Theatre

1935
February 25th–The Q Theatre, London
Guista in The Green Sash | by Debonnaire Sylvester and T.P. Wood | Directed by Matthew Forsyth

May 15th–The Ambassadors Theatre, London
Henriette Duquesnoy in The Mask of Virtue | by Carl Sternheim (adapted in English by Ashley Dukes) | Directed by Maxwell Wray
* This is the performance that made Vivien an overnight sensation, and the play in which Laurence Olivier first saw her perform.

1936
Feburary 17th–OUDS at Oxford
The Queen in Richard II | by William Shakespeare | Directed by John Gielgud and Glen Byam Shaw

April 8th–His Majesty’s Theatre, London
Jenny Mere in The Happy Hypocrite | by Clemence Dane | Directed by Maurice Colbourne

June–Open Air Theatre (Regents Park, London)
Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII | by William Shakespeare

1937
February 5th–Wyndhams Theatre, London
Pamela Golding-French in Because We Must | by Ingaret Giffard | Directed by Norman Marshall

March 11th–Ambassadors Theatre, London
Jessica Morton in Bats in the Belfry | by Diana Morgan and Robert MacDermott | Directed by A.R. Whatmore

June–Old Vic Company at Kronberg Castle, Denmark
Ophelia in Hamlet | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Tyrone Guthrie

December 27th–The Old Vic, London
Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Tyrone Guthrie | Costumes by Oliver Messel

1938
September 13th–Gate Theatre, London
Serena Blandish in Serena Blandish | by S.N. Behrman | Directed by Esme Percy

1940
May–51st Street Theatre, New York (following San Francisco and Chicago)
Juliet Capulet in Romeo and Juliet | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Laurence Olivier

1942
March 4th–Haymarket Theatre, London
Jennifer Dubedat in The Doctor’s Dilemma | by Bernard Shaw | Directed by irene Hentschel

April 24th–Haymarket Theatre, London
Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal | by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

1943
North Africa
Various parts in The Spring Party, a revue put on by members of the Old Vic to entertain troops

1945
May 16th–Phoenix Theatre, London
Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth | by Thornton Wilder | Directed by Laurence Olivier

1946
September 11th–Piccadilly Theatre, London
Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth | directed by Laurence Olivier
* This was a revival of the same show from 1945 after Vivien recovered from her first bout with tuberculosis

1948
Old Vic Tour of Australia and New Zealand
Lady Anne in Richard III, Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal, and Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, all opposite Laurence Olivier, who also directed

1949
January–New Theatre, London, for the Old Vic repertory season:
Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal–January 20th
Lady Anne in Richard III–January 26th
Antigone in Antigone | by Sophocles–February 6th

October 11th–Aldwych Theatre, London
Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire | by Tennessee Williams | Directed by Laurence Olivier

1951
May 10th and 11th–St. James’s Theatre, London
Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra | by Bernard Shaw
Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Michael Benthall
* These two plays transferred to the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York in December, 1951. It was during the run of this play that Vivien learned via radio that she had won her second Academy Award for the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire.

1953
Phoenix Theatre, London
Mary Morgan in The Sleeping Prince | by Terence Rattigan | Directed by Laurence Olivier

1955
Repertory–Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon
Viola in Twelfth Night | by William Shakespeare | Directed by John Gielgud
Lady Macbeth in Macbeth | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Glen Byam Shaw
Lavinia in Titus Andronicus | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Peter Brook

1956
April 25th–Lyric Theatre, London (opened at the Lyceum in Edinburgh)
Lady Alexandra Shotter in South Sea Bubble | by Noel Coward | Directed by William Chappell

1957
May-June–Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, London
Lavinia in Titus Andronicus | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Peter Brook
* This play was taken on tour in Paris, Vienna, Belgrade, Zagreb, and other parts of Europe for two months, followed by a season at the Stoll Theatre, London

1958
April 24th–Apollo Theatre, London
Paola in Duel of Angels | by Jean Giraudoux (adapted by Christopher Fry) | Directed by Jean-Louis Barrault

1959
July 9th and September 8th–Royal Court Theatre, London
Lulu D’Arville in Look After Lulu | by Noel Coward | Directed by Noel Coward

1960
Helen Hayes Theatre, New York (followed by three months tour of USA)
Paola in Duel of Angels | by Jean Giraudoux

1961
Old Vic Company tour of Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South America
Viola in Twelfth Night | by William Shakespeare
Paola in Duel of Angels | by Jean Giraudoux
Maguerite Gautier in Lady of the Camellias | by Alexandre Dumas| Directed by Robert Helpmann

1963
March 18th–Broadway Theatre, New York
Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna in Tovarich | by Jacques Deval (English version by Robert E. Sherwood) | Directed by Peter Glenville

1965
April–Old English Provincial Tour, Newcastle, Liverpool and Oxford
Contessa Sanziana in La Contessa | by Paul Osborn | Directed by Robert Helpmann

1966
On Tour in Canada and USA, Schubert Theatre, New York
Anna Petrovna in Ivanov | by Anton Chekhov | Directed by John Gielgud

1967
* Vivien was set to play in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance opposite friend and fellow actor, Michael Redgrave. She died before the production could reach the stage


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