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1961


Films Shown In February


Welsh National Opera

The Battle   Mar 6th

La Boheme   Mar 7th

Nabucco          Mar 8,10th

Madame Butterfly          Mar 9,11th

Il Trovatore   Mar 11th

Carousel     Mar 13th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

The Geese Are Getting Fat  Mar 20th

Jane Eyre    Mar 27th

Brides Of March   Apr 3rd

Roots     Apr 10th

Murder Delayed   Apr 17th

The More The Merrier   Apr 24th

Peg O’ My Heart   May 1st

This Year Next Year   May 8th

Cat And The Canary   May 15th

Pools Paradise    May 22nd

A Clean Kill    May 29th

The Shining Hour   Jun 5th

Peril At End House   Jun 12th

Rebecca    Jun 19th

Crystal Clear    Jun 26th

Piccadilly Alibi    Jul 3rd

Small Hotel    Jul 10th

Wuthering Heights    Jul 17th

Off With The Motley   Jul 24th

Night Must Fall    Jul 31st

Bed Board And Romance  Aug 7th

Witness For The Prosecution  Aug 14th

Saturday Night At    Aug 21st

The Crown

The Seventh Veil    Aug 28th

Happy The Bride    Sep 4th

The Bargain    Sep 11th

The Aspern Papers   Sep 18th

Watch It Sailor    Sep 25th

Time To Kill    Oct 2nd

The Hostage    Oct 9th

Pygmalion    Oct 16th

The Bride Comes Back  Oct 23rd

Alibi     Oct 30th

Welsh National Drama Week  Nov 6th

French For love   Nov 13th

Celebration    Nov 20th

Settled Out Of Court   Nov 27th

The Perfect Woman   Dec 4th

Little Women    Dec 11th

Swansea Little Theatre

1962

Films Shown In February


Welsh National Opera Week  Mar 5th

William Tell

Nabucco

The Marriage Of Figaro


One Week Of Films


London City Ballet:   Mar 19th

Giselle

Light Fantastic

Swan Lake (Act II)

Night And Silence

Rentcontre

Shindig

Les Sylphides

Eaters Of Darkness

Peepshow

The Fair Maid

White Horse Inn    Mar 26th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Doctor In The House   Apr 2nd

Someone Waiting   Apr 9th

The Miracle Worker   Apr 16th

Simple Spyman    Apr 23rd

Two Faces Of Murder   Apr 30th

The Irregular Verb To Love  May 7th

Those Damn Joneses   May 14th

The Gazebo    May 21st

Don’t Tell Father    May 28th

Murder By Accident   Jun 4th

Billy Liar    Jun 11th

The Extraordinary Seaman    Jun 18th

Hocus Pocus    Jun 25th

Ghost Squad    Jul 2nd

A Guardsman’s Cup Of Tea  Jul 9th

The Big Killing    Jul 16th

School For Spinsters   Jul 23rd

Murder At The Vicarage   Jul 30th

Pillar To Post    Aug 6th

The Amorous Prawn   Aug 13th

Doctor At Sea    Aug 20th

Towards Zero    Aug 27th

The Man In Grey    Sep 3rd

The Deep Blue Sea   Sep 10th

The Keep    Sep 17th

A Murder Has Been Arranged  Sep 24th

A Jolt For The Joneses   Oct 1st

The Glass Menagerie   Oct 8th

Becket or The Honour Of God  Oct 15th

Guilty Party    Oct 22nd

Write Me A Murder   Oct 29th

The Keep (revival)   Nov 12th

The Doctor And The Devils  Nov 19th

Life With Father     Nov 26th

The Rough And The Ready  Dec 3rd

Welsh Theatre Company

The Miser    Dec 6th

Welsh Theatre Company

1963

Welsh National Opera Week

Lohengrin   Mar 4,8th

Escape From The Harem Mar 5th

La Traviata   Mar 6,9th

William Tell   Mar 9th

London Ballet Company  Mar 11th

Giselle and The Nutcracker Suite with Paula Hinton


On week commencing Mar 18th the film ”Only Two Can Play” was shown at the Theatre, filmed in Swansea starring Peter Sellers and featuring Maudie Edwards.


The Merry Widow   Mar 25th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

The Cadets Show   Apr 1st

With Bill Maynard, Donna Douglas and Dick Francis

Outward Bound   Apr 8th

Rock A Bye Sailor   Apr 15th

Cry For Love    Apr 22nd

Photo Finish    Apr 29th

Turn Left For Piccadilly  May 6th

Trilby     May 13th

Two Stars For Comfort  May 20th

The House On The Cliff  May 27th

All Things Bright And Beautiful  Jun 3rd

Dr Joey    Jun 10th

She Stoops To Conquer  Jun 17th

The Seashell    Jun 24th

Breaking Point    Jul 1st

The Tulip Tree    Jul 8th

Miss Pell Is Missing   Jul15th

Semi-detached    Jul 22nd

Ring Out An Alibi   Jul 29th

Love Locked Out   Aug 5th

Murder On The Nile   Aug 12th

Goodnight Mrs Puffin   Aug 19th

Signpost To Murder   Aug 26th

The Barretts Of Wimpole Street Sep 2nd

Brush With A Body   Sep 9th

Come Blow Your Horn  Sep 16th

Policy For Murder   Sep 23rd

Period Of Adjustment   Sep 30th

The Private Ear And The Public Eye Oct 7th

The Lark    Oct 14th

Jupiter Laughs    Oct 21st

How Are You, Johnnie?  Oct 28th

The Marriage Go Round  Nov 4th

Trap For A Lonely Man  Nov 11th

Maiden Ladies    Nov 18th

The Hot Tiara    Nov 25th

David Copperfield   Dec 2nd

A Party For Christmas   Dec 9th

Swansea Little Theatre

1964

Welsh National Opera Week

Barber Of Seville  Mar 2,7th

Il Trovatore   Mar 3,6th

Marriage Of Figaro  Mar 4th

La Boheme   Mar 5,7th

Welsh National Opera Week

Macbeth              Mar 9,14th

La Traviata                         Mar10, 12th

Il Seraglio              Mar 11,13th

Marriage Of Figaro  Mar 14th

Annie Get Your Gun   Mar 16th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

All In Good Time   Mar 30th

Go Back For Murder   Apr 6th

Home And The Heart   Apr 13th

Where Angels fear To Tread  Apr 20th

The Shot In Question   Apr 27th

Bachelors Gay    May 4th

Key Witness    May11th

Flat Spin    May 18th

Woman In A Dressing Gown  May 25th

The Proof Of The Poison  Jun 1st

The Rivals    Jun 8th

Waiting For Yesterday   Jun 15th

No Time For Love   Jun 22nd

And Sat Down Beside Her  Jun 29th

Druid’s Rest    Jul 6th

Licence To Murder   Jul 13th

The Trouble With Dad   Jul 20th

The Maid Of Cefn Ydfa  Jul 27th

The Dream House   Aug 10th

Rule Of Three    Aug 17th

The Patient

The Rats

Afternoon At The Seaside

Welcome Little Stranger  Aug 24th

Rattle Of A Simple Man  Aug 31st

The Sleeping Prince   Sep 7th

Bachelor Flat    Sep 14th

Amber For Anna   Sep 21st

Mary Mary    Sep 28th

By Whose Hand?   Oct 5th

The Heiress    Oct 12th

The Queen And The Welshman Oct 19th

The Wishing Well   Oct 26th

Portrait Of Murder   Nov 2nd

Man Alive    Nov 9th

Suspect    Nov 16th

Never Too Late   Nov 23rd

One For The Pot   Nov 30th

The Kingdom Of God   Dec 7th

Swansea Little Theatre

1965


Welsh National Opera Week

Fidelio    Mar 15th

Madame Butterfly                 Mar 16,19th

Tosca    Mar 17th

Macbeth           Mar 18,20th

Rose Marie    Mar 22nd

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Western Theatre Ballet   Mar 29th

Olde Time Music Hall   Apr 5th

With Marie Lloyd Junior and Duggie Chapman

The Reluctant Peer   Apr 19th

Merry Murder Go Round  Apr 26th

The Sacred Flame             May 3rd

Ten Little Niggers   May 10th

I love You Mrs Patterson  May 17th

The Wind Of Heaven   May 24th

Busman’s Honeymoon   May 31st

The Diplomatic Baggage  Jun 7th

East Lynne    Jun 14th

Murder Murder Quite Contrary Jun 21st

Return Ticket    Jun 28th

Past Imperfect    Jul 5th

Make Me A Widow   Jul 12th

The Night Of The Iguana  Jul 19th

Plunder     Jul 26th

The Unexpected Guest   Aug 2nd

Hot And Cold In All Rooms  Aug 9th

Busybody    Aug 16th

According To The Doctor  Aug 23rd

High Temperature   Aug 30th

A Shot In The Dark   Sep 6th

A Public Mischief   Sep 13th

Dangerous Corner   Sep 20th

Stranger In My Bed   Sep 27th

The Girl Who Couldn’t Quite  Oct 4th

Wings Of The Dove   Oct 11th

Poor Bitos    Oct 18th

The Late Christopher Bean  Oct 25th

Travelling Light    Nov 1st

Person Unknown   Nov 8th

Doctor At Sea    Nov 15th

Spider’s Web    Nov 22nd

Second Honeymoon   Nov 29th

The Bronte’s    Dec 6th

Swansea Little Theatre

1966

Welsh National Opera Week

La Traviata   Mar 21st

The Bartered Bride          Mar 22,26th

Die Fledermaus  Mar 23rd

Moses     Mar 24th

Fidelio    Mar 25th

The Student Prince   Mar 28th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Olde Time Music Hall   Apr 4th

