The National Theatre announce new shows

The National Theatre announce new shows

National Theatre has announced four new productions.....

Public booking opens 28 July 2004

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

It 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.


Primo by Antony Sher, adapted from Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man
Opens at the Cottesloe Theatre 30 Sep 2004, following previews from 24 Sep and closing 1 Dec 2004.

Starring Antony Sher it is directed by Richard Wilson, designed by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Paul Pyant

Primo Levi survived Auschwitz to bear witness to a story of almost inconceivable brutality. But against the odds, what ultimately emerges in his writing is a sense of humanity, of man’s worth. Working closely with Royal Court Associate Director Richard Wilson, Antony Sher has adapted and performs this remarkable testament in a way that allows Levi’s words to speak, simply, for themselves


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.

Starring Deborah Findlay, Sinead Matthews it 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.


Fix Up by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Opens at the Cottesloe Theatre 7 Dec 2004, following previews from 16 Dec and Booking to 11 Jan 2005.

It is directed by Angus Jackson, designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Neil Austin.

It’s Black History month but you wouldn’t know it in Tottenham where Revive PLC plan to turn Kwesi’s All Black African Party hotbed into luxury flats, and it looks like Kiyi’s ‘conscious’ bookstore will soon go the same way. And then a beautiful visitor shows up in their midst and life goes from bad to worse.


The following plays have been extended.....

The History Boys by Alan Bennett
(extends at the Lyttelton to 15 Jan 2005)

Night Season by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
(extends at the Cottesloe to 17 Nov 2004)


New platforms include....

Ian Holm
Talks about his autobiography, 'Acting My Life'.
5 Oct 2004

John Fraser
Talks about his book 'Close Up: An Actor's Tale"
8 Oct 2004

Tony Harrison
Talks about his work on publication of the fifth volume of his plays.
16 Nov 2004

Theatre Quiz
The annual panel game returns for another battle of theatre knowledge.
20 Dec 2004

Kwame Kwei-Armah and Angus Jackson
talk about Fix Up
11 Jan 2005


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