Data: Women Playwrights in the West End: 1950 – 1959

Table listing plays by women on the London stage from 1950 – 1960.Taken from West End Women: Women and the London stage 1918 – 1962 by Maggie B Gale. Posted with permission.

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Play titleAuthorTheatreDatesNo. of performances
Tomorrow’s PrideLydia RagosinLyric12.02.19501
The Platinum SetReg Denham and Mary OrrSaville30.03.1950 – 08.04.195011
The Man with the UmbrellaRoma JuneDuchess05.04.1950 – 29.04.195029
Cry Liberty Esther McCracken Vaudeville21.04.1950 – 12.05.195026
The Gates of BrassSheila HodgsonApollo14.05.19501
His ExcellencyDorothy and C. CampbellPrinces23.05.1950 – 29.10.1950452
His ExcellencyDorothy and C. CampbellPiccadilly31.10.1950 – 23.06.1951
If This Be ErrorRachel GrieveLyric24.05.1950 – 24.06.195037
Always Afternoon (adpt.)Dido MilroyGarrick25.07.1950 – 26.08.195038
The Little Hut (adpt. from A. Roussin)Nancy MitfordLyric2308.1950 – 05.09.19531261
Spring SongBella and Sam SpewackSaville04.09.1950 – 30.09.195031
Sing CuckooJudy CampbellWhitehall10.12.19501
Lace on her PetticoatAimee StuartAmbassadors14.12.1950 – 26.05.1951188
The Silver CurlewEleanor Farjeon and Clifton ParkesFortune22.12.1950 – 20.01.195050
Spring at MarinoConstance CoxArts13.12.1951 – 18.03.195140
Temple FollyBridget BolandWhitehall25.02.19511
The Seventh VeilMuriel and Sydney BoxPrinces14.03.1951 – 12.05.195168
The Martin’s NestJoan MorganWestminster12.05.1951 – 12.05.195135
The HollowAgatha ChristieFortune07.06.1951 – 06.10.1951376
The HollowAgatha ChristieAmbassadors08.10.1951 – 02.05.1952
Come Live With MeDorothy and C. ChristieVaudeville21.06.1951 – 14.07.195128
Poor JudasEnid BagnoldArts18.07.1951 – 05.08.195123
The Enchanted GardenMadge PembertonSaville14.10.19511
Women of TwilightSylvia RaymanVaudeville07.11.1951 – 19.04.1952253
Women of TwilightSylvia RaymanVictoria Palace18.06.1952 – 01.11.1952
The Young ElizaJeannette Dowling and Beth F LettonCambridge09.12.19511
The Day’s MischiefLesley StormDuke of York’s11.12.1951 – 02.02.195260
Where the Rainbow EndsMrs Clifford MillsWinter Garden24.12.1951 – 10.01.195231
Where the Rainbow EndsMrs Clifford MillsPrinces20.12.1952 – 17.01.195333
Where the Rainbow EndsMrs Clifford MillsStoll26.12.1953 – 16.01.195438
The Same SkyYvonne MitchellLyric31.01.1952 – 01.03.195280
The Same SkyYvonne MitchellDuke of York’s18.03.1952 – 26.10.1952
To See OurselvesE.M. DelafieldArts26.02.1952 – 23.03.195232
The YoungJeanette Dowling and Elizabeth F LettonNew02.04.1952 – 21.06.1952504
The YoungJeanette Dowling and Elizabeth F LettonCriterion30.06.1952 – 20.16.1953
The Valley and the PeakJoan MorganWhitehall06.04.19521
MonserratLillian HellmanLyric08.04.1952 – 10.05.195238
Lords of CreationEdward Percy and Lilian DenhamVaudeville24.04.1952 – 10.05.19524
After My FashionDiana MorganAmbassadors08.05.1952 – 09.08.1952107
The Step ForwardAnne TregoStrand30.07.1952 – 06.09.195248
Two Loves I HaveDorothy and Howard BauerArts24.09.1952 – 19.10.195231
Husbands Don’t CountPatricia HollenderWinter Garden01.10.1952 – 29.11.195262
Lord Arthurs Saville’s CrimeConstance CoxCourt07.10.1952 – 25.10.195221
Letter From ParisDodie SmithAldwych10.10.1952 – 01.11.195227
