Nathan Lane joins National Theatre's Angels in America
The National Theatre have confirmed that Olivier and double Tony Award winner Nathan Lane will join their upcoming production of Angels in America, which runs at the Lyttelton Theatre in May 2017. The revival, which is to be directed by Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse) will mark the return of Tony Kushner's epic two-part play, which had its British premiere at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 1992, directed by Declan Donnellan, and was joined by the second part 'Perestroika' in a double-bill in 1993.
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is presented as a double bill, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. The original production won multiple awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. The play is primarily focused on a gay couple living in Manhattan during the 1980s, yet features multiple other story lines who intersect the drama throughout. Kushner uses a mix of metaphorical and symbolic examinations of the AIDS crisis in America and relies on a fusion between naturalistic and expressionist staging elements.
Nathan Lane's Broadway credits include productions of 'Guys and Dolls', 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum', 'The Producers', 'Butley', 'The Addams Family', 'The Nance' and 'It's Only a Play'. He last performed in London in the West End transfer of 'The Producers' for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His screen and TV credits include the hit comedy series 'Modern Family', 'The Lion King', 'The Birdcage' and most recently 'The People vs O.J Simpson'.
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