National Theatre casting updates for future shows

National Theatre casting updates for future shows

The National Theatre casting update concerning several future shows...

Playing With Fire
by David Edgar
Opens 21 Sep 2005, following previews from 12 Sep, booking to 22 Oct (Olivier)
Starring Oliver Ford Davies, Emma Fielding, Kate Best, David Troughton, Geoffrey Beevers, Paul Bhattacharjee, Susan Brown, Trevor Cooper, Rudi Dharmalingam, Nick Fletcher, Colin Haigh, Ranjit Krishnamma, Jonathan McGuinness, Aaron Neil, Bhasker Patel, Alistair Petrie, Helen Rutter, Rebekah Staton, Ewan Stewart, Caroline Strong, Tony Turner, Deka Walmsley, Sameena Zehra
Directed by Michael Attenborough
When the District Council of Wyverdale fails to satisfy a government audit, New Labour high-flyer Alex is sent north from London to formulate a robust recovery plan. But websites, faith festivals and council leaflets in Bengali seem beside the point to the Labour old guard, struggling to provide the basics to an alienated and divided electorate.What begins as a metro-versus-retro comedy of misunderstanding soon becomes a chilling drama about multicultural Britain. Populist politicians play the race card, racial tensions grow and good intentions have fatal consequences.

by Howard Brenton.
Opens 6 Oct 2005, following previews from 30 Sep 2005, booking to 4 Feb 2006. (Cottesloe)
Starring: Paul Rhys (Paul ), Lloyd Owen (Peter ), Paul Higgins (James)
Directed by Howard Davies, designed by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Paule Constable.
A divine revelation on the road to Damascus moves Saul to renounce his former life. He changes his name, converts from Judaism, and devotes himself to preaching the Gospel.Taking the life and moral teachings of this religious thinker, Howard Brenton explores the phenomenon of faith. While offering a secular reading of the story of Christ’s resurrection, at the play’s heart Paul preaches from his Letter to the Corinthians.

Just for Show
a work by Lloyd Newson for DV8 Physical Theatre.
from 10 to 19 Nov 2005. (Lyttelton)
Starring: Mikel Aristegui, Joanne Fong, David Hughes, Tanja Liedtke, Alessandra Mattana, Matthew Morris, Miguel Muñoz, Celine Perroud, Kylie Walters, Paul White
Directed by Lloyd Newson, designed by Lloyd Newson and Naomi Wilkinson, lighting by Jack Thompson , costumes by Christina Cunningham, produced by Romaeuropa Festival and Accademia Filarmonica, Rome; National Theatre, London; Theare de la Ville and the Festival d’Automne, Paris and spielzeiteuropa / Berliner Festspiele, Berlin.
Just for Show is about showing and showing off in a world where looking good has become more essential than being good; where faking it has become synonymous with making it and where beautiful lies hide grubby truths. Just for Show uses virtual projection, visual illusion and word play – 'extraordinary physicality, witty text, dark humour and beautiful observations of human behaviour'.
(**Contains nudity and strong language.)


by Brian Friel.
Opens 16 Nov 2005, following previews from 15 Nov 2005, closes 1 Dec 2005 (Cottesloe)
Starring: Billy Carter (Owen), Simon Coates (Captain Lancey), David Ganly (Manus), Kenny Ireland (Hugh), Aislinn Mangan (Sarah), Mairead Mckinley (Maire), Jane Murphy (Bridget ), Eugene O'Hare (Doalty), Tony Rohr (Jimmy Jack ), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Lieutenant Yolland)
Produced by NT Education Mobile Production.
In 1830s Donegal, British troops attempt to map the landscape and convert the Irish place-names to the King’s English. For the local headmaster, his sons and the handful of Gaelic-speaking villagers, their actions have irrevocable and far-reaching consequences.

The History Boys
by Alan Bennett.
from 21 to 28 Sep 2005 & from 2 Dec 2005 to 1 Feb 2006. (Lyttelton)
Starring Desmond Barrit (Hector), Bruce Alexander (Headmaster), James Cartwright (Timms), Philip Correia (Rudge), Marc Elliott (Akthar), Diane Fletcher (Mrs Lintott), Jamie King (Dakin), Tobias Menzies (Irwin), Thomas Morrison (Scripps), Matt Smith (Lockwood), Kenny Thompson (Crowther), Steven Webb (Posner)
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, recreated by Simon Cox, designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Mark Henderson.
A drama about adolescent schoolboys. A group of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results, and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.

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