Vivien Leigh performances

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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[edit]

Theatre roles[1]
Opening date Title Role Location Playwright Director Other main cast members
25 February 1935 The Green Sash Giusta Q Theatre, London Debonnaire Sylvester and T. P. Wood Matthew Forsyth Kathleen Boutall and David Horne
15 May 1935 The Mask of Virtue Henriette Duquesnoy Ambassadors Theatre, London Carl Sternheim and Ashley Dukes Maxwell Wray Jeanne de Casalis, Maud Tree and Frank Cellier
17 February 1936 Richard II Queen Anne Oxford (OUDS) William Shakespeare John Gielgud and Glen Byam Shaw David King-Wood and Florence Kahn
8 April 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
22 June 1936 Henry VIII Anne Boleyn Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park William Shakespeare Robert Atkins Gyles Isham and C. N. Anson
5 February 1937 Because We Must Pamela Golding-Ffrench Wyndham's Theatre Ingaret Giffard Norman Marshall Margaret Emden and Enid Lindsey
11 March 1937 Bats in the Belfry Jessica Morton Ambassadors 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
27 December 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
13 September 1938 Serena Blandish Serena Blandish Gate Theatre S. N. Behrman and Enid Bagnold Esme Percy David Tree and John Teed
9 May 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
4 March 1942 The Doctor's Dilemma Jennifer Dubedat Haymarket Theatre George Bernard Shaw Irene Hentschell Cyril Cusack (later John Gielgud) and Austin Trevor
24 April 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
15 May 1945 The Skin of Our Teeth Sabina Phoenix Theatre Thornton Wilder Laurence Olivier Cecil Parker and Joan Young
11 September 1946 The Skin of Our Teeth (revival) Sabina Piccadilly Theatre Thornton Wilder Laurence Olivier George Devine and Esther Somers
14 February 1948 to 1 November 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
26 January 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
11 October 1949 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois Aldwych Theatre Tennessee Williams Laurence Olivier Bonar Colleano, Renée Asherson, Bernard Braden and Theodore Bikel
10 May 1951
  • the two plays alternated nightly
Caesar and Cleopatra Cleopatra St James's Theatre George Bernard Shaw Michael Benthall Laurence Olivier
11 May 1951
  • the two plays alternated nightly
Antony and Cleopatra Cleopatra St James's Theatre William Shakespeare Michael Benthall Laurence Olivier
19 December 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
20 December 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
5 November 1953 The Sleeping Prince Mary Morgan Phoenix Theatre Terence Rattigan Laurence Olivier Laurence Olivier and Martita Hunt
12 April 1955 Twelfth Night Viola Stratford-upon-Avon William Shakespeare John Gielgud Laurence Olivier, Keith Michell, Mervyn Blake and Angela Baddeley
7 June 1955 Macbeth Lady Macbeth Stratford-upon-Avon William Shakespeare Glen Byam Shaw Laurence Olivier, Maxine Audley, Keith Michell and Geoffrey Bayldon
16 August 1955 Titus Andronicus Lavinia Stratford-upon-Avon attributed to William Shakespeare Peter Brook Laurence Olivier, Maxine Audley, Frank Thring and Anthony Quayle
25 April 1956 South Sea Bubble Lady Alexandra Shotter Lyric Theatre Noël Coward William Chappell Ian Hunter, Arthur Macrae, John Moore and Joyce Carey
6 May 1957 Titus Andronicus Lavinia Tour of Paris, Vienna, Belgrade, Zagreb, Warsaw, followed by Stoll Theatre, London attributed to William Shakespeare Peter Brook Laurence Olivier, Anthony Quayle and Maxine Audley
24 April 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
9 July 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
19 April 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
12 July 1961 to 17 March 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
29 March 1962 to 16 May 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
18 March 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
6 April 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
3 May 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[edit]

Film roles[2]
Year Title Role Director Notes Other main cast members
1935 The Village Squire Rose Venables Reginald Denham David Horne and Leslie Perrins
1935 Look Up and Laugh Marjorie Belfer Basil Dean Gracie Fields
1935 Things Are Looking Up School girl Albert de Courville Uncredited Cicely Courtneidge
1935 Gentlemen's Agreement Phil Stanley George Pearson Frederick Peisley
Anthony Holles
1937 Fire Over England Cynthia William K. Howard Flora Robson
Raymond Massey
Leslie Banks
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
Sara Allgood
1938 A Yank at Oxford Elsa Craddock Jack Conway Robert Taylor
Lionel Barrymore
Maureen O'Sullivan
Edmund Gwenn
1938 Sidewalks of London, also known as St. Martin's Lane Libby Tim Whelan Charles Laughton
Rex Harrison
1939 Gone with the Wind Scarlett O'Hara Victor Fleming Clark Gable
Leslie Howard
Olivia de Havilland
1940 21 Days Wanda Basil Dean Laurence Olivier
Filmed in 1937
1940 Waterloo Bridge Myra Mervyn LeRoy Robert Taylor
Lucile Watson
Virginia Field
1941 That Hamilton Woman Emma, Lady Hamilton Alexander Korda Laurence Olivier
Alan Mowbray
Sara Allgood
Gladys Cooper
1945 Caesar and Cleopatra Cleopatra Gabriel Pascal Claude Rains
Stewart Granger
Flora Robson
1948 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Julien Duvivier Ralph Richardson
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois Elia Kazan Marlon Brando
Kim Hunter
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
Lotte Lenya
1965 Ship of Fools Mary Treadwell Stanley Kramer (Last appearance) Simone Signoret
José Ferrer
Lee Marvin

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Edwards 1978, pp. 308–317.
  2. ^ Edwards 1978, pp. 319–328.