The Entertainer archiveA proud past, a shabby present, an uncertain future: the state of the nation in 1956 perhaps, but also the state of the Rice family in a run-down seaside resort, where Archie is fronting a strip-show in a seedy theatre. Ever the entertainer, he carries on joking, dancing, singing - increasingly dead behind the eyes. This is a modern classic: it is a play about the state of the nation, but it is also a play which is vaudeville: funny, sleazy, sentimental in turn, after turn, after turn.


Author: John Osborne

Archive listings for The Entertainer

Work type: Play.


Producer Curve. Producer Anthology Theatre. Producer Simon Friend Entertainment. Director Sean O'Connor. Performer Shane Richie (Archie Rice). Performer Sara Crowe (Phoebe Rice). Performer Diana Vickers (Jean).
25 Nov 19 to 30 Nov 19Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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18 Nov 19 to 23 Nov 19Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury :: V0465778148
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11 Nov 19 to 16 Nov 19Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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4 Nov 19 to 9 Nov 19Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
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28 Oct 19 to 3 Nov 19Opera House, Manchester :: V488
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21 Oct 19 to 26 Oct 19Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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15 Oct 19 to 19 Oct 19Belgrade Theatre, Coventry :: V153
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7 Oct 19 to 12 Oct 19Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V161
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30 Sep 19 to 5 Oct 19Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne :: V665
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23 Sep 19 to 28 Sep 19New Victoria Theatre, Woking :: V709
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16 Sep 19 to 21 Sep 19Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth :: V895
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9 Sep 19 to 14 Sep 19Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
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2 Sep 19 to 7 Sep 19Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
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27 Aug 19 to 31 Aug 19Curve, Leicester :: V830272338
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Company Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Director Rob Ashford. Performer Kenneth Branagh (Arcie Rice). Performer John Hurt (Billy Rice). Performer Sophie McShera (Jean Rice). Performer Jonah Hauer-King (Frank Rice ). Performer Greta Scacchi (Phoebe Rice).
20 Aug 16 to 12 Nov 16Garrick Theatre, West End :: V394
listing details L01543387578


Corporate Sponsor Manchester Airport. Producer Royal Exchange Theatre. Director Greg Hersov. Design Laurie Dennett. Lighting Robert Bryan. Sound Steve Brown. Director Stuart Hopps (movement). Music Akintayo Akinbode. Performer David Schofield (Archie Rice). Performer Roberta Taylor (Phoebe). Performer David Ryall (Billy Rice). Performer Laura Rees. Performer Oliver Gomm. Performer Harriet Barrow.
4 Nov 09 to 5 Dec 09Royal Exchange, Manchester :: V491
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Corporate Sponsor Morgan Stanley. Director Sean Holmes. Design Anthony Lamble. Lighting Peter Mumford. Music John Addison. Music Steven Edis (arrangements and additional music). Choreographer Paul Harris. Sound Fergus O'Hare. Performer Robert Lindsay (Archie Rice). Performer Pam Ferris (Archie's wife). Performer Emma Cunniffe. Performer David Dawson. Performer David Baron.
23 Feb 07 to 26 May 07Old Vic Theatre, West End :: V402
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Producer Nuffield Theatre Company. Director Robin Belfield. Performer Granville Saxton. Performer Lynn Farleigh. Performer John Woodvine.
28 Oct 04 to 13 Nov 04NST Campus, Southampton :: V776
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Company Sheringham Players.
8 Apr 04 to 10 Apr 04Little Theatre, Sheringham :: V74
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Producer Derby Playhouse. Director David Freeman. Design Tom Phillips. Director Kelvin Towse (music). Music John Addison. Lighting Alistair Grant. Performer David Threlfall (Archie Rice). Performer Dominic Charles-Rouse. Performer Anna Keaveney. Performer Robert David Macdonald. Performer Anna Tolputt.
26 Apr 03 to 24 May 03Derby Theatre, Derby :: V1830193620
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Director Caroline Paterson. Design Kenny Miller. Costume Louise Borland. Music Ricky Ross. Performer Sean Scanlon. Performer Finlay Welsh. Performer Kate Dickie. Performer Anne Myatt. Performer Paul Thomas Hickey. Performer Stuart Davids. Performer Bob Rafferty. Performer Lisa Eaglesham. Performer Lynne MacLachlan.
14 Mar 03 to 5 Apr 03Citizens Theatre, Glasgow :: V611
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Company The Company of Ten.
21 Jun 02 to 29 Jun 02Abbey Theatre, St Albans :: V50
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Company Halifax Thespians.
16 Mar 02 to 23 Mar 02The Playhouse, Halifax :: V971
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Company Arts Theatre.
27 Jun 01 to 30 Jun 01Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth :: V772
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Director Allan Stronach.
2 Jun 01 to 9 Jun 01Tower Theatre, Outer London :: V249
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Director Ian Cray.
6 Mar 01 to 10 Mar 01The Concordia Theatre, Hinckley :: V1180
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Director Stephen Rayne.
24 Oct 96 to 23 Nov 96Hampstead Theatre, Inner London :: V202
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Other listings

27 Jan 15 to 31 Jan 15Brighton Little Theatre, Brighton :: V660
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3 Oct 96 to 19 Oct 96Playhouse, Norwich :: V69
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