NT announce new season and future plans for 2007

NT announce new season and future plans for 2007

The National Theatre announce new season and future plans for 2007

Public booking opens 7 March 2007 for new productions in the March - June Season

In the Olivier Theatre...

based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, adapted by Tom Morris and Emma Rice
(Previews from 3 May 2007, Opens 10 May, Closes 21 June 2007)
Starring Douglas Hodge (as the Doctor), Lyndsey Marshal (as June), Tristan Sturrock (as Peter Carter), Dorothy Atkinson, Jamie Bradley, Dan Canham, Fiona Chivers, Meryl Fernandes, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Thomas Goodridge, Tamsin Griffin, Craig Johnson, Pete Judge, Debbie Korley, Pieter Lawman, Dominic Lawton, Robert Luckay, Stuart McLoughlin, Mike Shepherd, Lorraine Stewart, Alex Vann, Andy Williams, Lizzie Winkler and Kirsty Woodward.
Directed by Emma Rice , designed by Bill Mitchell , lighting by Mark Henderson, choreography by Debra Batton and costumes by Vicki Mortimer. Music by Stu Barker, sound by Gareth Fry and video design by Jon Driscoll. (National Theatre / Kneehigh Theatre co production)
In 1945, a young airman jumps to certain death from his burning aircraft, addressing his last words to June, a girl he has never met. Following an angelic blunder, caused by a classic English pea-souper, Peter Carter miraculously survives and finds June in the flesh. But things are not so simple. To stay alive, Peter is forced to take himself, and the heavenly authorities, to the Universal Court of Appeal.

by Bernard Shaw
(July 2007 (dates to be confirmed))
Starring Anne-Marie Duff (Saint Joan)
Directed by Marianne Elliott

based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
(Previews from 8 Oct 2007, Opens 17 Oct, booking to 27 Oct 2007)
Directed by Marianne Elliott
National Theatre / Handspring Puppet Company co production

by William Shakespeare
(Dec 2007 (dates to be confirmed)
Starring Zoe Wanamaker (Beatrice), Simon Russell Beale (Benedick)
Directed by Nicholas Hytner


In the Lyttelton Theatre...

by Ayub Khan-Din, based on All in Good Time by Bill Naughton
(Previews from 18 Apr 2007, Opens 26 Apr, booking to 23 June 2007)
Starring Roksaneh Ghawam-Shahidi, Harish Patel, Meera Syal
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, designed by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone , Sound by Paul Groothuis
The wedding feast is over and his father’s dancing the bhangra, but the groom himself is busy on the net. And when it’s time for bed, he’s so woefully inhibited by his parents, let alone his brother’s childish pranks, that his beautiful virgin bride remains just that. Six weeks later the whole family starts to panic.

by Maxim Gorky, in a new version by Andrew Upton
(Previews from 23 May 2007, Opens 30 May, booking to 20 June 2007 )
Starring Rory Kinnear (Pyotr), Ruth Wilson (Tanya).
Directed by Howard Davies , designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Neil Austin , music by Dominic Muldowney and sound by Christopher Shutt
A restless bunch of young radicals hang out, have sex, dance, drink, moan and philosophise at the home of a prosperous decorator. While Pyotr, a sometime student of law, falls for the lovely, loose-living lodger, his sister Tanya carps on about the tedium of life, lusts after Nil – who’s blind to her charms but in pursuit of the servant – and botches her own suicide.

by Harold Pinter
(July 2007 (dates to be confirmed)
Directed by Ian Rickson

by Noel Coward
(Oct 2007 (dates to be confirmed)
Starring Alex Jennings (Garry Essendine)
Directed by Howard Davies

by Euripides
(Nov 2007 (dates to be confirmed)
Directed by Katie Mitchell


In the Cottesloe Theatre...

by Joe Penhall
(Previews from 29 Mar 2007, Opens 5 April, booking to 7 June 2007)
Starring Pippa Haywood, Tom Hollander, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Jason Watkins.
Directed by Roger Michell , designed by William Dudley, lighting by Rick Fisher
To his family’s horror, Ned reveals he’s the brains behind a new military technology so sophisticated, so extraordinary, it will revolutionise the nature of warfare. It’s only when the Ministry of Defence demands intellectual ownership that Ned begins to question himself, resisting the might of the weapons industry with frightening consequences.

by Matt Charman
(June 2007 (dates to be confirmed)
Starring Sorcha Cusack, Adam Gillen, Carla Henry, Clare Holman, Martina Laird, Larry Lamb, Steve John Shepherd.
Directed by Sarah Frankcom

by Victoria Benedictsson, in a new version by Clare Bayley
(June 2007 (dates to be confirmed)
Directed by Paul Miller


Other future productions...

