National Theatre Season June to August 2010


The National Theatre has announced new productions and platforms for its June to August Season.

Public booking opens 30 April 2010 for new shows.

New shows in The Olivier Theatre...

WELCOME TO THEBES by Moira Buffini, opens 22 June 2010, following previews from 15 June - booking to 19 August 2010. Directed by Richard Eyre, designed by Tim Hatley, lighting by Neil Austin, choreography by Scarlett Mackmin, sound by Rich Walsh. Cast includes Nikki Amuka-Bird (Eurydice), David Harewood , Madeline Appiah, Rakie Ayola, Omar Brown, Jessie Burton, Jacqueline Defferary, Daniel Fine, Karlina Grace, Rene Gray, Tracy Ifeachor, Irma Inniss, Chuk Iwuji, Alexia Khadime, Ferdinand Kingsley, Aicha Kossoko, Simon Manyonda, Bruce Myers, Pamela Nomvete, Calre Perkins, Victor Power, Daniel Poyser, Joy Richardson, Vinette Robinson, Zara Tempest-Walters, Michael Wildman. Set in the present day, but inspired by ancient myth, the play offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and poorest countries, set in the aftermath of a brutal war. Faced with an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure and a volatile army, the first democratic president of Thebes, Eurydice, promises peace to her nation. Without the aid of Theseus, the leader of the vastly wealthy state of Athens, she doesn’t stand a chance. But Theseus is arrogant, mercurial and motivated by profit.

 

DANTON’S DEATH by Georg Buchner, in a new version by Howard Brenton, opens 22 July 2010, following previews from 15 July - booking to 22 August 2010. Directed by Michael Grandage, designed by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable. Cast includes Toby Stephens (Danton), Max Bennett, Stefano Braschi, Kirsty Bushell, Jason Cheater, Judith Coke, Emmanuella Cole, Ilan Goodman, Taylor James, Barnaby Kay (as Camille), Gwilym Lee, Elliot Levey (as Robespierre), Eleanor Matsuura, Elizabeth Nestor, Alec Newman (as St Just), Chu Omambala, Rebecca O’Mara, Rebecca Scroggs, Jonathan Warde, Ashley Zhangazha. 1794: the French Revolution reaches its climax. After a series of bloody purges the life-loving, volatile Danton is tormented by his part in the killing. His political rival, the driven, ascetic Robespierre, decides Danton’s fate. A titanic struggle begins. Once friends who wanted to change the world, now one stands for compromise, the other for ideological purity as the guillotine awaits.

 

New shows in The Cottesloe Theatre...

EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON by Mike Bartlett, opens 4 Aug 2010, following previews from 28 July - booking to 21 August 2010. A National Theatre & Headlong Theatre co production, directed by Rupert Goold, designed by Miriam Buether, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by Gregory Clarke. Cast includes Anna Madeley, Bill Paterson, Jessica Raine, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Lia Williams. From 1968 to 2525 and back again. Burlesque strip shows, bad dreams, social breakdown, population explosion, worldwide paranoia. A fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes and decades as three sisters attempt to navigate their dislocated lives and loves, while their dysfunctional father, a brilliant scientist, predicts global catastrophe.

 

Returning to The Lyttelton Theatre...

HABIT OF ART by Alan Bennett, closes 19 May, but returns 14 July 2010 with a new cast including Desmond Barrit (WH Auden), Malcolm Sinclair (Benjamin Britten) .

Confirmed at The Olivier Theatre in November...

FELA! Broadway show produced in London by National Theatre & several American Producers. Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, and music and lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, with additional lyrics by Jim Lewis and additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean. Opens 16 Nov 2010, following previews from 6 Nov - booking to 4 Dec 2010. Directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones. Starring Sahr Ngaujah, Kevin Mambo. Fela! is about the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), Fela! explores Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician.The show is a hybrid of concert, dance and musical theater.

 

Productions closing ....

