The National Theatre Casting Update

The National Theatre Casting Update

The National Theatre has announced some cast updates for two productions....

Buried Child by Sam Shepard
Opens at the Lyttelton Theatre 29 Sep 2004, following previews from 18 Sep and closing 15 Dec 2004. Starring Brendan Coyle(Tilden), Sam Troughton ( Vince), Sean Murray, John Rogan

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.


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, David Collings, Naomi Frederick, Martin Hutson, Adrian Scarborough

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.

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