Vivien_Leigh_chronology_of_stage_and_film_performances

Vivien Leigh chronology of stage and film performances

The following provides a chronological list of the stage and film performances given by the British actress Vivien Leigh.

Although successful as a film star, she preferred the theatre, and worked more extensively in this medium, therefore her theatre performances are listed first.

Theatre roles

Opening date Title Role Location Playwright Director Other main cast members
February 25, 1935 The Green Sash Giusta "Q" Theatre, London Debonnaire Sylvester and T. P. Wood Matthew Forsyth Kathleen Boutall and David Horne
May 15, 1935 The Mask of Virtue Henriette Duquesnoy Ambassadors Theatre, London Carl Sternheim and Ashley Dukes Maxwell Wray Jeanne De Casalis and Frank Cellier
February 17, 1936 Richard II Queen Anne Oxford (OUDS) William Shakespeare John Gielgud and Glen Byam Shaw David King-Wood and Florence Kahn
April 8, 1936 The Happy Hypocrite Jenny Mere His Majesty's Theatre, London Clemence Dane, Richard Addinsell and Max Beerbohm Maurice Colbourne Ivor Novello and Viola Tree
June 22, 1936 Henry VIII Anne Boleyn Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park William Shakespeare Robert Atkins Gyles Isham and C. N. Anson
February 5, 1937 Because We Must Pamela Golding-Ffrench Wyndham's Theatre Ingaret Giffard Norman Marshell Margaret Emden and Enid Lindsey
March 11, 1937 Bats in the Belfry Jessica Morton Ambassador's Theatre, London Diana Morgan and Robert MacDermot A. R. Whatmore Evelyn Ankers Ivor Barnard and Charles Hawtrey
June, 1937 Hamlet Ophelia Kronborg Castle, Elsinore William Shakespeare Tyrone Guthrie Laurence Olivier, John Abbott, and Anthony Quayle
December 27 , 1937 A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park William Shakespeare Jeanne de Casalis Tyrone Guthrie Robert Helpmann and Ralph Richardson
September 13, 1938 Serena Blandish Serena Blandish Gate Theatre S. N. Behrman and Enid Bagnold Esme Percy David Tree and John Teed
May 9, 1940 Romeo and Juliet Juliet 51st Street Theatre, New York City, also San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. William Shakespeare Laurence Olivier Laurence Olivier, Dame May Whitty, Edmond O'Brien and Cornel Wilde
March 4, 1942 The Doctor's Dilemma Jennifer Dubedat Haymarket Theatre George Bernard Shaw Irene Hentschell Cyril Cusack (later John Gielgud) and Austin Trevor
April 24 1942 The School for Scandal
(two scenes - one charity performance)
Lady Teazle Haymarket Theatre Richard Brinsley Sheridan Cyril Maude
Spring, 1943 for 3 months Spring Party - A Revue Herself and Scarlett O'Hara Tour of North Africa entertaining troops works by Lewis Carroll and Clemence Dane John Gielgud Beatrice Lillie, Dorothy Dickson and Leslie Henson
May 15, 1945 The Skin of Our Teeth Sabina Phoenix Theatre Thornton Wilder Laurence Olivier Cecil Parker and Joan Young
September 11, 1946 The Skin of Our Teeth (revival) Sabina Picadilly Theatre Thornton Wilder Laurence Olivier George Devine and Esther Somers
February 14, 1948 to November 1 , 1948 (1) Richard III
(2) The School for Scandal
(3) The Skin of Our Teeth
(1) Lady Anne
(2) Lady Teazle
(3) Sabina
Tour of Australia and New Zealand : Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch (1) William Shakespeare
(2) Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(3) Thornton Wilder
Laurence Olivier Old Vic Theatre Company including Laurence Olivier and Peter Cushing
January 26, 1949 (1) Richard III
(2) Antigone
(1) Lady Anne
(2) Antigone
opened at the New Theatre (1) William Shakespeare
(2) Jean Anouilh
Laurence Olivier Old Vic Theatre Company including Laurence Olivier and Peter Cushing
October 11, 1949 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois Aldwych Theatre Tennessee Williams Laurence Olivier Bonar Colleano, Renée Asherson, Bernard Braden and Theodore Bikel
May 10, 1951
*the two plays alternated nightly
Caesar and Cleopatra Cleopatra St James' Theatre George Bernard Shaw Michael Benthall Laurence Olivier
May 11, 1951
*the two plays alternated nightly
Antony and Cleopatra Cleopatra St James' Theatre William Shakespeare Michael Benthall Laurence Olivier
December 19, 1951
*the two plays alternated nightly
Caesar and Cleopatra Cleopatra Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City George Bernard Shaw Michael Benthall Laurence Olivier, Robert Helpmann, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Harry Andrews
December 20, 1951
*the two plays alternated nightly
Antony and Cleopatra Cleopatra Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City William Shakespeare Michael Benthall Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Harry Andrews, Robert Helpmann and Wilfrid Hyde-White
November 5, 1953 The Sleeping Prince Mary Morgan Phoenix Theatre Terence Rattigan Laurence Olivier Laurence Olivier and Martita Hunt
April 12, 1955 Twelfth Night Viola Stratford-upon-Avon William Shakespeare John Gielgud Laurence Olivier, Keith Michell, Mervyn Blake and Angela Baddeley
June 7 , 1955 MacBeth Lady MacBeth Stratford-upon-Avon William Shakespeare Glen Byam Shaw Laurence Olivier, Maxine Audley, Keith Michell and Geoffrey Bayldon
August 16, 1955 Titus Andronicus Lavinia Stratford-upon-Avon attributed to William Shakespeare Peter Brook Laurence Olivier, Maxine Audley, Frank Thring and Anthony Quayle
April 25, 1956 South Sea Bubble Lady Alexandra Shotter Lyric Theatre Noël Coward William Chappell Ian Hunter, Arthur Macrae, John Moore and Joyce Carey
May 6, 1957 Titus Andronicus Lavinia Tour of Paris, Vienna, Belgrade, Zagreb, Warsaw, followed by Stoll Theatre, London attributed to William Shakespear Peter Brook Laurence Olivier, Anthony Quayle and Maxine Audley
April 24, 1958 Duel of Angels Paola Apollo Theatre Jean Giraudoux and Christopher Fry Jean-Louis Barrault Claire Bloom (later replaced by Ann Todd and Mary Ure), Derek Nimmo and Peter Wyngarde
July 9, 1959 Look After Lulu Lulu d'Arville Royal Court Theatre, then New Theatre Georges Feydeau translated by Noël Coward Noël Coward Anthony Quayle, Richard Goolden and Michael Bates
April 19, 1960 Duel of Angels Paola Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City Jean Giraudoux and Christopher Fry Robert Helpmann Peter Wyngarde, Jack Merivale and Mary Ure
Old Vic Overseas Tour
- Australia and New Zealand
July 12, 1961 to March 17, 1962
(1) Twelfth Night
(2) Duel of Angels
(3) The Lady of the Camellias
(1) Viola
(2) Paola
(3) Marguerite Gautier
Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne
Her Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane
Theatre Royal, Sydney
Theatre Royal, Adelaide
Her Majesty's Theatre, Perth
Opera House, Wellington
Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Her Majesty's Theatre, Auckland
(1) William Shakespeare
(2) Jean Giraudoux
(3) Alexandre Dumas, fils
all directed by Robert Helpmann repertory company including Jack Merivale
Old Vic Overseas Tour
- Latin America
March 29, 1962 to May 16, 1962
(1) Twelfth Night
(2) The Lady of the Camellias
(1) Viola
(2) Marguerite Gautier
Mexico City, Mexico
Caracas, Venezuela
Lima, Peru
Santiago, Chile
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Uruguay
São Paulo, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(1) William Shakespeare
(2) Alexandre Dumas, fils
both directed by Robert Helpmann repertory company including Jack Merivale
March 18, 1963 Tovarich Tatiana Broadway Theatre, New York City Jacques Deval, Robert E. Sherwood, David Shaw, Anne Crosswell and Lee Pockriss Peter Glenville Jean-Pierre Aumont
April 6, 1965 The Contessa Contessa Sanziani closed after previews in Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester Paul Osborn and Maurice Druon Robert Helpmann David Knight and Joseph Furst
May 3, 1966 Ivanov Anna Petrova Tour of United States and Canada, followed by season at Shubert Theatre, New York City Anton Chekhov, adapted John Gielgud John Gielgud John Gielgud, Ronald Radd and Jack Merivale

