Antony Sher at the National Theatre in Jan 2012 and 2013

Antony Sher will star in two National Theatre productions in 2012 and 2013.

Travelling Light, a new play by Nicholas Wright, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre In January 2012, Directed By Nicholas Hytner; and a year later, in the title role of The Captain Of KoPenick by Carl Zuckmayer, opening in the Olivier Theatre in January 2013.

TRAVELLING LIGHT is a tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age. Antony Sher will play Jacob, an ebullient timber-merchant whose encouragement of a young man’s enthusiasm for cinematography leads to success far beyond their remote Eastern European village. The production will also tour to Salford, Leeds, Newcastle and Aylesbury.

THE CAPTAIN OF KOPENICK , is based on the true story of an impoverished ex-convict, Wilhelm Voigt, who – by donning the garb of a Prussian military officer – was able to assume command of the town and raid its treasury, trusting to the power of the uniform to maintain the deception.

Antony Sher last appeared at the National in his own adaptation of Primo Levi’s If this is a Man, Primo, which transferred to New York. Currently appearing in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass in the West End, his extensive stage credits also include, the title role in Kean (West End). His many leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company include Prospero, Iago, Macbeth, Leontes, Cyrano de Bergerac, Shylock, Tamburlaine, Henry Carr in Travesties, Shylock, Tartuffe, Molière and Richard III.

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