Sam Mendes directs Shakespeare's KING LEAR, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 23 January. Simon Russell Beale plays the title role; the cast also includes Stephen Boxer (as Gloucester), Cassie Bradley, Tom Brooke (Edgar), Richard Clothier, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Kate Fleetwood (Goneril), Simon Manyonda, Anna Maxwell Martin (Regan), Daniel Millar, Michael Nardone, Gary Powell, Adrian Scarborough (Fool), Hannah Stokely, Stanley Townsend (Kent), Sam Troughton (Edmund), Olivia Vinall (Cordelia) and Ross Waiton. The production will be designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Paul Pyant, video design by Jon Driscoll, fight direction by Terry King and sound design by Paul Arditti.
An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing.
Simon Russell Beale's recent theatre work for the National includes Timon of Athens (Critics' Circle Award: Best Shakespearean Performance), Collaborators (Evening Standard Award: Best Actor), London Assurance, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing,The Alchemist and The Life of Galileo; elsewhere, The Hothouse and Privates on Parade (West End),The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard (New York and Old Vic); and Bluebird (New York). His films include My Week with Marilyn and The DeepBlueSea; television includes Spooks, Falstaff in the BBC film of Henry IV, and presenting the series Sacred Music and Symphony.
Sam Mendes has previously directed The Sea, The Birthday Party, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Othello for the NT. For ten years he was Director of the Donmar Warehouse, where his productions included Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night; in 2009 he founded the Bridge Project, a transatlantic classical theatre company, and directed The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, The Tempest, As You Like It andRichard III. His films include American Beauty (Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture) and the BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Skyfall.
Press night: Thursday 23 January
A TASTE OF HONEY Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 10 February, press night 18 February, currently booking until 5 April
A TASTE OF HONEY by Shelagh Delaney, directed by Bijan Sheibani, opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 18 February. The cast includes Lesley Sharp and Kate O'Flynn. The production will be designed by Hildegard Bechtler with movement direction by Aline David, lighting design by Paul Anderson and sound design by Ian Dickinson.
Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A TASTE OF HONEY is one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s, offering an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world.
When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a black sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads off for the seas, leaving her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.
Bursting with energy and daring, this exhilarating and angry depiction of harsh, working-class life in post-war Salford is shot through with love and humour, and infused with jazz.
Lesley Sharp plays Helen; last seen at the NT in the title role of Simon Stephens' Harper Regan, her recent theatre work also includesThe Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West End). Her extensive television work includes DC Janet Scott in Scott and Bailey, Starlings, The Shadow Line, Moving On, Red Riding, The Diary of Anne Frank, Doctor Who and Afterlife (RTS Award - Best Actress); film includes Vera Drake, The Full Monty and Rita, Sue and Bob Too.
Kate O'Flynn plays Jo; she was recently seen at the NT in Simon Stephens' Port, at the Royal Court in The Ritual Slaughter of Georg Mastromas, and in Lungs and The Sound of Heavy Rain for Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres.
Bijan Sheibani is an Associate Director at the NT, where his credits include Emil and the Detectives, The Kitchen, Our Class and the US touring production of War Horse.
Press night: Tuesday 18 February
BLURRED LINES The Shed
Previews from 16 January, press night 22 January, playing until 22 February 2014
BLURRED LINES, a new play created by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne, written by Nick Payne, will open on 22 January. The cast includes Marion Bailey, Michaela Coel, Bryony Hannah, Sinéad Matthews, Ruth Sheen, Claire Skinner and Susannah Wise. BLURRED LINES will be designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Lucy Carter, music by Stuart Earle, sound by David McSeveney and movement by Ann Yee.
A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs.
Nick Payne's plays include Constellations (Royal Court and West End), The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse), Wanderlust (Royal Court) and If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Bush Theatre and Roundabout Theatre, New York).
Carrie Cracknell's recent directorial work includes A Doll's House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). She is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre and was previously Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre.
The Shed Partner is Neptune Investment Management.
