National Theatre announce new Season to Jan 2012

The National Theatre has announced its new Season productions and platforms to Jan 2012.

Public booking opens 20 September 2011.

New show in The Olivier Theatre...

The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare, opens 29 Nov 2011, following previews from 22 Nov, booking to 17 Jan 2012. Directed by Dominic Cooke, designed by Bunny Christie, sound by Christopher Shutt , lighting by Paule Constable. cast includes Lenny Henry (Antipholus of Syracuse); Claudie Blakley (Adriana), Clare Cathcart, Chris Jarman (Antipholus of Ephesus), Lucian Msamati(Dromio of Syracuse), Joseph Mydell (Aegeon), Pamela Nomvete, Daniel Poyser (Dromio of Ephesus), Amit Shah, Michelle Terry (Luciana). Staged in a contemporary world.

New show in The Lyttelton Theatre...

Juno and the Paycock
by Sean O’Casey , opens 16 Nov 2011, following previews from 11 Nov 2011, booking to 3 Jan 2012. Directed by Howard Davies , designed by Bob Crowley , lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Ben Delaney. A co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland. Starring Sinead Cusack (Juno), Ciaran Hinds (Jack Boyle), Cornelius Clarke, Risteard Cooper, Clare Dunne, Kieran Gough, Luke Hayden, Dermot Kerrigan, Nick Lee, Gillian McCarthy, Bernadette McKenna, Brian Martin, Janet Moran, Kevin Murphy, Ronan Raftery, Sophie Robinson, Eoin Slattery, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. A devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish War of Independence, 1922.


New show in The Cottesloe Theatre...

by John Hodge, opens 1 Nov 2011, following previews from 25 Oct 2011, bookings to 21 Jan 2012. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti. Starring Alex Jennings (Bulgakov), Simon Russell Beale (Stalin) , Mark Addy, Sarah Annis, Marcus Cunningham, Jacqueline Defferary, Patrick Godfrey, Michael Jenn, Jess Murphy, William Postlethwaite, Pierce Reid, Nick Sampson, Maggie Service, Perri Snowdon. Moscow, 1938. A dangerous to place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.


The Animals and Children Took To The Streets
a children's drama by Suzanne Andrade, from 7 Dec 2011, to 3 Jan 2012. Directed by Suzanne Andrade, designed by Paul Barritt, costumes by Sarah Munro and Esme Appleton, produced by 1927 Theatre Company. Seamlessly synchronizing live music, performance and storytelling with film and animation. Trust no-one. Suspect even your own shadow. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed, wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions: a stinking sprawling tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf… is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun?


Productions Extending ....
The Kitchen (extends 3 days, ends 9 Nov 2011
The Veil (Now closes 11 Dec 2011)
13 (Now closes 8 Jan 201)
A New Play By Mike Leigh (Now closes 28 Jan 2012)
It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later
(Extra perfs 19 - 22 Dec added)


New Platforms ....
In the Kitchen: Food
Fri 7 Oct, Olivier
In response to Arnold Wesker’s portrait of a 1950s kitchen, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort discuss the changing face of restaurant food and the very public role of the chef.

In the Kitchen: The Service
Fri 28 Oct, Olivier
Looking beyond the actual kitchen, the illustrious face of The Ivy, Fernando Peire, and restaurant critics Jay Rayner and Matthew Fort talk about the increasingly prominent role of restaurant service.

John Hodge on Collaborators
Fri 4 Nov, Cottesloe
The playwright talks about his new play.

War Horse: The Concert
Mon 7 Nov, 5.30pm (1hr 15mins), £7.50, Olivier
Michael Morpurgo reads the story, of Albert and Joey the horse; accompanied by Barry Coope and John Tams singing Tams’ rousing songs, specially composed for the NT’s production of War Horse.

Fri 11 Nov, Cottesloe 3pm (1hr), £5
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering your questions.

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design
Fri 11 Nov, Cottesloe
To coincide with this year’s Linbury Prize exhibition, a discussion on the collaborative process between director and designer.

Mike Bartlett and Thea Sharrock on 13
Mon 14 Nov, Olivier
The playwright and director discuss their new production.

Stalin’s Favourite adapted and performed by Rupert Wickham
Fri 18 Nov, 5.30pm (1hr 15mins), Cottesloe
An emotionally engaging personal human insight into Stalin’s ‘favourite’ writer, Konstantin Simonov; adapted from Orlando Figes’ The Whisperers.

Matthew Bourne
Mon 21 Nov, Cottesloe
Matthew Bourne celebrates the 25th anniversary of his company with the publication of a new edition of his book. He reflects on his years as ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ with David Benedict.

The Annual Jocelyn Herbert Lecture: Ultz – The Politics of Good Taste
Tue 29 Nov, Lyttelton The designer Ultz takes a look at British stage design since the 1950s. His recent work includes Chicken Soup with Barley, which Herbert originally designed in 1958.

Private Eye at 50
Fri 2 Dec, 5.45pm (1hr), £5 Lyttelton
Ian Hislop takes a satirical look at the events and people of the last 50 years. With Craig Brown, Harry Enfield, Jan Ravens and John Sessions.

O'Casey Rediscovered
Sat 3 Dec, 10.30am (90mins), £6 Lyttelton
Shivaun O’Casey discusses her father’s life and work with playwright Enda Walsh and Abbey Theatre archivist Mairead Delaney, with actors from the Juno and the Paycock company reading from the other plays in O’Casey’s 1920s trilogy.

Dominic Cooke on The Comedy of Errors
Fri 9 Dec, Olivier
The director discusses his new production.

IN CONVERSATION WITH...Sinéad Cusack & Ciarán Hinds
Thu 15 Dec, Lyttelton 3pm (1hr), £5
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering your questions.

Martin Sixsmith
Thu 15 Dec, Cottesloe
Collaborators explores a turbulent period in Russia’s history; the BBC’s former Moscow Correspondent and author of Radio 4’s recent series, Russia: The Wild East, presents his view of this fascinating time.

Theatre Quiz
Fri 16 Dec, Olivier
Quizmistress Emma Freud hosts the annual battle of theatre knowledge and quick wit between two National Theatre companies. Keeping score will be Lenny Henry.

Michael Morpurgo's On Angel Wings
Wed 21 Dec, 5.30pm (1hr 15 mins), £7.50 Olivier
A warm and humorous re-telling of the Christmas story; dramatised and adapted by Simon Reade, with Michael Morpurgo as The Storyteller and historical carols from Coope Boyes & Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes.

Fri 13 Jan, Olivier 3pm (1hr), £5
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering your questions.

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