National announce February - May 2009 Season

National announce February - May 2009 Season

The National Theatre has announced its February - May 2009 Season

Public booking opens 21 Nov 2008


New Productions...

by Richard Bean
in the Olivier Theatre
(Previews from 4 Feb 2009, Opens 11 Feb 2009, Booking to 30 April 2009)
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Mark Thompson, lighting by Neil Austin, Sound by John Leonard
Starring Jamie Beamish, Paul Chequer, Olivia Colman, Rudi Dharmalingam, Sacha Dhawan, Trevor Laird, Elliot Levey, Aaron Neil, Fred Ridgeway, Sophie Stanton and Howard Ward
A riotous journey through four waves of immigration from the 17th century to today. As the French Huguenots, the Irish, the Jews and the Bangladeshis in turn enter the chaotic world of Bethnal Green, each new influx provokes a surge of violent protest over housing, jobs, religion and culture. And the emerging pattern shows that white flight and anxiety over integration are anything but new.

by Peter Flannery, from the screenplay by Nikita Mikhalkov and Rustam Ibragimbekov
in the Lyttelton Theatre
(Previews from 24 Feb 2009, Opens 3 March 2009, Booking to 21 April 2009)
Directed by Howard Davies, designed by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Christopher Shutt
Starring Rory Kinnear, Ciaran Hinds, Stephanie Jacob, Pamela Merrick.
Colonel Kotov, decorated hero of the Russian Revolution, is spending an idyllic summer in the country with his beloved young wife and family. But on one glorious sunny morning in 1936, his wife’s former lover returns from a long and unexplained absence. Amidst a tangle of sexual jealousy, retribution and remorseless political backstabbing, Kotov feels the full, horrifying reach of Stalin’s rule.

by Christopher Marlowe
in the Cottesloe Theatre
(Previews from 17 March 2009, Opens 24 March 2009, booking to 7 May 2009)
Directed by James Macdonald, designed by Tobias Hoheisel, lighting by Adam Silverman, costumes by Moritz Junge, sound by Christopher Shutt.
Seeking refuge from a violent storm, Aeneas lands on the shores of Carthage where Queen Dido, moved by his retelling of the fall of Troy and betwitched by a malevolent Cupid, soon burns with love. Their ensuing passion, manipulated by the watching, warring gods, can only end in tragedy.

by Wole Soyinka
in the Olivier Theatre
(Previews from 1 April 2009, opens 8 April 2009, booking to 23 April 2009)
Directed by Rufus Norris , designed by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Ian Dickinson.
Nigeria, 1943. The King is dead, and tonight his Horseman must escort him to the Ancestors. As Elesin Oba dances through the closing marketplace, flirting with the women, pursued by his praise-singer and an entourage of drummers, he promises to honour the ancient Yoruba custom of ritual suicide and so accompany his ruler on the final journey. But a life so rich is hard to leave, and this is a British colony where such customs are not tolerated, no matter how sacred.


by J B Priestley
in the Lyttelton Theatre
(Previews from 28 April 2009, opens 5 May 2009, booking to 28 May 2009)
Directed by Rupert Goold, designed by Laura Hopkins, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Adam Cork.
The Conways, celebrating Kay’s 21st birthday in 1919, seem a golden family – safe and well after the Great War, looking forward to future careers, marriages, and a brave new world. Through J B Priestley’s masterly manipulation of time, we see into their future and back again to where the seeds of their downfall were planted. Priestley was fascinated by the study of time. Writing in 1937, he saw how Britain was complacently failing to learn from history and charging headlong towards another conflagration.


Shows extended...

by Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn
at the Olivier
Now Closing 25 Feb 2009

based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
at the Olivier
Now Closing 18 March 2009

by Samuel Adamson, from Ibsen’s Little Eyolf
at the Cottesloe
Now Closing 29 April 2009

by Lee Hall, inspired by a book by William Feaver
at the Lyttelton
Now Closing 14 April 2009


New Platforms announced....
(6pm (45 mins) £3·50 unless stated

Berlin – a reading by David Hare
Lyttelton Theatre
10, 11, 12 February, 6, 9, 11, 19, 20 March at 6pm. Tickets £10. Running time approx 55 mins.
Hare reads a 55-minute meditation about Germany’s restored capital – both what it represents in European history, and the peculiar part it has played in his own life. The reading is directed by Stephen Daldry.

