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First night highlights: shows that opened in years gone by

Photographer Tristram Kenton selects his favourite images from shows that opened this week over the past two decades

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Joanna Lumley in La Bête, which opened at the Comedy Theatre, on July 7, 2010. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Joanna Lumley in La Bête, which opened at the Comedy Theatre, on July 7, 2010. Photo: Tristram Kenton

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Through the lens: this week in years gone byThrough the lens: this week in years gone by

A scene from The Rake’s Progress, which opened at the Royal Opera House on July 7, 2008.

Rosalie Craig in Miss Julie, part of a double bill that opened at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester on July 10, 2014.

Greg Hicks in The Kreutzer Sonata, which opened at the Arcola Theatre on July 12, 2018

Henry Goodman in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which opened at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester on July 11, 2012.

Henry Goodman in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which opened at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester on July 11, 2012.

Laura Cubitt in Brilliant at Polka Theatre, which opened on July 12, 2008

Laura Cubitt in Brilliant at Polka Theatre, which opened on July 12, 2008.

Raj Ghatak and Lolita Chakrabarti in Free Outgoing, which opened at the Royal Court on July 7, 2008

Raj Ghatak and Lolita Chakrabarti in Free Outgoing, which opened at the Royal Court on July 7, 2008.

A scene from Needles and Opium, by Ex Machina / Robert Lepage, which opened on July 7, 2016 at the Barbican Theatre

A scene from Needles and Opium, by Ex Machina / Robert Lepage, which opened on July 7, 2016 at the Barbican Theatre.

Whereabouts Unknown, from Programme One by Nederlands Dans Theater , which opened on July 6, 2010 at Sadler’s Wells

Whereabouts Unknown, from Programme One by Nederlands Dans Theater , which opened on July 6, 2010 at Sadler’s Wells.

Demosthenes Chrysan in Aftermath, which opened July 8, 2010 at Old Vic Tunnels

Demosthenes Chrysan in Aftermath, which opened July 8, 2010 at Old Vic Tunnels.

Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan in A Doll’s House, which opened at the Young Vic on July 9, 2012

Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan in A Doll’s House, which opened at the Young Vic on July 9, 2012.

Hannah Norris in Cut at The Vaults, which opened on July 6, 2016.

Hannah Norris in Cut at The Vaults, which opened on July 6, 2016.

Ben Fisher and Victor Power in Whistleblower, which opened on July 11, 2014 at Waterloo East

Ben Fisher and Victor Power in Whistleblower, which opened on July 11, 2014 at Waterloo East.

Vanessa Reseland in Into The Woods, which opened on July 12, 2016 at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Vanessa Reseland in Into The Woods, which opened on July 12, 2016 at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Lucinka Eisler (Mass Observer), Ben Lewis (Tom Harrisson), Giulia Innocenti (Clara)  in Mass Observation part of the Almeida Festival @ Almeida Theatre (Taken 6-07-12

Lucinka Eisler, Ben Lewis and Giulia Innocenti in Mass Observation, part of the Almeida Festival in July, 2012.

Oliver Cotton (Billy) in Daytona by Oliver Cotton @ Theatre Royal Haymarket

Oliver Cotton in Daytona, which opened on July 7, 2014 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Nicholas Woodeson, Andy Nyman and Steven Pacey in Moonlight & Magnolias

Nicholas Woodeson, Andy Nyman and Steven Pacey in Moonlight & Magnolias, which opened at the Tricycle Theatre on July 8, 2008.

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