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Friday, 27 March 2015

World Theatre Day - 27 March

World Theatre Day is the creation of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962.
It was first in Helsinki, and then in Vienna at the 9th World Congress of the ITI in June 1961 that President Arvi Kivimaa proposed on behalf of the Finnish Centre of the International Theatre Institute that a World Theatre Day be instituted. The proposal, backed by the Scandinavian centres, was carried with acclamation. Ever since, each year on the 27th March (date of the opening of the 1962 "Theatre of Nations" season in Paris), World Theatre Day has been celebrated in many and varied ways by ITI National Centres of which there are now almost 100 throughout the world.
Each year a figure outstanding in theatre or a person outstanding in heart and spirit from another field, is invited to share his or her reflections on theatre and international harmony. What is known as the International Message is translated into more than 20 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world and printed in hundreds of daily newspapers. Colleagues in the audio-visual field lend a fraternal hand, with more than a hundred radio and television stations transmitting the Message to listeners in all corners of the five continents.

In 1957, aged only 11, Jane Asher debuted on the stage at Frinton. In 1960, aged 14, she debuted at London's West End. Five years later, she joined the Bristol Old Vic company and made her Broadway debut with them on 1967. In 1976 Jane joined the National Theatre. 
Here is a list (from this site) of Jane's stage roles:

  • 1957 – Housemaster, Unknown role. Frinton Summer Theatre, Frinton, U.K. Stage Debut. 
  • 1959  Through the Looking Glass, as Alice. Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, U.K.
  • 1960 – Will You Walk a Little Faster, as Muriel Webster. Duke of York's Theatre, 1960. West End/London debut.
  • 1961  Peter Pan, as Wendy. Scala Theatre, London.
  • 1962  Level Crossing, as Dinah. Theatre Royal, Windsor, U.K.
  • 1962 – Cinderella (pantomime), as Cinderella. New Theatre, Bromley, U.K.
  • 1965 – Pygmalion, as Eliza Doolittle. Palace Theatre, Watford, U.K.
  • 1965 – Cleo, as Cleo. Bristol Old Vic Company. Little Theatre, Bristol.Bristol Old Vic Company Debut.
  • 1965 – Great Expectations, as Estella. Bristol Old Vic Company. Theatre Royal, Bristol. 
  • 1965 – The Happiest Days of Your Life, Unknown role. Bristol Old Vic Company.  
  • 1965 – Sixty Thousand Nights, Unknown role. Bristol Old Vic Company.
  • 1966 – The Trojan Women, as Cassandra. Edinburgh Festival, Pop Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 1966 – The Winter's Tale, as Perdita. Edinburgh Festival, Pop Theatre, then Cambridge Theatre, London. Filmed and released as a film by Warner Bros.
  • 1966-67 – Hamlet, Unknown role; Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet Capulet and Measure for Measure, as Julietta. Bristol Old Vic Company, Bristol, U.K.
  • 1967 – Hamlet, Unknown role; Measure for Measure, as Julietta and Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet Capulet. City Center Theatre, New York City, U.S.A. Bristol Old Vic Company. Broadway debut.
  • 1968 – Summer, as Lorette. Fortune Theatre, London.
  • 1968 – Look Back in Anger, as Alison. Royal Court Theatre, then Criterion Theatre, both London.
  • 1970 – The Philanthropist, as Celia. Royal Court Theatre, then May Fair Theatre, London.
  • 1971 – The Philanthropist, as Celia. Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City.
  • 1973 – Fifty, Unknown role. Oxford Playhouse.
  • 1975  Old Flames, as Sally. Bristol Old Vic. New Vic Studio, Bristol, U.K.World premiere.
  • 1976  Treats, as Ann. Royal Court Theatre, then May Fair Theatre. National Theatre Company Debut.
  • 1977 – Strawberry Fields, as Charlotte. National Theatre Company, Cottesloe Theatre, London.
  • 1977 – To Those Born Later, as Performer. National Theatre Company, Cottlesloe Theatre, London.
  • 1977  Ophelia, as Ophelia. Oxford Playhouse. Major Tour, U.K. cities 1977.
  • 1978  Whose Life Is It Anyway?, as Dr. Scott. Bristol Old Vic. Mermaid Theatre, then Savoy Theatre, both London.
  • 1978 – Peter Pan, as Peter Pan. Shaftesbury Theatre, London.
  • 1980 – Before the Party, as Laura Wittingham. Bristol Old Vic. Apollo Theatre London; then Queen's Theatre London, 1981. Producer.
  • 1986 – Blithe Spirit, as Ruth. Vaudeville Theatre, London.
  • 1987 – Semi-Monde, Unknown role. Bristol Old Vic. The Royalty Theatre, London.
  • 1988  Henceforward, as Corinna. Bristol Old Vic. Vaudeville Theatre, London.
  • 1990 – The School for Scandal, as Lady Sneerwell. Bristol Old Vic & National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London.
  • 1992 – Making it Better, as Diana Harrington. Bristol Old Vic. Hampstead Theatre, then Criterion Theatre, London.
  • 1998 – Things We Do for Love, as Barbara. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford U.K., then Guielgud Theatre, London.
  • 2000 – House, as Trish Platt. National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, London.
  • 2000 – What the Butler Saw, as Mrs. Prentice. Bristol Old Vic. Theatre Royal, Bath U.K..   
  • 2004 – Festen, as Else. Lyric Theatre, London.
  • 2005 – The World's Biggest Diamond, as Mrs. Thomas. Royal Court, London.
  • 2009 – Bedroom Farce, as Delia. Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames U.K.
  • 2009 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (pantomime), as Wicked Queen. Richmond Theatre U.K.
  • 2011 – The Reluctant Debutante, as Sheila Broadbent. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford U.K.
  • 2011 – The Importance of Being Earnest, as Lady Bracknell; Farewell to the Theatre, as Margaret. Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames U.K. Farewell to the Theatre World premiere.
  • 2012 – Charley's Aunt, as Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez. Menier Chocolate Factory, London.
  • 2013 – Pride and Prejudice, as Lady Catherine De Bourgh. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London.
  • 2014  Moon Tiger, as Claudia Hampton. Theatre Royal, Bath U.K. World premiere. Major tour U.K. cities 2014.  

