NT announce 2 new productions - platforms & cast updates

NT announce 2 new productions - platforms & cast updates

The National Theatre has announced two new productions, cast updates and new platforms.

Public booking opens 21 Sep 2007 for the two new productions

In the Cottesloe...
Statement of Regret
a new play by Kwame Kwei-Armah
(Previews from 7 Nov 2007, Opens 14 Nov 2007, booking to 10 Jan 2008)
Directed by Jeremy Herrin, designed by Mike Britton, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Yvonne Gilbert.
Starring Don Warrington (Kwaku Mackenzie), Angel Coulby, Oscar James, Trevor Laird, Colin McFarlane, Chu Omambala, Javone Prince, Clifford Samuel, Ellen Thomas
Kwaku Mackenzie, founder of a Black policy think tank, hits the bottle after his father’s death. As media interest in the once dynamic Institute fades, his team grows fractious and then, disastrously, he favours a young Oxford scholar over his own devastated son. When, in a vain attempt to regain influence, he publicly champions divisions within the Black community, the consequences are shattering.


In the Lyttelton...
Women of Troy
by Euripides, in a version by Don Taylor
(Previews from 21 Nov 2007, Opens 28 Nov 2007, booking to 12 Jan 2008)
Directed by Katie Mitchell, designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Paule Constable and Jon Clark, costumes Vicki Mortimer, choreography by Struan Leslie and sound by Gareth Fry
Starring Kate Duchene (Hecuba), Anastasia Hille (Andromache), Sinead Matthews (Cassandra), Susie Trayling (Helen), Pandora Colin, Beth Fitzgerald, Michael Gould, Helena Lymbery, Penelope McGhie, Charlotte Roach, Jonah Russell.
An industrial port of a war-torn city. Women survivors wait to be shipped abroad. Officials come and go. A grandmother, once Queen, watches as her remaining family are taken from her one by one. The city burns around them.

Cast Updates...

Present Laughter
by Noel Coward
Opens at the Lyttelton 2 Oct 2007, following previews from 25 Sep 2007, extended to 9 Jan 2008
Directed by Howard Davies, cast includes: Alex Jennings (Garry Essendine) , Lisa Dillon, Sara Stewart, Sarah Woodward, Jessie Burton, Pip Carter, Paul Chesteron, Mark Elstob, Amy Hall, Hilary Hamilton, Frances Jeater, Anne Kavanagh, Nick Malinowski, Tim McMullan, Anny Tobin, Tony Turner ,Simon Wilson

Much Ado About Nothing
Opens at the Olivier 18 Dec 2007, following previews from 10 Dec 2007, booking to 10 Jan 2008
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, joining Zoe Wanamaker (Beatrice), Simon Russell Beale (Benedick) & Susannah Fielding (Hero) is John Burgess (Antonio), Oliver Ford Davies (Leonato), Maggie McCarthy


New Platforms announced....
(6pm (45 mins) £3·50 unless stated

The Letters of Noel Coward
13 November, Lyttelton
Coward scholar Barry Day introduces a selection of readings from the Master’s insightful, witty and often surprisingly moving letters to Shaw, Woolf, Churchill, Garbo and the Queen Mother amongst others. Booksigning

Miriam Karlin: Some Sort of a Life
23 November, Cottesloe
A pillar of the British acting establishment, lifelong socialist, humanist and thoroughgoing maverick, Miriam Karlin talks to Richard Digby Day about her fascinating life. Booksigning

Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris on War Horse
26 November, Olivier
The National’s Associate Directors talk about their first collaboration together on the gripping tale of loyalty and bravery, War Horse.

Kwame Kwei-Armah and Jeremy Herrin on Statement of Regret
30 November, Cottesloe
Kwame Kwei-Armah, author of Elmina’s Kitchen and Fix-Up, discusses his new play with its director, Jeremy Herrin.

An Evening with Private Eye
4 December, Lyttelton
Ian Hislop, editor of the country’s top satirical magazine Private Eye, makes his annual appearance at the National with special guests to look back on the events of 2007. Booksigning

Katie Mitchell on Women of Troy
10 December, Lyttelton
Director Katie Mitchell talks about her new production of a seminal anti-war play.

Julian Crouch: The Designer as Creator
13 December, Cottesloe
Marking the Linbury Biennial Prize, Julian Crouch – designer, writer, puppet maker and co-director of Improbable – discusses with Pamela Howard how designers can be the creators of a project, illustrated with film excerpts.

Germaine Greer: Shakespeare’s Wife
14 December, Lyttelton
Germaine Greer talks about the wife of the world’s most celebrated playwright, in her polemical, ground-breaking study of Elizabethan England that reclaims Ann Hathaway’s rightful place in history. Booksigning

Daniel Rosenthal: 100 Shakespeare Films
17 December, Cottesloe
Daniel Rosenthal uses film clips to explore unorthodox screen Shakespeare – from a gangster Macbeth and a sci-fi Tempest to a high-school Shrew and a newsroom Much Ado. Booksigning

Christopher Fry Centenary
18 December, Cottesloe
Fry was celebrated and performed in post-war Britain by Olivier, Gielgud, Scofield, Edith Evans and Tyrone Power, until the 1950s pushed him into relative obscurity. On what would have been his 100th birthday, a look back at one of our last great verse playwrights.

Theatre Quiz
21 December, Lyttelton
Emma Freud takes charge of another quick-fire battle of theatrical knowledge between two rival National Theatre companies. Hands on buzzers please…

Oliver Taplin: Pots and Plays
11 January, Lyttelton
In his new book Pots and Plays, Oliver Taplin examines the surprising relationship between Greek vase paintings and Greek tragedy, offering fresh insights into why people striving to find meaning in human suffering turn to poetry, theatre and art. Booksigning

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