The Royal National Theatre has announced a new schedule for The Olivier & Cottesloe Theatres covering 10th June to 31st Aug 02


**Public booking opens on 20th May 02 if booking by post or fax, 5th June if booking by telephone or in person.

Opening in this period......

The Coast of Utopia: Voyage & Shipwreck & Salvage, three sequential but self-contained plays by Tom Stoppard (Olivier 27th Jun to 31st Aug 02)
Voyage previews from 27th June
Shipwreck previews from 8th July
Salvage previews from 19th July
(You can see all three plays on one day on the following dates: 3rd, 17th, 24th & 31st Aug.

Directed by Trevor Nunn, the cast includes Thomas Arnold, Eve Best, John Carlisle, Martin Chamberlain, Raymond Coulthard, Simon Day, Felicity Dean, Stephen Dillane, Janine Duvitski, Charlotte Emmerson, Rachel Ferjani, Guy Henry, Douglas Henshall, Richard Hollis, Jack James, Will Kean, Jennifer Scott Malden, Sarah Manton, Anna Maxwell Martin, Iain Mitchell, John Nolan, Paul Ritter, Nick Sampson, Jonathan Slinger, Janet Spencer-Turner, Kemal Sylvester, Sam Troughton, David Verry and Lucy Whybrow. It is designed by William Dudley, lighting by David Hersey and choreography by David Bolger.

THE COAST OF UTOPIA comprises three sequential but self-contained plays, 'Voyage', 'Shipwreck' and 'Salvage'. They tell an epic story of romantics and revolutionaries caught up in the struggle for political freedom in an age of emperors. Set in the mid-19th century in Russia and Europe, the trilogy follows a group of friends who come of age under the Tsarist autocracy of Nicholas I. Among them are the idealist and anarchist Michael Bakunin who was to challenge Marx for the soul of the masses; Ivan Turgenev, author of some of the most enduring works in Russian literature; the briiliant, erratic young critic Vissarion Belinsky; and Alexander Herzen, a nobleman's son and the first self-proclaimed socialist in Russian history, who becomes the main focus of adrama of politics, love, , loss and betrayal. The action, involving more than fifty characters, takes in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Nice and London.


Frozen, by Bryony Lavery, (Cottesloe 28th June to 10th Aug 02). Directed by Bill Alexander, the cast includes Anita Dobson, Tom Georgesonand Josie Lawrence It is designed by Ruari Murchison with lighting by Paul Byant. One sunny evening, 10-year-old Rhona goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic comes to England to research a thesis Serial Killing - a forgivable act? Then there's Ralph, a loner with a bit of previous who's looking for some distraction... Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark upon a long dark journey which finally curves upward into the light.

Current productions Closing in this period
Bacchai,(Olivier, 12th June 02)
A Prayer for Owen Meany,(Lyttelton, 29th June 02)
The Shadow of a Boy,(Loft, 29th June 02)
Mentalists,(Loft, 20th July 02)
The Adventures of the Stoneheads,(Lyttelton, 13th July 02 )
Vincent in Brixton,(Cottesloe, 27th July 02 )
Sanctuary,(Loft, 10th Aug 02)

New Platforms announced in this period

Harriet Walter on Lady Macbeth
17 June 02 / 6pm Cottesloe (£3.50)
As part of Faber and Faber's Actors on Shakespeare searies, Harriet Walter offers her view of the most notorious and ambiguos of Shakespeare's women, whose 'undaunted mettle should compose nohging but males.'

A celebration of The Warp
21 June 02 / 6pm Cottesloe (£3.50)
The Warp is Neil Oram's legendary 24 hour marathon theatrical event, which began its creative process in 1977. This is a chance to experience a small fragment of this epic production.

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