Duggie Chapman presents Ivor Owen with Smart and Tracy

Come On Jeeves   Apr 11th

The Hollow    Apr 18th

When We Were Married  Apr 25th

Maigret And The Lady   May 2nd

The Family Upstairs   May 9th

The Touch Of Fear   May 16th

By candle Light    May 23rd

The Good Old Summertime  May 30th

The Right Honourable Gentleman Jun 6th

The Full Treatment   Jun 13th

The Creeper    Jun 20th

Fools Rush In    Jun 27th

Accolade    Jul 4th

As Black As She’s Painted  Jul 11th

Breakfast In Bed   Jul 18th

Hostile Witness    Jul 25th

The Cat And The Canary  Aug 1st

Verdict     Aug 8th

Wolf’s Clothing   Aug 15th

The Whole Truth   Aug 22nd

Morgan And Moses   Aug 29th

The Letter    Sep 5th

Pyjama Tops    Sep 12th

The Lodger    Sep 19th

Traveller’s Joy    Sep 26th

Dead On Nine    Oct 3rd

The Rehearsal    Oct 10th

Barefoot In The Park   Oct 17th

A Friend Indeed   Oct 31st

One For The Pot   Nov 7th

A Severed Head   Nov 14th

Murder Mistaken   Nov 21st

Cat On The Fiddle   Nov 28th

Treasure Hunt    Dec 6th

Swansea Little Theatre

1967

Welsh National opera Week  Mar 13th

Don Giovanni              Mar 13,15th

La Boheme             Mar 14,18th

Don Pasquale    Mar 16th

Moses     Mar 17th


Olde Time Music Hall    Mar 20th

Duggie Chapman Presents

Dorothy Squires Show   Mar 27th

Here is an excerpt from the personal diary of Vivyan Ellacott,

“Monday 27th March 1967

Dorothy Squires Show

This was an old-fashioned variety show, with Dorothy Squires doing most of the second act.  Included in the first half were acts like Barbara Ray (A doll and her dolls) and Achim and Betty (Fun on a trampoline),

Dot is an amazing character.  I was confidently expecting an old has-been making a painful attempt to get going again.  She started her act, and I was hooked.  She is a truly great artist, a superb entertainer, a fabulous performer, and a marvellous person.  She and I are now great friends, and I have become one of her most devoted admirers, on the last night Ruby Murray came in to see the show and stayed for an outrageous and somewhat drunken last-night party.”

Guys And Dolls   Apr 3rd

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Snow White and the   Apr 10th

Seven Dwarfs

Charlie Cairoli.  What a great

Clown he was!

And suddenly it’s,,,,,,,,,,,,  Apr 17th

Sandy Powell

The Chris Shaw Show   Apr 24th


In April the Council agreed to provide a guarantee against loss up to a maximum of £2,000 for the forthcoming rep season.  This was the lifeline that enabled John Chilvers rapidly to put together a rep season to open a month later.


Harlequin Ballet   May 1st

In a programme of ballet excerpts

Mendelssohn Variations

Divertissements

Caprice

Idylle

Pas De Quartre

Pajo’s Circus

Scene ’67    May 10th

Arms And The Man   May 15th

Towards Zero    May 22nd

Boeing Boeing    May 29th

Home At Seven   Jun 5th

Dial M For Murder   Jun 12th

The Killing Of Sister George  Jun 19th

The Ghost Train   Jun 26th

The Winslow Boy   Jul 3rd

Say Who You Are   Jul 10th

Give Me Yesterday   Jul 17th

The Importance Of Being Earnest Jul 24th

Blithe Spirit    Jul 31st

The Adventures Of Tom Jones  Aug 7th

Doctor In love    Aug 14th

Goodbye Mr Chips   Aug 21st

Chase Me, Comrade    Aug 28th

Murder For The Asking  Sep 4th

The Anniversary   Sep 11th

Arsenic And Old Lace   Sep 18th

Sleeping Partnership   Sep 25th

The Poker Session   Oct 2nd

Let’s Get A Divorce   Oct 9th

The Homecoming   Oct 16th

I Am A Camera   Oct 30th

Laura     Nov 6th

Northanger Abbey   Nov 13th

A Lily In Little India   Nov 20th

On Monday Next   Nov 27th


The Repertory company this season included:

Raymond Childe, Howell Edwards, Jacqui Edwards, Vivyan Ellacott, Pat Forster, Andree Gaydon, James Jordan , Michael Kellan, Islwyn Morris, Maureen Morris, Stephanie North, John Price, James Sport, Sarat Thomas, Andrew Tourell, Beatty Walters, David Winters, Ann Winward.  The Stage Manager was Tim Edwards and the Scenic Designer was Edward J. Mann

1968

Ballet     Feb 26th

Romeo And Juliet

Welsh National Opera Week

.  Rigoletto            Mar 11,16th

Nabucco            Mar 12,14th

Carmen            Mar 13,15th


(Excerpt from Vivyan Ellacott’s diary) Tuesday March 12th Opening night of “Nabucco”.  Rachel Roberts came to see the performance, bringing her mother. After the show she sent her Mum home in a taxi and had a long chat with me about how I could help.  Rachel lives in Hollywood, but her Mum refuses to leave Swansea.  Rachel pays for a taxi to collect her every day and take her and a friend to the Dragon Hotel for lunch.  She would like her Mum to attend the theatre more often, and wants me to persuade Mrs Roberts to come and see more shows.  The idea is, I will sort out the tickets and arrange the transport, and then Rachel will send me regular payments from Hollywood!  Very grand. And very thoughtful of Rachel. Of course, I have said yes.

Saturday, March 16th

Rachel Roberts came back into the theatre tonight, this time bringing her husband, Rex Harrison.  She wanted Rex to stand at the back to hear the audience singing the Welsh National Anthem before tonight’s “Nabucco”.  He heard the singing, but wasn’t over impressed.  We then took them to the bar for a drink and a chat since he had no desire to see the opera.  He is a very difficult man to talk to.  He seems very arrogant and remote and definitely lacking in warmth.  They are a very odd couple.  She is open, warm, generous and chatty; he is a cold fish.


Oklahoma!    Mar 25th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

The Diana Dors Show    Apr 1st

Diana Dors, Denis Lotis and Wyn Calvin

Excerpt from Vivyan Ellacott’s Diary at the time,

“Diana Dors arrived at the theatre today.  “Swept in” rather than arrived.  Larger than life, outrageous, great fun, and immediately friendly.  Her performance is a bit odd.  She sings a little (not too well), does impersonations (not well), and delivers jokes (badly).  However, in between she just talks to the audience, and they love her.  She is a genuinely funny person in herself, and her warmth comes over the footlights.

The supporting bill includes Wyn Calvin.  He has asked me to play straight-man to him for the week in a particular part of his act.  I have a script, which, on the surface, seems to be hideously unfunny, and I wasn’t too keen.  However, these old time comics know their business.  As soon as I went on and delivered the lines, the audience fell about.  So, here I am, this week, appearing in “The Diana Dors Show” – me, a serious actor!”


Old Time Music Hall   Apr 8th

Duggie Chapman presents Billy Wells, Jean Barrington, The Flying Paulos, Stan Van, Smart and Tracy and George Whitaker

Wait Until Dark   Apr 15th

My Three Angels   Apr 22nd

An Inspector Calls   Apr 29th

The Odd Couple   May 6th

She Stoops To Conquer  May 13th

The Promise    May 20th

Murder On The Nile   May 27th

I’ll Get My Man   Jun 3rd

Gaslight    Jun 10th

Relatively Speaking   Jun 17th

Jane Eyre    Jun 24th

In At The Death   Jul 1st

A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg Jul 8th

Let’s All Go Down The Strand  Jul 15th

Pink String And Sealing Wax  Jul 22nd

Hay Fever    Jul 29th

Keeping Up With Father  Aug 5th

The Amorous Prawn   Aug 12th

Jane Steps Out    Aug 19th

The Unexpected Guest   Aug 26th

All For Mary    Sep 2nd

Someone Waiting   Sep 9th

The Bride And The Batchelor  Sep 16th

Sabrina Fair    Sep 23rd

Subway In The Sky   Sep 30th

Rebecca    Oct 7th

The School For Scandal  Oct 14th

Relative Values    Oct 21st

Dracula    Nov 4th

The White Liars   Nov 11th Black Comedy

Toys In The Attic   Nov 18th

Pride And Prejudice   Nov 25th

Candida    Dec 2nd

Performers appearing in the 1968 Rep season included:

Arnold Beck, Nicholas Charles, Ian Clegg, Jonathan Clift, Vivyan Ellacott, Bettina Friedman, Carol Hazell, Leonora Keogh, Freddie Lees, Richmond Lenik, Amanda Lewis, Elizabeth Lynne, Islwyn Morris, Jennifer Oscard, Peter Pacey, Suzanne Peverill, Adrian Rondeau, Edward Topps, Davis Sparks, Raymond Usher

1969

Old Time Music Hall   Mar 10th

Duggie Chapman presents Kitty Gillow, Billy Wells and Jean Barrington

This Story Is Yours   Mar17th  (Welsh Theatre Company)

Glyn Houston

Dawn Dweud – Gift Of The Gabb Mar 22nd

My Fair Lady    Mar 24th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society


The Theatre Owners decided to close from 30th March 1969


Swansea City Council decided to fully lease the theatre on a 10-year lease from 19th May 1969



Re-Opening ceremony and inauguration as a civic theatre Sep 22nd


Spider’s Web    Sep22nd

Starring Cicely Courtneidge, her father Robert Courtneige produced many plays at The Grand in the early 1900’s

It also starred Ballard Berkley who was famous as playing Major Gowen in Fawlty Towers.

