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NT announce June - Sep season
NT announce June - Sep season
The National Theatre announce June - Sep Season
Public booking opens 24 May 2007
In the Olivier Theatre...
by Bernard Shaw
(Previews from 4 July 2007, Opens 11 July, booking to 4 Sep 2007)
Starring Anne-Marie Duff (Saint Joan), Oliver Ford Davies (Inquisitor), Paterson Joseph (Cauchon), Angus Wright (Warwick), Paul Ready (Dauphin), Jamie Ballard, James Barriscale, Simon Bubb, Finn Caldwell, Jonathan Jaynes, Gareth Kennerley, William Osborne, Michael Thomas, Luke Treadaway, Ross Waiton
Directed by Marianne Elliott , designed by Rae Smith , lighting by Paule Constable, choreography by Hofesh Schechter Sound by Paul Arditti and music by Jocelyn Pook.
A country girl in her late teens declares her bloody mission to drive the English from France and to crown the reluctant Daphin as King. With staggering confidence, she takes command of the army and conducts a brutal campaign that leads to Charles VII’s coronation. But as one of the first Protestants and natonalists, she threatens the very fabric of feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Within one year she is burnt at the stake.
THE EMPEROR JONES
by Eugene O’Neill
(Previews from 22 Aug 2007, Opens 28 Aug, booking to 8 Sep 2007)
Starring Paterson Joseph (Emperor Jones)
Directed by Thea Sharrock
Southern American ex-convict, Brutus Jones, aided by his double- crossing British ally, Smithers, connives his way into an uncompromising dictatorship over a remote island in the West Indies. Faced with a terrifying people’s revolt, the delusional Emperor escapes to the dark forest and a promise of salvation. But in the searing heat and to the ominous pulse of his trackers’ drums, Jones is driven to make his way through every lead bullet in his gun, right down to the silver one he is saving for himself.
In the Lyttelton Theatre...
by Harold Pinter
(Previews from 11 July 2007, Opens 18 July, booking to 4 Sep 2007)
Starring Leo Bill, Finbar Lynch, Stephen Moore, Paul Ritter, Lia Williams, Henry Woolf
Directed by Ian Rickson , designed by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Peter Mumford, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Ian Dickinson
In the Cottesloe Theatre...
FIVE WIVES OF MAURICE PINDER
by Matt Charman
(Previews from 13 June 2007, Opens 20 June, booking to 27 Aug 2007)
Starring Sorcha Cusack, Adam Gillen, Carla Henry, Clare Holman, Martina Laird, Larry Lamb, Tessa Peake-Jones, Steve John Shepherd
Directed by Sarah Frankcom, designed by Ti Green; lighting by Mick Hughes; music by Ollie Fox and sound by Rich Walsh.
Takes a provocative look at married life, and the alternatives. No family photograph can truly prepare Rowena for her first meeting with Maurice’s three wives and teenaged son. Young, nervous and extremely pregnant, she is warmly welcomed into the fold but her presence soon has the family questioning the nature of their delicate balance. Then Fay brings home a one-night stand, with far-reaching consequences for them all.
by Victoria Benedictsson, in a new version by Clare Bayley
(Previews from 24 July 2007, Opens 1 Aug, booking to 21 Aug 2007 )
Directed by Paul Miller, designed by Simon Daw; lighting by Bruno Poet; music by David Shrubsole and sound by John Leonard.
One sunny day in Paris, Gustave Alland, famous artist and philanderer, visits Louise Strindberg – convalescing in her brother’s studio – and casts her effortlessly under his spell. In a vain attempt to escape, she exiles herself to her provincial hometown in Sweden. But a letter propels her back to Paris and into his arms. And for a brief moment, before the horror, ecstasy is hers.
Landscape With Weapon (closes 3 July 2007)
The Rose Tattoo (closes 8 Aug 2007)
Philistines (closes 18 Aug 2007)
Rafta, Rafta (8 Sep 2007)
War Horse (1 Dec 2007)
New Platforms announced....
(6pm (45 mins) £3·50 unless stated
Matters of Life, Death… and Neuropsychology
14 June, Olivier
Leading clinical neuropsychologist, Dr Paul Broks, and Alexander Linklater of The Guardian, discuss the head injury which lies at the heart of A Matter of Life and Death, and its shattering consequences.
Harish Patel and Meera Syal
15 June, Lyttelton
Bollywood star meets comedy legend in Rafta, Rafta… Harish Patel and Meera Syal talk about the production, and their dazzling and diverse careers.
Carol Ann Duffy: The Hat
18 June, Olivier
The award-winning poet reads from her new collection for children, which celebrates the discovery of imaginative worlds – from the loneliness of ghosts and ghouls to a shopping trip by Mancunian cows. Accompanied by the musician John Sampson. Booksigning
Howard Davies on Philistines
20 June, Lyttelton
Director Howard Davies discusses his new production of Gorky’s masterpiece.
Ayub Khan-Din on Rafta, Rafta…
26 June, Lyttelton
Ayub Khan-Din, the author of this comic tale of Indian family life in England, reveals the challenges and rewards of adapting Bill Naughton’s original play.
In Conversation with Zoë Wanamaker
29 June, 3pm (1 hour), Cottesloe
Zoë Wanamaker talks to Al Senter about her current role as Serafina in The Rose Tattoo and her illustrious career.
Pippa Haywood, Tom Hollander, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Jason Watkins
29 June, Cottesloe
The multi-talented quartet, currently appearing in Landscape with Weapon, talk about working together on Joe Penhall’s latest play.
Matt Charman on The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder
6 July, Cottesloe
As his new play opens at the National, writer Matt Charman speaks to Dan Rebellato.
Marianne Elliott on Saint Joan
13 July, Olivier
Director Marianne Elliott discusses her production of Shaw’s play, written shortly after the canonisation of Joan of Arc.
Connections: Writers’ Forum
17 July, Cottesloe
As the nine new Connections plays for 2007 arrive at the National, the writers gather to look back on their experiences of the project.
Ian Rickson on The Hothouse
19 July, Lyttelton
Director Ian Rickson talks his production of Pinter’s early play.
Michael Holroyd on Saint Joan
24 July, Olivier
The author of the definitive biography of Bernard Shaw looks at one of the most popular plays of the 20th century and how it relates to Shaw’s other work.
Teatr Biuro Podrozy on Heart of Darkness
2 August, Lyttelton
As their adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness receives its British premiere in Theatre Square, one of Poland’s major theatre companies talks about the work that has brought them international status.
3 August, Lyttelton
To celebrate his 80th birthday, the author of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Privates on Parade looks back on his extraordinary career.
Paul Miller on The Enchantment
13 August, Cottesloe
Paul Miller discusses his new production of this rarely-seen play by Victoria Benedictsson - one of the great proponents of the Swedish realism movement.