NT announce Jan - Mar 2008 Schedule

NT announce Jan - Mar 2008 Schedule

The National Theatre has announced new productions and new platforms for its Jan - March 2008 Season

Public booking opens 5 Dec 2007 for the new productions

In the Olivier...
Major Barbara
by Bernard Shaw
(Previews from 26 Feb 2008, Opens 4 Mar 2007, booking to 5 Apr 2008)
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Tom Pye, lighting by Paul Pyant.
Starring Simon Russell Beale (Andrew Undershaft)
Major Barbara works tirelessly for the poor at a Salvation Army shelter until a large but morally dubious donation is welcomed from her estranged father, Andrew Undershaft, a millionaire weapons manufacturer. But when she visits the factory itself, the well-fed workers in their thriving model town make a devastating case for arms trade profits and a whole new set of ideals.

In the Lyttelton...
The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other
by Peter Handke, from a new translation by Meredith Oakes
(Previews from 6 Feb 2008, Opens 13 Feb 2008, booking to 5 Mar 2008)
Directed by James Macdonald (Jonathan Burrows is Associate Director), designed by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Jean Kalman, costumes Moritz Junge, sound by Christopher Shutt
Starring Susannah Fielding, Lisa Dillon, Pip Carter, Callum Dixon, Noma Dumezweni, Amy Hall, Daniel Hawksford, Mairead McKinley, Daniel Poyser, Sara Stewart, Giles Terera, Jason Thorpe, Simon Wilson, Sarah Woodward
Twenty five actors, 450 characters and no dialogue: A play without words. For a moment, a bright, empty town square. And then a figure darts across, and another, and another – business people, roller-bladers, a cowboy, several street-sweepers, a half-dressed bride, a film crew, a line of old men, a tourist, a beauty in a mirrored dress, Abraham and Isaac, a family of refugees, a fool – more and more people, the bizarre and the humdrum, fleetingly connected by proximity alone.

In the Cottesloe...
Happy Now?
by Lucinda Coxon
(Previews from 16 Jan 2008, Opens 24 Jan 2008, booking to 15 Mar 2008)
Directed by Thea Sharrock , designed by Jonathan Fensom, lighting by Oliver Fenwick , sound by Paul Arditti.
Starring Olivia Williams (Kitty), Jonathan Cullen, Emily Joyce, Anne Reid, Dominic Rowan, Stanley Townsend
A chance encounter at a conference hotel plays upon Kitty’s mind as she struggles to balance personal freedom with family life, fidelity and a testing job. Her husband seems more interested in misplaced apostrophes than his marriage, her parents are looking down the barrel of oblivion and, although she might toy with joining a gym, Kitty’s running out of time for big changes.


In the Cottesloe...
Baby Girl / DNA / The Miracle (Double or Triple Bill*)
by Roy Williams / by Dennis Kelly / by Lin Coghlan
(*Most performances will consist of two of the plays, though there are some performances when all three will be performed.)
(Previews from 16 Feb 2008, Opens 28 Feb 2008, booking to 12 Mar 2008)
Directed by Paul Miller , designed by Simon Daw , lighting by Paule Constable.
A trio of plays for teenagers each under an hour long - snap-shots of life in the transition to adulthood. Originally developed for the Connections programme.
BABY GIRL: Kelle is 13 and still a virgin. And if her best friend Danielle knows, then the whole school knows. But will sleeping with the wide-boy wannabe Nathan prove a step too far….?
DNA: A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right?
THE MIRACLE: When the canal burst its banks and a holy statue arrived through her bedroom floor, no one was more surprised than 12-year-old Veronica. With the help of her best friend she sets about using her new-found skills to create something magical within her ailing community.


Shows extended and closing....

Chatroom/Citizenship (Closes 2 Jan 2008)
Present Laughter (Closes 24 Jan 2008)
Statement of Regret (Closes 6 Feb 2008)
War Horse (Closes 14 Feb 2008)
Women of Troy (Closes 27 Feb 2008)
Much Ado About Nothing (Closes 29 Mar 2008)


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

Short Coward plays: The Astonished Heart and Still Life Rehearsed readings of two of the celebrated short plays originally written by Noël Coward for himself and Gertrude Lawrence and performed in 1936 as part of Tonight at 8.30.
The Astonished Heart
16 January, Lyttelton
The story of a devastating triangular relationship between a psychiatrist, his long-suffering wife and her scheming best friend. Told in Pinteresque-flashback, it demonstrates Coward’s skill in analysing powerful emotional depths.
Still Life
23 January, Lyttelton
Famously expanded to become the film Brief Encounter, Still Life is a delicate and painful examination of illicit romance and an illuminating portrait of pre-war Britain presented within the confines of a railway station café.

Nicholas Hytner on Much Ado About Nothing
18 January, Olivier
The National’s Director discusses his new production of Shakespeare’s tale of love and verbal sparring.

Michael Morpurgo
25 January, Olivier
Another chance to put your questions to the brilliant author behind the National’s sell-out production of War Horse.

Lucinda Coxon and Thea Sharrock on Happy Now?
1 February, Cottesloe
The playwright and director talk about Happy Now?, a comic tale of modern life.

New Views – Student-curated Platform
5 February 9.45pm, Cottesloe
A lively discussion following Statement of Regret to debate the issues. This post-show Platform will be curated by students aged 16–18, participating in the New Views education programme, supported by JP Morgan. FREE to audience members seeing Statement that evening, or £3.50/£2.50 for the Platform alone.

John Barrowman: Anything Goes
11 February, Olivier
John Barrowman, who appeared at the National in Anything Goes and Love’s Labour’s Lost, returns to the Olivier to reflect on Doctor Who, musicals and reality TV.

James Macdonald on The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other
22 February, Lyttelton
The director James Macdonald talks about his production of Peter Handke’s experimental play-without-words.

Charles Nicholl: The Lodger – Shakespeare on Silver Street
6 March, Cottesloe
In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence at court in Westminster – the only occasion his spoken words are recorded. Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical eye to this little-known episode in Shakespeare’s life, showing him in the context of Silver Street where he was merely the man renting the room upstairs.

David Attenborough: Life in Cold Blood
7 March, Olivier
Sir David Attenborough’s distinguished career began in 1952. His work included political broadcasts, archaeological quizzes, short stories, gardening and religious programmes, before he became Controller of BBC2 in 1965 and Director of Programmes in 1969. As the last in his epic Life series is published, he talks about his career.

Discussion on Baby Girl, DNA and The Miracle
10 March, Cottesloe
The three playwrights Roy Williams, Dennis Kelly and Lin Coghlan, and their director Paul Miller discuss the plays’ evolution from the Connections programme to these new Cottesloe productions.

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