Vanity Fair 1983 - 1985

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Vanity Fair is Thackeray’s hilarious satire of Britain on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. Beautiful Becky Sharp scheme her way up the Regency ant heap, aswarm with grotesque characters – like fat peacock Jos Sedley drunkenly cavorting in Vauxhall gardens and ancient but trendy Miss Crawley who drinks, gambles and back-bites with abandon. Thackeray dissects that corrupt era of face-powder, frivolity and self-interest before it suffocated beneath the crinoline of Victorian respectability.

Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of Vanity Fair was on 10th August 1983 at the Clockhouse Community Centre, London.

Venue City Country Date No. of Performances
Clockhouse Community Centre London UK 10/08/83 1
Bedlam Edinburgh UK 18/08/83 (14) 14
Secombe Theatre Sutton UK 13/09/83 (2)
Stahl Theatre Oundle UK 16/09/83 2
Drama Centre Fareham UK 21/09/83 (2) 2
Theatre Uppingham UK 23/09/83 2
6thFormCollege Barrow UK 27/09/83 (1) 1
CharlotteMasonCollege Ambleside UK 28/09/83 1
Rosehill Theatre Whitehaven UK 30/09/83 (2) 2
Arts Centre Bridgewater UK 04/10/83 (1) 1
Arts Centre St Austell UK 05/10/83 (1) 1
The Plough Torrington UK 06/10/83 1
Arts Centre Dartingdon UK 07/10/83 1
Merlin Theatre Frome UK 08/10/83 1
Technical College Armagh Ireland 11/10/83 1
Town Hall Omagh UK 12/10/83 1
Riverside Theatre Coleraine UK 13/10/83 (3) 3
The Theatre Chipping Norton UK 19/10/83 2
Blackfriars Arts Centre Boston UK 21/10/83 2
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds UK 24/10/83 1
St Mary’s Arts Centre Colchester UK 25/10/83 2
University Theatre Colchester UK 25/10/83 2
Quay Theatre Sudbury UK 28/10/83 (2) 2
Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage UK 31/10/83 2
Central Studio Basingstoke UK 02/11/83 (1) 1
Spiceball Arts Centre Banbury UK 03/11/83 1
Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead UK 04/11/83 2
Fermoy Centre King’s Lynn UK 08/11/83 (2) 2
Pheonix Arts Centre Leicester UK 11/11/83 3
High School Withernsea UK 14/11/83 (1) 1
Whitgift Theatre Grimsby UK 15/11/83 (1) 1
Baysgarth Drama School Humberside UK 16/11/83 1
Queen Elizabeth HS Gainsborough UK 17/11/83 1
Cordeaux High School Louth UK 18/11/83 1
Arcadia Centre Skegness UK 19/11/83 (1) 1
Theatre on the Steps Bridnorth UK 21/11/83 1
Gatehouse Theatre Stafford UK 22/11/83 (1) 1
6th Form College Shrewsbury UK 23/11/83 1
Cathedral School Hereford UK 24/11/83 (1) 1
Bass Museum Burton upon Trent UK 25/11/83 1
Ellesmere Arts Centre Shropshire UK 26/11/83 1
Arts Project Stoke on Trent UK 28/11/83 (1) 1
Arts Centre Evesham UK 29/11/83 1
College of FE Kidderminster UK 30/11/83 (1) 1
Leasowes School Halesowen UK 01/12/83 (1) 1
Macready Theatre Rugby UK 02/12/83 (1) 1
Arts Centre Tamworth UK 03/12/83 (1) 1
Towngate Studio Basildon UK 06/12/83 (2) 2
St Georges Gt Yarmouth UK 08/12/83 (1) 1
Civic Theatre Scunthorpe UK 12/12/83 (2) 2
West End Centre Aldershot UK 15/12/83 (1) 1
Arts Centre Windsor UK 16/12/83  1
Limelight Theatre Aylesbury UK 17/12/83 (1) 1
Library Theatre Luton UK 13/01/84 (2) 2
Playhouse Epsom UK 26/01/84 3
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds UK 01/02/84 4
Civic Hall Ormskirk UK 06/02/84 1
Castlefields Centre Runcorn UK 07/02/84 2
Wilde Theatre Bracknell UK 09/02/84 (1) 1
Tivoli Arts Centre Eastbourne UK 14/02/84 1
Trinity Arts Centre Tunbridge Wells UK 15/02/84 1
The Hall Chertsey UK 26/02/84 1
Hilderstone Arts Centre Broadstairs UK 17/02/84
Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone UK 18/02/84 (1) 1
The Drum Plymouth UK 23/02/84 3
Dunelm House Durham UK 29/02/84 (1) 1
Arts Centre Aberdeen UK 01/03/84 (1) 1
Harbour Arts Centre Irvine UK 02/03/84 (1) 1
Wallace Hall Academy Thornhill UK 07/03/84 1
Primary School Gatehouse UK 08/03/84 (1) 1
Academy Stranraer UK 09/03/84  1
Arts Centre Biggar UK 10/03/84 1
The Academy Langholm UK 12/03/84 (1) 1
Town Hall Accrington UK 13/03/84 (1) 1
Arts Centre Southport UK 16/03/84 (1) 1
Town Hall High Wycombe UK 19/03/84 1
Theatr Gwynedd Bangor UK 22/03/84 3
Arts Centre Washington UK 28/03/84 1
Stantonbury Theatre Milton Keynes UK 26/04/84 2
Robin Hood Theatre Aversham UK 28/04/84 1
College Winchester UK 30/04/84 1
Nell Gwynne Theatre Hereford UK 08/05/84 2
Corn Exchange Wallingford UK 12/05/84 2
Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury UK 18/05/84 2
Arts Centre Warminster UK 25/05/84 1
Arts Centre Billericay UK 02/06/84 1
Gerard Behar Centre Jerusalem Israel 09/06/84 4
Beit Adu Hushi Haifa Israel 11/06/84 3
Tron Theatre Glasgow UK 23/08/84 2

 

 

Arts Centre Pendley UK 09/10/84 1
University of Surrey Guildford UK 15/10/84 1
Arts Centre Stamford UK 01/11/84 1
Schauspielhaus Dusseldorf Germany 05/11/84 1
British Council Cologne Germany 07/11/84 1
Theatre in der Garage Erlangan Germany 11/11/84 1
Alabama-Halle Munich Germany 14/11/84 6
British Council Centre Cologne Germany 22/11/84 1
Arts Centre Norwich UK 04/12/84 1
Donmar Warehouse London UK 07/01/85 7

 

Cast
Andrew CollinsMiss Pinkerton / Mr Sedley / Rawdon Crawley / Isidor / Miss Glorvina
Martin TurnerJemma Pinkerton / Joseph Sedley / Mr Osborne / Raggles
Amanda HarrisAmelia Sedley / Mrs Raggles
Duncan BellGeorge Osborne / Sir Pitt Crawley / Marquis of Steyne
Simon DormandyWilliam Dobbin / Pitt Crawley / Pauline / Lord Southdown / Correspondent
Anne WhiteMrs Sedley / Miss Crawley / Mrs Major O'Dowd / Marshioness of Steyne

Creatives
DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Score and Musical DirectionJeremy Sans
Company Stage ManagerNick Kidd
CostumesKim Kenny

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