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Michael Grandage - 5 productions at Noel Coward Theatre
Michael Grandage's new production company announces five productions at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre, with a cast including Judi Dench, Daniel Radcliffe, Simon Russell Beale, David Walliams, Sheridan Smith, Jude Law, Ben Whishaw. All plays are directed by Michael Grandage and designed by Christopher Oram.
Privates on Parade by Peter Nichols, music by Denis King, opens 10 Dec 2012, following previews from 1 Dec - running to 2 March 2013. Cast includes Simon Russell Beale.Private Steven Flowers is posted to the Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia where serving under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis he discovers it takes more than just a uniform to become a man.
Peter and Alice by John Logan, opens 25 March 2013, following previews from 9 March - running to 1 June 2013. Cast includes Judi Dench (Alice), Ben Whishaw (Peter). In John Logan’s new play, enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of these two extraordinary characters. When Alice Liddell Hargreaves met Peter Llewelyn Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, the original Alice in Wonderland came face to face with the original Peter Pan.
The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, opens 18 June 2013, following previews from 8 June - running to 31 August 2013. Cast includes Daniel Radcliffe. Cripple Billy, orphaned since birth, just might have found a way off the Isle of Aran and a route all the way to Hollywood if he can persuade a small community of Islanders how much he wants to realise his dream.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, opens 17 Sep 2013, following previews from 7 Sep - running to 16 Nov 2013. Cast includes Sheridan Smith (Titania), David Walliams (Bottom). Lysander loves Hermia and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. When Hermia’s father insists she choose Demetrius as a suitor she escapes with Lysander into the surrounding forest where Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies are having their own battle of love.
Henry V by William Shakespeare, opens 3 Dec 2013, following previews from 23 Nov - running to 15 Feb 2014. Cast includes Jude Law. Can the King of England hold his nerve to embrace his duty, command his men and lead his country to victory in France? Shakespeare’s play of nationhood investigates the bloody horrors of war and the turbulence of a land in crisis.
James Bierman and Michael Grandage said today, “We are delighted to announce the inaugural season of work for the Michael Grandage Company – a programme comprised of new writing alongside the classical and twentieth century repertoire. At its heart is a commitment to reach out to as wide an audience as possible with over 200 tickets for each performance at £10 - over 100,000 across the season and through our schools’ and access work we aim to appeal to new theatregoers and help build audiences for the future. This unique West End season brings together writers, actors and other artists in a single venture over fifteen months dedicated to presenting work of the highest quality at affordable prices”