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NT new Season includes From Morning To Midnight
The National Theatre has announced new productions in its schedule to January 2014, which includes one new production in the Lyttelton, and two in The Shed, plus new platforms.
Public Booking opens 27 Sep 2013 for new productions and extensions in Olivier & Lyttelton, and 21 Oct 2013 for new productions in The Shed.
In the LYTTELTON THEATRE
FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT
by Georg Kaiser, in a new version by Dennis Kelly, opens 26 Nov 2013, following previews from 19 Nov - booking to 15 jan 2014. Directed by Melly Still, designed by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Christopher Shutt. Cast includes Adam Godley. Explores the tragedy of an ordinary man who steps outside his humdrum life and, over the course of one crazy, alienating day, destroys himself. Knocked for six by his lust for an exotically perfumed woman from Florence, a trusted bank clerk of twenty-five years’ standing shoves a stolen fortune in his pocket and runs to her hotel, where his ludicrous advances are rejected. But, he’s broken free and there’s no turning back. He ditches his family and their bourgeois existence to embark on a roller-coaster odyssey, scouring the city’s senseless entertainments in an increasingly disillusioned search for an experience worth buying and a reason for living.
In the THE SHED
children drama by Ross Collins, in a version adapted by Ben Power, opens 13 Dec 2013, following previews from 5 Dec - closes 11 Jan 2014. Directed by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olie (Marianne Elliott will be consultant director), designed by Samuel Wyer. Cast includes Audrey Brisson, Laura Cubitt, David Emmings, Julia Innocenti, Avye Leventis, Tim Lewis.. The story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with puppetry and theatrical ingenuity. At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long, he’s causing a lot of trouble.
a monologue by Tim Price, starring Rhys Ifans, opens 19 Dec 2013, following previews from 16 Dec - closes 11 Jan 2013. Directed by Polly Findlay, designed by Merle Hensel, sound by Carolyn Downing. Explores the reality of the Occupy movement. Based on a true story, the account of an unlikely hero allows us inside a remarkable political moment. Danny sleeps rough on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. Has done for years. Then one morning he wakes to see a canvas city being erected in front of him. And Danny finds himself swept up in the last occupation of London.
A NEW PLAY CREATED BY CARRIE CRACKNELL AND NICK PAYNE from mid-January 2014. Dates to be confirmed. A journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs.
Productions Extending ....
The Light Princess extends to 9 Jan 2014
Emil and the Detectives extends to 20 Feb 2014
Unless stated: 6pm / Length 45 mins/ £4
100 Great Plays for Women
Wed 20 November, 6pm, The Shed
Director and writer Lucy Kerbel discusses her new book, which sets out to dispel the myth that there aren’t any good plays for women. Chaired by Kate Mosse.
The Linbury Prize for Stage Design
Wed 27 November, 6pm, The Shed
To coincide with this year’s Linbury Prize exhibition, a discussion with leading theatre practitioners explores the art of set and costume design.
In Context: From Morning to Midnight
Thu 28 November
2 – 5pm, John Lyon Education Studio, £20
A special opportunity to find out about German Expressionism, led by Professor Sarah Colvin (Cambridge University) with members of the company. Followed by the Platform in the Lyttelton.
Dennis Kelly and Melly Still on From Morning to Midnight
Thu 28 November, 6pm, Lyttelton
The playwright and director discuss this new version of Georg Kaiser’s play.
An Evening with Private Eye
Mon 2 December 5.45pm (1hr), Lyttelton
Ian Hislop takes a satirical look back at the people and events of 2013 with special guests Harry Enfield, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens and John Sessions.
Thu 5 December, 6pm, Lyttelton
In As Luck Would Have It, the actor reflects on his life and a career that includes many celebrated Shakespeare performances, work with Olivier’s National Theatre company, and on TV, I Claudius and Last Tango in Halifax.
Tue 10 December, 6pm, Lyttelton
The director talks about Stage Blood, his frank account of ‘five tempestuous years in the early life of the National Theatre.’
Thu 19 December, 6pm, Lyttelton
The annual battle for theatrical knowledge between two competing National Theatre teams, hosted by Emma Freud.
In Context: Adapting Children’s Novels for the Stage
Thu 16 January 2014
2 – 4.30pm, John Lyon Education Studio, £20
Playwrights, including Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives) and Samuel Adamson (The Light Princess), discuss their approach to adapting children’s novels for the stage.