  • December 1961 - Jane portrayed Wendy in the annual production of J. M. Barrie's children's classic "Peter Pan" at the Scala Theatre, London for the 1961-62 season. The Darling children are thrilled when they see Peter Pan fly in through their nursery window. (L to R:) Jane Asher as Wendy, Anne Heywood as Peter Pan, Gerald Rowland as Michael and Christopher Turner as John. From Theatre World magazine, February 1962. From Lady Jane yahoo group.

    July 1965 - Jane starred as Eliza Doolittle, the cockney flower girl of 'Pygmalion'.

    On November 9, 1965 Jane Asher opened in "Cleo", her first play with the Bristol Old Vic at the Little Theatre in Bristol.

    Jane Asher getting in character for her role as a St. Trinian's schoolgirl in the Bristol Old Vic's stage production of "The Happiest Days of Your Life" which opened December 27, 1965.

    Jane Asher and (later Dame) Flora Robson in the Pop Theatre production of "The Trojan Women" in the Edinburgh Festival, August 1966.

    Jane portrayed Perdita in Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" at the Edinburgh Festival in August 1966 & followed that with a critically acclaimed run in London's West End at the Cambridge Theatre starting on Sept. 30, 1966.

    On November 9th 1966 Jane starred as Juliet Capulet in Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" with the Bristol Old Vic. In January 1967 she began a five month tour of North America with the Bristol Old Vic Company performing in two Shakespearean plays; as Juliet Capulet in 'Romeo and Juliet' and as Julietta in 'Measure For Measure'. The first performance was in Boston on January 16, 1967.

    'Summer', opened on July 10th at the Fortune Theatre.


    October 1968 - Jane Asher as Alison with Martin Shaw in John Osborne's play "Look Back In Anger" at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

    Jane Asher as Celia in Christopher Hampton's "The Philanthropist". The play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London on August 3, 1970, then moved to the May Fair Theatre. Later, in spring 1971, Jane appeared in  New York City at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

    On October 28, 1975 Jane opened in the play "Old Flames" portraying Sally at the New Vic Studio in Bristol.

    Starring Jane Asher as Ann, which opened at the Royal Court Theatre on February 5, 1976 and then moved to the May Fair Theatre on March 9, 1976. Lady Jane group at yahoo!

    April 1977 - Jane as Charlotte in a scene from the National Theatre Company production of Stephen Poliakoff's new play, "Strawberry Fields", performed at the Cottesloe Theatre, London. Despite its title the play had nothing to do with the Beatles famous song, in fact the background music played was by The Beach Boys! From Lady Jane yahoo group.
    Jane Asher (R, in white) in the play 'Ophelia' at the Oxford Playhouse, which opened on October 15th 1977.
    Circa March 1978 - Newsprint photo of Jane Asher as Dr. Scott and her patient, Tom Conti as Ken Harrison, in Brian Clark's "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" which opened March 6, 1978 at the Mermaid Theatre, London. Lady Jane yahoo group.

    December 1978 - Jane as Peter Pan in James Barrie's children's classic "Peter Pan" which opened at London's Shaftesbury Theatre for the Christmas season. From Lady Jane yahoo group.
    Jane's 1980 play, "Before The Party", which opened in 1980 at the Apollo Theatre of Shaftesbury Avenue, London and later moved to the Queen's Theatre in 1981.

    Jane in Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" which opened January 30, 1986 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.Lady Jane group at yahoo!
    In November 1988 Jane opened in London's West End performing in Alan Ayckbourn's play "Henceforward" co-starring with Ian McKellen.

    Jane Asher and Rufus Sewell in "Making It Better" which originally opened at the Hampstead Theatre on February 11, 1992 and later moved to the Criterion on October 21, 1992. From Lady Jane group at yahoo.

    Jane Asher opened in Alan Ackbourn's "Things We Do For Love" on February 10, 1998 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. The play soon moved to the Gielgud Theatre, London, opening on March 3, 1998.Lady Jane group at yahoo!

    Jane in "Festen". Previewed 15 September 2004, opened 23 September 2004, closed 16 April 2005 at the Lyric Theatre in London.

    Jane Asher and Nicholas Le Prevost in "Bedroom Farce", From October 2nd to November 28th 2009.

    Jane Asher as the Wicked Queen in the National pantomime "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfes"Richmond Theatre, December 4 2009 to January 10 2010.

    Jane Asher as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Willde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" which opened at the Rose Theatre Kingston upon Thames on September 27th 2011.
    Jane in the world premiere of "Farewell to the Theatre", that runned from Friday 30 September to Sunday 30 October 2011.

    Jane as Donna LucĂ­a d'Alvadorez in "Charley's Aunt" who opened from 20 September to 10 November 2012 at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

    Jane Asher as Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of "Pride and Prejudice", which runned from June 20th to July 20th 2013.

    Jane in the stage production 'Moon Tiger', brought to the stage for the first time. It opened at Theatre Royal Bath on Monday 24th February 2014 and then it was played in several UK cities, until March 8th 2014.