Our Story

Whitby Courthouse Theatre is a non-profit community theatre in Whitby, Ontario.

Our history began in 1948 as a theatre group by the name of Whitby Modern Players. The group folded and there was a hiatus in theatre activity in Whitby until 1956, at which time the Whitby Theatre Guild was born which presented many plays, notably Blithe Spirit. With very little money in the bank, ingenuity was tested when even the simplest set had to be built. In those days, Whitby Theatre Guild presented their plays in the auditorium of the old Whitby Town Hall, which in former years was a well-known Vaudeville Theatre where Whitby audiences enjoyed many travelling road-shows. The very large stage offered nothing in the way of technical equipment except a row of foot-lights and an antiquated dimmer. In the early 1960s, the Town Hall was demolished to make way for the new headquarters of the Whitby Fire Department. Homeless, Whitby Theatre Guild spent the next two years presenting plays in Church basements, the Whitby Psychiatric Hospital, and in High School auditoriums. 

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In 1966, the federal government encouraged towns and cities across Canada to form Centennial Committees to choose a project that would be a permanent reminder of Canada's centennial in 1967. Whitby's Centennial Project was the former Ontario County Administration building. After extensive restructuring, the former Court Room within the building was converted into a theatre, complete with a stage but no seating. The Town agreed to the use of the boxwood chairs which had to be borrowed from other rooms in the building each time a play was presented. For some make-shift lighting, 5-pound jam tins complete with lamp-sockets were assembled and used as on-stage lighting until our group could afford proper equipment. 

Our first proper theatre-type seating came courtesy of Famous Players who were demolishing one of their Hamilton theatres. The deal was, we could have two hundred seats for one dollar apiece. A small group went to Hamilton, and after unbolting the seats, they loaded them and returned to Whitby. More volunteers were on hand to install those seats which served the theatre for twelve years until being replaced. The name of the group was changed to Whitby Theatre Company from Theatre 1 in 1972 which was later changed when our group was advised that the word "Company" would be mistaken for "profit-making". It was then decided to change the name to Whitby Little Theatre in 1984, and later Whitby Courthouse Theatre in 1987, which we continue to use to this day, to better reflect the community nature of our group and the historical significance of the theatre and building which we call home.

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November 2010

Some Assembly Required 

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November 2010

June 2010

The Wiz Junior

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April 2010

Wait Until Dark

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April 2010

February 2010

The Long Weekend

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December 2009

Plaid Tidings

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December 2009

November 2009

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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June 2009

The Adventures of Treasure Island

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June 2009

April 2009

The Curious Savage

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February 2009

Rumors

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February 2009

November 2008

Forever Plaid

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June 2008

Annie Junior

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June 2008

April 2008

The Foursome

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February 2008

The Unexpected Guest

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February 2008

January 2008

A Sentimental Journey

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November 2007

The Wizard of Oz

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November 2007

June 2007

The Nifty Fifties

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April 2007

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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April 2007

February 2007

Art

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May 2007

50 Years in the Spotlight

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November 2006

Brighton Beach Memoirs

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June 2006

Guys and Dolls Junior

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June 2006

April 2006

Leader of the Pack

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February 2006

Homeward Bound

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November 2005

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

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April 2005

Marvin's Room

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April 2005

February 2005

After Magritte and The Real Inspector Hound

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November 2004

Nunsense

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November 2004

June 2004

Masquers: A Renaissance Frolic

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April 2004

Night Mother

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April 2004

February 2004

Crimes of the Heart

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November 2003

Blithe Spirit

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November 2003

May 2003

A Spring Potpourri - An Evening of One-Act Plays

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November 2002

A Musical Revue

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November 2002

February 2002

The Imaginary Invalid

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November 2001

Office Hours

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November 2001

June 2001

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Pack of Lies

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February 2001

My Darling Judith

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November 2000

The Foreigner

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Blood Brothers

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February 2000

Guest Room

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November 1999

You Can't Take It With You

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October 1999

This Year, Next Year

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June 1999

Annie Junior

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April 1999

Other People's Money

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April 1999

February 1999

Belles

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December 1998

Vocal Tactics and Theatre Gymnastics

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December 1998

November 1998

The Fantasticks

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June 1998

The Revenge of the Space Pandas

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June 1998

April 1998

The Lion In Winter

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February 1998

Habeas Corpus

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January 1998

30 Something Musical Review

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December 1997

Two Princes

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Shadowlands

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June 1997

The Treasure

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The Creature Creeps

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April 1997

Arsenic and Old Lace

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April 1997

February 1997

Opening Night

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November 1996

The Pirates of Penzance

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November 1996

June 1996

Victorian Tea Party – Canada Day 1996

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June 1996

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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June 1996

