National Theatre announce new Season to Nov 2011

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

Public booking opens 21 June 2011.

New shows in The Olivier Theatre...

The Kitchen
by Arnold Wesker, opens 7 Sep 2011, following previews from 31 Aug - booking to 6 Nov 2011. Directed by Bijan Sheibani , designed by Giles Cadle, lighting by Mark Henderson, costumes by Moritz Junge. Starring Neal Barry, Tom Brooke (as Peter), Ian Burfield, Rebecca Davies, Stavros Demetraki, Craige Els, Ruth Gibson, Colin Haigh, Rendah Heywood, Tendayi Jembere, Siobhan McSweeney, Gerard Monaco, Sarah Mowat, Bruce Myers, Vincenzo Nicoli, Luke Norris, Jessica Regan, Samuel Roukin, Tim Samuels, Sam Swann, Stephanie Thomas, Rosie Thomson. 1950s London. In the kitchen of an enormous West End restaurant, the orders are piling up: a post-war feast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelettes and fruit flans. Thrown together by their work, chefs, waitresses and porters from across Europe – English, Irish, German, Jewish – argue and flirt as they race to keep up. Peter, a high-spirited young cook, seems to thrive on the pressure. In between preparing dishes, he manages to strike up an affair with married waitress Monique, the whole time dreaming of a better life. But in the all-consuming clamour of the kitchen, nothing is far from the brink of collapse.

St Matthew Passion
by Johann Sebastian Bach, in an English translation compiled and edited by Paul Goodwin, opens 19 Sep 2011, following previews from 17 Sep Aug - closing 2 Oct 2011. Directed by Jonathan Miller. Performed in collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia. The soloists are Sally Bruce-Payne, Ruby Hughes, Benjamin Hulett, James Laing, Andrew Staples, Mark Stone; the chorus is drawn from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Bach’s PASSION is presented on one evening in two parts and retells the dramatic story of the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion. Part one includes the last supper and the betrayal and arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, while part two depicts His trial, crucifixion and burial. Jonathan Miller strips away all traditional performance conventions of this sacred work: it is sung, in a new English translation by Paul Goodwin, by soloists and a choir – all casually dressed – who interact with the full orchestra. The result is a production conveying the full power and overwhelming drama of Bach’s final and most revered Passion.

by Mike Bartlett, opens 25 Oct 2011, following previews from 18 Oct - booking to 3 Nov 2011. Directed by Thea Sharrock, designed by Tom Scutt, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Ian Dickinson. Morning in London, Autumn 2011. Across the city, people wake up from an identical, terrifying dream. At the same moment, a young man named John returns home after years away to find economic gloom, ineffective protest, and a Prime Minister about to declare war. But John has a vision for the future and his ideas inspire an increasing number of followers. With conflict looming in the Middle East, their protest takes them to the centre of the city, to the heart of government, where coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality. Set in a dark and magical landscape of singing pensioners, fanatical atheists and imminent apocalypse, Mike Bartlett’s new play depicts a London both familiar and strange, a London staring into the void. In a year which has seen governments fall and hundreds of thousands take to the streets, 13 explores the meaning of personal responsibility, the hold that the past has over the future and the nature of belief itself.


New shows in The Lyttelton Theatre...

The Veil
by Conor McPherson, opens 4 Oct 2011, following previews from 27 Sep - booking to 1 Nov 2011. Directed by Conor McPherson, designed by Rae Smith, lighting by Neil Austin , sound by Paul Arditti. Starring Bríd Brennan, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Ursula Jones, Peter McDonald, Jim Norton, Adrian Schiller, Emily Taaffe, Fenella Woolgar . Set around a haunted house hemmed in a by a restive, starving populace, Conor McPherson’s new play weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time. May 1822, rural Ireland. The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany seventeen-year-old Hannah to England. She is to be married off to a Marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother’s estate. However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a seance, the consquences of which are catastrophic.


It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later
written and performed by Daniel Kitson, 7 to 21 Oct 2011. This is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves, very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two.


New show in The Cottesloe Theatre...

A new play by MIKE LEIGH
, opens 21 Sep 2011, following previews from 14 Sep - booking to 19 Oct 2011. Directed by Mike Leigh, designed by Alison Chitty, lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by John Leonard. Starring Lesley Manville, Marion Bailey, Sam Kelly, Wendy Nottingham, Ruby Bentall, David Horovitch. In his unique collaborative way, Leigh is working with a company of actors, together with his regular creative team, to explore characters, relationships, themes and ideas.


Productions Extending ....
A Woman killed With Kindness closing 11 Sep 2011.
One Man, Two Guvnors closing 19 Sep 2011.