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia  Sep 29th

Woolf?

With Rachel Roberts and Alan Dobie.  (Alan Dobie had been married to Rachel Roberts, and they were now divorced.  Her second husband – Rex Harrison – had no worries about her appearing in a play with Husband No. 1)


Excerpt from Vivyan Ellacott’s Diary

The second week’s show was “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” with Rachel Roberts, Alan Dobie, Paul Grist and Joanna van Gyseghem.  It was a marvelous production.  Rachel was brilliant and Alan Dobie, miraculously, nearly acted her off the stage.  It was the finest thing I have ever seen on the stage here.  We played to absolute capacity, selling standing tickets for every performance.  It was a great week, particularly since Rachel is an old friend and everything was so friendly and happy.  On Friday night Rachel decided to have a birthday party      in the plushest suite of the Dragon Hotel.  Only fourteen people were invited and we managed to consume eleven bottles of champagne and a huge quantity of food.  It was a great “theatrical” evening.


The Au-Pair Man   Oct 6th

With Miriam Karlin and James Caffrey


Swansea Drama Festival  Oct 13th

Lord Arthur Saville’s Crimes

Black Chiffon

The Sport Of My Mad Mother

The Man

The Queen And The Welshman

Shadow In The Sun


Enemy     Oct 20th

Dennis Waterman and Tony Selby.

Dennis Waterman was famous for his parts in “The Sweeney” and as George Cole’s sidekick in the hugely successful ”Minder”. He is currently on television in “New Tricks” His Daughter is Hannah Waterman who played the part of Laura Beale in “Eastenders” and herself appeared in the 2007/08 “Dick Whittington” pantomime at the Grand


Excerpt from Vivyan Ellacott’s Diary

This play was set in the North African desert and had a full-size Western Desert tank onstage.  Several tons of real sand were spread all over the stage.  Evidence of this sand stayed around for years in nooks and crannies all over the theatre!  The play caused some controversy in the local Press.  It had some four-letter words in it and touched on the subject of homosexuality.  Some letters in the Evening Post claimed a “civic” theatre should not deal with such subjects.


Welsh Drama Festival   Oct 27th

Triple Bill Welsh Theatre Company Nov 4th

The Constant Lover

A Phoenix Too Frequent

Return Journey



Mistress Of The Inn   Nov 11th

Michael Wisher (who later became Davros the leader of the Daleks in Doctor Who)


Circus Extravaganza    Nov 17th

With Charlie Cairoli and Company from the Tower Circus, Blackpool.  The acts also included Dash’s Chimpanzees (famous for the TV Chimp’s Tea Party adverts), Phyllis Allan and her fabulous Poodle Revue, and the very bizarre novelty act, Norman Barrett and his Performing Budgies.

A Christmas Carol   Nov 24th

Wilfrid Bramble

Welsh National Opera Week

Marriage of Figaro  Dec 1,4th

La Traviata   Dec 2,5th

Macbeth    Dec 3,6th

Hamlet  Prince Of Denmark  Dec 8th

A Welsh Theatre Company production with John Quentin as Hamlet, Ray Smith as Claudius and Angharad Rees as Ophelia also Eynon Evans

1970

The Welsh Theatre Company  Mar 9th

How He Lied To Her Husband

Don Juan In Hell

Happy Days

Purgatory

The Maids

Daniel Owen (in Welsh)

Welsh National Opera

The Barber Of Seville           Mar 17,19th

Nabucco            Mar 18,20th

Carmen   Mar 21st

Scottish Theatre Ballet

Breakaway, The Lesson and  Mar 24th

La Ventana

Beauty And The Beast  Mar 26th

Ten Little Niggers   mar 30th

With Shirley Anne Field, Michael Goodliffe and Chili Bouchier

Summer Song    Apr 6th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Chapman’s Old Tyme    Apr 13th

Music Hall Revue

Duggie Chapman introducing a bill that included Bryan Johnson (famous for the Eurovision song “Looking High High High”)


Plaza Suite    Apr 20th

With Bill Maynard and Beau Daniels

All In Good Time   Apr 27th

With Valentine Dyall and Andrew Ray.  Also in the cast was Sue Nicholls

The Caricature Theatre   May 4th

The Dragon Who loved Music

Meet The Scribble Kids

Peter And The Wolf

Pilgrim’s Progress

The Bride Makes Three  May 11th

Excerpt from Vivyan Ellacotts diary,

A truly awful play, redeemed only by actors giving their all in desperation, and Dickie Henderson doing a cabaret act at the end.

Midnight Variety Show   May 15th

A one-night show with Mighty Atom and Roy, Margo Henderson, Bryn Williams and Ronnie Corbett in aid of the Swansea Police Dependants’ Trust Appeal.

Doctor In The House   May 18th

With Dave King, McDonald Hobley (former BBC TV announcer), Ann Sidney (former Miss World), Lynne Carol (the former Martha Longhurst in “Coronation Street”) and George Lacy (a very famous pantomime Dame)

A Boston Story   May 25th

Vanessa Lee and Peter Graves

Spring And Port Wine   Jun 1st

The Flip Side    Jun 8th

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  Jun 15th

Out Of The Question   Jun 22nd

Dead Silence    Jun 29th

Jean Fergusson

Duet For Two Hands   Jul 6th

Blue Denim    Jul 13th

The Wrong Side Of The Park  Jul 20th

Alfie     Jul 27th

With guest star Bill Kenwright – then Gordon Clegg from “Coronation Street”.

Murder Without Crime   Aug 3rd

Let Sleeping Wives Lie   Aug 10th

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Aug 17th

Forty Years On   Aug 24th

Bless This House   Aug 31st

Rachel Thomas, E. Eynon Evans, Islwyn Morris, Jean Fergusson and Eleanor Thomas

Ghost’s    Sep 7th

What The Butler Saw   Sep 14th

Private lives    Sep 21st

The Boys In The Band   Sep 28th

The Beggar’s Opera   Oct 5th

Somebody Waiting   Oct 12th

Peter Adamson (Len Fairclough from “Coronation Street”) and Alan Rothwell.

Bristol Old Vic Company

The Importance   Oct 21st

Of Being Earnest

Arms And The Man  Oct 22nd

The cast included Sonia Dresdel as Lady Bracknell, Stephen Moore, Simon Cadell and Liza Goddard.

Juno And The Paycock   Oct 26th

Dermot Kelly

Welsh Drama Festival 1970  Nov 2nd

Welsh National Opera

La Boheme   Nov 9th

Die Fledermaus   Nov 11th

Cambridge Theatre Company

The Recruiting Officer  Nov 16th

Chips With Everything  Nov 20th

With Ian McKellen, Trevor Peacock and Susan Fleetwood.

Swansea Drama Festival  Nov 23rd

Under Milk Wood (SLT)

The Merchant Of Venice (SLT)

Billy Liar

Madness Of May

As Black As She’s Painted

The Wooden Dish

Treasure Island    Dec 1st

From the Mermaid Theatre, London, with Bernard Miles as Long John Silver

Roar Like A Dove   Dec 7th

Richard Todd, Robert Beatty, Derek Bond, Chili Bouchier and Rosemary Nicols


The 1970 repertory company included:

Dan Brian, Roseanne Brian, Clive Cable, John Dicks, Valerie Duck, Vivyan Ellacott, Jean Fergusson, Gill Gratham, Jean Heywood, Donna Jones, James Jordan, Kenneth Keyte, David Lacey, Lisabeth Miles, Rosemary Macvie, Vivienne Moore, Islwyn Morris, Stephanie North, Rudi Patterson, Christopher Reich, Adrian Reynolds, Anthony Sherwood, Eleanor Thomas, Neil Williams, Suzannah Williams.

(Jean Fergusson later became a regular cast member in “Last of the Summer Wine”)

The Rep season – 19 weeks – ended on Saturday 10th October


1971



The Constant Wife   Mar 8th

Gwen Watford and George Baker

Caricature Puppet Theatre

The Rose And The Ring Mar 15th

Y Claf Di-Glefid  Mar 20th

Moliere’s “Imaginary Invalid” performed in Welsh

The Good Young Man   Mar 22nd

Ken Platt and Nigel Humphreys

Carousel    Mar 29th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Olde Tyme Music Hall Revue  Apr 5th

Nat Gonella

Meet The Gang   Apr 12th

Witness For The Prosecution  Apr 19th

The Innocents    Apr 26th

With Beau Daniels and Georgina Patterson.

