National Theatre Season March to June 2010


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

Public booking opens 17 February 2010 for new shows.

New shows in The Olivier Theatre...

Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton, opens 27 April 2010, following previews from 20 April - booking to 8 June 2010. Directed by Marianne Elliot, designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Neil Austin, choreography by Arthur Pita, sound by Ian Dickson. Cast includes Harriet Walter, Samuel Barnett, Vanessa Kirby, Harry Melling, Lauren O'Neil, Tilly Tremayne, Andrew Woodhall. In the Italian court, where wealth secures power and power serves lust, the lascivious Duke can play wherever he chooses. He catches the eye of another's exquisite bride, Bianca. Can a glance secure her fate, a bribe appease her husband?

 

New shows in The Lyttelton Theatre...

After the Dance by Terence Rattigan, opens 8 June 2010, following previews from 1 June - booking to 20 June 2010. Directed by Thea Sharrock. As the world races towards castastrophe, a crowd of Mayfair socialites party their way to oblivion. At its centre is David, who idles away his sober moments researching a futile book until the beautiful Helen decides to save him, shattering his marriage and learning too late the depth of both David's indolence and his wife's undeclared love. But with finances about to crash and humanity on brink of global conflict, the drink keeps flowing and the revelers dance on.

 

New shows in The Cottesloe Theatre...

Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O'Neill, opens 7 April 2010, following previews from 29 March - booking to 19 June 2010. A Royal & Derngate Northampton production, directed by Laurie Sansom, designed by Sara Perks, lighting by Chris Davey, sound by Christopher Shutt. Cast includes Joanna Bacon, Robin Bowerman, Gavin Harrison, James Jordan, Jacqueline King, Michael Malarkey, Michael Thomson, Liz White. Robert is about to start a new life across the ocean, whilst brother Andy is settling on the family farm. But the realisation that they love the same woman results in a dramatic reversal of fate.

Spring Storm by Tennesse Williams, opens 7 April 2010, following previews from 24 March - booking to 12 June 2010. A Royal & Derngate Northampton production, directed by Laurie Sansom, designed by Sara Perks, lighting by Chris Davey, sound by Christopher Shutt. Cast includes Joanna Bacon, Steven France, Gavin Harrison, James Jordan, Jacqueline King, Michael Malarkey, Janice McKenzie, Ailish Symons, Michael Thomson, Anna Tolputt, Liz White. Heavenly has almost everything a young woman could desire, but when she's forced to decide between respectable suitor Arthur and handsome, wild lover Dick, her actions cause a chain of consequences that tear their lives apart.

Love the Sinner by Drew Pautz, opens 11 May 2010, following previews from 4 May - booking to 17 June 2010. Directed by Matthew Dunster, designed by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Philip Gladwell, sound by Paul Arditti. Cast includes Fiston Barek, Nancy Crane, Jonathan Cullen, Sam Graham, Robert Gwilym, Louis Mahoney, Charlotte Randle, Ian Redford. An international group of church leaders converge in an African hotel to contend the need for Christian doctrine to change with the times. Fierce theological debate demonstrates that what's current thinking on one continent is abhorrent to another. In a neighbouring room, a brief sexual encounter between Joseph, a local porter, and Michael, a British conference volunteer, leads to a direct and potent challenge both to Michael, as he returns to England to grapple with ethics of his own, and to the liberal claims and professed compassion of the affluent West and its church.

 

Productions extending....

Really Old, Like Forty Five now closes to 20 April
The Habit of Art extends to 19 May
London Assurance extends to 2 June
The White Guard extends to 15 June

 

New Platforms....

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

Stewart Lee
6 April, Olivier
7.30pm / £15 1hr25mins.
Comedian Stewart Lee’s celebrated show begins in a high street coffee chain and ends in a pear cider which is 100% disappointment.

Mark Thomas - The Manifesto – Election Special
7 April, Olivier
7.30pm / £15 2hrs.
Mark Thomas, comedian, activist and Guinness World Record Holder for Most Number of Political Demonstrations in 24 Hours, has been trawling a nation that is economically, politically and socially drifting up a certain well-known creek – and with the audience’s help, creating The People’s Manifesto. With a general election looming, join him to create a strictly five-policy-only People’s Election Manifesto which will then be handed to a special independent parliamentary candidate. Somewhere between Jim’ll Fix It for anarchists and a white collar Crimewatch, this is a chance to have your say in the future of the country.

John Caird with Simon Russell Beale
9 April, Lyttelton
In Theatre Craft, the director of Stanley, Peter Pan and Hamlet (2000) at the National offers practical advice on all areas of directing, from Acting and Adaptation, to Sound Effects and Wardrobe. He discusses the book with Simon Russell Beale

Bulgakov: Russian Satirist
28 April, Lyttelton
Journalist and author Misha Glenny, and writer James Meek examine the life of the troubled Soviet novelist and playwright, and reveal their passion for his work.

Laurie Sansom on Beyond the Horizon and Spring Storm
28 April, Lyttelton
The director discusses his productions of the O’Neill and Williams plays as they arrive at the NT from Northampton.

Marianne Elliott on Women Beware Women
29 April, Olivier
Director Marianne Elliott talks about her new production of Thomas Middleton’s revenge tragedy.

In Conversation with Alex Jennings
30 April, Lyttelton
3pm / £5
A chance to hear NT company members talking about their career and current role, and answering your questions.

In Conversation with Richard Griffiths
7 May, Lyttelton
3pm / £5
A chance to hear NT company members talking about their career and current role, and answering your questions.

John Bridcut: Britten – Truth about Love?
7 May, Lyttelton
The documentary-maker and writer talks about the life of Benjamin Britten, which formed the basis of Britten’s Children.

Middleton: Renaissance Man
10 May, Olivier
“Men buy their slaves, but women buy their masters.” Gary Taylor, editor of The Oxford Middleton talks about a playwright called ‘feminist’ by some and ‘misogynist’ by others.

In Conversation with Fiona Shaw
14 May, Olivier
3pm / £5
A chance to hear NT company members talking about their career and current role, and answering your questions.

Victorian Fancies
15 May, Olivier
10.30am / £10
A chance to discover more about the age of melodrama, music hall and richly comic drama – with extracts, songs, discussion and a special presentation of Boucicault’s version of The Corsican Brothers.

Josephine Hart: Auden – Truth Out of Time
17 May, Cottesloe
The author Josephine Hart is joined by special guests to present her selection of the work of WH Auden.

In Conversation with Richard Briers
24 May, Olivier
3pm / £5
A chance to hear NT company members talking about their career and current role, and answering your questions.

Nicholas Hytner on London Assurance
24 May, Olivier
The National’s Director talks about his new production of Boucicault’s comedy.

O’Neill & Williams: American Giants
26 May, Cottesloe
A scholarly pairing of Christopher Bigsby and Gilbert Debusscher celebrates two giants of the American stage.

Contemporary European Theatre Directors
28 May, Cottesloe
This new study of the latest generation of European auteur-directors, looks at how theatre has responded to the fall of the Berlin wall, the rise of globalisation and the expansion

In Conversation with Simon Russell Beale
1 June, Olivier
3pm / £5
A chance to hear NT company members talking about their career and current role, and answering your questions.

Robert Lindsay
3 June, Cottesloe
In his book Letting Go, actor Robert Lindsay reveals the people and events that have influenced his life.

Matthew Dunster and Drew Pautz on Love the Sinner
15 Jun, Cottesloe
Drew Pautz talks with his director Matthew Dunster about this new play.

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