NT announce May - Aug 2008 Schedule

NT announce Mar - May 2008 Schedule

The National Theatre has announced new productions and new platforms for its May - Aug 2008 Season

Public booking opens 22 April 2008

In the Cottesloe...
by Lee Hall, inspired by a book by William Feaver
(Previews from 19 May 2008, Opens 21 May 2008, Closes 25 June 2008)
Directed by Max Roberts, designed by Gary McCann, lighting by Douglas Kuhrt, Sound by Martin Hodgson. A co-production between Live Theatre, Newcastle and the National Theatre choreography by Wayne McGregor
Starring Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker, Phillippa Wilson.
In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.

In the Olivier...
by Thomas Middleton
(Previews from 27 May 2008, Opens 4 June 2008, booking to 7 Aug 2008)
Directed by Melly Still, designed by Melly Still and Ti Green, lighting by Paul Anderson, Sound by Paul Arditti
Starring Rory Kinnear (Vindice), Adjoa Andoh, Tom Andrews, Ken Bones, Donatella Cabras, Billy Carter, Elliot Cowan, Conor Doyle, Barbara Flynn, John Heffernan, Peter Hinton, Derek Howard, Pieter Lawman, Jane Leaney, Tommy Luther, Katherine Manners, Rob McNeill, Pamela Merrick, Simon Nagra, Rick Nodine, Jamie Parker, Richard Shanks, Ross Waiton, Lizzie Winkler.
Set in an avaricious world that seethes with vice and retribution. As he holds the skull of his beloved – who rejected the licentious old Duke’s advances and so was poisoned – Vindice plots the Duke’s grotesque murder. But in a court where adultery, rape and incest are the norm, his vengeance does not stop there. An orgy of ritualistic, even playful, bloodletting follows.

In the Lyttelton...
by Michael Frayn
(Previews from 3 June 2008, Opens 10 June 2008, booking to 16 Aug 2008)
Directed by Michael Blakemore, designed by Peter Wilkinson, lighting by Neil Austin, Costumes by Sue Willmington, Sound by Paul Charlier.
Starring Roger Allam ( Max Reinhardt), David Burke, Abigail Cruttenden, Peter Forbes, Glyn Grain, Selina Griffiths, David Schofield.
Exploring the life of the Austrian impresario and founder of the Salzburg Festival, Max Reinhardt.

In the Cottesloe...
inspired by The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky and adapted by Katie Mitchell and the company
(Previews from 23 July 2008, Opens 30 July 2008, booking to 14 Aug 2008)
Directed by Katie Mitchell , designed by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Paule Constable , Costumes by Sue Willmington, Director of photography by Leo Warner, Sound by Gareth Fry.
Starring Hattie Morahan, Ben Whishaw
This multimedia performance develops the use of live video .
A woman lies dead on a bed in her wedding dress, a silver knife through her heart. The two men who loved her lie beside her.

In the Olivier...
by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
(Previews from 24 July 2008, Opens 31 July 2008, booking to 9 Aug 2008)
Directed by Howard Davies, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Neil Austin, Sound by Paul Groothuis.
Set against the backdrop of the Suffragette movement. London 1913. Militancy in the Suffragette Movement is at its height. Thousands of women of all classes serve time in Holloway Prison in their fight to gain the vote. Amongst them is Lady Celia Cain who feels trapped by both the policies of the day and the shackles of a frustrating marriage. Inside, she meets a young seamstress, Eve Douglas, and her life spirals into an erotic but dangerous chaos.

In the Lyttelton...
by Harold Pinter
(from 21 July 2008 - 13 Aug 2008 - early evening 6pm - length 50 minutes)
Directed by Iqbal Khan
Starring Simon Russell Beale, Clare Higgins
Takes an oblique view of a long-married couple, the irascible Edward and his frustrated wife Flora, when the arrival of a statuesque silent stranger splinters their loveless bourgeois marriage.



Shows Extended....
by Simon Stephens
at the Cottesloe (extended to 9 Aug 2008)


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

’68: The News, The Stories, The Photographs
27 May, Cottesloe
To complement the International Herald Tribune (IHT) exhibition, photographers, including Magnum’s Ian Berry, describe their experiences of documenting the world changing events of 1968, from Russia’s invasion of Czechoslovakia to the Paris riots, discussing how ’68 shaped the way we illustrate news today. Chaired by Katherine Knorr, IHT features editor.

Gary Taylor: Middleton – Our Other Shakespeare
3 June, Cottesloe
As the first collection of Thomas Middleton’s works since 1886 is published, its editor Gary Taylor examines a playwright repeatedly censored in his own time, but who has since been admired for his representations of the intertwined pursuits of sex, power, and God. Booksigning

Lee Hall, Max Roberts and William Feaver on The Pitmen Painters
4 June, Cottesloe
Playwright Lee Hall and director Max Roberts are joined by art critic William Feaver to reflect on The Ashington Group, a remarkable exercise in working men’s art.

Melly Still on The Revenger’s Tragedy
13 June, Olivier
Melly Still discusses her new production of Middleton’s vivid and violent portrayal of lust and ambition.

De Produndis (Reading)
by Oscar Wilde
edited by Merlin Holland 16 June, 1 & 2 July at 6pm. (Lyttelton)
Tickets £10. Running time approx. 50mins.
During his sentence in Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde wrote a letter to his lover, agonising over the lack of contact. It is perhaps the greatest love letter ever written, filled with a torrent of accusation, passion and eventually reconciliation. A century later De Profundis remains an astonishing tour-de-force of self analysis. Reviving his National Theatre performance from 2000, Corin Redgrave reads De Profundis. The director is Richard Nelson.

Jan Ravens – Changing Faces
20 June, Cottesloe
Using impressions of many of her favourite characters, the Dead Ringers actress reveals how she approaches playing politicians and celebrities, and what public figures tell us about ourselves.

Julian Clary: Murder Most Fab
27 June, Olivier
Fresh from his appearance as the Emcee in Cabaret, Julian Clary discusses his debut novel, Murder Most Fab, a hilarious tale of television success, murderous deception and closets overrun with skeletons. Booksigning

Corin Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave
30 June, Olivier
Two members of one of our most celebrated acting dynasties reflect on their remarkable family legacy and their eclectic careers.

New Connections Writers Forum
8 July, Cottesloe
As the ten New Connections plays for 2008 arrive at the National, the writers gather to discuss their experiences of the programme.

Katie Mitchell on …some trace of her
12 August, Cottesloe
The director talks about her production based on The Idiot, Dostoevsky’s depiction of the “positively good man”.

IN CONVERSATION WITH... 3pm (1 hour), Cottesloe Theatre, £5/£4
A series of informal afternoon Platforms with company members talking about their careers, their current role and answering questions from the audience, chaired by Al Senter.
Vanessa Redgrave, Friday 13 June
Anna Carteret, Friday 11 July
Lesley Sharp, Thursday 7 August
Prior to ‘In Conversation’, the National Theatre Archive will present a free screening of one of the guests’ previous performances, accompanied by an illustrated talk with photos, programmes and other archive material (numbers limited to 25): The Cherry Orchard with Vanessa Redgrave as Madame Ranevskaya (Cottesloe 2000), 13 June at 11am
The Merchant of Venice with Anna Carteret as Nerissa (Old Vic 1970), 11 July at 11am
Murmuring Judges with Lesley Sharp as PC Sandra Bingham (Olivier 1991), 7 August at 11am

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