Murder MistakenJanet GreenAmbassadors04.11.1952 – 22.11.1952156
Murder MistakenJanet GreenVaudeville24.11.1952 – 28.03.1953
The Blue LampTed Willis and Jan ReadHippodrome19.11.1952 – 06.12.195232
The MousetrapAgatha ChristieAmbassadors02.11.195215500+
Sweet PerilMary Orr and Reg DenhamSt. James’03.12.1952 – 10.01.195344
The ManMel DinellHer Majesty’s30.12.1952 – 07.02.195395
The ManMel DinellSt Martin’s16.02.1953 – 28.03.1953
The GiftMary LumsdenSt Martin’s22.01.1953 – 14.02.195328
Red-Headed BlondVal GuestVaudeville01.04.1953 – 11.07.1953116
Here We AreDorothy ParkerAdelphi26.04.19531
They Owe It All to UsJohn Hurst and Priscilla MalcolmAdelphi26.04.19531
The Uninvited GuestMary Hayley BellSt. James’27.05.1953 – 13.06.195321
The Man with Expensive TastesEd Percy and Lilian DenhamVaudeville23.07.1953 – 15.08.195321
Carrington V CD. and C. CampbellWestminster28.07.1953 – 29.08.1953205
Age of ConsentCharlotte HaldanePrinces22.08.1953 – 29.08.19539
The Secret TentElizabeth AddymanStrand04.10.19531
Witness For the ProsecutionAgatha ChristieWinter Garden28.10.1953 – 29.01.1955458
The ReturnBridget BolandDuchess09.11.1953 – 16.01.195429
A Christmas CarolJoan LittlewoodTheatre Royal E1509.12.1953 – 19.12.195313
A Christmas CarolJoan LittlewoodTheatre Royal E1516.12.1958 – 17.01.195945
A London ActressEmma LitchfieldArts16.12.1953 – 10.01.195432
Treasure IslandJoan LittlewoodTheatre Royal E1526.12.1953 – 16.01.195436
Treasure IslandJoan LittlewoodTheatre Royal E1526.12.1956 – 12.01.195731
Alice Through the Looking GlassFelicity DouglasPrinces09.02.1954 – 20.03.195437
The Fifth SeasonSylvia ReaganCambridge24.02.1954 – 22.05.1954107
I Capture the CatleDodie SmithAldwych04.03.1954 – 24.04.195458
The White CountessJ. B. Priestley and Jacquetta HawkesSaville24.03.1954 – 28.03.19545
The PrisonerBridget BolandGlobe14.04.1954 – 05.06.195460
The Sun RoomRomill CavanArts29.04.1954 – 23.05.195430
Three Weeks AheadLaurie WyliePrinces02.05.19541
Its Never Too LateFelicity DouglasWestminster03.06.1954 – 26.06.1954196
Its Never Too LateFelicity DouglasStrand28.06.1954 – 20.11.1954
All For MaryH. Brooks and Kay BannermanDuke of York’s09.09.1954 – 11.06.1955312
The Cruel Daughters (Balzac: Le Pere Goriot)Joan LittlewoodTheatre Royal E1519.10.1954 – 06.11.195419
The ImmoralistRuth and Augustus GoetzArts03.11.1954 – 05.12.195439
The Chimes (adpt.)Joan LittlewoodTheatre Royal E1530.11.1954 – 18.12.195423
Spider’s WebAgatha ChristieSavoy14.12.1954 – 03.01.19456774
The Prince and the PauperJoan Littlewood and E. MacCollTheatre Royal E 1527.12.1954 – 15.01.195532
The Yellow CurtainsJoyce DennysAdelphi09.01.19551
Its Different for MenM. Pertwee and Brenda and Monica DanischeskyDuchess11.05.1955 -14.05.195540
The LoversMarcelle MauretteWinter Garden06.05.1955 – 21.05.195519
The Mimosa Man adpt.Elizabeth MilneStrand09.05.19551
My Three AngelsSam and Bella SpewackLyric12.05.1955 – 26.11.1955228
The Lost GenerationPatricia HollenderGarrick01.06.1955 – 02.07.195532
Home and AwayHeather McIntyreGarrick19.07.1955 – 13.08.195530
The Bandit’s HatEve MorgantiStrand09.10.19551
The Famous FiveEnid BlytonPrinces23.12.1955 – 21.01.195626
The Famous FiveEnid BlytonHippodrom20.12.1956 – 13.01.195736 mat.
