays Stage Partners. A new adaptation.Company Clwyd Theatr Cymru (in collaboration with Clwyd Theatr Cymru for Young People Theatr Ardudwy and Theatr Brycheiniog). Design Mark Bailey. Lighting Nick Beadle. Adapted by Tim Baker. Director Tim Baker. Performer Ifan Huw Dafydd. Performer Richard Elis. Performer Marc Frankum. Performer Owen Garmon. Performer Taylor Jones. Performer Valmai Jones. Performer Glyn Pritchard. Performer Catrin Rhys. Performer Tonya Smith.
27 Nov 00 to 2 Dec 00Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
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20 Nov 00 to 25 Nov 00Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd :: V223636397
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16 Nov 00 to 17 Nov 00Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea :: V833
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13 Nov 00 to 15 Nov 00Theatr Brycheiniog (Brecon Theatre), Brecon :: V1067
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8 Nov 00Blackwood Miners' Institute, Caerphilly :: V1424
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6 Nov 00 to 11 Nov 00General, General :: V01330944710
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30 Oct 00 to 4 Nov 00Theatr Harlech, Harlech :: V846
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28 Sep 00 to 21 Oct 00Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
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Company Leeds Art Theatre. Director Steve Morrell. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys.
27 Sep 00 to 30 Sep 00Civic Theatre, Leeds :: V974
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Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Director Guy Retallack. Design Louise Ann Wilson. Lighting Paul Russell. Performer Andrew Bridgmont. Performer John Elmes. Performer Michael Matus. Performer Eleanor Moriarty. Performer Christopher Naylor. Performer Phillippa Waller.
29 Mar 00 to 6 May 00The Watermill Theatre, Newbury :: V733
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Company Playcraft Theatre Company. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys.
13 May 99 to 15 May 99Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Canterbury :: V673
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13 May 99 to 15 May 99Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Canterbury :: V673
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Company Storytellers.
15 Oct 98 to 17 Oct 98Riverside Theatre, Coleraine :: V556
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Company Channel Theatre Company. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys.
30 Apr 98 to 2 May 98Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe :: V952
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29 Apr 98Town Hall Arts Centre, Haverhill :: V88
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25 Apr 98The Maltings Theatre (formely Maltings Arts Centre), St Albans :: V52
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24 Apr 98The Angles Theatre and Arts Centre, Wisbech :: V29
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18 Apr 98Brewery Arts, Cirencester :: V96
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16 Apr 98 to 17 Apr 98Camberley Theatre (previously Artslink), Camberley :: V698
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23 Mar 98Lovelace Theatre, Northampton :: V1046
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18 Mar 98Connaught Theatre, Worthing :: V725
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Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys. Director Bob Carlton.
to 21 Feb 98Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch :: V41
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Thirteen strong multicultural cast.Director Graham Watts. Design Rachel Oliver. Lighting Zoe Quick. Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys.
10 Jun 97 to 4 Jul 97Courtyard Theatre, Inner London :: V184
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Adapted by Dennis Saunders. Director Sue Pomeroy. Company Good Company. Performer Philip Madoc. Performer Janet Brown. Performer Aled Jones. Performer Fenella Fielding.
12 May 97 to 17 May 97Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
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28 Apr 97 to 3 May 97New Theatre Royal, Lincoln :: V442
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22 Apr 97 to 26 Apr 97Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
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14 Apr 97 to 19 Apr 97Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe :: V749
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24 Mar 97 to 29 Mar 97Palace Theatre, Manchester :: V490
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17 Mar 97 to 22 Mar 97Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne :: V665
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24 Feb 97 to 1 Mar 97Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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28 Jan 97 to 1 Feb 97Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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26 Nov 96 to 30 Nov 96Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, Preston :: V524
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19 Nov 96 to 23 Nov 96Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
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11 Nov 96 to 16 Nov 96Belgrade Theatre, Coventry :: V153
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5 Nov 96 to 9 Nov 96Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
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21 Oct 96 to 26 Oct 96Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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14 Oct 96 to 19 Oct 96Civic Theatre, Chelmsford :: V32
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7 Oct 96 to 12 Oct 96Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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3 Oct 96 to 26 Oct 96Swan Theatre, Worcester :: V107
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1 Oct 96 to 5 Oct 96The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
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17 Sep 96 to 21 Sep 96The Hexagon, Reading :: V734
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3 Sep 96Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
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29 May 99Merlin Theatre, Frome :: V916
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22 May 99Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury :: V99
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22 May 99Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury :: V99
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1 Apr 99 to 2 Apr 99Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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18 Mar 99 to 27 Mar 99Cryer Arts (formerly Charles Cryer Studio Theatre), Outer London :: V293
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1 Apr 97 to 5 Apr 97Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury :: V674
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17 Feb 97 to 22 Feb 97Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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3 Feb 97 to 8 Feb 97Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
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