NT's "Buried Child" & "The Mandate" Casting Update

NT's "Buried Child" & "The Mandate" Casting Update

The National Theatre has announced some cast updates...

Buried Child by Sam Shepard, which opens at the Lyttelton Theatre 29 Sep 2004, following previews from 18 Sep and closing 15 Dec 2004.

Lauren Ambrose (Shelley), Elizabeth Franz (Halie), & M. Emmet Walsh (Dodge ), will join previously mentioned Brendan Coyle(Tilden), Sam Troughton ( Vince), Sean Murray (Bradley) & John Rogan (Father Dewis).

Buried Child is directed by Matthew Warchus, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Paul Groothuis.

It’s a curious homecoming for Vince, the son nobody seems to remember; particularly as his girlfriend can’t stop laughing at his apple-pie dream of a childhood house – until she steps inside that is, and meets the half-crazed relatives. Violence is never far from the surface in this claustrophobic domestic world, and the unexpected reunion triggers catastrophe.

A piercing, darkly comic portrait of a family rent asunder, set in America’s heartland.


The Mandate by Nikolai Erdman, in a new version by Declan Donnellan
Opens at the Cottesloe Theatre 26 Oct 2004, following previews from 15 Oct and Booking to 15 Jan 2005.

Joining Deborah Findlay (Nadejda Petrovna), Sinead Matthews (Nastia), David Collings (Autonom),Naomi Frederic(Varvara Sergeevna), Martin Hutson (Pavel), & Adrian Scarborough (Ivan Ivanovich Shironkin), will be Bruce Alexander (Olymp Valerianovich Smetanich), Sarah-Jane Drummey (Ensemble), Daniel Hart (Anatoly), Sean Jackson (Ensemble), Carol Macready (Vishnevezkaia, Tamara Leopoldovna) , Laurence Penry-Jones (Valerian), Michael Rouse (Ensemble), Roger Sloman (An Organ Grinder), Harry Towb (Agaphangel), Anne White (Ensemble)

The Mandate is directed by Declan Donnellan, designed by Nick Ormerod, lighting by Judith Greenwood, sound by Rich Walsh

The revolution turns the Guliachins’ world upside down. First they must track down members of the working class to pose as relatives. And there’s ‘Copenhagen Twilight’ to replace with a portrait of Karl Marx. But in a bizarre case of mistaken identity, the cook is confused for the Grand Duchess Anastasia… or a call girl, depending on whether she is in or out of her dress.

Banned for decades in the USSR, this uproarious new version of Nikolai Erdman’s lost comic masterpiece exposes a society riddled with hypocrisy and confusion.

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