Originally the lead was advertised as being played by Barbara Mullen (famous for Dr Finlay’s Casebook).  However, she was taken ill and was forced to drop out of the Swansea week.

Scottish Theatre Ballet

Beauty And The Beast May 4th

Giselle    May 6th

Welsh National Opera

Boris Gudunov  May10th

The Magic Flute  May 11th

Simon Boccanegra  May 12th

Aida    May 14th

Make No Mistake   May 17th

Richard Greene (TV’s Robin Hood)

Conduct Unbecoming   May 24th

Alexandra Bastedo (glamorous star of Television hit “Champions”)

The Man Most Likely To  May 31st

The Lion In Winter   Jun 15th

Wuthering Heights   Jun 29th

Hadrian The Seventh   Jul 13th

The Glass Menagerie   Jul 18th

A Bequest To The Nation  Jul 27th

Not Now Darling   Aug 10th

Production In The Park (open air)

The Dolls Of Swansea   Aug 24th

Myfanwy Talog, Eleanor Thomas.

Mother Courage   Sep 7th

Oh What A Lovely War  Sep 21st

Romeo And Juliet   Oct 5th

Partners    Oct 18th

Peter Adamson who was Len Fairclough on “Coronation Street” and David Jason who is now a British institution, including roles as Del boy Trotter on “Only Fools And Horses”, Glanville in “Open All Hours” and “Inspector Frost” to name but a few.

The Pyjama Game   Oct 26th

George Moon

Welsh Drama Festival 1971  Nov 1st

Journey’s End    Nov 8th

James Maxwell, Peter Egan and Harry Landis

Ballet Rambert    Nov 15th

The Empty Suit

Dark Elegies

Embrace Tiger And

Return To Mountain

Dance and Dancers

‘Tis Goodly Sport

Four According

Pierre Lunaire

Bertram Batell’s Sideshow

A Pig In A Poke   Nov 22nd

With John Junkin and Murray Melvin

Under Milk Wood   Nov 29th

Unexpectedly Vacant   Dec 6th

/Village Wooing

Double Bill starring Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray who were married in real life. Who also both appeared in Television’s “Howard’s Way”



Performers in the 1971 repertory season included:

Gill Adams, Matthew Adams, Paul Alexis, Gareth Armstrong, Iona Banks, Louise Barclay, Bruce Bould, Eddie Caswell, Vivyan Ellacott, Rosemary Faith, Freda Jackson, Madge Jones, Anna Keaveney, Kenneth MacGarvie, John McNulty, Vivienne Moore, Michael Radcliffe, Stephen Riddle, Anthony Rowlands, Roger Sansom, Anthony Sherwood, Ray Smith, Roger Steel, Myfanwy Talog, Eleanor Thomas, Juliana Tudor,

1972

Sunday Evening Concert  Feb 6th

Ballet For All With Dancers   Mar 13th

New Moon    Mar 20th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Uncle Vanya    Mar 27th

Meet The Gang   Apr 3rd

Forget Me Not Lane   Apr 10th

Davy Jones of the Monkees, Dave King and James Hayter.

Home On The Pig’s Back  Apr 17th

Jean Kent.  Dermot Walsh and Sue Nicholls (later to be Audrey in “Coronation Street”)

Who Killed Santa Claus

Dial M For Murder   Apr 24th

This was advertised as starring  Valentine Dyall (“The Man in Black”) but he was taken ill and was replaced with David Davenport (who had been Malcolm Ryder in “Crossroads”).

Salad Days    May 1st

End Of Conflict   May 8th

With Ian Ogilvy, who had replaced Roger Moore as “The Saint” and Derek Bond

Welsh National Opera

Turando   May 15th & 18th

Rigoletto   May 16th & 20th

Aida    May 17th & 19th


Who Killed Santa Clause?  May 23rd

Eleanor Thomas

The Investiture    Jun 6th

Myfanwy Talog, Islwyn Morris, Stephen Mallatratt.

The Investiture    Jun 20th

This was taken and performed by the

Grand Theatre Repertory Company to the New Theatre Cardiff.

Butterflies Are Free   Jun 20th

Vanity Fair    Jul 4th

A Streetcar Named Desire  Jul 18th

Eleanor Thomas

75th Anniversary Celebration  23rd July

1897-1972

The Entertainer    Aug 1st

She’s Done It Again   Aug 15th

Myfanwy Talog, Eleanor Thomas and Stephen Mallatratt.

Abelard And Heloise   Aug 28th

Myfanwy Talog, Eleanor Thomas and Stephen Mallatratt.

The Relapse Or Virtue In Danger Sep 12th

Eleanor Thomas and Stephen Mallatratt.

Charley’s Aunt    Sep 26th

Freddie Lees

Adventures In The Skin Trade  Oct 10th

Twelfth Night    Oct 23rd

Robert Lang

Back To Square One   Nov 6th

Caricature Theatre

Misanthrope    Nov 13th

There’s A Girl In My Soup  Nov 20th

Grand Variety Show   Nov 26th

Cheshire Foundation Homes

Death On Demand   Nov 27th

With Judy Campbell, Robert Fleming and John Barron

Swansea Drama Festival  Dec 5th

Cock A Doodle Doo

Go Bang Your Tambourine

Live Like pigs

One Of The Family

Carry Me Back To Canning Town


Performers in 1972 repertory season included

Kate Aldhouse, Carl Andrews, Nic Beeby, Simon Clarke, Michael Cunningham, Suzanne Delaney, Vivyan Ellacott, Michael Fitzpatrick, Paul Foulds, Christopher Gower, Andrew King, Freddie Lees, John Leivers, Stephen Mallatratt, Vivienne Moore, Islwyn Morris, Stephanie North, Anthony O’Donnell, Clare Rees, Myfanwy Talog, Gary Taylor, Eleanor Thomas, Allan Walsh, Janet Wantling


(Stephen Mallatratt went on to become a well-known writer for TV and the theatre.  He wrote many episodes of “Coronation Street” and adapted “The Woman in Black” – the very long-running West End thriller. He died, sadly, far too young aged just 57 in 2004.)

1973

Don’t Just Lie There,    Mar 19th

Say Something

Brian Rix, Alexandra Bastedo, Moray Watson and Leo Franklyn

Fiddler On The Roof   Mar 26th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

The Starving Rich   Apr 2nd

Roy Kinnear and Paul Rogers

Butley     Apr 9th

With James Bolam and Richard Morant

Murder Sails At Midnight  Apr 16th

With Valentine Dyall, Patricia Temple and David Davenport

Meet The Gang 1973   Apr 23rd

Scottish Theatre Ballet   Apr 30th

Nutcracker Act III, Ways Of Saying Bye Bye, Le Carnival, Background To A Ballet and Giselle

Glasstown    May 7th

Cambridge Theatre Company with Robert Powell, Anne Stallybrass and Angela Dawn

Lilac Time    May 14th

With John Hanson, Joyce Mandre, Alexandra Bridge, Eileen Farrow, Corinne Bridge and Susan Maisy

Welsh National Opera Week

Rigoletto           May 21,24th

Madam Butterfly          May 23,26th

Don Carlos           May 22,25th

The Secretary Bird   May 29th

Ring Round The Moon   Jun 12th

Great Expectations   Jun 26th

Getting On     Jul 10th

Jonathon Prince

Hobson’s Choice   Jul 24th

Jonathon Prince

Uproar In The House   Aug 7th

Murder On The Agenda  Aug 21st

Present Laughter   Sep 4th

With James Bolam

A Voyage Round My Father  Sep 18th

Welsh Premiere

A Man For All Seasons  Oct 2nd

Welsh National Opera Week

The Pearl Fishers  Oct 9th

Idomeneo   Oct 10th

Die Fledermaus            Oct 11,13th

Don Carlos   Oct 12th

The Mating Game   Oct 22nd

With Ian Lavender, Carol Hawkins,  Imogen Hassall and David Stoll

Gwl Ddrama Gymraeg   Oct 29th

Y Pypedau, Lili Bengam, Gwraig Y Ffermwr

As You Like It    Nov 5th

With Dilys Hamlett, Martin Potter, Perlita Neilson, John Humphry and Hugh Manning

Ballet For All    Nov 13th

Dancers of the Royal Ballet

Panache    Nov 20th

Caricature Puppet Theatre

Tribute To Saunders Lewis  Nov 24th

80th birthday celebration for the celebrated Welsh poet, Dramatist and political activist. Two performances

one in English and one in Welsh

Subway In The Sky   Nov 26th

With Pat Phoenix, Shaun Curry, Jeanne Cook, Earl Robinson, Derek Murcott and Donald Burton

Swansea Drama Festival

Pygmalion   Dec 3rd

Y.M.C.A. Theatre Group

Wanted, One Body  Dec 4th

Briton Ferry Little Theatre

Loves A Luxury  Dec 5th

The Provisional Players

Flowing Cherry   Dec 6th

B.P. Refinery Drama Society

The Ghost Train  Dec 7th

Dunvant Drama Group

Loot    Dec 8th

Swansea Little Theatre

One Night Show   Dec 9th

Moira Lister, Ivor Immanuel

and Walter Landauer

1974

London Cotemporary Dance Theatre Mar 17th

Camelot    Mar 25th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Gaslight    Apr 1st

