World Theatre Day (WTD) is celebrated on March 27. It was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace.
The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962. It was first in Helsinki, and then in Vienna at the 9th World Congress of the ITI in June 1961 that President Arvi Kivimaa proposed on behalf of the Finnish Centre of the International Theatre Institute that a World Theatre Day be instituted. The proposal, backed by the Scandinavian centres, was carried with acclamation.
|Andrea Corr appeared as Christina in the play Dancing at Lughnasa staged at The Old Vic theatre in London from February until May 2009.|
|Andrea Corr played the title role in Jane Eyre by Alan Stanford at the Gate Theatre in Dublin which opened on 9 November 2010.|
|Christina Ricci as Mandy Bloom in the Broadway production Time Stands Still in 2010.|
|Christina Ricci plays Hermia in Classic Stage Company's current production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in New York, 2012.|
Gloria Jones appeared in the cast of LA Hair in 1969.
Gloria Jones also appeared in the Californian rock-opera of Shakespeare's Othello Cath my Soul as Bianca in 1968.
|Helena Bonham Carter as Laura Fairlie in The Woman in White at The Greenwich Theatre, 1988.|
|Helena Bonham Carter as Magdalena in Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, at Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, England, 1991.|
|Helena Bonham Carter as Rosina in Palace Theatre, Watford, England, 1992.|
|Helena Bonham Carter as Imogen Parrot in the 1992 production Comedy Theatre. All the Helena Bonham Carter pics come from http://mrs-lovett.org|
|July 1965 - Jane Asher at the Palace Theatre, Watford, where she is playing Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.|
|Jane Asher as Cassandra, with Dame Flora Robson, in the Pop Theatre production of The Trojan Women in the Edinburgh festival, August 27th 1966.|
|Jane Asher portrayed Perdita in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at the Edinburgh Festival in August 1966 & followed that with a critically acclaimed run in London's West End at the Cambridge Theatre starting on Sept. 30, 1966.|
|Jane Asher as Juliet Capulet at the United States with the Bristol Old Vic, from January 15th until March 6th 1967 in New York to perform Romeo & Juliet, and in Los Angeles from March 7th to 25th, 1967.|
|Jane Asher (R, in white) as the title role in the play Ophelia at the Oxford Playhouse, which opened on October 15th 1977.|
|In October 1988 Jane Asher opened in London's West End performing in Alan Ayckbourn's play Henceforward... co-starring with Ian McKellen.|
|Jane Asher as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Willde's The Importance of Being Earnest which opened at the Rose Theatre Kingston upon Thames on September 27th 2011.|
|Jane Asher as Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice, which runned from June 20th to July 20th 2013.|
|Jane Asher in the stage production Moon Tiger, brought to the stage for the first time. It opened at Theatre Royal Bath on Monday 24th February 2014 and then it was played in several UK cities, until March 8th 2014.|
|Jane Asher as Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from Friday 4 March to Saturday 2 April 2016. For mre Jane Asher stage pics, please, visit our blog for her.|
|1967 - Marianne Faithfull as Irina in a production of Chekov's Three Sisters at the Royal Court Theatre, London.|
|Marianne Faithfull as Florence Nightingale and Moira Redmond in the Royal Court Production of Edward Bond's Early Morning in 1968. From A World Elsewhere blog.|
|Natalie Portman as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. The play previewed in Boston in the Colonial Theatre before opening at Manhattan's Music Box Theatre in December 1997.|
|Natalie Portman as Nina in Chekhov's The Seagull, from July 24th until August 26th of 2001 at the Delacorte theater in Central Park. From natalieportman.com|