NT confirm new shows and Schedule August 2008

NT confirm new shows and Schedule.

The National Theatre has announced its Nov 2008 to Feb 2009 Season

Public booking opens 3 Sep 2008


New Productions...

by David Hare
in the Cottesloe Theatre
(Previews from 4 Nov 2008, Opens 11 Nov 2008, Closes 24 Feb 2009)
Directed by Howard Davis, designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Mark Henderson, Sound by Christopher Shutt
Starring Anthony Calf, Tamsin Greig, Jessica Raine, Stanley Townsend, Nicola Walker
Nothing is more important to a modern political party than fund-raising. But the values of the donors can't always coincide with the professed beliefs of the party. And family scandal within the cabinet has the potential to throw the money-raisers and the money-spenders into chaos. This play about British public life looks at the way business, media and politics are now intertwined tonobody's advantage, as, in an unforgiving world, one character after another passes through Gethsemane

by Tracy Letts
in the Lyttelton Theatre
(Previews from 21 Nov 2008, Opens 26 Nov 2008, Closes 21 Jan 2009)
National Theatre presents the Steppenwolf production
Directed by Anna D Shapiro, designed by Todd Rosentham, lighting by Ann G Wrightson, sound by Richard Woodbury, costumes by Ana Kuzmanic
When the large Weston family unexplectedly reunites in Oklahoma, after their father disappears, their home explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets

by Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn
in the Olivier Theatre
(Previews from 12 Jan 2009, Opens 16 Jan 2009, booking to 30 Jan 2009)
Produced by Southbank Sinfonia and the National Theatre
Directed by Felix Barrett and Tom Morris, designed by Bob Crowley, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Christopher Shutt.
A play for actors and orchestra: A dissident is locked up in an asylum. If he accepts that he was ill, has been treated and is now cured, he will be released. He refuses. Sharing his cell is a real lunatic who belives himself to be surrounded by an orchestra. As the dissident's son begs his father to free himself with a lie, this provocative play asks if denying the truth is a price worth paying for liberty.

by Samuel Adamson, from Ibsen’s Little Eyolf
in the Cottesloe Theatre
(Previews from 20 Jan 2009, opens 27 Jan 2009, booking to 28 Feb 2009)
Directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Neil Austin.
Starring Claire Skinner, Naomi Frederick, Angus Wright
After six lonely weeks with nobody but her crippled little boy for company, Rita Affleck, wealthy, beautiful and consumed by jealous love, welcomes home her husband Alfred. But, far from the passionate reunion she so craves, there is only torment as Alfred's possessive half-sister arrives, and he announces his great revelation.


Shows extended...

by Juliette Binoche and Akram Khan
at the Lyttelton
Now Closing 20 Oct 2008

by Joan Didion based on her memoir
at the Lyttelton
Now Closing 25 Oct 2008

by Enda Walsh
at the Cottesloe
Now Closing 29 Nov 2008

by Sophocles, in a new version by Frank McGuinness
at the Olivier
Now Closing 4 Jan 2009

based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
at the Olivier
Now booking to 24 Jan 2009


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

Roger Moore
16 Oct - Lyttelton
UNICEF ambassador and legendary screen actor, Roger Moore, talks about his long and illustrious career

Mike Brearley on The Oedipus Complex
14 Nov 2008 - Olivier
The psychoanalyst and former England cricket captain explores the connection between Sophocles’ telling of the Oedipus story, and Freud’s analysis.

In Conversation with Clare Higgins
17 Nov 2008 - Cottesloe 3pm
The actress talks about her current role as Jocasta in Oedipus and her career.

Bill Paterson
19 Nov 2008 - Cottesloe
Actor Bill Paterson, brought up in 50s Glasgow, reads from Tales from the Back Green

Michael Holroyd and Richard Briers on Ellen Terry and Henry Irving
28 Nov 2008 - Cottesloe
Michael Holroyd is joined by fellow Irving-enthusiast, Richard Briers, to examine the dramatic lives of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving.

Tracy Letts and Anna D Shapiro on August: Osage County
28 Nov 2008 - Lyttelton
The playwright, Tracy Letts, and director, Anna D Shapiro, discuss Steppenwolf’s award-winning production.

An Evening with Private Eye
1 Dec 2008 - Lyttelton

Julie Walters
4 Dec 2008 - Lyttelton
As her autobiography is published, a comedy legend returns to the National to reflect on her hugely diverse 25-year career.

Seeing Landscapes
8 Dec; 9 Dec; 5 Jan; 6 Jan at 11.30am
in Terrace Cafe
Four talks from renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite.

Christopher Bigsby on Arthur Miller
10 Dec 2008 - Cottesloe
Christopher Bigsby introduces his much-anticipated biography of one of the 20th century’s greatest playwrights.

Jonathan Croall on Sybil Thorndike
16 Dec 2008 - Cottesloe
Biographer Jonathan Croall talks about Sybil Thorndike’s glittering career.

Theatre Quiz
19 Dec 2008 - Olivier
Two rival National Theatre companies do battle over theatrical knowledge in the festive annual quiz.

Michael Morpurgo
22 Jan 2009 - Olivier
As the revival of War Horse continues in the Olivier, the author reflects on Joey’s journey to the stage.

Ian Kelly on Casanova
4 Feb 2009 - Lyttelton
Ian Kelly reveals a very different Casanova from the legendary lover in his new biography.

Marianne Elliott and Samuel Adamson on Mrs Affleck
11 Feb 2009 - Cottesloe
The director and playwright talk about this new production, inspired by Ibsen’s Little Eyolf.

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