Pat Phoenix, Alan Browning and Norman Woodland

The Tilted Scales   Apr 8th

Bill Simpson, Eric Lander, Patrick Barr and Valentine Dyall

Meet The Gang 1974   Apr 15th

Swansea Scout and Guide show directed by John Chilvers

Night Fall    Apr 22nd

Peter Adamson and Paul Massie

The Lads From Fenn Street  Apr 29th

David Barry, Peter Cleal and Malcolm Mcfee

Welsh National Opera  Company

La Boheme   May 6th

L’Elisir D’Amore  May 7th

The Pearl Fishers  May 8th

The Beach Of Falesa  May 9th

L’Elisir D’Amore  May 10th

La Boheme    May 11th

With Sir Geraint Evans

An Inspector Calls   May 13th

Carmel McSharry, Bill Fraser and Tony Steedman

Midsummer Night’s Dream  May 20th

Frank Barrie, Nicky Henson, Linda Thorson, David Dodimead and Martin Potter

The Sacking Of Norman Banks May 27th

Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray, Anthony Nicholls and Terence Longdon

Suddenly At Home   Jun 3rd

Simon Oates

Night Must fall    Jun 10th

Hywel Bennett, Mary Wimbush and the Welsh Drama Company

How The Other Half Lives  Jun 18th

Lloyd George Knew My Father Jul 2nd

Audrey Leybourne and Geoffrey Brightman

Say Goodnight To Grandma  Jul 16th

With Vivienne Moore And Anthony Homyer. Written by Colin Welland who went on to achieve an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Chariots Of Fire” in 1981

Hay Fever    Jul 29th

The Dickie Henderson Show  Aug 5th

With John Wade and Gillian Humphreys

The Golden Years of Music Hall Aug 12th

Elsie and Doris Waters, Sandy Powell, Cavan O’Connor, Eddie Molloy, Terry Doogan and Barbara Sumner

That’s Life The Al Read Show  Aug 19th

Featuring Millican And Nesbit, Bob Andrews and Cheryl Sinclair

Hylda Baker Show   Aug 26th

Hylda had to pull out at the last minute, and Russ Conway stepped in to save the day, with Sheila Southern, Tony Maiden and Bobby Dennis

Time And Time Again   Sep 2nd

The Day After The Fair   Sep 16th

Eunice Gayson

My Fat Friend    Sep 30th

With Freddie Lees

Welsh National Opera Week

The Flying Dutchman  Oct 14th

The Elixir of Love  Oct 15th

La Boheme   Oct 16th

Simon Boccanegra  Oct 17th

The Flying Dutchman  Oct 18th

The Flying Dutchman  Oct 19th

I’ll Sleep In The Spare Room  Oct 21st

Lesley Anne Down, Jennifer Wilson, Robin Chadwick and Brian Peck

Welsh Drama Week   Oct 28th

Caricature Theatre   Nov 4th

The Scribble Kids Story Book

Melodies Of The Minstrels  Nov 9th

A Saturday matinee performance only with John Boulter and Margaret Savage

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs Nov 11th

Pantomime version with Charles Hawtrey and Bryan Johnson

Hamlet     Nov 18th

The New Shakespeare Company

Rosencrantz And    Nov 25th

Guildenstern are Dead

The New Shakespeare Company

The School For Scandal  Dec 2nd

The Cambridge Theatre Company

Hair     Dec 9th

Presented for the first time in Wales



Theatre Closed For Pantomime Rehearsals until Dec 26th

1975

Humphrey Lyttleton   Mar 2nd

Calamity Jane    Mar 17th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Murder At The Vicarage  Mar 24th

With Barbara Mullen

Meet The Gang 1975   Mar 31st

Macbeth    Apr 8th  Welsh Drama Company

Godspell    Apr 14th

Su Pollard

The New Minstrel Show  Apr 21st  New Faces and Ken Wood

The Good Old Days   Apr 28th

Two And Two Make Sex  May 5th

Robin Stewart, Deborah Watling and Henry McGee

London Contemporary Dance  May 12th

The Calm (1974)

No-Mans Land (1974)

Troy Game (1974)

Diversion Of Angels (1948)

Hinterland (1975)

Masque Of Separation (“Myth”) (1975)


Charles Dickens   May 19th

Emlyn  Williams


Welsh National Opera

The Grand Duchess   May 27th & 31st

Of Gerolstein

Cosi Fan Tutte   May 28th

Manon Lescaut   May 25th

The Flying Dutchman  May 30th

French Without Tears   Jun 3rd

London Assurance   Jun 17th

Habeas Corpus   Jul 1st

Move Over Mrs Markham  Jul 15th

Halfway Up The Tree   July 29th

Freddie Davies    Aug 4th

(Parrot Face) Show

The Dora Bryan Show   Aug 11th

Television Startime   Aug 18th

Bernie Clifton, Janet Brown

Ryan     Aug 25th

Crown Matrimonial   Sep 2nd

A Swansea Family   Sep 16th

Jean Fergusson and Eleanor Thomas

The Importance Of Being Earnest Sep 30th

Swingle II    Oct 5th

Welsh National Opera Week

Manon Lescaut   Oct 13th & 16th

Othello    Oct 14th & 18th

Jenufa    Oct 15th

The Grand Duchess   Oct 18th

Of Gerolstein

Ballet For All    Oct 21st

Ashton And La Fille Mal Gardee

Romeo And Juliet; Ballet And Play

The Rainmaker    Nov 3rd

Marianne Faithful and Peter Gilmore

Pride And Prejudice   Nov 10th

David Nixon Show   Nov 16th

David Nixon - was a very popular magician who had his own show on television at the time, Johnny Tudor and Iris Williams

The World Of Gilbert And Sullivan  Nov 17th

Aneurin Bevan Struggles    Dec 1st

Against The Iron Heel

1976

The Tempest    Mar 16th

Welsh Drama Company with Joseph O’Connor

Hello Dolly    Mar 22nd

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

The Cambridge Theatre Company

I Am A Camera  Mar 29th - 31st

A Taste Of Honey  Apr 1st – 3rd

The Long And The Short   Apr 5th

And The Tall

Christopher Beeny, William Marlowe and Doug Fielding

New London Ballet   Apr 12th

Sleeping Beauty, Soft Blue Shadows and Othello with Andre Prokovsky and Galina Samsova

Meet The Gang 1976   Apr 19th

Welsh National Opera Week

Albert Herring   Apr 26th

The Seraglio           Apr 27,29th

Jenufa    Apr 30th

Il Trovatore   Apr 28th, May 1st

Othello     May 3rd

New Shakespeare Company with Edward Fox And Robert Stephens

Anna Christie    May 10th

Welsh Drama Company

Absurd Person Singular  May 18th

Don’t Start Without Me  May 25th

Private Lives    Jun 1st

The Late Edwina Black   Jun 8th

The Glass Menagerie   Jun 15th

Next Time I’ll Sing To You  Jun 22nd

Who Saw Him Die?   Jun 29th

Five Finger Exercise   Jul 6th

Entertaining Mr Sloane   Jul 13th

Carmel McSharry

Wait Until Dark   Jul 20th

The Mating Game   Jul 27th

Sleuth     Aug 3rd

Summer Variety   Aug 9th

Edmund Hockridge, Roger Kitter, Kim Cordell, Vic Odin and Louise

Summer Variety   Aug 16th

The Kaye Sisters, Gordon Peters Ricky Valance and Maxello

The New Vaudeville Band  Aug 23rd

Peter Cavanagh, Kenny Smiles, Phylis Gillingham and the Wow Girls

Freddie and The Dreamers  Aug 30th With Wyn Calvin, Helen Foster and The Cottle Brothers

Irma La Deuce    Sep 7th

Ruth Madoc and Norman Comer

Godspell    Sep 13th

Darling Mr London   Sep 20th

David Jason and Cheryl Hall

Spiders Web    Sep 27th

Elizabeth Larner

Welsh National Opera Week

Il Trovatore    Oct 6,10th

Orpheus In The Underworld Oct 7th

The Seraglio   Oct 8th

La Boheme    Oct 9th

The Wild Duck    Oct 11th

Ronald Lewis and Dawn Adams

Northern Dance Theatre  Oct 18th

Welsh Drama Week

Dedwid Briodas  Oct 25,26,30th

Yedi Ber        Oct 27,28th

Capten Harrier        Oct 29,30th

Nats In The Belfry   Nov 1st

Music Hall revue

The Phantom Tollbooth   Nov 8th

Max Boyce    Nov 13th

The Murder Game   Nov 15th

John Bentley and Robin Stewart

The Breakers (World Premiere) Nov 22nd

Love’s Labour’s Lost   Nov 29th

New Shakespeare Company

My Cousin Rachel   Dec 6th

Hilary Tindall and William Lucas

1977

Song Of Norway   Mar 21st

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

King Lear    Mar 28th

Welsh Drama Company

Dial M For Murder   Apr 4th

James Ellis, Douglas Fielding and Ingrid Pitt

Meet The Gang 1977   Apr 11th

Double Edge    Apr 18th

With Kate O’Mara, Nicholas Courtney and Peter Byrne


On April the 22nd not long after his pantomime run at the Grand, and during a family holiday to New York, Ryan Davies, a true icon in the history of the Grand Theatre died of heart failure brought on by a severe asthma attack. He was just 40 years old.