Darkling ChildW S. Merwin and Dido MilroyArts21.07.1956 – 19.02.195629
Doctor JoJoan MorganAldwych15.02.1956 – 17.03.195637
TabithaArnold Ridley and Mary CathcartDuchess08.03.1956 – 14.04.195643
Tolka RowMaura LavertyWyndham’s08.04.19561
The Chalk GardenEnid BagnoldHaymarket11.04.1956 – 09.11.1957658
Day After TomorrowAnne WaltersStrand06.05.19561
GigiAnita LoosNew23.05.1956 – 01.09.1956117
Love AffairDulcie GrayLyric01.06.1956 – 16.06.195619
The Long EchoLeslie StormSt. James’01.08.1956 – 07.09.195637
The Young and The Beautiful (adp)Sally BensonArts15.08.1956 – 30.11.195739
Towards ZeroAgatha ChristieSt. James’04.09.1956 – 02.03.1957205
The Children’s HourLillian HellmanArts19.09.1956 – 28.10.195647
Plaintiff in a Pretty HatHugh and Margaret WilliamsDuchess12.10.1956 – 15.12.1956311
Plaintiff in a Pretty HatHugh and Margaret WilliamsSt Martin’s18.12.1956 – 13.07.1957
Mr Parker – From ParisTanya TeronovaWhitehall21.10.19561
Cold Water FlatNancy HamiltonAdelphi28.10.19561
The Touch of FearDorothy and C. ChristieAldwych05.12.1956 – 16.02.195784
Never Say DieDiana Marr JohnsonStrand13.01.19571
Light FallingTeresa DeeveyLyric14.01.1957 – 16.02.195740
The Member of the WeddingCarson McCullersCourt05.02.1957 – 09.03.195738
Dom Kobiet (The House of Women)Zofia NalkowskaScala07.06.19571
Time to SpeakSylvia RaymanArts11.06.1957 – 23.06.195716
The Waiting of Lester AbbsKathleen SullyCourt30.06.19571
Roar Like a DoveLesley StormPhoenix26.09.1957 – 05.03.19601007
The Queen and the WelshmanRosemary Anne SissonLyric07.11.1957 – 23.11.195920
Paddle Your Own CanoeLucienne HillCriterion04.12.1957 – 29.03.1958132
Be My GuestMary JukesWinter Garden11.12.1951 – 04.01.195828
The Happy ManHugh and Margaret WilliamsWestminster13.12.1957 – 01.02.195855
Love From MargaretEvelyn FordCourt16.02.19581
The Sport of My Mad MotherAnn JellicoeCourt25.02.1958 – 08.03.195814
Each His Own WildernessDoris LessingCourt23.03.19581
The Quiet RoomJean DalrympleWyndham’s30.03.19581
VerdictAgatha ChristieStrand22.05.1958 – 21.06.195835
A Taste of HoneyShelagh DelaneyTheatre Royal E1527.05.1958 – 28.06.195827
A Taste of HoneyShelagh DelaneyTheatre Royal E1528.06.1958 – 21.01.1959368
A Taste of HoneyShelagh DelaneyWyndham’s10.02.1959 – 06.06.1959
A Taste of HoneyShelagh DelaneyCriterion08.06.1959 – 12.12.1959
The PartyJane ArdenNew28.05.1958 – 22.11.1958205
Speaking of MurderAudrey and William RoosSt Martin’s04.06.1958 – 01.11.1958173
Noon Has No ShadowsPatricia JoudryArts18.07.1958 – 17.08.195837
Dear AugustineAlison MacLeodCourt28.07.1958-02.08.19588
The Unexpected GuestAgatha ChristieDuchess12.08.1958-30.01.1960612
The Grass Is GreenerHugh and Margaret WilliamsSt Martin’s02.12.1958-06.02.1960492
Eighty in the shadeClemence DaneGlobe08.01.1959-13.06.1959179
The Hidden River (adpt. from Storm Jameson)Ruth and Augustus GoetzCambridge13.04.1959-25.04.195916
Dark HaloSylvia LeighArts14.04.1959-10.05.195932
The Pleasure of his CompanyS. Taylor and Cornelia 0. SkinnerHaymarket24.04.1959-09.04.1960403
Natural CausesVera ColebrookArts12.05.1959-17.05.19598
Ulysses In Nightown(adpt.)Marjorie BarkentonArts21.05.1959-05.07.195954
Beware of AngelsAudrey E. Lyndor and D. LeslieWestminster26.05.1959-06.07.19596
Detour After Dark (adpt.)Lucia VictorFortune08.06.1959-13.06.19598
A Raisin In the SunLorraine HansberryAdelphi04.08.1959-10.10.195978
RolloFelicity DouglasStrand27.10.1959-30.01.1960133
RolloFelicity DouglasDuchess01.02.1960-20.02.1960
Wear a Green WillowCasha HunterStrand13.12.19591

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