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NT announce Mar - May 2008 Schedule
NT announce Mar - May 2008 Schedule
The National Theatre has announced new productions and new platforms for its March - May 2008 Season
Public booking opens 7 Feb 2008
In the Olivier...
by Tony Harrison
(Previews from 10 Apr 2008, Opens 17 Apr 2007, Closes 22 May 2008)
Directed by Tony Harrison and Bob Crowley, designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Mark Henderson, costumes by Fotini Dimou, choreography by Wayne McGregor
Starring Jasper Britton, Sian Thomas, Mark Addy, Viviana Durante, Jeff Rawle
About the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. This epic sweep of a play takes us from a contemporary Westminster Abbey to the Arctic ship Fram – or Forward – specially built by the famous Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen who, with his suicidal companion, Johansen, makes a bid on foot for the North Pole in the 1890s. Though incompatible, they share a bear fur sleeping-bag through the long winter. Nansen, still haunted by Johansen’s ghost, is appointed to the League of Nations. As a figurehead of Russian famine relief in 1922, he conducts the first celebrity campaign, searching for means, however shocking, to make people care.
In the Lyttelton...
NEVER SO GOOD
by Howard Brenton
(Previews from 17 Mar 2008, Opens 26 Mar 2008, booking to 24 May 2008)
Directed by Howard Davies, designed by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Mark Henderson, choreography by Lynne Page, sound by Paul Arditti.
Starring Jeremy Irons (Macmillan), Anna Carteret, Bertie Carvel, Anna Chancellor, Ian McNeice, Peter Forbes, Clive Francis, Tim Francis, Robert Glenister, Terrence Hardman, Sarah Head, Sioned Jones, Anne Kavanagh, Nicholas Lumley, Charlotte Melia, Janet Spencer-Turner, Terence Turner, Claire Winsper
About Harold Macmillan (Conservative politician and Prime Minister 1957-1963) : Set against a back-drop of fading Empire, war, the Suez crisis, vintage champagne, adultery and vicious Tory politics at the Ritz, Howard Brenton’s Never So Good paints the portrait of a brilliant, witty but complex man, at times comically and, in the end, tragically out of kilter with his times.
In the Lyttelton...
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
by Joan Didion based on her memoir
(Previews from 25 Apr 2008, Opens 30 Apr 2008, booking to 20 May 2008)
Directed by David Hare, designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Jean Kalman, sound by Paul Arditti.
Starring Vanessa Redgrave
Adapted for the stage by Joan Didion from her best-selling memoir of the same name, chronicles the aftermath of her husband’s sudden death. 'Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it. We know that someone close to us could die. We might expect to feel shock. We do not expect this shock to be obliterative, dislocating to both body and mind. We might expect to be prostrate, inconsolable, crazy with loss. We do not expect to be literally crazy – cool customers who believe that their husband is about to return and need his shoes.'
In the Cottesloe...
by Simon Stephens
(Previews from 16 Apr 2008, Opens 23 Apr 2008, booking to 15 May 2008)
Directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Chris Davey, sound by Ian Dickinson
Starring Lesley Sharp (Harper Reagan), Jack Deam, Troy Glasgow
On a startlingly bright Autumn night in 2006 Harper Regan walked away from her home and her husband and her daughter and she kept walking. She told nobody that she was going. She told nobody where she was going. She put everything she ever built at risk. For two lost days and nights, until it looked as though her entire life might unravel, she didn’t turn back. From Uxbridge to Stockport to Manchester and back again, Simon Stephens’ new play navigates the UK, exploring family, love and delusion; and how to live in a godless universe.
Shows extended or closing....
Baby Girl/DNA/The Miracle (closes 10 Apr 2008)
Happy Now (Closes 10 May 2008)
Hour We Knew Nothing... (Closes 12 Apr 2008)
Major Barbara (extended to 15 May 2008)
New Platforms announced....
(6pm (45 mins) £3·50 unless stated
11 March, Olivier
Talks about her life and work and her poignant autobiographical self-portrait, Send Yourself Roses: My Life, Love and Leading Roles.
Claire Tomalin on Milton
26 March, Cottesloe
The renowned biographer introduces her selection of John Milton’s poetry, ranging from the classical to the religious and from the lyrical to the epic.