Film roles

Year Title Role Director Other main cast members
1935 The Village Squire Rose Venables Reginald Denham David Horne and Leslie Perrins
1935 Things Are Looking Up School girl Albert de Corville Cicely Courtneidge
1935 Look Up and Laugh Marjorie Belfer Basil Dean Gracie Fields
1935 Gentlemen's Agreement Phil Stanley George Pearson Frederick Peisley and Anthony Holles
1937 Fire Over England Cynthia William K. Howard Flora Robson, Raymond Massey, Leslie Banks
and Laurence Olivier
1937 Dark Journey Madeleine Goddard Victor Saville Conrad Veidt
1937 Storm in a Teacup Victoria Gow Ian Dalrymple and Victor Saville Rex Harrison, Cecil Parker and Sara Allgood
1938 A Yank at Oxford Elsa Craddock Jack Conway Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore,
Maureen O'Sullivan and Edmund Gwenn
1938 Sidewalks of London Libby Tim Whelan Charles Laughton and Rex Harrison
1939 Gone with the Wind Scarlett O'Hara Victor Fleming Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland
1940
(filmed in 1937)
21 Days Wanda Basil Dean Leslie Banks and Laurence Olivier
1940 Waterloo Bridge Myra Mervyn LeRoy Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson and Virginia Field
1941 That Hamilton Woman Emma Hamilton Alexander Korda Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood and Gladys Cooper
1945 Caesar and Cleopatra Cleopatra Gabriel Pascal Claude Rains, Stewart Granger and Flora Robson
1948 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Julien Duvivier Ralph Richardson
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois Elia Kazan Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden
1955 The Deep Blue Sea Hester Collyer Anatole Litvak Kenneth More
1961 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Karen Stone José Quintero Warren Beatty and Lotte Lenya
1965 Ship of Fools Mary Treadwell Stanley Kramer Simone Signoret, José Ferrer and Lee Marvin

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