National Theatre announce new Season to July 2011

The National Theatre has announced its new Season productions and platforms to July 2011.

Public booking opens 10 March 2011.

New shows in The Olivier Theatre...

The Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Andrew Upton, opens 17 May 2011, following previews from 10 May - booking to 28 July 2011. Directed by Howard Davies, designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Neil Austin. Starring Zoe Wanamaker (Ranyevskaya), Claudie Blakley (Varya), Mark Bonnar (Trofimov), Pip Carter (Yepihodov), Kenneth Cranham (Firs), Conleth Hill (Lopakhin), Gerald Kyd (Yasha), James Laurenson (Gaev), Tim McMullan (Simyonov-Pischik), Emily Taaffe (Dunyasha), Charity Wakefield (Anya), Sarah Woodward (Charlotta), Paul Dodds, Craige Els, Mark Fleischmann, Colin Haigh, Jessica Regan, Tim Samuels,Stephanie Thomas, Joseph Thompson, Rosie Thomson, Ellie Turner. Ranyevskaya returns more or less bankrupt after ten years abroad. Luxuriating in her fading moneyed world and regardless of the increasingly hostile forces outside, she and her brother snub the lucrative scheme of Lopakhin, a peasant turned entrepreneur, to save the family estate. In so doing, they put up their lives to auction and seal the fate of the beloved orchard.

Emperor and Galilean
by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Ben Power, opens 15 June 2011, following previews from 7 June - booking to 31 July 2011. Directed by Jonathan Kent, designed by Paul Brown, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Christopher Shutt. Starring Andrew Scott (Julian), Ian McDiarmid (Maximus), Jamie Ballard, Simon Coombs, Daniel Flynn, John Heffernan, Chris Jared, James McArdle, Simon Merrells, Carole Nimmons, Genevieve O’Reilly, Lara Rossi, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Sargon Yelda. Made Emperor, Julian attemps to abolish Christianity and restore the old gods. But met with fierce resistance, this great free-thinker becomes a tyrant more hated than his brutal predecessor Constantius. And in arousing the Christians from their apathy he advances their cause, his life and death altering the course of history in stark opposition to his intent.


New show in The Lyttelton Theatre...

One Man, Two Guvnors
by Richard Bean, based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, opens 24 May 2011, following previews from 17 May - booking to 26 July 2011. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Paul Arditti. Starring James Corden, Oliver Chris, Martyn Ellis, Trevor Laird, Claire Lams, Fred Ridgeway, Daniel Rigby, Jemima Rooper, Suzie Toase.. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.


A Woman Killed With Kindness
by Thomas Heywood, opens 19 July 2011, following previews from 12 July - booking to 31 July 2011. Directed by Katie Mitchell, designed by Lizzie Clachan and Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Gareth Fry. Two women fight for their emotional survival in a rural wilderness dominated by men, money and an unbending morality.

New shows in The Cottesloe Theatre...

London Road
Book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe, music and lyrics by Adam Cork, opens 14 April 2011, following previews from 7 April - Closing 18 June 2011. Directed by Rufus Norris, designed by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Paul Arditti. Starring Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley, Howard Ward, Duncan Wisbey. In the autumn of 2006, the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with the soliciting and kerb-crawling that they frequently encountered. As Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the immediate community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.Adam Cork uses the melodic and rhythmic speech patterns captured on playwright Alecky Blythe's extensive recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create an experimental and challenging work which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual dependence.


Productions closing ....
Greenland closing 2 April 2011.
Hamlet closing 23 April 2011.
Frankenstein closing 2 May 2011.
Rocket To the Moon closing 21 June 2011.
The Holy Rosenbergs closing 24 June 2011.

New Platforms....

Unless stated: 6pm / Length 45 mins / £3.50

Michael Jacobs: Beyond Hope & Despair – The Global Politics of Climate Change
1 April, c. 9.45pm, Lyttelton £??
Michael Jacobs, writer, academic and Special Adviser to Gordon Brown from 2004-10, talks about what really happens in international negotiations and the difficulties (and occasional successes) in trying to make policy inside 10 Downing St.

Unnatural Creations
20 April, Olivier
Science writer Philip Ball looks at the cultural history of ‘anthropoeia’ in his new book, Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People, and explores how myths and stories from Frankenstein to Brave New World express fears about the allegedly treacherous, Faustian nature of technology.

Alecky Blythe, Adam Cork and Rufus Norris on London Road
27 April, Cottesloe
The writer, composer and director discuss their new work.

Angus Jackson on Rocket to the Moon
3 May, Lyttelton
The director discusses his production of Clifford Odets’ play.

Celia Imrie
4 May, Cottesloe
The actress talks to Fidelis Morgan about her career, which includes Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques and Sybil Thorndike in Plague over England, and her adventurous life, as revealed in The Happy Hoofer.

Attention to Detail
9 May, Cottesloe
Actor and writer Robin Soans is joined by Celia Imrie and Tim McInnerny to present some of his new verbatim monologues, taken from interviews with subjects from do-gooders and racecourse stewards to torture victims.

In Conversation with… Henry Goodman
Mon 23 May
3pm (1hr), Cottesloe, £5
Talk about their careers and current role, and answer your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

Phil Daniels
1 June, Cottesloe
Class Actor is both an autobiography and a portrait of working-class British popular culture of the past 30 years, and includes the actor’s roles in films Scum and Quadrophenia, and in Dealer’s Choice and Carousel at the NT.

In Conversation with… Keeley Hawes and Joseph Millson
Thu 9 June
3pm (1hr), Lyttelton, £5
Talk about their careers and current role, and answer your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

Alan Bennett
13 June, Lyttelton Alan Bennett returns to the National as his latest book, Smut: Two Unseemly Stories, is published.

Jonathan Kent on Emperor and Galilean
16 June, 5.30pm, Olivier
Jonathan Kent talks about his new production of Ibsen’s historical epic.

Naturalism: From East to West
Sat 18 Jun, 10.30am (90 mins), Lyttelton, £5
Konstantin Stanislavski directed the premiere of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904. His pioneering style of acting had a profound influence on the work of Lee Strasberg’s Group Theatre in 1930s New York, where Odets’ Rocket to the Moon premiered in 1938, the year Stanislavski died. A chance to explore the dramatic style known as Naturalism, the acting methods it requires, and how they manifest themselves nowadays in modern productions.

Nicholas Hytner on One Man, Two Guvnors
27 June, Lyttelton The National’s Director discusses his production.

In Conversation with… Keeley Hawes and Joseph Millson
Thu 9 June
3pm (1hr), Lyttelton, £5
Talk about their careers and current role, and answer your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

In Conversation with… James Corden
Mon 27 June
3pm (1hr), Lyttelton, £5
Talk about their careers and current role, and answer your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

Connections Writers’ Forum
4 July, Lyttelton To celebrate this year’s Connections plays, the writers gather to talk about how they created their new dramas for young people.

Chekhov: A Man for our Time?
15 July, Olivier
Despite international admiration, a campaign to save Chekhov’s house in Yalta faced huge political and financial struggles. His biographer Rosamund Bartlett is joined by special guests to question his relevance in his homeland today.

In Conversation with… Zoë Wanamaker
Fri 15 July
3pm (1hr), Olivier, £5
Talk about their careers and current role, and answer your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

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