London Assurance Closes 29 June
Women Beware Women Closes 4 July
The White Guard Closes 7 July
Love the Sinner Closes 10 July
Beyond the Horizon Closes 22 July
Spring Storm Closes 22 July
After the Dance Closes 11 Aug

 

New Platforms....

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

Thea Sharrock on After the Dance
17 June, Lyttelton
Director Thea Sharrock discusses her production of Terence Rattigan’s study of pre-war hedonistic life.

In Conversation with… Benedict Cumberbatch
21 June / 3pm (1hr), £5 Cottesloe A series of informal afternoon Platforms with members of the company talking about their work and answering your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

Anthony Horowitz
23 June, Cottesloe
Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker, the first novel about the teen superspy Alex Rider, appeared ten years ago; his eight action-packed missions have since been translated into 28 languages. He reflects on the success of the series, and his other work, including TV’s Foyle’s War and A Handbag for NT New Connections.

John Barrowman
24 June, Lyttelton
John Barrowman returns to the National with his new book, I Am What I Am, and shares his thoughts on Torchwood, talent shows, West End musicals and Saturday night TV.

Love the Sinner Discussions:
Love the Sinner addresses a number of the key moral challenges faced by the modern Christian church; these discussions examine and elaborate on two of the issues at the heart of the play.
Faith and Freedom: the church’s complicated position regarding sexuality
28 June, Cottesloe

In Conversation with…Adrian Scarborough
28 June / 3pm (1hr), £5 Cottesloe A series of informal afternoon Platforms with members of the company talking about their work and answering your questions.
Chaired by Al Senter.

Orlando Figes
1 July, Lyttelton
As The White Guard ends its run in the Lyttelton, the historian and author discusses how the Bolshevik victory was made possible by the transformation of the Russian countryside prior to and during the revolution.

Joan Bakewell and Harriet Walter
2 July, Cottesloe
To celebrate the opening of her exhibition, Infinite Variety, Harriet Walter is joined by Joan Bakewell to ask why we don’t celebrate the personality and variety that age brings to womankind.

Simon Callow
5 July, Lyttelton
My Life in Pieces reconstructs the highlights of a career through the people who have shaped Callow’s work – Welles, Dickens, Laughton and Olivier – alongside commentaries on panto, nudity, homosexuality and the many other aspects of a rich and varied life.

In Conversation with… Nancy Carroll
5 July / 3pm (1hr), £5 Cottesloe
A series of informal afternoon Platforms with members of the company talking about their work and answering your questions.
Chaired by Al Senter.

Love the Sinner Discussions:
Love the Sinner addresses a number of the key moral challenges faced by the modern Christian church; these discussions examine and elaborate on two of the issues at the heart of the play.
Church and Culture: the cultural responsibility of the church in a post-colonial world
9 July, Cottesloe.

Mike Bradwell
16 July, Cottesloe
The former Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre discusses The Reluctant Escapologist, his unofficial history of the Fringe.

Louise Rennison
20 July, Cottesloe
Author Louise Rennison was voted the UK’s Queen of Teen. She comes to the National to talk about Withering Tights, the first book in her new series set in a performing arts college, following the dramatic antics of Tallulah and her mates – boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed.

Women in War: Ancient and Modern
28 July, Lyttelton
Welcome to Thebes focuses on a female leader of a fragile government in the aftermath of civil war. Playwright Moira Buffini, classicist Edith Hall and academic Nicola Pratt look at the effects of democratic autonomy and financial dependence on women in post-conflict situations.

Howard Brenton and Ruth Scurr
30 July, Lyttelton
Howard Brenton, whose version of Danton’s Death is playing in the Olivier, is joined by author Ruth Scurr to talk about Danton, Robespierre and the French Revolution.

Mike Bartlett and Rupert Goold on Earthquakes in London
10 Aug, Cottesloe
Writer Mike Bartlett and director Rupert Goold discuss this new play.

In Conversation with… Toby Stephens
13 August / 3pm (1hr), £5 Cottesloe
A series of informal afternoon Platforms with members of the company talking about their work and answering your questions.
Chaired by Al Senter.

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