National Theatre announce May - July 2009 Season

National Theatre announce May - July 2009 Season

The National Theatre has announced its May - July 2009 Season

Public booking opens 13 March 2009


New Productions...

by Matt Charman
in the Cottesloe Theatre
(Previews from 13 May 2009, Opens 20 May 2009, Booking to 8 July 2009)
Directed by Richard Eyre, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Neil Austin, Sound by Rich Walsh
Starring Anna Chancellor, James Fleet, Chuk Iwuji, Leo Bill, Daon Broni, Peter Forbes, Lloyd Hutchinson, Aicha Kossoko, Louis Mahoney, Cyril Nri, Isabel Pollen and Joy Richardson.
An international group of observers arrives in a West African country to oversee and rubber stamp its first democratic election. New voters queue in their thousands, but a senior member of the observation team find herself both horrified by the President’s suppressive tactics and, for once, in a position to do something about it. Yet as violence on the streets escalates and the country enters free fall, an increasingly angry young translator forces this well-meaning outsider to confront the impact of her intervention.

by William Shakespeare
in the Olivier Theatre
(Previews from 19 May 2009, Opens 28 May 2009, Booking to 11 July 2009)
Directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Rae Smith, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Ian Dickinson
Starring Oliver Ford Davies, Clare Higgins (as the Countess of Rossillion), Janet Henfrey, Conleth Hill (Parolles), Sioned Jones, Elliot Levey, Brendan O’Hea, George Rainsford (Bertram), Michelle Terry (Helena), Michael Thomas.
The feisty but lowly Helena falls in love with Bertram, a haughty count. To gain his hand she is set a string of impossible tasks. Even if accomplished, they can hardly guarantee his love. He refuses to bed her and yet says he’ll only be hers if she bears his child; and he lusts after another. Nevertheless, our heroine, whether wisely or no, refuses to give him up.

by Racine, in a version by Ted Hughes
in the Lyttelton Theatre
(Previews from 4 June 2009, Opens 11 June 2009, booking to 2 Aug 2009)
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Paule Constable
Starring Helen Mirren (Phedre), Dominic Cooper (Hippolytus), Margaret Tyzack (Oenone)
Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phedre confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns alive and well, Phedre fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.



Shows extended...

by Peter Flannery
at the Lyttelton
Now closing 21 May 2009

by Christopher Marlowe
at the Cottesloe
Now closing 2 June 2009

by Wole Soyinka
at the Olivier
Extends to 17 June 2009

by Richard Bean
at the Olivier
Extends to 30 June 2009

by J B Priestley
at the Lyttelton
Extends to 27 June 2009


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

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

Frantic Assembly: Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett
28 May, Cottesloe
In their practical book on devising, the artistic directors of Frantic Assembly reflect on the history and practice of their innovative company.

The Marlowe Legacy
29 May, Cottesloe
A wide-ranging look at a life rich with drama, poetry and intrigue; Lisa Hopkins discusses Marlowe’s literary legacy, Ged Parsons his frequent fictional appearances, and Simon Shepherd looks at affairs of state in turbulent times.

In Conversation with… Anastasia Hille
Mon 1 June 3pm (1hr) £5 Cottesloe

Matt Charman and Richard Eyre on The Observer
4 June, Cottesloe
Writer and director talk about this new play set during a West African election.

In Conversation with… Anna Chancellor
Fri 5 June 3pm (1hr) £5 Cottesloe

The Work of Wole Soyinka
12 June, Olivier
Maya Jaggi, Ben Okri and Jane Plastow examine the life and career of the Nobel prize-winning author of Death and the King’s Horseman.

Antony Sher
20 June, Lyttelton As a new edition of his inspiring and revelatory memoir, Beside Myself, is published to mark his 60th birthday, alongside an exhibition, the actor, author and artist Antony Sher reflects on his career.

In Conversation with… Francesca Annis
Tue 23 June 3pm (1hr) £5 Cottesloe

Shakespeare Blogged: Nick Asbury and Simon Reade
23 June, Cottesloe
Actor and RSC blogger Nick Asbury joins director and author Simon Reade for a light-hearted look at how Shakespeare the playwright would survive in today’s world of internet scrutiny and arts subsidy.

Marianne Elliott on All’s Well That Ends Well
24 June, Olivier
The director Marianne Elliott discusses her new production of Shakespeare’s “problem” play.

Lorna Luft
26 June, Olivier
The celebrated performer, actress and recording artist comes to the National to talk about her acclaimed career – most recently playing the Wicked Witch of the West – and living with the memory of her mother, the legendary Judy Garland.

Timeless Priestley: Roy Hattersley and Tom Priestley
29 June, Lyttelton
Playwright, broadcaster, campaigner and novelist J B Priestley left an indelible mark on our culture and society. Tom Priestley, his son, is joined by the politician Roy Hattersley to reflect on the legacy of a British legend.

Nicholas Hytner on Phèdre
2 July, Lyttelton
The director talks about his production of Racine’s verse masterpiece.

Shakespeare’s Soul: Jonathan Bate
3 July, Olivier
In his new biography, Soul of the Age, Jonathan Bate weaves an exhilarating tapestry of the Elizabethan beliefs and obsessions, private passions and political intrigues that shaped and informed Shakespeare’s mind.

New Connections Writers’ Forum
7 July, Cottesloe
As the annual season of new plays for young people ends its run at the National, the writers look back on their experiences of the programme.

Joan Bakewell
14 July, Lyttelton
In her first novel, All the Nice Girls, Joan Bakewell tells a stirring tale of living life to the full and the virtue of integrity and patriotism in a wartime Manchester girls’ school.

Helen Mirren
20 July, 9.30pm, Lyttelton
Currently playing the title role in Racine’s tragedy, Helen Mirren reflects on her hugely diverse career and returning to the National.

An Experiment with Time… and the Conways
24 July, Lyttelton
Time and the Conways was inspired by J W Dunne’s 1927 ‘An Experiment with Time’, which argues that our past, present and future exist concurrently. Physicist Jeff Forshaw and writer Anthony Peake discuss Dunne’s influence on Priestley’s work, and the latest in time theories.

The Acting Series… revisited
The distinguished 1980s BBC series of acting masterclasses featured a stellar line-up of Maria Aitken, Michael Caine, Simon Callow, Brian Cox, Jonathan Miller and Janet Suzman, working with young actors on acting in particular genres. Twenty years later, the ‘masters’ revisit their topics and look back to see how their work and approach have changed – or not – and share their thoughts on contemporary acting with extracts from the original series.
Jonathan Miller: Acting in Opera – Fri 5 June, 6pm, Olivier
Simon Callow: Acting in Restoration Comedy – Fri 19 June, 6pm, Olivier
Maria Aitken: Acting in High Comedy – Wed 8 July, 6 pm, Lyttelton
Janet Suzman: Acting in Shakespearean Comedy – Fri 10 July, 6pm, Lyttelton

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