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National Theatre announce future Productions 2011
Nicholas Hytner has announced future productions at The National Theatre...
In the Olivier Theatre...
Opening 17 May 2011, THE CHERRY ORCHARD by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Andrew Upton, directed by Howard Davies. Starring Zoë Wanamaker as Madame Ranevskaya and Conleth Hill as Lopakhin, also starring Claudie Blakley, Mark Bonnar, Pip Carter, Gerald Kyd, James Laurenson, Tim McMullan, Emily Taaffe, Charity Wakefield and Sarah Woodward..
Opening on 15 June 2011, Ibsen’s EMPEROR AND GALILEAN, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Jonathan Kent. Andrew Scott plays Julian, also starring James McArdle, Jamie Ballard, John Heffernan, Ian McDiarmid (as Maximus), Genevieve O’Reilly, Prasanna Puwanarajah.
In September a production yet to be confirmed, directed by Thea Sharrock; and in October a new production of Arnold Wesker’s 1957 play THE KITCHEN, directed by Bijan Sheibani.
Jonathan Miller’s staging of Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION, in collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia, will have nine performances in September as part of the four hundredth anniversary celebrations for the King James Bible. The National will also present readings from the Old and New Testaments, abridged by Edward Kemp, by a company of leading actors from the NT’s last 25 years; Nicholas Hytner will be the supervisory director and the readings will take place in the Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres.
In November 2011, Dominic Cooke, Artistic Director of The Royal Court, will make his National Theatre debut with Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.
In the Lyttelton Theatre...
Opening on 30 March 2011, ROCKET TO THE MOON by Clifford Odets, directed by Angus Jackson, cast includes Keeley Hawes, Joseph Millson, Jessica Raine, Nicholas Woodeson.
In May, Nicholas Hytner directs ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS by Richard Bean, based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni; James Corden heads the cast. The production will tour the UK in October following its Lyttelton run.
Opening in July 2011: A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS by Thomas Heywood , directed by Katie Mitchell.
Opening in October 2011, a new play written and directed by Conor McPherson. As yet untitled, the play is set in 19th-century Ireland.
Opening in November 2011, Howard Davies will direct Sean O’Casey’s JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, with Sinead Cusack as Juno and Ciaran Hinds as Captain Boyle. This will be a co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland, where it premieres in September before opening at the Lyttelton.
In the Cottesloe Theatre...
Opening 16 March 2011, Ryan Craig’s new play, THE HOLY ROSENBERGS, directed by Laurie Sansom. Cast includes Henry Goodman, Philip Arditti, Stephen Boxer, Paul Freeman, Tilly Tremayne, Alex Waldmann, Susannah Wise.
Opening 14 April 2011, Rufus Norris will direct a documentary musical, LONDON ROAD, with book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe, and music and lyrics by Adam Cork. The cast includes Rosalie Craig, Kate Fleetwood, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Paul Thornley.
In July, four new one-hour plays commissioned from emerging writers new to the National Theatre will be directed by Polly Findlay and Lyndsey Turner, presented in alternating double-bills.
Opening in September, Mike Leigh returns to the National with a new play. The cast will include Ruby Bentall, Lesley Manville.
Opening in October, a new play by John Hodge will be directed by Nicholas Hytner. The play centres on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov; Alex Jennings will play Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale will play Stalin.
Winter and beyond...
Looking further ahead, a production of THE WAY OF THE WORLD by William Congreve will open in the Olivier in January 2012.
A new musical with music and lyrics by Tori Amos and book and additional lyrics by Samuel Adamson, suggested by a story by George MacDonald, will be directed by Marianne Elliott, opening in April 2012 in the Lyttelton Theatre.
Public booking for The Cherry Orchard, Emperor and Galilean, One Man, Two Guvnors, A Woman Killed with Kindness and London Road will open on 8 March.