Simon Russell Beale: A Shropshire Lad
28 March & 1 Apr, Cottesloe
Simon Russell Beale reads from AE Housman’s cycle of poems about love and life and youth and the passing of time. With soundscape by Christopher Shutt.
The Mikado, The Odyssey
Thursday 3 April at 6pm / Saturday 5 April at 10am & 11am, Lyttelton
The Gate Theatre, National Theatre, Out of Joint, Paines Plough and Royal Court join forces to present Mark Ravenhill’s Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, an epic cycle of plays exploring the personal and political effect of war on modern life. The plays began life at last year’s Edinburgh Festival as Ravenhill For Breakfast and form a collage of very different scenes, with each taking its title from another classic work. (See, Intolerance, Crime and Punishment for details of the plays in the Cottesloe.)
Intolerance, Crime and Punishment
Friday 4 April at 6pm / Saturday 5 April at 10am & 11am, Cottesloe
The Gate Theatre, National Theatre, Out of Joint, Paines Plough and Royal Court join forces to present Mark Ravenhill’s Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, an epic cycle of plays exploring the personal and political effect of war on modern life. The plays began life at last year’s Edinburgh Festival as Ravenhill For Breakfast and form a collage of very different scenes, with each taking its title from another classic work. (See, The Mikado and The Odyssey for details of the plays in the Lyttelton.)
The August Wilson Century Cycle
7 Apr, Cottesloe
The late August Wilson’s plays offer a sweeping view of the black American experience in the twentieth century. As the plays are published together, Bonnie Greer, Paulette Randall and Roy Williams celebrate the legacy of this influential and celebrated writer.
Mark Ravenhill on Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat
9 Apr, Cottesloe
While his series of short plays are appearing across London, Mark Ravenhill discusses the genesis and development of his work.
FREE THE WORD: A Celebration of World Literature
11 Apr at 6pm, Lyttelton / 11 Apr & 12 Apr at 9pm in Terrace Cafe
Presented by International PEN Meet the great writers you know and the great writers you don’t… As part of International PEN’s Free The Word: Festival of World Literature taking place at venues along the South Bank from 11-13 April, the National will be hosting events on 11 and 12 April including an opening Platform in the Lyttelton at 6pm and chill-out entertainment in the Late Lounge (Terrace Cafe).
Howard Brenton on Never So Good
17 Apr, Lyttelton
The playwright discusses his new play about Harold Macmillan
Nicholas Hytner on Major Barbara
24 Apr, Olivier
The Director of the National talks about his production of one of Bernard Shaw’s most controversial plays.
Joan Didion on The Year of Magical Thinking
25 Apr, Lyttelton
The distinguished American writer reflects on her acclaimed work as the adaptation of her memoir arrives in the Lyttelton.
Roy Hattersley: Bernard Shaw and the Salvation Army – a Misalliance?
6 May, Olivier
Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara pits the Salvation Army against the arms trade; Roy Hattersley, former Labour minister and author of Blood & Fire: William and Catherine Booth and Their Salvation Army, explores the themes of the play.
Tony Harrison, Edith Hall and Oliver Taplin on Fram
9 May, Olivier
Tony Harrison is joined by classical scholars Edith Hall and Oliver Taplin to explore the many links between Gilbert Murray, Greek drama, the League of Nations and a large part of the current Olivier repertoire. As well as Murray being a leading character in Harrison’s Fram, he and his wife Mary were also the inspiration for fellow-Humanist Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara and Adolphus Cusins.
Marianne Elliott and Simon Stephens on Harper Regan
13 May, Cottesloe
The director and playwright talk about the premiere of Harper Regan in the Cottesloe with Dan Rebellato.
Acting with Facts – Docudrama
14 May, Lyttelton
David Edgar and Derek Paget explore the impact of the increasingly popular genre of documentary drama; they discuss the specific challenges and strange experience of playing real, and sometimes living, people on stage.
Mark Thomas on the Arms Trade
15 May, Olivier
Major Barbara focuses on the munitions ethics in 1905; Mark Thomas, comedian and political campaigner, explores the contemporary arms trade in As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela, uncovering major loopholes in the law surrounding arms and torture weapons.
Michael Frayn: Stage Directions – Writing on Theatre
19 May, Lyttelton
This new collection charts Michael Frayn’s path into the theatre – from the ‘doubtful beginnings’ of his childhood to his subsequent scorn as a young man and, surprisingly late in life, his reluctant conversion to the stage.