National Theatre announce new Season to Sep 2012

The National Theatre has announced new productions and platforms in its season to September 2012, plus its Christmas show.

Public booking opens 18 April 2012. (except The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which opens on 4 May).

New show in The Olivier Theatre...

Timon of Athens
by William Shakespeare & Thomas Middleton, opens 17 July 2012, following previews from 10 July 2012, booking to 9 Sep 2012. (part of the World Shakespeare Festival) Directed by Nicholas Hytner , designed by Tim Hatley, lighting by Bruno Poet. Starring Simon Russell Beale, Martin Chamberlain, Jason Cheater, Stavros Demetraki, Paul Dodds, Deborah Findlay, Ciaran McMenamin, Nick Sampson Fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin. Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens showers gifts and hospitality on the city's elite. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well. When he calls upon his erstwhile associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring ever more surreal curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.

London Road
Book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe, music and lyrics by Adam Cork. Following its run in the Cottesloe last year, returns to the bigger Olivier Theatre 28 July to 6 Sep 2012. Directed by Rufus Norris, designed by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by James Farncombe. Starring Clare Burt, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley , 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.

The Count of Monte Cristo
family show by Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Richard Bean opens 27 Nov 2012, following previews from 17 Nov 2012, booking to 16 Jan 2013. Directed by Timothy Sheader, Katrina Lindsay. Edmond Dantes – illiterate young sailor of Marseilles – is drawn into conspiring with the exiled Napoleon and imprisoned for ten years. Incarcerated in a desolate gaol with no-one but a mad monk for company, Dantes begins an unconventional education. As his enemies become more powerful, all hope of justice and of a reunion with his sweetheart appears to be gone. Still, Dantes clings to hope. Eventually, his chance comes: he escapes his prison, adopts a disguise and the Count of Monte Cristo is born.


New show in The Lyttelton Theatre...

The Last of the Haussmans
by Stephen Beresford, opens 19 June 2012, following previews from 12 June - booking to 16 Sep 2012. (part of the London 2012 Festival) Directed by Howard Davies, designed by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Mark Henderson. Starring Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Marsh, Helen McCrory. Examines the fate of the revolutionary generation and offers 'a funny, touching and at times savage' portrait of a family full of longing that’s losing its grip. Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon Coast. After an operation, she’s joined by wayward offspring Nick and Libby , sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter, and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family’s crumbling swimming pool. Together they share a few sweltering months as they alternately cling to and flee this louche and chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.


The Doctor's Dilemma
by Bernard Shaw, opens 24 July 2012, following previews from 17 July - booking to 12 Sep 2012. Directed by Nadia Fall, designed by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Neil Austin. Starring Aden Gillett, Tom Burke, Paul McLeary, Genevieve O’Reilly, Malcolm Sinclair..The dubious ethics of the men who play God. Harley Street doctor Sir Colenso Ridgeon’s revolutionary tuberculosis treatment remains experimental and his resources restricted to ten selected patients. The arrival of the striking and persuasive Jennifer Dubedat, desperate to save the life of her brilliant artist husband, nevertheless prompts Ridgeon to invite the young couple to a dinner where he and his colleagues may assess the merits of the case. Beguiled by the charismatic Dubedat and his lovely wife, they concur that his is a life worth saving, even at the expense of another. Yet no sooner are the medics congratulating themselves on their decision, than they are confronted by Dubedat’s questionable morality. Meanwhile, their impoverished colleague Blenkinsop, the most worthy but least exceptional of the lot, reveals himself in dire need of treatment.


New show in The Cottesloe Theatre...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, opens 2 Aug 2012, following previews from 24 July 2012, booking to 23 Sep 2012.(part of the London 2012 Festival) Directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Paule Constable. Cast includes Matthew Barker, Niamh Cusack, Maggie Service, Nick Sidi, Una Stubbs, Luke Treadaway, Nicola Walker, Howard Ward. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.



Productions Extending/Closing ....
Detroit (Now closes 14 July 2012)
Antigone (Now closes 21 July 2012)


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

Trinidadian Writing
Tue 29 May, Cottesloe
Readings, poetry, prose and song from members of the cast of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, including Burt Caesar, Jenny Jules and Martina Laird, celebrate the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Connections Writers’ Forum
Mon 25 June, The Pop-up Workshop BS
To celebrate this year’s Connections plays, the writers reflect on how they created their new dramas for young people.

In Conversation with… Julie Walters
Fri 29 June, Lyttelton 3pm (1hr), £5/£4
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering your questions.

Peter Bowles
Fri 29 June, Cottesloe BS
The actor, whose work includes To the Manor Born and The Rivals, invites us backstage to witness the job of acting as it really is in his new book, Behind the Curtain.

In Conversation with… Rory Kinnear & Helen McCrory
Thu 5 July, Lyttelton 3pm (1hr), £5/£4
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering your questions.

In Conversation with… Christopher Eccleston
Thu 19 July, Olivier 3pm (1hr), £5/£4
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering your questions.

Marianne Elliott on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Thu 16 Aug, Cottesloe
The director talks about this new production.

London Road: The Journey
Mon 20 Aug, Olivier
Writer Alecky Blythe, composer Adam Cork, director Rufus Norris and members of the cast reflect on the journey made by this groundbreaking piece of work.

Stephen Beresford on The Last of the Haussmans
Tue 21 Aug, Lyttelton
The playwright discusses his play.

In Conversation with… Simon Russell Beale
Thu 23 Aug, Olivier 3pm (1hr), £5/£4
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering your questions.

Mark Haddon
Tue 4 Sept, Cottesloe BS
The dramatist, artist and author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House presents a one-man talk, Swimming and Flying.

Nadia Fall on The Doctor’s Dilemma
Tue 11 Sept, Lyttelton
The director discusses her production of Shaw’s play.

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