Category: Performances


A (more or less) chronological list of productions in London from 1 January to 31 December 1960 can be found here: 1960.  This is a very rough and ready draft which still needs considerable work, but might be found of some use. Some of the conventions are the same as in my published calendars (e.g. * indicates a first production, ** a revival). A great deal more material will be added in due course as my work on the period 1960 to 1980 continues. I would welcome corrections, additions, and any other useful information.

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Here’s a review in The Year’s Work in English Studies (2016):

“J.P. Wearing’s epic series of reference books on the London stage has proved an invaluable resource for theatre scholars since it first started to appear in the 1970s. Covering details about productions at every major London theatre from the 1890s to the 1950s, The London Stage: A Calendar of Plays and Players eventually spanned sixteen volumes. The indexes have now been republished in two monumental editions, which retain the same chronological divisions into decades (1890-9, 1900-0, etc.) with related material. This new publication also includes four key indexes to aid information-gathering: general, genre, theatre, and title. While there has been the occasional quibble about discrepancies with production figures, Wearing’s work remains the most reliable and informative source on plays in London during the first half of the twentieth century, and many will find this two-volume edition of great help.”