The Chiltern Hundreds   Apr 25th

With Clive Dunn who was asked if he could replace Ryan in the next Pantomime at The Grand. He agreed.

Absent Friends    May 2nd

Anne Aston, Robin Chadwick, Claire Clifford and Ellis Jones

Welsh National Opera Week

The Barber Of Seville         May 10,12th

Orpheus In The Underworld May 11th

Albert Herring   May 13th

I Masnedieri   May 14th

Joseph And The Amazing  May 16th

Technicolor Dreamcoat

Boeing Boeing    May 23rd

David Roper and Andrew Knox

Porter Must Go   May 30th Peggy Mount and Hugh Lloyd


The following three plays were a trilogy written by Alan Ayckbourn


Table Manners    Jun 6th

Freddie Lees and Sonia Fox

Living Together    Jun 20th

Freddie Lees and Sonia Fox

Round And Round The Garden  Jul 5th

Freddie Lees and Sonia Fox

There Goes The Bride   Jul 19th

Leslie Randall

Children’s Puppet Theatre  Jul 21st

Charlie Drake    Aug 1st

With Henry McGee, The Karlins, John Wade and Frank Leyton

The Thoughts Of    Aug 8th

Chairman Alf

Cilla Black    Aug 10th

With Steve Tracey, Ivor Wyn and The Cottle Brothers

Harry Worth    Aug 15th

With Guy Kent, Lorna Dallas and The Clivells

The New Seekers   Aug 22nd

With Joanna Carlin and Leapy Lee

The Late Christopher Bean  Aug 29th

With Rachel Thomas

Shades Of Laughter   Sep 13th

Eleanor Thomas, Glyn Houston and Sean Mathias

Blithe Spirit    Sep 27th

Welsh National Opera Week

The Pearl Fishers           Oct 11,14th

Rigoletto            Oct 12,15th

The Barber Of Seville  Oct 13th

Northern Ballet Company  Oct 17th

Mixed Classical and Modern Ballet

Gwyl Ddrama Gymraeg 1977  Oct 24th

Sleeping Partner   Oct 31st

With Bill Simpson and Sheila White

The Snow Queen   Nov 7th

Caricature Puppet Theatre

Vince Hill    Nov 12th

With Norma Leon, Nicholas and Nickelby and Richard Cromwell

Jimmy Tarbuck    Nov 14th

With Kenny Lynch and Trilogy

Time To Kill    Nov 21st

With Paula Wilcox, Simon Oates, Ron Drinkwater, Donald Burton and Lisa Daniely

Flarepath    Nov 28th

With Diana Coupland, Rula Lenska and Christopher Strauli

In Praise Of Love   Dec 5th

Richard Todd and Margaret Stride

1978

Doctor In The House   Mar 20th

Jimmy Edwards, Lionel Blair

Meet The Gang 1978   Mar 27th

Showboat    Apr 3rd

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Donkey’s Years   Apr 10th

Liz Fraser, George Layton and Nicholas Courtney

Under Milk wood   Apr 17th

Theatre Cymru Wales

The Unexpected Guest   Apr 24th

Peter Byrne

Welsh National Opera Week

A Midsummer Night’s   Apr 2,5th

Dream

La Boheme   Apr 3,6th

The Marriage Of Figaro Apr 4,6th

Hair     May 8th

The Adventures Of A Bear   May 15th

Called Paddington

Otherwise Engaged   May 22nd

Ian Hendry


The Grand then staged no shows until it re-opened on July 11th


Just Between Ourselves  Jul 11th

Roy North, Richard Frost, Menna  Trussler and Jennifer Claire

The Bed Before Yesterday  Jul 25th

Ben Travers

The Frankie Vaughan Show  Aug 7th

Keith O’Keefe, Joyce Howard

The Peters and Lee Show  Aug 14th

Freddie Stewart, Chris North and Jill and Diane Cousins

Frankie Howerd Laughter Show  Aug 21st

With Madame Rogers at the Piano, Stirling Silver, Adam Daye and Barry Daniels

A Touch Of Spring   Aug 29th

Funny Peculiar    Sep 12th

Equus     Sep 26th

With John Bentley

Welsh National Opera Week

Il Trovatore            Oct 10,13th

La Boheme   Oct 11th

The Barber Of Seville            Oct 12,14th

Ballet For Dancers of the Royal Ballet

Tchaikofski and   Oct 16,17,20,21st

His Ballet’s

Ashton: The    Oct 18,19,21st

Dream Era

Gwyl Ddrama Gymraeg 1978  Oct 23rd

Pygmalion    Oct 30th

Pippi Longstocking   Nov 6th

Caricature Theatre

Windsor Davies And    Nov 11th

Don Estelle

Windsor had to pull out due to illness and was replaced by Norman Vaughan

Sextet     Nov 13th

Jack Watling, Eunice Gayson, Hilary Pritchard

A Murder Is Announced  Nov 20th

Dulcie Gray

How To Succeed In    Nov 28th

Business Without Really Trying

The Abbey Players with their first appearance at The Grand Theatre

The Man Most Likely To  Dec 4th

Bryan Mosley and Ingrid Pitt

1979


Richard III    Mar 13th

Theatr Clwyd

Witness For The Prosecution  Mar 19th

South Pacific    Mar 26th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society with Leo Andrew

Welsh National Opera Week

The Magic Flute  Apr 3,6th

Turandot   Apr 4.7th

With Rita Hunter

The Turn Of The Screw Apr 5th

Mzumba    Apr 9th

African Music

Max Boyce    Apr 16th

Your Place Or Mine?   Apr 23rd

Trevor Bannister and Deborah Watling

The Mikado And     Apr 30th

HMS Pinafore

Jumpers    May 7th

Who Killed Agatha Christie?  May 14th

George Sewell and Lewis Jones

Blithe Spirit    May 21st

Henry McGee, Judy Carne – who was once married to Burt Reynolds and was a star of “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In” a huge comedic success on American Television

The Desert Song   May 28th

John Hanson

Rebecca    Jun 5th

Busybody    Jun 19th

Breezeblock Park   Jul 3rd

Bedroom Farce   Jul 17th

Eleanor Thomas

Leslie Crowther   Jul 30th

Featuring Arthur Askey

Roger De Courcey And   Aug 6th

Nookie Bear

Featuring Los Zafiros

Lennie Bennet    Aug 13th

With Coco, Eurovision entry in 1978, this included Cheryl Baker pre Bucks Fizz, who came back to the Grand in 1992/93 in the Pantomime “Robinson Crusoe”

Faith Brown Show   Aug 20th

With Johnny Caesar and Solomon King

Joseph And The Amazing  Aug 28th

Technicolor Dreamcoat

Mike Holoway, Leo Andrew

The Gingerbread Lady   Sep 11th

Side By Side By Sondheim  Sep 25th

Sian Hopkins, Richard Frost and Menna Trussler

Welsh National Opera Week

The Pearl Fishers  Oct 9,12th

The Makropoulos Case Oct 10th

La Traviata            Oct 11,13th

Coppelia             Oct 16,17th

Northern Ballet

Giselle          Oct 18,19,20th

Northern Ballet

Festival Of Welsh Drama  Oct 22nd

Godspell    Oct 29th

Anthony and Cleopatra and  Nov 5th

Caesar and Cleopatra

Theatr Clwyd

Ten Times Table   Nov 12th

Malcolm Hobley

Jet Set     Nov 19th

Ralph Bates, Hilary Tindall and Ewen Solon

The Pyjama Game   Nov 27th

The Abbey Players

Fings Ain’t Wot They Used To Be Dec 3rd

1980

Monkey Walk    Mar 10th

Lionel Blair and Katy Manning

Dylan And Liz    Mar 17th

Ronald Lacey and Kate Harper in a World Premiere Tour

Brigadoon    Mar 24th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Rookery Nook    Apr 1st

Theatr Clwyd

Big Bad Mouse   Apr 7th

Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards

Hinge And Bracket   Apr 16th

The Krankies    Apr 19th

Welsh National Opera Week

Ernani            Apr 22,26th

Eugene Onegin           Apr 23,25th

The Coronation Of Poppea Apr 24th

Jasper Carrot    Apr 28th

Night And Day    May 5th

Spring Thaw    May 12th

Johnny More and Linda Lou Allen and Swansea’s own Lyn Lawrence(now known as Lyn Mackay) who would later write and produce “Swansea Girls” at The Grand in 2008