The Satanic Verses – Twenty Years On
14 February, 12.30pm (1hr), Lyttelton
On 14 February 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini sent a startling valentine to the prize-winning novelist Salman Rushdie, in the form of a fatwa which condemned the author and his novel, The Satanic Verses: a moment when global forces set religion and imaginative expression against one another. Twenty years on, English PEN and the National bring together actors and writers to read from the novel and discuss the implications of the fatwa against the writer.

Tom Stoppard on Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
14 February, 5.30pm, Olivier
The playwright discusses his play for actors and orchestra.

Michael Kustow
26 February, Cottesloe
Outspoken writer, producer and cultural activist Michael Kustow, reflects on In Search of Jerusalem, his year-long spiritual journey from India to Israel and Palestine, revisiting the places, people and ideas that have formed his beliefs.

Richard Bean on England People Very Nice
27 February, Olivier
The writer discusses his new play about immigration into London’s East End.

In Conversation with… Claire Skinner
2 March, 3pm (1 hour) £5
The actress talks about playing the title role in Mrs Affleck.

Sandi Toksvig presents The Great Feminist Quiz
5 March, Cottesloe
Sandi Toksvig, Fiona Laird and friends celebrate the post-feminist age. Marvel at the fact that women now own as much as 1% of the world's assets and in as little as 187 years, women in Britain could be paid the same as men.

Peter Flannery on Burnt by the Sun
24 March, Lyttelton
Peter Flannery talks about his theatrical adaptation of this story set in Soviet Russia.

Alain de Botton
2 April, Lyttelton
We spend much of our lives at work – both one of the most exciting and most painful of all our activities. Alain de Botton introduces The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, exploring the modern workplace and what makes jobs either fulfilling or soul-destroying.

James Macdonald on Dido, Queen of Carthage
3 April, Cottesloe
The director talks about his production of Marlowe’s intense tale of love, betrayal and suicide.

In Conversation with… Rory Kinnear
3 April, 3pm (1 hour) £5
Rory Kinnear talks about his career.

Immigration in Literature
15 April, Olivier
The subject of immigration into London has inspired a wealth of fiction, biography and drama, most recently England People Very Nice. Writers, including Charles Nicholl and Robert McLiam Wilson, discuss the literary history of migrating Huguenots, Irish, Jewish and Bangladeshi communities.

Jonathan Dimbleby
16 April, Lyttelton
In Russia, Jonathan Dimbleby looks at how her past has shaped her current identity, and investigates what modern Russia means to her people now.

Rufus Norris on Death and the King’s Horseman
22 April, Olivier
Rufus Norris talks about his new production of Wole Soyinka’s play.

Paris Calling
Paris Calling is a Franco-British Season of Performing Arts launched by the French Institute, in association with the National Theatre Studio.
Readings 23 April, Cottesloe, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, £5
A chance to hear extracts from three newly translated contemporary French plays: Holy Land by Mohamed Kacimi – a contemporary tragedy in occupied territories. The beginning of by Pascal Rambert – a meditation on the surprise of love. Moi aussi je suis Catherine Deneuve by Pierre Notte – a dark comedy of dysfunctional family life.

Paris Calling: Discussion
23 April, Cottesloe, 6pm
Playwrights from the series discuss the current state of French playwriting and the genesis and development of the Paris Calling season.

Ten Years of the Children’s Laureate
27 April, Olivier
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson reflect on the fun and challenges of being Laureate and discuss the current trend of dramatic adaptations of children’s novels.

Virginia McKenna
28 April, Cottesloe
Virginia McKenna’s autobiography looks back on a career which includes celebrated performances in The Cruel Sea and A Town Like Alice and her role in the conservation and animal welfare movement as founder of The Born Free Foundation.

Rupert Goold on Time and the Conways
14 May, Lyttelton
The director talks about his new production of Priestley’s ‘time play’.

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