New Platforms ....
Ibsen’s Modern Breakthrough
Fri 22 July, 5.30pm, Olivier
Ibsen always considered Emperor and Galilean his most important play. Toril Moi explores why this neglected masterpiece, written at a moment of transition to modernism, mattered so intensely to Ibsen, and why it should matter to us today.

Ian Hislop
Mon 25 July, Lyttelton
The indefatigable Editor of Private Eye celebrates 25 years at the helm of the satirical magazine, with Mark Lawson.

Michael Simkins
Wed 3 Aug, Lyttelton
In Last Flannelled Fool, the actor and author goes on a reflective odyssey to recharge his cricketing batteries, in search of himself and an England past.

In Conversation with… Kenneth Cranham
Thu 4 Aug
3pm (1hr), Cottesloe, £5
Talk about their careers and current role, and answer your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

Jonathan Lynn Fri 5 Aug, Lyttelton
The creator of Yes Prime Minister shares stories from a life misspent making people laugh in plays, television and film, to coincide with his new book, Comedy Rules.

In Conversation with… Ian McDiarmid
Wed 10 Aug
3pm (1hr), Cottesloe, £5
Talk about their careers and current role, and answer your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

Creating Double Feature
Thu 11 Aug, 6.30pm, The Paintframe
The directors and writers talk about the double bill of new plays.

Katie Mitchell on A Woman Killed with Kindness
Mon 22 Aug, Lyttelton
Katie Mitchell discusses her new production.

Galton & Simpson: The Fathers of Sitcom
Thu 1 Sept, Lyttelton
Writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson talk to their biographer Christopher Stevens about creating Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son, and working with numerous comedy legends.

The John Harvard Lecture with Simon Schama Whatever Happened to Toleration? Thoughts from an Anglo-New Yorker a decade after 9/11.
Mon 5 Sept, 5.45pm (1hr), Lyttelton, £5
With issues of tolerance front and centre in Europe, the US and the Middle East, the historian Simon Schama poses the simple, painful, question: how did this happen? And asks, what are the prospects for that most fragile plant of cultural co-existence, toleration?

Bijan Sheibani on The Kitchen
Fri 9 Sept, Olivier
The director discusses his new production of Arnold Wesker’s play.

Di Trevis
Fri 23 Sept, Cottesloe
Being a Director is both a practical guide to directing and a professional autobiography of her National Theatre productions.

David Edgar: Playwrights and Politics
Tue 27 Sept, Cottesloe
Post-war British playwrights have been solicited, and sometimes derided, for their opinions on the issues of the day. Does this reflect the character of British Theatre? Or the place of the “intellectual” in British society? Janelle Reinelt, co-author of The Political Theatre of David Edgar, discusses these questions with the playwright.

Simon Russell Beale
Wed 28 Sept, Olivier
Simon Russell Beale talks about his 20-year creative partnership with the director Sam Mendes, as celebrated in Mark Leipacher’s new book, Catching the Light.

Jonathan Miller
Fri 30 Sept, Olivier
With St Matthew Passion and an exhibition at the NT, the distinguished director, author, broadcaster, humorist and sculptor talks about his life and work.

Mrs Oscar Wilde
Mon 3 Oct, Cottesloe
Constance and Oscar Wilde’s lifestyle shook the foundations of 19th-century society; drawing on Constance’s letters, Franny Moyle’s book examines another victim of an infamous betrayal.

Mike Leigh
Tue 4 Oct, Olivier
The award-winning director talks about his new play.

Arnold Wesker
Wed 5 Oct, Olivier
The playwright reads from his one-woman play, Annie Wobbler, in which he discusses, for the only time in his fiction, the process of writing.

Bonnie Greer on Langston Hughes
Tue 11 Oct, Cottesloe
Bonnie Greer’s new biography gives an insight into the controversial and contradictory life of the African-American poet, novelist, campaigner and playwright.

Craig Brown and Friends
Fri 14 Oct, Cottesloe
The satirist and guests perform One on One, a daisy chain of 101 meetings, from Bacon heckling Princess Margaret to Edward Heath carol-singing for Sickert.

Black Voices
Mon 17 Oct, Lyttelton
Paterson Joseph is joined by several generations of Black British actors to discuss the identity of the modern black voice in British theatre today.

Conor McPherson on The Veil
Tue 25 Oct, Lyttelton
The playwright and director discusses his new play.

James Corden
Mon 31 Oct, Lyttelton
The multi-talented James Corden talks about his recent memoir.

Melvyn Bragg
Sat 5 Nov, 10.30am, Lyttelton
The broadcaster and author looks at the radical impact of The King James Bible over the last 400 years in The Book of Books.

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