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Ian Dickens Productions Ltd

Swansea Repertory Season 2012

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Former actor turned director/producer Ian Dickens first approached Gary Iles, Swansea Grand Theatre manager, in 1997 to try and reintroduce a repertory season at the theatre – so much a staple of the John Chilvers era, which had been missing since the late 1980’s. On getting the green light from Gary, Ian assembled a group of professional stage actors and put on a season of four plays starting with “Educating Rita” on July 29th 1997 – just a couple of days after the theatre’s Centenary. The success of the season led to another in 1998 this time with five plays, then 1999 and gradually the tradition of Repertory theatre at Swansea was re-established. In 2010 Ian will bring his 70th Production to Swansea, although the format is slightly different today as each play is a touring production and will have a headlining name from television, which comes to Swansea and goes on to other theatres in the provinces. Nevertheless it provides the opportunity to see locally, a pick and mix of drama, comedy and murder mysteries, which you would otherwise have to visit the West End to see. Popular performers to have appeared in Ian Dickens Productions include Leslie Grantham, Hannah Waterman, David Janson, Sabina Franklyn, David Callister, Frazer Hines, Giles Watling, Deborah Watling, Dilys Watling, Jonathan Morris, Carmen Silvera, David Griffin, Ruth Madoc, Fenella Fielding and countless others. Special mention must also go to Technical Director David North and Productions Coordinator and Director Caroline Burnett who have been with Ian since the beginning and help keep things running like a well oiled machine. Today Ian Dickens Productions Limited have a turnover in excess of 3 million pounds, with over 7 touring productions on the road at any one time. In 2009 they took over the running of the Lincoln Theatre Royal, which then became the base for their touring productions


Full list of Ian Dickens productions at Swansea Grand Theatre


1997

“Educating Rita” Jul 29th, “Communicating Doors” Aug 5th, “Spider’s Web” Aug 12th, “The Dresser” Sep 2nd

1998

“Don’t Dress For Dinner” Jul 21st, “How The Other Half Lives” Jul 28th, “Dial M For Murder” Aug 4th,“What The Butler Saw”Aug 11th,“And Then There Were None” Aug 18th

1999

“Dangerous Obsession” Jul 27th, “Round And Round The Garden” Aug 3rd, “Charley’s Aunt” Aug 10th (This play was first performed at The Grand almost 100 years previously in w/c Oct 9th 1899), “The Unexpected Guest” Aug 17th, “No Sex Please We’re British” Aug 24th, “Abigail’s Party” Nov 2nd

2000

“Spring And Port Wine” Jul 18th, “Deathtrap” Jul 25th, “Stagestruck” Aug 1st, “Wife Begins at Forty” Aug 8th, “Murder At The Vicarage” Aug 15th

2001

“Rebecca” Jul 17th, “Table Manners”  Jul 24th, “Night Must Fall” Jul 31st, “A Murder Is Announced” Aug 7th, “Run For Your Wife” Aug 14th

2002

“Rope”  May 7th, “When We Are Married” Jul 16th, “Living Together” Jul 23rd, “The Ghost Train” Jul 30th, “One For The Road” Aug 6th, “Double Double” Aug 13th

2003

“Sailor Beware” Jul 15th, “My Cousin Rachel” Jul 22nd, “It Runs In The Family” Jul 29th, “Trap For A Lonely Man” Aug 5th, “ The Importance Of Being Earnest” Aug 12th, “The Decorator” Aug 19th  

2004

“Blithe Spirit” Jul 20th, “Killing Time” Jul 27th, “Out Of Order” Aug 3rd, “The Turn Of The Screw” Aug 10th, “Outside Edge” Aug 17th

2005

“Table Manners” Jul 26th, “Present Laughter” Aug 2nd, “Jane Eyre”   Aug 9th, “Just Desserts” Aug 16th, “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” Aug 23rd, “Caught In The Net” Aug 30th

2006

“Bedroom Farce” Aug 1st, “Wuthering Heights” Aug 8th, “Funny Money” Aug 15th, “A Party To Murder” Aug 22nd, “Star Quality” Aug 29th

2007

“Cash On Delivery” Jul 24th, “The Decorator” Jul 31st, “The Secretary Bird” Aug 7th, “Dangerous Corner” Aug 14th, “Dead Guilty” Aug 21st

2008

“See How They Run” Jul 22nd, “The Business Of Murder” Jul 29th, “Daisy Pulls It Off” Aug 5th,“Don’t Look Now (cancelled)” Aug 12th, “Run For Your Wife” Aug 19th

2009

“Strictly Murder” Jul 21st, “Rattle Of A Simple Man” Jul 28th, “The Tart and The Vicar’s Wife” Aug 4th, “Write Me A Murder” Aug 11th, “Pools Paradise” Aug 18th

2010

The Late Edwina Black Jul 20,  Its Never Too Late Jul 27, Inside Job Aug 3, Loves a Luxury Aug 10, Murdered To Death Aug 17