50 Years at Wellington Circus: The Nineties

1990 Pip Broughton becomes the Playhouse’s first female Artistic Director and directs Toyah Wilcox as Thérèse Raquin; Ruth Mackenzie takes the new post of Executive Director

1991 Helena Bonham-Carter appears in The House of Bernarda Alba and Josie Lawrence as Tatyana; Sandi Toksvig and Elly Brewer premiere their Pocket Dream, also featuring Mike McShane, which subsequently transfers to London

1992 Anton Rodgers directs Adrian Edmondson and John Gordon Sinclair in Grave Plots; the theatre plays host to Alan Rickman’s Hamlet, which also stars Geraldine McEwan and Michael Byrne

1993 The Playhouse joins forces with the National Theatre for the world premiere of Alan Bleasdale’s On the Ledge, featuring Mark McGann, Jimmy Mulville and Christopher Ryan

1994 Tony Slattery stars in the hit production of Neville’s Island, which transfers to the West End’s Apollo Theatre; the Playhouse teams up with Peter Brook and His Company for The Man Who

1995 New Artistic Director Martin Duncan directs the world premiere of The Kabinet of Dr Caligari starring Matthew Kelly, destined for a London transfer, as well as a production of Pinocchio which tours widely on the Continent; The Tempest too rages all over Europe and Japan; Alistair Beaton’s adaptation of Gogol’s The Nose transfers to Bucharest

1996 The world premiere production of Ben Elton’s Popcorn goes on to a West End run; Eleanor Bron appears in A Delicate Balance and Punt & Dennis in All in the Mind

1997 Measure for Measure, a collaboration with the Edinburgh International Festival and the Barbican, enjoys an extensive European tour; Venu Dhupa takes over as Executive Director

1998 James Bolam appears in A Fool and His Money, co-produced with the Edinburgh Festival and Scottish Opera

1999 Marking 50 years of the Playhouse, John Neville returns from Canada to play Krapp’s Last Tape, which is presented alongside Endgame starring James Bolam and Alistair McGowan; Giles Croft is appointed Artistic Director