National Theatre casting updates - Sept 2003

National Theatre casting updates

Casting update on two future National Theatre productions Timothy Dalton , Patricia Hodge , Niamh Cusack to join "His Dark Materials"; Clarke Peters & Paul McGann join Helen Mirren & Eve Best in "Mourning Becomes Electra" .

His Dark Materials Part 1 & Part 2 based on the novels by Philip Pullman, adapted by Nicholas Wright, opens at the Olivier Theatre 20 Dec 03, following previews from 4 Dec 03, booking to 20 Mar 04. The cast now includes Timothy Dalton (Lord Asriel) , Patricia Hodge (Mrs Coulter) , Niamh Cusack (Serafina Pekkala); Dominic Cooper (Will); Anna Maxwell Martin (Lyra), Samuel Barnett, John Carlisle, Patrick Godfrey, Stephen Greif, Jamie Harding, Akbar Khurta, Inika Leigh Wright, Helena Lymbery, Tim McMullan, Iain Mitchell, Helen Murton, Cecilia Noble, Nick Sampson, Danny Sapani, Jason Thorpe, Russell Tovey, Ben Whishaw, Katie Wimpenny, Ben Wright, Richard Youman

Timothy Dalton is best known as 'James Bond' in the movies “The Living Daylights” & “Licence to Kill” . His stage career includes work for the Royal Shakespeare Company and West End mainly in the 1970s and 80s.

Patricia Hodge's London stage credits include "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie" at the Strand in 1994; "A Little Night Music" 1995, "Money" 1999, "Summerfolk" 1999, and "Noises Off" 2000, all at the National Theatre.

Niamh Cusack's London stage credits include "As You Like It" & The Learned Ladies" for the RSC at the Barbican in 1996; and "The Maids" at the Donmar Warehouse in 1997.

His Dark Materials Part 1 & Part 2 is directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Giles Cadle, choreography by Aletta Collins, costumes by Jon Morrell

Philip Pullman's three cult novels have been adapted for the stage into two big plays. HIS DARK MATERIALS takes us on a journey through worlds familiar and unknown. For Lyra and Will, its two central characters, it's a coming of age and a transforming spiritual experience. Their quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. They encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds - rebellious angels, soul-eating spectres, child-cathing Gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Finally, before reaching, perhaps, the republic of heaven, they must visit the land of the dead.


Mourning Becomes Electra
by Eugene O'Neill, based on Aeschylus' Oresteia, opens at thec Lyttelton THeatre 27 Nov 03, following previews from 17 Nov 03, booking to 20 Jan 04. The cast now includes Helen Mirren (Christine Mannon) , Eve Best, Clarke Peters, Paul McGann, Paul Hilton, Sean McGinley

Clarke Peters' London stage credits includes "Unforgettable : The Nat King Cole Story" at the Garrick in 1995; "Guys and Dolls" at the National in 1996; "Chicago" at the Adelphi Theatre in 1998; "Witches of Eastwick" at the Prince of Wales in 2001

Mourning Becomes Electra is directed by Howard Davies , designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Mark Henderson.

A passionate tornado of a play exploring the wildly destructive forces of jealousy and desire unleashed when Lavinia discovers that her mother, the intoxicating Christine Mannon, has dared to take a young lover. In New England just after the Civil War, Ezra Mammon's return from the cfield of battle sweeps an entire family into a violent spiral of revenge.

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