Kismet     May 20th

Gendros Catholic Amateur Operatic Society with Anthony Lyn

A Bed Full Of Foreigners  May 27th

Roy Barraclough

Whose Life Is It Anyway?  Jun 10th

With Freddie Lees

Black Coffee    Jun 24th

Desmond Barrit

Joking Apart    Jul 8th

Heather Wright

Privates On Parade   Jul 22nd

Barry McGinn

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Dyffryn Lliw

Y Gwenyth Gwyn  Aug 4,5th

Canandol Dan   Aug 6,7th

Un O’r Teulu   Aug 8,9th

Patti Boulaye Show   Aug 11th

Brotherhood Of Man   Aug 18th

Summer Spectacular   Aug 25th

With Don McLean, Paul Melba and Rosemary Squires

Joseph And The Amazing   Sep 3rd

Technicolor Dreamcoat

You’re A Good Man,    Sep 23rd

Charlie Brown

Welsh National Opera Week

Tosca    Oct 7,9th

Rigoletto   Oct 8,11th

The Servant (world premiere)  Oct 10th

Alexandra Roy    Oct 15th

London Ballet Theatre

Culhwch And Olwen   Oct 20th

Caricature Puppet Theatre

Mary O’Hara    Oct 25th

Welsh Drama Festival 1980  Oct 27th

Dirty Linen and    Nov 3rd

New Found Land

Derren Nesbitt, Carol Cleveland and Anthony Morton

The Happy Apple   Nov 10th

Lorraine Chase and Geoffrey Davies

Gwyl 80    Nov 17th

Theatre Cymru

Charley Girl    Nov 25th

The Abbey Players With Anthony Lyn

Further Adventures Of    Dec 1st

A Window Cleaner

Robin Askwith

1981

Close Of Play    Mar 10th

Theatre Clwyd with Edward Clayton, Sheridan Ball and Matthew David

Romeo And Juliet   Mar 17th

Theatre Clwyd

The King And I   Mar 23rd

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society with Catherine Zeta Jones

Murder Mistaken   Mar 30th

Liz Fraser, Joyce Blair, Mcdonald Hobley and Chilli Bourchier

The Marquis    Apr 6th

Moira Stewart, Michael Craig and Derek Waring

The Caine Mutiny   Apr 13th

Court Martial

Ian Cuthbertson

Ipi Tombi    Apr 20th

Leo Sayer    Apr 29th

Hot Gossip    May 1st

Danny Grossman Dance Company May 5th

Tommy Steele    May 12th

During a performance he asked a little girl from the audience to come on stage to dance with him. After which he turned to her and said “when you tell your friends at school tomorrow that you danced with Tommy Steele they probably won’t believe you” that girl was Catherine Zeta Jones.

Kiss Me Kate    May 19th

Gendros Catholic Amateur Operatic Society

Beyond A Joke   May 25th Arthur Lowe and Deborah Watling

Welsh National Opera Week

La Traviata    Jun 3,5th

The Barber Of Seville  Jun 4,6th

Loot     Jun 9th

The Dresser    Jun 23rd

Freddie Lees and David King

Once A catholic   Jul 7th

Peril At End House   Jul 21st

Desmond Barrit

Iris Williams    Aug 3rd

With The Dallas Boys

Bob Monkhouse   Aug 10th

Pam Ayres    Aug 17th

The Boyfriend    Aug 25th

Outside Edge    Sep 8th

The Rocky Horror Show  Sep 22nd

Welsh National Opera Week

Fidelio            Oct 7,9th

Madame Butterfly          Oct 8,10th

Midsummer Night’s Dream  Oct 13th

Northern Ballet with an appearance from a nine-year-old Richard Mylan making his first big stage bow

Dracula Or a Pain The Neck  Oct 19th

New Vic Theatre

Welsh Drama Festival 1981  Oct 26th

Johnny Myfanwy, Can Mlwydd, Help Llaw (Chwyth)

Playing The Game   Nov 3rd

Theatr Clwyd

Hansel And Gretal   Nov 10th

Star Puppets produced by Barry Stacey

Fur Coat And No Knickers  Nov 16th

Joyce Blair

Little Me    Nov 24th

The Abbey Players with Anthony Lyn and Kathryn Rice

The Hitch Hikers Guide   Dec 1st

To The Galaxy

Theatr Clwyd

1982


A Tribute To John Chilvers  Feb 14th

Deathtrap    Mar 8th

Richard Johnson

The Crucible    Mar 15th

Theatr Clwyd Company

My Fair Lady    Mar 22nd

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society.Ria Jones appeared in this show

Hinge And Bracket   Mar 30th

Caught In The Act   Apr 5th

Simon Cadell and Prunella Gee

Stage Struck    Apr 12th

With Melvyn Hayes

Grease     Apr 19th

Twelfth Night was played on 21st and 22nd April at 10 am for schools

The Hollow    Apr 26th

Jennifer Wilson

Anyone For Dennis?   May 3rd

Casanova’s Last Stand   May 10th

With Robin Askwith

The Sound Of Music   May 17th

Gendros Catholic Amateur Operatic Society with a young Catherine Zeta Jones, Anthony Lyn and Richard Mylan

Duet For One    May 25th

With Menna Trussler and Alan Trowner

The Gentle Hook   Jun 8th

The Elephant Man   Jun 22nd

Middle Age Spread   Jul 6th

Welsh National Eisteddfod  Jul 20th

Larry Grayson And Friends   Aug 9th

Des O’Connor    Aug 18th

Cilla Black    Aug 23rd

Godspell    Sep 1st

The Last Of The   Sep 21st

Red Hot Lovers

She Stoops To Conquer  Oct 12th

The Nutcracker   Oct 19th

Northern Ballet

Welsh Drama Festival 1982  Oct 26th

The Night They Raided Minsky’s Nov 1st

Sweeny Todd    Nov 8th

Brian Murphy and Liz Fraser

Sleuth     Nov 15th

The Wizard Of Oz   Nov 23rd

The Abbey Players with Ria Jones

Cards On The Table   Nov 29th

1983


The Grand closed after the pantomime “Jack And The Beanstalk” which ended on 22nd Feb. This was to start the first phase of refurbishment of the theatre, thanks to a £600.000 grant from the Arts Council Of Great Britain. The following shows were staged by the Grand Theatre but at the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Gloucester Place.


Educating Rita    May 31st

With John Bentley And Mandy Moore at Dylan Thomas Theatre

Tomfoolery    Jun 14th

The music and wit of Tom Lehrer at Dylan Thomas Theatre

California Suite    Jun 28th

At Dylan Thomas Theatre

Abigail’s party    Jul 12th

At Dylan Thomas Theatre

Can You Here Me    Jul 26th

At The Back

Directed By John Chilvers at Dylan Thomas Theatre

84 Charing Cross Road  Aug 9th

Directed by Des Barritt at Dylan Thomas Theatre

Same Time, Next Year   Aug 23rd

With Neil West And Rosemary Faith at Dylan Thomas Theatre


The Theatre re-opened with the Pantomime “Babes In The Wood” with Windsor Davies and Melvyn Hayes on Boxing Day of 1983


1984

Steaming    Mar 12th

Rattle Of A Simple Man  Mar 19th

With Geoffrey Hughes and Dilys Watling

Guys And Dolls   Mar 26th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Verdict     Apr 2nd

Ronald Leigh-Hunt and Hildegard Neil

The Selfish Shellfish   Apr 10th

Whirligig Children’s Theatre

Dear Ivor    Apr 16th

The words and music of Ivor Novello

Another Country   Apr 23rd

Play of the year 1981

Forget Me Not Lane   May 1st

Theatre Wales

The Sleeping Beauty   May 15th

Northern Ballet Company

Oliver     May 21st

Gendros Catholic Amateur Operatic Society with Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Mylan

Welsh National Opera Week  May 29th

La Boheme            May 29th & Jun 1st

La Traviata            May 30th & Jun 2nd

Jenufa    May 31st

Jesus Christ Superstar   Jun 6th

Midsummer Night Dream  Jun 26th

Black Comedy & Harlequinade Jul 10th

Wait Until Dark   Jul 24th

Run For Your Wife   Aug 6th

With Paul Henry, Melvyn Hayes and John Clegg

Lulu     Aug 18th

With Guests Fiddlygig

Frankie Vaughan   Aug 20th

Ken Dodd    Aug 22nd

Cabaret    Aug 29th

Cider With Rosie   Sep 18th

London Contemporary Dance  Oct 2nd

Welsh National Opera Week

The Merry Widow           Oct 9th, 11th

Ernani    Oct 10th

La Boheme   Oct 12th

The Greek Passion  Oct 13th

Masterclass    Oct 15th

With Anthony Bate

Paul Daniels Magic Show  Oct 22nd

Children Of A Lesser God  Oct 29th

Policy For Murder   Nov 5th

With George Sewell, Annette Andre and William Marlowe. I remember this show, not because I saw it, but because at the time I worked in Collingwood Jewellers in Oxford Street, Swansea. One afternoon George Sewell came in to replace a battery on his watch. He was very nice and chatty and invited us all out to lunch, obviously we couldn’t all go. He did however come back every day of the play’s run. I now realise that life on the road could be a lonely experience, and he was just glad to have someone to talk to.

