National Theatre announce new Season to June 2012

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

Public booking opens 15 Feb 2012.

New show in The Olivier Theatre...

by Sophocles, in a version by Don Taylor, opens 30 May 2012, following previews from 23 May 2012, booking to 20 June 2012. Directed by Polly Findlay, designed by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Mark Henderson. Starring Jodie Whittaker (Antigone). Desperate to gain control over a city ravaged by civil war, Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone’s rebellious brother. Outraged, she defies his edict. Creon condemns the young woman, his niece, to be buried alive. The people daren’t object but the prophet Teiresias warns that this tyranny will anger the gods: the rotting corpse is polluting the city. Creon hesitates and his fate is sealed.


New show in The Lyttelton Theatre...

written & directed by Enda Walsh, opens 18 April 2012, following previews from 14 April, running to 28 May 2012. Produced by The Landmark Productions/Galway Arts Festival. Designed by Jamie Vartan, lighting by Adam Silverman, sound by Gregory Clarke. Cillian Murphy plays the population of an entire town in a solo performance. Inishfree might seem like a quaint Irish town, but fierce evangelist Thomas Magill knows better. He knows jovial Dwain Flynn is a miserable drunk, that Timmy O’Leary enslaves his lovely mother and that sweet Mrs Cleary is a blasphemous flirt. It is down to Thomas, with God on his shoulder, to save this sinful place. But the townsfolk are not listening, an angel is misbehaving and a barking dog will not be silenced. Just how far will Thomas go in his quest for salvation?


New shows in The Cottesloe Theatre...

by Lisa D’Amour, opens 15 May 2012, following previews from 8 May 2012, booking to 15 Jun 2012. Directed by Austin Pendleton, designed by Kevin Depinet, lighting by Mark Henderson, choreography by Arthur Pita, sound by John Leonard. Cast includes Clare Dunne. In a suburb of a mid-sized American city, Ben and Mary welcome their new neighbours, Sharon and Kenny, who have moved in to the long-empty house next door. Fuelled by backyard barbecues and booze, their sudden friendship rapidly veers out of control, as inhibitions are obliterated and the fragility of Ben and Mary’s off-the-shelf lifestyle is laid bare.

Black T-Shirt Collection
written & performed by Inua Ellams, opens 13 April 2012, following previews from 12 April 2012, running to 24 April 2012. Produced by Fuel. Directed by Thierry Lawson, designed by Michael Vale, lighting by Michael Nabarro, sound by Emma Laxton. Tells a new story about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. On their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China, Matthew and Muhammed discover the consequences of success.



Productions Extending/Closing ....
The Comedy Of Errors (Closes 01 April 2012)
Travelling Light (Closes 2 June 2012)
She Stoops To Conquer (Now closes 21 April 2012)
Moon On A Rainbow Shawl (Now closes 9 June 2012)
Collaborators at Olivier (Closes 23 June 2012)


New Platforms ....
Unless stated: 6pm / Length 45 mins

Serving Up a Laugh
Sat 24 Mar, 10.30am (90mins), £6/£5, Lyttelton
Harlequin, Dromio, Figaro, Jeeves, Baldrick, and now One Man, Two Guvnors’ Francis and Alfie: comic servants spring up in a variety of guises and serve a variety of roles, ultimately to expose the pomposity of their master and society’s mores. Discussion, readings and clips celebrate this familiar comic figure.

Michael Grandage
Fri 13 April, Olivier Michael Grandage talks to David Benedict about A Decade at the Donmar, a book of photographs capturing the most memorable productions of his ten years as the Donmar’s Artistic Director.

Enda Walsh on Misterman
Thu 19 April, Lyttelton
Enda Walsh discusses his play, fresh from its New York run.

Travelling Light: The Film Pioneers
Wed 25 April, Lyttelton
Film historian Christopher Frayling looks at real-life early Hollywood film-makers, including the Eastern European influx, as depicted in the new play, Travelling Light.

The Astaires: Fred and Adele with Ava Astaire & Matthew Bourne
Fri 4 May, Lyttelton
The Astaire siblings transformed musical theatre on both sides of the Atlantic at the peak of the Jazz Age. Theatre historian Kathleen Riley celebrates their partnership and its legacy with Fred’s daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie and choreographer Matthew Bourne.

Lisa D’Amour and Austin Pendleton on Detroit
Wed 16 May, Cottesloe The playwright and director talk about the production.

Esther Freud
Mon 21 May, Cottesloe
Esther Freud’s novel, Lucky Break, follows a group of young actors from drama school into the ruthless world of auditions, agents, touring and red-carpet premieres.

Polly Findlay on Antigone
Fri 1 June, Olivier
The director Polly Findlay discusses her production of Sophocles’ play.

Orlando Figes
Thu 7 June, Olivier
In Just Send Me Word, the historian recounts the true love story of two young Muscovites, whose smuggled letters to one another form a detailed and agonizing account of life in Stalin’s Soviet Union.

Janet Suzman
Fri 8 June, Cottesloe
In her new book, Women in Theatre, the actress looks at some of her iconic roles – Phaedra, Cleopatra, Hedda – and questions their impact on today’s audience.

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