NT announces productions to 31 Oct 2006

NT announces productions to 31 Oct 2006

The National Theatre has announced productions to 31 Oct 2006

Public booking opens 13 July 2006 for new productions and some extensions

Repertoire dates can be found at: HERE

New productions...

Olivier, from 8 Sep - 25 Oct 2006
The Alchemist
by Ben Jonson
Starring Alex Jennings, Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Manville, Ian Richardson, Tristan Beint, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Bryan Dick, Tim McMullan, Amit Shah, Sam Spruell. .
When subtle, Face and Doll Common join forces to pose as alchemists, dupes of every kind queue up to fulfil their crazy lusts and dreams. And as the client list escalates so the frenetic con artists demonstrate ever more outlandish acts of improvisation to avoid discovery and rake in the cash.

Cottesloe, from 20 Sep - 31 Oct 2006
The Seafarer
A new play by Conor McPherson
Starring Ron Cook, Conleth Hill, Karl Johnson, Jim Norton
It’s Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who’s recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul…

Lyttelton, from 10 Oct - 28 Oct 2006
Caroline, or Change
Musical by Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori
Directed by George C. Wolfe
Starring: Valda Aviks, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Angela M Caesar, Anna Francolini, Richard Henders, Ian Lavender, Joy Malcolm, Hilton McRae, Malinda Parris, Nataylia Roni, Clive Rowe.
Louisiana, 1963, in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Caroline, a black maid to a southern Jewish family, is struggling to keep afloat both emotionally and economically, while the young son of her employer tries to make sense of the world following the death of his mother. A musical exploration of human relationships, love, loss and social transformation.

Shows Extended...

Market Boy
(Closes 24 Aug 2006)
Life of Galileo
(Closes 31 Oct 2006)
The Seagull
(Closes 23 Sep 2006)
(Closes 30 Aug 2006)

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

In Conversation with Juliet Stevenson
7 July 2006, 3pm in Cottesloe
Talks about her work.

Katie Mitchell
24 July 2006, Lytelton
talks about her work

David Eldridge
1 Aug 2006, Olivier
The writer of Market Boy talks about his work.

In Conversation with Oliver Ford Davies
7 Aug 2006, 3pm in Cottesloe
The actor Oliver Ford Davies, currently appearing in The Life of Galileo, talks about his work.

In Conversation with Oliver Cotton
11 Aug 2006, 3pm in Cottesloe
The actor Oliver Cotton, currently appearing in The Royal Hunt of the Sun, talks about his work.

James Macdonald
14 Aug 2006, Cottesloe
The director of Exiles talks about his work.

Howard Davies on The Life of Galileo
17 Aug 2006, 5pm in Olivier
Howard Davies talks about directing Brecht’s epic play about social responsibility, faith and science.

In Conversation with Simon Russell Beale
1 Se 2006, 3pm in Cottesloe
The actor Simon Russell Beale, currently appearing in The Life of Galileo, talks about his work.

George Alagiah: A Home From Home
8 Sep 2006, Cottesloe
George Alagiah talks about his moving autobiography of the immigrant experience.

In Conversation with Penelope Wilton
8 Sep 2006, 3pm in Cottesloe
The actress Penelope Wilton, who appeared in The House of Bernarda Alba at the National last year, talks about her work.

Vote by Ballot by Harley Granville Barker
13 Sep 2006, Lyttelton
Written as a curtain-raiser in 1914, this carefully crafted one act comedy is an example of Barker’s ‘miniaturising’ technique.

Leslie Phillips: "Hello"
21 Sep 2006, Lyttelton
The long-awaited autobiography of the ‘greatest living Englishman’.

Roald Dahl Day
22 Sep 2006, Olivier
In celebration of the inaugural Roald Dahl Day, a special appearance by Quentin Blake, Dahl’s principal illustrator and the first Children’s Laureate.

Brenda Blethyn: Mixed Fancies
13 Oct 2006, Olivier

Nicholas Hytner on The Alchemist
16 Oct 2006, Olivier
The National’s Director talks about his production of Jonson’s comedy of greed and gullibility.

Claire Tomalin: Time-Torn Man – A Life of Thomas Hardy
19 Oct 2006, Cottesloe
Following her Whitbread award-winning biography of Mary Wollstonecraft, Claire Tomalin talks about her new study of one of the sacred figures in English writing.

Conor McPherson on The Seafarer
30 Oct 2006, Cottesloe
The acclaimed writer talks about his new play which marks his National Theatre debut.

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