Shear Madness is one of the longest-running nonmusical plays in the world. On Friday, January 29, 2009 the Boston cast celebrated its 30th anniversary (the show’s 12,580th performance) at The Charles Playhouse Stage II.
Shear Madness opened in Boston at the Charles Playhouse Stage II in January 1980. A second production, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’s Theater Lab in Washington D.C., opened in on August 1987. A third production opened in November, 2015 at the New World Stages Off-Broadway theater in New York.
The Boston production is sometimes described as the longest-running or second-longest-running non-musical play in the world, although various non-musical plays have run for longer: Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in London since 1952, Eugène Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano in Paris since 1957, and Israel Horovitz’s Line in New York City since 1974. A Turkish adaptation by director Nedim Saban opened in Istanbul in 1998. In 2003 Saban adapted the play for a second time; where he introduced SMS messages and online chatting as means of interaction.A French adaptation by director Sébastien Azzopardi, written by Sébastien Azzopardi and Sacha Danino, opened in Paris in 2011.