May 1996

An Act of the Imagination

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February 1996

Lend Me A Tenor

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December 1995

Showcase of Talent

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November 1995

It Runs In The Family

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November 1995

May 1995

Dames At Sea

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February 1995

Breezeblock Park

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November 1994

The Lark

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September 1994

Razzle Dazzle 3

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June 1994

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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May 1994

Les Belles Soeurs

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Stepping Out

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Accomplice

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December 1993

Low in Fat, Cholesterol Free – A Night of One Acts

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November 1993

Into The Woods

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Razzle Dazzle 2

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May 1993

Catch Me If You Can

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Murder at the Howard Johnson's

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January 1993

WCT's 25th Anniversary Reunion

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December 1992

Junior Youth Drama Festival

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November 1992

The Wizard of Oz

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Razzle Dazzle

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Room Service

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Nuts

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Guys & Dolls

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Gaslight

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Run For Your Wife

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The Mysterious Mr. Toocook

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Foxfire

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Wooster Without Wednesday

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April 1990

Little Shop of Horrors

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Agnes of God

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November 1989

Bone Chiller

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Dreams

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Picnic

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Noises Off

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December 1988

The Creature Creeps

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Kismet

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June 1988

Echoes

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Bed Before Yesterday

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Bethune

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December 1987

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

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November 1987

Oklahoma!

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Time Step

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June 1987

Musical Memories

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June 1987

May 1987

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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February 1987

The Importance of Being Earnest

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November 1986

Wait Until Dark

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June 1986

Li'l Abner

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Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

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Amadeus

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Fiddler On The Roof

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A Collection of Classics 3

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Top Hat and Sneakers

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Sounds Great

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The Night of January 16th

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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December 1984

Bye Bye Birdie

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November 1984

The Women

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May 1984

The Elephant Man

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Artichoke

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December 1983

Anne of Green Gables

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Canterbury Tales

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June 1983

Alice In Wonderland

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Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii

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Count Dracula

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November 1982

Cabaret

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June 1982

The Wizard of OZ

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Cheaters

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Cause Celebre

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November 1981

Chapter Two

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November 1981

April 1981

The Torch Bearer 

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Becket

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December 1980

A Christmas Carol

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The Innocents

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September 1980

1940 Radio Hour Show

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Oh What a Lovely War

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The Good Doctor

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November 1979

The Night of the Iguana

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November 1979

April 1979

Conduct Unbecoming

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February 1979

The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds 

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February 1979

November 1978

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

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April 1978

God's Favourite

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February 1978

Alfie

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November 1977

The Rope Dancers

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November 1977

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How the Other Half Loves

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February 1977

The Gingerbread Lady

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December 1976

The Mousetrap

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October 1976

Night Must Fall

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October 1976

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Catch Me If You Can

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March 1976

Anything Goes (Musical Revue)

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March 1976

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The Anniversary

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November 1975

Butterflies are Free

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November 1975

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The Little Hut

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June 1975

The Killing of Sister George

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April 1975

Just for Variety

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April 1975

I Mean...Whadda You Want

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April 1975

February 1975

The Desperate Hours

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November 1974

Ten Little Indians

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November 1974

May 1974

Dirty Works At The Crossroads

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March 1974

A Night of 3 One-Act Plays

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March 1974

June 1973

On Monday Next

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April 1969

The Tender Trap

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April 1969

November 1968

Barefoot in the Park

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May 1967

On Monday Next

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May 1967

February 1967

Luxury Cruise

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November 1966

Woman at Dead Oaks

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November 1966

April 1966

Exit the Body

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January 1966

The Happiest Days of Our Life

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January 1966

May 1965

Here We Come Gathering

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November 1964

See How They Run

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November 1964

November 1963

Pool's Paradise

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March 1961

Therese

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March 1961

October 1960

Three One-Act Plays

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February 1960

The Mousetrap

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February 1960

October 1959

Still Life

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May 1958

Wishing Well

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May 1958

May 1958

The Happiest Days of Your Life

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February 1956

Blithe Spirit

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