National Theatre - New Season & productions announced

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

Public booking opens 12 Oct 2010 for new shows.

New show in The Lyttelton Theatre...

by Alan Ayckbourn, opens 8 Dec 2010, following previews from 1 Dec - booking to 4 Jan 2011. Directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Rae Smith, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Mark Dickinson. Cast includes Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss, David Troughton, Nicola Walker, Oliver Chris, Katherine Parkinson, Jenna Russell, Neil Stuke, Marc Wootton. Cheating at snakes and ladders, fighting over comic books, a bungled infidelity beneath the tree. Christmas has arrived in the Bunker household along with family and friends. But as the children lurk just out of sight, it’s the adults who are letting the side down. Presiding over the festivities are two warring uncles, one a kindly, incompetent doctor with an interminable puppet show to perform; the other a bullying, retired security guard who dominates the TV, brings toy guns for his nieces and determines there’s a thief in their midst.


New shows in The Cottesloe Theatre...

Text by Lucy Kirkwood based on the classic French fairy-tale. Music by Paul Clark, opens 1 Dec 2010, following previews from 24 Nov - running to 5 Jan 2011. (Suitable for children aged 8 and above. ). Directed by Katie Mitchell, designed by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Gareth Fry. Puppets by Matthew Robins, with video by Fifty-Nine Productions Ltd, movement by Joseph Alford Cast includes Mark Arends, Sian Clifford, Kate Duchêne, Kristin Hutchinson, Sean Jackson, Justin Salinger.There will be magic here on this stage tonight. Do not be fooled: I am no tawdry conjurer. Tonight I will take you back through time and make books speak. I will cause mirrors to misbehave, and bring you within touching distance of planets and stars that are eight million light years away.

by William Shakespeare, opens 18 Jan 2011, following previews from 11 Jan - closing 2 March 2011. Directed by Peter Hall, designed by Anthony Ward, lighting by Peter Mumford. Cast includes Simon Callow (Sir Toby Belch), Simon Paisley Day (Malvolio), Rebecca Hall ( Viola), Marton Csokas (Orsino), Amanda Drew (Olivia), Charles Edwards (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Cornelius Booth, James Clyde, Samuel James, Richard Keightley, Ben Mansfield, David Ryall, Jeffry Wickham, Finty Williams. Shipwrecked on the shore of Illyria, Viola believes her twin brother Sebastian to be drowned. She disguises herself as a boy and enters the service of the love-sick Duke, Orsino, who sends her to woo Olivia on his behalf. This plan creates a chaos of mistaken identities and confused desires. Even the pompous Malvolio, duped by Sir Toby Belch and his ebullient companions, dons his yellow stockings in pursuit of a dream.


Productions extending booking period ....
Blood & Gifts now closing 14 Nov 2010.
Or You Could Kiss Me now closing 18 Nov 2010.
Fela! extended to 5 Jan 2011.
Hamlet extended to 9 Jan 2011.
Men Should Weep extended to 9 Jan 2011.

New Platforms....

Unless stated: 6pm / Length 45 mins / £3.50

William Gaskill
1 Nov, Cottesloe
A believer in the supremacy of the writer in theatre, William Gaskill shows how to bring the text of a play to life in Words into Action, drawing on his own extensive experience of directing at Olivier’s National Theatre, the Royal Court in the 60s, and Joint Stock in the 70s and 80s. He is joined by Max Stafford-Clark.

Ralph Koltai
5 Nov, Cottesloe
The celebrated theatre designer talks about his work and his new NT exhibition of metal collages, in which he returns to his roots as a 3-dimensional artist.

Can We Talk About This?
8 Nov, 5.45pm (1hr), Cottesloe
Freedom of speech, multiculturalism, religion and offence; this debate will feed into the research and development for a new work by DV8 Physical Theatre.

David Bradley in On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco/Can Cause Death by Anton Chekhov (trans. Carol Rocamora) and Alison Carr
11 Nov, Cottesloe
Tired husband and enthusiastic smoker Nyukhin delivers a lecture on the evils of smoking, but is it really that simple? Carr’s revealing portrait of Nyukhin’s wife accompanies Chekhov’s comic monologue. David Bradley plays both man and wife. Directed by Charlotte Bennett and designed by Fabrice Serafino for Forward Theatre Project.

Jo Brand
17 Nov, Lyttelton
The Queen of Comedy reflects on motherhood, life on the comedy circuit and what she really thinks about Gordon Brown in Can’t Stand Up For Sitting Down.

Maureen Lipman
6 Dec 5.30pm, Cottesloe
Actress and author Maureen Lipman, and her special guests, present a selection from I Must Collect Myself, her sharp and enjoyable observations on everyday life.

The Cranford Companions
8 Dec 5.30pm, Cottesloe
Sue Birtwistle is the producer of the BBC’s award-winning Cranford series. She is joined by cast members to celebrate The Cranford Companion, a behind-the-scenes look at the dramatisation and the experience for the actors living in this 1840s world.

Judi Dench
9 Dec, Lyttelton Judi Dench’s career spans over fifty years, from Juliet at the Old Vic to Titania at the Rose, via films and TV, awards and accolades. She talks to John Miller as her new book And Furthermore, is published.

An Evening with Private Eye
13 Dec 5.45pm (1hr), Lyttelton £5/£4
Private Eye’s Ian Hislop makes his annual appearance at the National to take a satirical look at the events and people of 2010. With special guests Katy Brand, Craig Brown, Harry Enfield, Lewis MacLeod, and John Sessions.

The Best Christmas Present in the World with Michael Morpurgo and Coope, Boyes & Simpson
20 Dec 5.30pm (1hr 15mins), Lyttelton £5/£4
1914: the famous Christmas Truce and Anglo-German football match in No-Man’s Land. A century later: a soldier’s letter is found in an antique desk. Michael Morpurgo tells his moving story, accompanied by a capella carols from Coope, Boyes & Simpson. Followed by a signing of Morpurgo’s Christmas titles only.

Theatre Quiz
21 Dec, Lyttelton
Emma Freud takes charge of two rival National Theatre companies as they do battle over theatrical knowledge in the annual quiz.

Peter Hall on Twelfth Night
21 Jan, Cottesloe
To mark his 80th birthday, the director discusses his career and his latest production.

Shakespeare on Screen: Hamlet and Twelfth Night
27 Jan, Cottesloe
Shakespeare has inspired some unforgettable screen moments. Using clips from Hamlet and Twelfth Night films by Olivier, Branagh and Nunn, and some genre adaptations, Daniel Rosenthal explores the rich variety of Shakespearean cinema.

Rewriting the Nation
7 Feb, Cottesloe
Aleks Sierz is joined by Sebastian Born, Ruth Little and Ben Power; this collection of literary managers and dramaturgs discuss the latest trends in new writing, examined in Sierz’s book, Rewriting the Nation.


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