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Casting Update at The National Theatre 2004
Casting Update at The National Theatre
Casting update concerning two National Theatre productions....."Stuff Happens" & "Night Season"
Stuff Happens, by David Hare. Opens at the Olivier Theatre 10 Sep 2004, following previews from 1 Sep and closing 6 Nov 2004. Cast includes Alex Jennings (George W. Bush), Adjoa Andoh (Condoleezza Rice), Desmond Barrit (Dick Cheney), Isla Blair, Ewan Hooper, Philip Quest, Angus Wright.
It is directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paul Anderson, and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Alex Jennings many National theatre credits include "His Girl Friday" in 2003; "The Relapse" in 2001;"The Winter's Tale" in 2001; "Albert Speer" in 2000. His many RSC credits include "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Barbican in 1998; "A Midsummer Night's Dream" & "Measure For Measure" at the Barbican in 1995; His West End credits include "My Fair Lady" at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2002.
"Stuff happens… and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things."
The American Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld’s famous response to the looting of Baghdad, at a press conference on 11 April 2003, provides the title for a new play, specially written for the Olivier Theatre. Stuff Happens sets out to dramatise the extraordinary process which led up to the formation of a coalition, headed by the US and Great Britain, to invade Iraq.
The Night Season, by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Opens at the Cottesloe Theatre 3 Aug 2004, following previews from 23 July and booking to 17 Nov 2004.
It is directed by Lucy Bailey, designed by Dick Bird, lighting by Neil Austin. Cast includes: David Bradley (Patrick Kennedy), Annette Crosbie (Lily O'Hanlon), Sarah-Jane Drummey (Maud Kennedy), Lloyd Hutchinson (Gary Malone), John Light (John Eastman), Susan Lynch.
Late at night, shoeless, in the rain, an actor playing Yeats in a film shows up at his Sligo digs. Three feisty sisters lie dreaming upstairs, but in the morning, down they come, burning to meet the new lodger. While their father’s intent on an early glass of whiskey and a date with the local barmaid, the youngest daughter shows the actor to his bedroom...
A funny, modern, intoxicated tale of love, loss and families.
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