National announce Autumn Season to Mar 04

National announce Autumn Season to Mar 04

The National Theatre has announced its Autumn Season.

Public Booking opens 15 Sep 03 (if booking by phone, in person or through agencies)


New productions include.....

in the Olivier

His Dark Materials Part 1 & Part 2
based on the novels by Philip Pullman, adapted by Nicholas Wright
(Opens 20 Dec 03, following previews from 4 Dec 03, booking to 20 Mar 04).
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Giles Cadle, choreography by Aletta Collins, costumes by Jon Morrell
Starring: Samuel Barnett, John Carlisle, Dominic Cooper, Anna Maxwell Martin, Cecilia Noble, Danny Sapani, Ben Wright
Philip Pullman's three cult novels have been adapted for the stage into two big plays. HIS DARK MATERIALS takes us on a journey through worlds familiar and unknown. For Lyra and Will, its two central characters, it's a coming of age and a transforming spiritual experience. Their quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. They encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds - rebellious angels, soul-eating spectres, child-cathing Gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Finally, before reaching, perhaps, the republic of heaven, they must visit the land of the dead.


in the Lyttelton

Mourning Becomes Electra
by Eugene O'Neill, based on Aeschylus' Oresteia
(Opens 27 Nov 03, following previews from 17 Nov 03, booking to 20 Jan 04)
Directed by Howard Davies , designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Mark Henderson.
starring Helen Mirren (Christine Mannon) , Eve Best, Paul Hilton, Sean McGinley .
A passionate tornado of a play exploring the wildly destructive forces of jealousy and desire unleashed when Lavinia discovers that her mother, the intoxicating Christine Mannon, has dared to take a young lover. In New England just after the Civil War, Ezra Mammon's return from the cfield of battle sweeps an entire family into a violent spiral of revenge.

Play Without Words
Devised by Matthew Bourne
(Opens 16 Dec 03, following previews from 10 Dec 03, booking to 24 Jan 04).
Directed by Matthew Bourne, designed by Les Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, choreography by Matthew Bourne .
Starring: Scott Ambler, Sam Archer, Belinda Lee Chapman, Saranne Curtin, Steve Kirkham, Michela Meazza, Eddie Nixon, Emily Piercy, Alan Vincent, Valentina Formenti, Ewan Wardrop and Richard Winsor. Chelsea 1963. Behind the privileged facade of domestic social order lies a struggle for power,. territory and sexual domination.


in the Cottesloe

The Pillowman
by Martin McDonagh
(Opens 13 Nov 03, following previews from 7 Nov 03, booking to 3 Jan 04).
Directed by John Crowley , designed by Scott Pask, lighting by Hugh Vanstone
Starring Jim Broadbent, Adam Godley, Nigel Lindsay, David Tennant
A writer in a totalitarian state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town.
(**NOTE: Contains scenes and language that may offend. NOT suitable for children)

(Photo credits from top - bottom : Jerry Uelsmann; Lady Haywarden; Hugo Glendinning; Getty Images)


The following productions have announced new dates....

Three Sisters now closes 18 Oct 03
Jumpers now closes 7 Nov 03
Power now closes 29 Oct 03
Democracy now closes 30 Dec 03


New Platforms announced include.....

Martin Jarvis
6 Oct 03, 6pm, Cottesloe
Talks about Broadway Jeeves?, his account of triumphs and chaos as he played the butler on Broadway in the wake of 9/11. (Followed by booksigning)

Richard Eyre
9 Oct 03, 6pm, Cottesloe
Discusses National Service: A Diary of a Decade, charting his time as Director of the National and revealing life at the heart of British cultural and political affairs.(Followed by booksigning)

Jumpers Revisited
7 Nov 03, 6pm, Lyttelton
Members of the company and production talk about Tom Stoppard's Jumpers - and, after working on it for 6 months, do they totally understand it?

Defying Hitler by Sebastian Heffner
18 & 19 Nov 03, 5.30pm (1hr) Cottesloe
Rupert Wickham performs his own adaptation of Heffner's memoir of growing up in pre-war Berlin, exploring how and why the Germans were seduced by Hitler and the Nazis.

Theatre Quiz
19 Dec 03, 6pm, Cottesloe
Two teams battle it out as Emma Freud hosts another edition of the festive annual quiz of theatrical knowledge, artistic endeavour and creative invention.

Matthew Bourne
5 Jan 04, 6pm, Lyttelton
Talks about "Play Without Words"

Staging His Dark Materials
Learn more about the adaptation of Pullman's celebrated work as "His Dark Materials" come to life on stage.
Nicholas Hytner 6 Jan 04, 6pm, Olivier
The Designers 8 Jan 04, 6pm, Olivier
Philip Pullman 9 Jan 04, 6pm, Olivier



New Free Exhibitions include....

Images of Beckett: Photographs by John Haynes
22 Sep 03 - 8 Nov 03
A unique collection of images of Samuel Beckett's work in preparation and performance, as well as hitherto unseen portraits of the playwright himself

29 Sep 03 - 27 Oct 03
The essence and spirit of speed in photographs that celebrate the history of one of the world's most exhilarating sports - motor racing.

The Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design Exhibition 2003
8 Nov 03 - 6 Dec 03
The work of 12 of the best young emerging theatre designers.

17 Nov 03 - 17 Jan 04
Europe's leading exhibition of jewellery and applied art.

The Royal Ballet: Photographs by Johan Persson
15 Dec 03 - 24 Jan 04
His stunning images present a rare and exclusive behind the scenes view, from rehearsal to performance, of one of the worlds great ballet companies.

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