No No Nanette   Nov 12th

Noele Gordon was cast to play in this, although she was taken ill. Her Place was taken by Moira Lister. Sadly Noele Gordon never recovered and died on April 18th 1985

The Magic Of Doyly Carte  Nov 20th

Oklahoma    Nov 27th

The Abbey Players

Max Boyce    Dec 2nd

The Paper town Paperchasers  Dec 4th


1985

Cabinet Mole    Mar 18th

With Amanda Barrie and Donald Hewlet

Carousel    Mar 25th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Babes In Arms    Apr 1st

Su Pollard and Matthew Kelly

Vince Hill and His Solid   Apr 7th

Gold Music Show

Love At A Pinch   Apr 8th

Ruth Madoc, Norman Vaughan, Jack Douglas and Michael Knowles

Joseph And The Amazing   Apr 15th

Technicolor Dreamcoat

Why Not Stay For Breakfast  Apr 22nd

With John Inman and Amanda Bairstow

Having A Ball    Apr 29th

Alan Bleasdale Play

London Contemporary Dance   May 7th

Theatre

Mr Cinders    May 13th

Half A Sixpence   May 21st

Gendros Catholic Amateur Operatic Society with Richard Mylan

Welsh National Opera Week

Rigoletto         May 28th, 31st

Norma    May 30th

Tosca     May 29th. Jun 1st

Annie     Jun 5th

Dave Willetts, Donna Yaeger and Rachel Blewett

Hinge and Bracket   Jun 9th

Habeas Corpus   Jul 2nd

The Anniversary   Jul 16th

Olde Tyme Music Hall   Jul 30th

With Leonard Sachs (his son, the actor Robin Sachs was once married to Welsh Actress Sian Phillips and now works. successfully in America on Television and in Movies)

Titter Time with Frankie Howerd Aug 12th

The Basil Brush Show   Aug 18th

Compo Plays Stupid   Aug 19th

With Bill Owen

The Railway Children   Aug 27th

With Roy Barraclough

Gypsy     Sep 18th

Jasper Carrott    Oct 6th

Ballet Rambert    Oct 8th

An Evening With Queen Victoria Oct 13th

With Prunella Scales

The Lion The Witch And   Oct 14th

The Wardrobe

Macbeth    Oct 15th

London City Ballet

Swan Lake       Oct 21,22,23rd

Coppelia      Oct 24,25,26th

Val Doonican    Oct 27th

Val Doonican I remember with great fondness in my youth in the early seventies, His Saturday Night show was one of my favourites and I was ribbed many times at school for wearing similar striped cardigans and Jumpers. He still tours, although very rarely now as he is over 80.

Jane Eyre    Oct 28th

With Tessa Wyatt and Dermot Walsh

Jimmy Cricket    Nov 3rd

With guests Trevillion and Nine and impressionist Johnny More

Romantic Comedy   Nov 4th

With Adelina Posta, Tim Brierly and Adrienne Corn

Stardust Road    Nov 10th

With Georgie Fame celebrating the music of Hogy Carmichael

The Gingerbread Men   Nov 12th

The Whirligig Children’s Theatre

Pamela Stephenson   Nov 16th

Then known as part of the “Not The Nine O’clock News“ team, but now as the wife of comedy legend Billy Connolly

Doctor In The House   Nov 18th

With Robin Askwith, Fraser Hines, Nicholas Smith and Brian Cant

Sweet Charity    Nov 26th

The Abbey Players

Welsh National Opera Week  Dec 3rd

Cosi Fan Tutte   Dec 3,6th

Rigoletto   Dec 4th

Madam Butterfly  Dec 5,7th


1986

The Nutcracker   Mar 4th

Northern Ballet Company

Welsh National Opera Group

Othello    Mar 11th, 14th

Cosi Fan Tutte   Mar 12th, 15th

I Puritani   Mar 13th

The Greatest Nite Of The Year  Mar 16th

West Glamorgan Commonwealth Games Committee fund raising Musical evening


The Grand offered its patrons a studio season while the last part of the renovations were being completed, where the audience were seated on the stage area, 300 only, and the plays would take place in the middle


One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest May 27th

Boys In The Band   Jun 17th

Directed by Peter Dayson

Trafford Tanzi    Jul 8th

With Denise Welch, and was choreographed by the famous female wrestler Mitzi Mueller

Stags and Hens    Jul 29th

The Fantasticks   Aug 19th

The Happiest Days Of Your Life Sep 9th

Canterbury Tales   Oct 1st


The Grand Re-opened fully complete, after its £5 million pound facelift with the Pantomime “Mother Goose” starring Les Dennis and Christopher Biggins on 17th December 1986

1987

Swan Lake    Mar 10th

Northern Ballet Company

Kings Rhapsody   Mar 16th

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society

Noises Off    Mar 23rd

Peter Gilmore and Jane Freeman

The Basil Brush Show   Mar 29th

Supergran    Mar 31st

A Murder Is Allowed   Apr 6th

Margaret Ashcroft, Dermot Walsh and Hazel Bainbridge

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Apr 14th

A Gala Evening For Dr Barnado’s Apr 19th

With Owen Money, Wendy Kane and the Swansea Male Voice Choir (which included my father Aubrey Parsons)

Bobby Davro    Apr 26th

London Contemporary Dance  Apr 29th

Theatre

Daisy Pulls It Off   May 4th

Andrew Lloyd Webbers Really Useful Group Presentation

Beauty Is The Business   May 12th

With Faith Brown

The Golden Fortune   Jun 1st

Russel Grant and Fenella Fielding

The Rocky Horror Show  May 18th

Advertised as 16+

Fiddler On The Roof   May 26th

Gendros Catholic Amateur Operatic Society

The Fabulous Fifties   Jun 1st

Clinton Ford, Wyn Calvin and Cavan O’Connor

Welsh National Opera   Jun 9th

Carmen

Le Nozze Di Figaro

La Boheme

Deadly Nightcap   Jun 16th

With Sharon Morgan (who co-starred in “The Magnificent Evans” with Ronnie Barker) and Eiry Palfrey

Arsenic And Old Lace   Jun 30th

With Rachel Thomas (How Green Was My Valley) and Harriet Lewis (Pobl y Cwm)

The Man    Jul 14th

Phillip Goodhew and Margaret John. Margaret who is Swansea born is one of a few performers that have appeared in both the 20th Century Doctor Who and the 21st Century Doctor Who series. She has also appeared in “Gavin and Stacey” and “High Hopes” for the BBC

Boeing Boeing    Jul 28th

With Sion Probert, Neil West and Joanna Field. A free five-day holiday to Paris was offered with the purchase of a ticket for this show, the winner being drawn from a hat

The Tart And The Vicars Wife  Aug 10th

Roy Castle    Aug 18th

Keith Harris and Orville  Aug 21st

Keith made a triumphant return to the Grand 20 years after his appearance as the puss in “Puss in Boots” in 1965/66

Free Lunchtime Concert  Aug 29th

Welsh National Opera


The Theatre, which had only just been

re-opened after the facelift, was again facing a crisis as the recent Repertory season had attracted an average attendance of just 170 seats per performance. The Apollo leisure group expressed an interest in taking the theatre over, as it had successfully done so with the Liverpool Empire turning a £700,000 loss into a profit in 9 months the previous year. The council declined and soldiered on.


Dennis O’Neil    Sep 5th

Charity Concert

Die Fledermaus   Sep 9th

Welsh National Opera

Copy Cats    Sep 13th

London Weekend Television’s hit show hit the road, an impressionist show with Allan Stewart, Aiden J.Harvey, Andrew O’Connor, Hilary O’Neil and Mike Osman

An Evening With Adelina Patti  Sep 15th

With Suzanne Murray as Adelina Patti

Die Fledermaus   Sep 17th

Welsh National Opera

Fidelio     Sep 18th

Welsh National Opera

A Taste Of Wales   Sep 24th

Aled Jones and Friends in a

Welsh National Opera presentation

Fidelio     Sep 25th

Welsh National Opera

The Cunning Little Vixens  Sep 26th

Welsh National Opera

The Three Degrees   Sep 27th

Welsh National Opera Week

The Cunning Little Vixens Oct 7th

The Marriage Of Figaro Oct 8,10th

Die Fledermaus  Oct 9th


HTV Wales presented the next 3 shows, which they filmed and broadcast on television


An Affront To Culture   Oct 13th

Stefan Bednarczyk

Sunrise And Shipwreck  Oct 14th

The Grand Style Of Jazz  Oct 15th

George Melly and Humphrey Lyttleton

Cantabile    Oct 16th

Shanghai Kunju Theatre  Oct 17th

Danny La Rue    Oct 18th

In a show postponed from September 6th

See How They Run   Oct 19th

With Kathy Staff

Friends To The End   Oct 25th

“Opportunity knocks” winners and local boys Rosser and Davies in their own show

The Rambert Dance Company  Oct 27th

The See Saw Tree   Nov 3rd

The Whirligig Theatre Company

Grand Xmas Fashion Show  Nov 6th

Victoria Wood    Nov 8th

The Haunting Of Hill House  Nov 9th

David Moran And Carolyn Jones

Twelfth Night    Nov 16th

Vanessa Ford Presentation with Ian Lavender, John Barron, John Curry

She Stoops To Conquer  Nov 19th

Vanessa Ford Presentation with Ian Lavender, John Barron, John Curry (the World Ice Dancing Champion)

The also did a “Macbeth”workshop at lunchtime on the 19th November

South Pacific    Nov 24th

The Abbey Players

Joseph and the Amazing   Nov 30th

Technicolor Dreamcoat

Max Bygraves and Friends  Dec 12th

Bad Day At Black Frog Creek  Dec 12th

A morning Children’s Play

Bad Day At Black Frog Creek  Dec 19th

A morning Children’s Play

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