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Theatre Programmes of Gay and Lesbian Interest
Founded in 2009 and based in the UK, Arbery Books is a leading online dealer in rare and secondhand books and ephemera of lesbian interest. We also specialise in publications of gay and transgender interest, other aspects of sexuality and antiquarian (pre-1900) curiosities, erotica, picaresque and sexual behaviour.


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Programmes are from plays with a gay or lesbian topic, by a gay writer or with one or more gay actors. They are listed in chronological order. Pictures can be enlarged with "view image" function (may display larger than actual size).


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Intimate Relations (Les parents terribles)
by Jean Cocteau
Streatham Hill Theatre, 1951, 12pp, slightly rumpled, £6.00


This production (translation Charles Frank, presented by Jack Waller, produced by Judith Furse, cast Ballard Berkeley, Cicely Paget-Bowman, Fay Compton, Robin Lloyd, Sarah Lawson) appeared at the Strand in 1951. The play was probably performed in Streatham before its West End opening. An advertisement on p9 announces the July 2 opening of What a Man, a farcical comedy starring Brian Reece and Roma Beaumont.

I Am A Camera
by John van Druten,
adapted from the stories by Christopher Isherwood
New Theatre St Martin's Lane, 1954, 8pp, small stain, £6.00


Directed by John van Druten, cast: Michael Gwynn, Marianne Deeming, Robert Cartland, Dorothy Tutin, Renee Goddard, Hugh McDermott, Everley Gregg. Opening 12 March 1954. A notice on page 4 reveals that van Druten was also the author of Hippo Dancing, a play running at the Apollo with Robert Morley, Zena Howard and Wilfrid Hyde White.

Liberace in The Music Box Show
Devised and Staged by Robert Nesbitt
London Palladium, 1960, 16pp, small mark on front cover, £7.50


Variety show. Other performers include Los Gatos, Saveen (ventriloquist), The Beverleys (later known as The Beverley Sisters). Scenes include The Great Waltz with Liberace as Johann Strauss.

Kenneth Williams in One over the Eight A New Revue
Presented by Michael Codron
Duke of York's Theatre, 1961, 8pp, £6.00


Variety show. Other performers include Lance Percival, Sheila Hancock, Lynda Baron. Sketches by Peter Cook. Additional Material by John Mortimer, Lionel Bart, N P Simpson, Carl Davis, John Bird and others.

Noël Coward's Private Lives
Presented by Michael Codron
Duke of York's Theatre, 1963, 12pp, small stains on back, £6.00


Cast: Sarah Harter, Edward de Souza, Roger Booth, Rosemary Martin, Janie Booth. Directed by James Roose-Evans.

The Killing of Sister George
by Frank Marcus
St Martin's Theatre, London
1966, 20 pp, £6.00


The second London production of this play about a lesbian couple. Cast: Kate Coleridge, Margaret Courteny, Lally Bowers, Julia McCarthy.

Act One: A Festival of One Act Plays
(Matrimonium / Italian Shoes / Closer Encounters)
Backroom Productions
1981, 16 pp, soiled, £4.50


Cast, authors and production team include: Matthew Adams, Tom Fuller, Michael Harth, Marcus Kirby, Robert Lowe, Donald Martin, Susan Piper, Chris Young. Includes adverts (Mr Subway 1981, El Sombrero, The Ship and Whale etc)




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