Anna Mackmin’s productions of Mark Ravenhill’s Citizenship and Enda Walsh’s Chatroom – two short sharp plays for and about teenagers – will return to the Cottesloe and tour the UK this autumn.

Marianne Elliott will direct a new play by Simon Stephens, Harper Regan, in the Cottesloe.

Also in development is a new project to be directed and performed by Akram Khan and Juliette Binoche, co-produced by the National.

Ralph Fiennes will return to the National in the title role of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, in a new version by Douglas Dunn, directed by Jonathan Kent, in the Olivier and on an international tour in autumn 2008.


The Rose Tattoo (23 June 2007)

The Man of Mode (19 April 2007)
Attempts on Her Life (10 May 2007)
The Reporter (2 June 2007)

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

PEN: Another Sky with Michael Palin and Ronald Harwood
2 April, Olivier
Michael Palin leads a reading from Another Sky, a new collection of work by writers whose lives and careers have been jeopardised by their commitment to free speech – including extracts from many of the cases for which PEN has campaigned since 1970. Booksigning

Oliver Ford Davies: Performing Shakespeare
23 April, Cottesloe
On Shakespeare’s birthday, the distinguished actor introduces his practical guide to performing Shakespeare, drawing on a lifetime’s experience. Booksigning

Patrick Marber: Closer 10 years on
27 April, Cottesloe
In 1997 Patrick Marber’s new play, Closer, opened in the Cottesloe Theatre; rave reviews and a Hollywood movie followed. He looks back on Closer’s phenomenal decade, with Daniel Rosenthal. Booksigning

Nichola McAuliffe
30 April, Cottesloe
In her new novel, actress Nichola McAuliffe tells the curious tale of an ex-television star who takes the lead in a disastrous new Salsa musical and charts her journey from first read-through to the West End. Booksigning

Katie Mitchell on Attempts on her Life
1 May, Lyttelton
Director Katie Mitchell discusses the latest in her series of extraordinary productions.

Bettina Jonic: ‘Winnie, Sam and I’
2 May, Cottesloe
Following the recent National production of Happy Days, the singer Bettina Jonic, friend and confidante of Samuel Beckett, recalls the birth of the play and her creative association with the author.

Elizabeth Shafer: Lilian Baylis
4 May, Cottesloe
Without Lilian Baylis, the National Theatre would probably still be a theatrical pipedream. Her biographer looks at a formidable career woman. Booksigning

Michael Pennington: Sweet William
11 May, 2.30pm Cottesloe (£5.50/£4.50: 2 hours)
One of the great contemporary Shakespearean actors, who has played most of the major roles with the RSC and the ESC (he sadly missed out Romeo, and Lear is still to come!) presents his one-man show, which offers a personal perspective on the world’s greatest dramatist.

Joe Penhall on Landscape with Weapon
15 May, Cottesloe
Joe Penhall talks about Landscape with Weapon, his first play at the National since the hugely successful Blue/Orange.

Bella Merlin: The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit
18 May, Cottesloe
Actress, author and academic Bella Merlin presents her new hands-on, step-by-step guide to Stanislavsky’s celebrated ‘System’. Booksigning

Ackroyd and Harvey on FlyTower
21 May, Cottesloe
A chance to learn more about the work of Ackroyd and Harvey as FlyTower transforms the exterior of the National into a living installation

Emma Rice and Tom Morris on A Matter of Life and Death
25 May, Olivier
Emma Rice and Tom Morris discuss their adaptation of one of British cinema’s best-loved films.

Hidden London Theatres: SE1 and beyond 1 June, Cottesloe
John Constable talk about the theatrical history of the ‘Outlaw Borough’ from Shakespeare’s Bankside to the present day South Bank. Booksigning

Howard Davies on Philistines
20 June, Lyttelton
Director Howard Davies discusses his new production of Gorky’s masterpiece.

Handspring Puppet Company (Platform on War Horse)
25 October, Olivier
Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler of Handspring Puppet Company reveal the challenges of bringing Joey – War Horse’s eponymous character – to life. Captioned platform

Michael Morpurgo (Platform on War Horse)
26 October, Olivier
The former Children’s Laureate discusses his work and War Horse’s journey to the stage. Captioned platform

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