The Norman Conquests - Round & Round The Garden: Significant Productions

This page contains details of significant productions of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, such as the world and London premieres as well as Ayckbourn-directed revivals. It is not a complete list of productions given how frequently it has been performed by professionals and amateur companies around the world.

World Premiere (1973)

First performance: 2 July 1973
World premiere: 2 July 1973
Final performance: 15 September 1973
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: David Price
Costumes: Christine Welch

Stage Manager: David Price
Deputy Stage Manager: Allan Took
Assistant Stage Manager: Robert Benfield

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Stanley Page
Alex Marshall
Janet Dale
Christopher Godwin
Rosalind Adams
Ronald Herdman

London Premiere (1974)

London premiere: 6 June 1974
Final performance: 29 June 1974
Venue: Greenwich Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Alan Pickford
Lighting: Nick Chelton

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Mark Kingston
Penelope Keith
Penelope Wilton
Tom Courtenay
Felicity Kendal
Michael Gambon

London Transfer (1974)

Transfer premiere: 8 Aug. 1974
Final performance: 13 March 1976
Venue: Globe Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Alan Pickford
Lighting: Nick Chelton

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Mark Kingston
Penelope Keith
Bridget Turner
Tom Courtenay
Felicity Kendal
Michael Gambon

Note:
Penelope Wilton returned to the role of Ruth during a period when Bridget Turner was 'indisposed' during the production run.

London Recast / Transfer (1975)

Recast first performance: 2 June 1975 (TBC)
Venue: Globe Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Transfer first performance: 1 December 1975
Final performance: 13 March 1976
Venue: Apollo Theatre
Staging: End-stage

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Alan Pickford
Lighting: Nick Chelton

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Ivor Danvers
Sheila Ballantine
Julia McKenzie
Ronald Pickup
Brigit Forsyth
Julian Holloway

North American Premiere (1975)

Premiere: 10 October 1975
Final performance: 29 November 1976
Venue: Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Robert Randolph
Lighting: Robert Randolph
Costumes: Noel Taylor

Character
Norman
Tom
Reg
Sarah
Annie
Ruth

Actor
Richard Benjamin
Ken Howard
Barry Nelson
Estelle Parsons
Paula Prentiss
Carole Shelley

New York Premiere (1975)

Premiere: 7 December 1975
Final performance: 19 June 1976
Performances: 68 (per play)
Venue: Morosco Theatre

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Robert Randolph
Lighting: Robert Randolph

Character
Norman
Tom
Reg
Sarah
Annie
Ruth

Actor
Richard Benjamin
Ken Howard
Barry Nelson
Estelle Parsons
Paula Prentiss
Carole Shelley

Note: During the course of the run, Don Murray replaced Barry Nelson as Tom and Elaine Heyman replaced Carole Shelley as Ruth.

Revival (1993)

First performance: 12 May 1993
Premiere: 24 May 1993
Final performance: 4 September 1983
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: Jackie Staines
Music: John Pattison

Stage Manager: Philip Rees
Deputy Stage Manager: Erica Jane Fletcher
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Gordon

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Adrian McLoughlin
Jane Maud
Buffy Davis
Peter Lindford
Dariel Pertwee
Andrew Charleson

London Revival (2008)

London premiere: 6 October 2008
Final performance: 20 December 2008
Venue: The Old Vic, London
Staging: Round

New York premiere: 7 April 2009
Final performance: 25 July 2009
Venue: Circle In The Square, New York
Staging: Round

Director: Matthew Warchus
Design: Rob Howell
Sound: Simon Baker
Lighting: David Howe
Music: Gary Yershon

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Paul Ritter
Amanda Root
Amelia Bullmore
Stephen Mangan
Jessica Hynes
Ben Miles

New York Revival (2009)

Premiere: 7 April 2009
Final performance: 25 July 2009
Venue: Circle In The Square, New York
Staging: Round

Director: Matthew Warchus
Design: Rob Howell
Sound: Simon Baker
Lighting: David Howe
Music: Gary Yershon

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Paul Ritter
Amanda Root
Amelia Bullmore
Stephen Mangan
Jessica Hynes
Ben Miles

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.