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Jane Harrocks & Sheila Gish in THE DEBUTANTE'S BALL by Beth Henley at the Hampstead Theatre
Alan Rickman & George Irving in COMMITMENTS by Dusty Hughes ar the Bush Theatre
Caroline Langrishe & Clive Owen in THE PHILANDERER by George Bernard Shaw at the Hampstead Theatre
David Haig and Zoe Wanamaker in DEAD FUNNY by Terry Johnson at the Hampstead Theatre, two productions in West End and toured extensively
David Schneider in his play THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT at the Hampstead Theatre
Greg Hicks and Matthew Marsh in THE DAY YOU'LL LOVE ME by Jose Ignacio Cabrija at the Hampstead Theatre
Greg Wise and David Cardy in NAKABOV'S GLOVES by Peter Moffat at the Hampstead Theatre
Harriet Walters in SWEET PANIC by Stephen Poliakoff at the Hampstead Theatre
Hellen Baxendale, Rees Dinsdale, Laura Harling, Alex Kingston & Jonathan Cullen in MORNING & EVENING by Astrid Saalbach at the Hampstead Theatre
Hugh Quarshie in SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME by Frank McGuinness at the Hampstead Theatre, transferred to West End & Broadway
Jane Asher & Rufus Sewell in MAKING IT BETTER by James Saunders at the Hampstead Theatre, transferred to West End
Kathy Burke & Eleanor David in FOUR DOOR SALOON by Jennifer Phillips at the Hampstead Theatre
James Purefoy in BLACK UP THE HEARSE & LET THEM SNIFF THE FLOWERS by William Gaminara at the Hampstead Theatre
Kenneth Bryans & Dougray Scott in UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS & THE TRUE NATURE OF LOVE by Brad Fraser at the Hampstead Theatre
Paul Jesson & Aisling O'Sullivan in SLAVS by Tony Kushner at the Hampstead Theatre
Samantha Bond & Elizabeth McGovern in DINNER WITH FRIENDS by Donald Margulies at the Hampstead Theatre
Aidan Gillen & Gary Lydon in A HANDFUL OF STARS by Billy Roche at the Bush Theatre
The old Hampstead Theatre
Anna Massey in GRACE by Doug Lucie at the Hampsead Theatre
Eleanor David in WHEN I WAS A GIRDL I USED TO SCREAM & SHOUT by Sharman Macdonald at the Bush Threatre, transferred to West End
Ewan McGregor in LITTLE MALCOM & HIS STRUGGLE ADAINST THE EUNUCHS by DavidHalliwell at the Hampsted Theatre, transfered to West End
Ingeborge Dupkenaite in AFTER DARWIN by Timberlake Wertenbaker at the Hampstead Threatre
John Malkovich in BURN THIS by Lanford Wilson at the Hampstead Theatre, transferred to West End
Jude Law in FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE by Philip Ridley at the Hampstead Theatre
Maureen Lipman in PEGGY FOR YOU by Alan Plater at the Hampstead Theatre & tour
Nabil Shaban in IMAGE DROWNING by Terry Johnson at the Hampstead Theatre
Phyllis Logan & Aidan Gillen in MARVIN'S ROOM by Scott McPherson at the Hampstead Theatre & transferred to West End
Ruppert Everett & Sara Kestelman in SOME SUNNY DAY by Martin Sherman at the Hampstead Theatre
Sally Potter in site specific show devised for Women's Festival, De Lantern, Rotterdam 1975
Simon Callow in THE KISS OF THE SPIDERMWOMEN by Manuel Puig at the Bush Theatre
Sonya Walger and Hosh Ibrahim in APOCALYPTICA by Philip Ridley at the Hampstead Theatre
Stephen Rea in ST. OSCAR by Terry Eagleton at the Hampstead Theatre
Tim McInnery, Serena gordon, Jane Horrocks & Peter Capaldi in VALUED FRIENDS by Stephen Jeffreys at the Hapmstead Theatre
 
 

Following a career at The Sunday Times, Jenny Topper's first job in theatre was as the Administrator of the touring company, LUMIERE & SON. Whilst on tour with them she was fortunate enough to be offered the post of Theatre Programmer and Festival Organiser for the Rotterdam Arts Centre, DE LANTAREN

On her return to England she was awarded an Arts Council bursary which she spent at various theatres including the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, the Unicorn Theatre for Young People and the Bush Theatre. Asked in 1977 to stay on at the BUSH THEATRE as a Director, she remained there for eleven years, setting up the Theatre's first Literary Department & introducing many of the systems still in use today.; The following writers received the world premieres of their first full length plays during this time: Mark Brennan, Paul Copley, Stephen Davis, Kevin Elyot, Jonathan Falla, Lucy Gannon, Jonathan Gems, Peter Gibbs, Dusty Hughes, Jacqueline Holborough, Terry Johnson, Julia Kearsley, Sharman Macdonald, Daniel Mornin, and Billy Roche. In addition writers, including John Byrne, Robert Holman, Doug Lucie, Brian Thompson, Peter Tinniswood and Snoo Wilson, enjoyed notable successes. Tom Kempinsk's DUET FOR ONE went on to enjoy world wide success in the West End, on Broadway, as a film and as a film for television.

In 1988 she became HAMPSTEAD THEATRE's first woman Artistic Director, a position she held for fifteen years. During her time there she produced one hundred and twenty-six plays. Ninety of these were premieres, forty-one enjoyed transfers to the West End, to Broadway or toured the country and thirty-four had further lives in television, film, in the regions and across the world; In the same time, fifty-five awards were made to writers and performers whose work was seen on the Hampstead Theatre stage. Some of the successes produced during this time:


SMELLING A RAT with Mike Leigh and starring Timothy Spall
VALUED FRIENDS with Martin Clunes, and Jane Horrocks
BURN THIS with John Malkovich
MAKING IT BETTER with Rufus Sewell and Jane Asher
THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE by Philip Ridley
SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME
by Frank McGuinness
GRACE by Doug Lucie and with Anna Massey
MARVIN'S ROOM with Alison Steadman
DEAD FUNNY by Terry Johnson and with Zoe Wanamake, David Haig and Niall Buggy
SLAVS! by Tony Kushner
SWEET PANIC by Stephen Poliakoff and with Harriet Walter
SOME SUNNY DAY by Martin Sherman and with Rupert Everett and Corin Redgrave
THE MEMORY OF WATER by Shelagh Stephenson
GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER, DO! by Brian Friel,
LITTLE MALCOLM & HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS with Ewan McGregor
PEGGY FOR YOU by Alan Plater and with Maureen Lipman
DINNER WITH FRIENDS by Donald Margulies with Samantha Bond
THE LUCKY ONES by Charlotte Eilenberg
ABIGAIL'S PARTY - a silver jubilee production of Hampstead Theatre's most famous play and the final play in the Company's old building

During this time an Arts For Everyone Award made it possible for the Education and Community work of the Theatre to expand and flourish and the Education Department, not only highly regarded by Camden Council and the local schools but across London, now occupies a central position in the Theatre’s work. The new theatre, much admired by theatre practitioners & by architects, opened in February 2003 and in the Autumn of that year Jenny left to pursue an independent career as a producer. Since then Jenny has produced THE GOAT by Edward Albee, with Jonathan Pryce and WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF by Edward Albee, with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin.

In 2007 she produced MARTHA, JOSIE & THE CHINESE ELVIS by Charlotte Jones, starring Maureen Lipman and also the stage adaptation of TERMS OF ENDEARMENT.

Jenny is a member of the Society of London Theatre and is on the Board of Directors of York Theatre Royal and Watford Palace Theatre.