Press night: Wednesday 22 January
Analog.Ue Lyttelton Theatre
12 performances, in repertoire from 25 February – 20 March
Daniel Kitson brings his new show about a pre-recorded story, Analog.ue, to the Lyttelton Theatre for 12 performances between 25 February – 20 March.
A mess of cables. A mound of electronic junk. A single cassette player. And then –
Lights. Power. Sockets. Audio Tape. Televisions. Vinyl. Neon Words. VCR Machines. Speaker cables. Amplifiers. At least one Ladder. Video Tape. Speakers. Super 8. Microphones. Projectors. And running.
Lots and lots of running.
BEYOND THE SOUTH BANK
WAR HORSE on tour
The National Theatre's award-winning production of War Horse continues its tour of the UK and Dublin throughout the winter, spring and summer, visiting: The Lowry, Salford (20 Nov 2013 – 18 Jan 2014), Edinburgh Festival Theatre (22 Jan – 15 Feb), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (19 Feb – 15 Mar), The Bord Géis Energy Theatre, Dublin (26 Mar – 26 Apr),Sunderland Empire Theatre (30 Apr – 17 May), Bradford Alhambra (21 May – 14 Jun) and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (18 Jun – 19 Jul), then returning to The Lowry, Salford (23 July – 20 September 2014). The West End production continues at the New London Theatre, currently booking until February 2014; a German language production entitled Gefährten is also currently running at the Theater des Westens in Berlin.
MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL
Talawa Theatre Company will restage Artistic Director Michael Buffong's National Theatre production of Errol John's MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL for a UK tour, visiting: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 3 – 8 February (press night: Friday 7 February); West Yorkshire Playhouse,Leeds 10 – 15 February; Birmingham Rep 17 – 22 February; Malvern Theatres (Festival Theatre) 24 February – 2 March; Watford Palace Theatre 3 – 8 March; Oxford Playhouse 10 – 15 March; Cambridge Arts Theatre 17 – 22 March; Theatre Royal, Bath 31 March – 5 April; Mercury Theatre, Colchester 7 – 12 April.
Contact: James Lever on 020 3372 0956 / James.lever@target‐live.co.uk
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
The Donmar Warehouse production of CORIOLANUS, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, directed by Josie Rourke, will be broadcast live from the Donmar on 30 January 2014.
The National Theatre's acclaimed production of WAR HORSE, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford, in association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company, will be broadcast live from its West End home at the New London Theatre on 27 February.
International dates for these screenings vary. For venue information and booking details, please visit www.ntlive.com
PRODUCTION AND CASTING UPDATES
The full cast of FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT by Georg Kaiser, in a new version by Dennis Kelly, directed by Melly Still and opening in the Lyttelton Theatre on 26 November, is: Esh Alladi, Gina Bellman, Christian From, Robert Gilbert, Adam Godley, Kezrena James, Éva Magyar, Katherine Manners, Dan Milne, Zackary Momoh, Victoria Moseley, Emily Mytton, Jack Tarlton, Jason Thorpe, Emily Wachter, and Kelly Williams.
EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES by Erich Kästner, adapted by Carl Miller, opens in the Olivier Theatre on 4 December, directed by Bijan Sheibani. The central characters of Emil and the Detectives will be played by 9-13 year olds; the role of Emil will be shared by by Ethan Hammer, Toby Murray and Daniel Patten, with a 60-strong ensemble of children recruited from local London boroughs, schools and youth theatres. The adult cast is: Jason Barnett, Peter Bray, Jonathan Coote, Jacqui Dubois, Judy Flynn, Naomi Frederick, Tamzin Griffin, Richard James-Neale, Emma Jerrold, Ella Kenion, Barbara Kirby, Stuart McQuarrie, Tim Samuels and Sue Wallace.
An eclectic programme of talks, discussions and interviews, offering the chance to learn more about the National's work and the arts in general.
6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 unless stated; BS = Platform followed by booksigning
100 Great Plays for Women Wed 20 November, 6pm, The Shed BS
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.
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 BS
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.
Derek Jacobi Thu 5 December, 6pm, Lyttelton BS
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.
Carl Miller and Bijan Sheibani on Emil and the Detectives
Fri 6 December, 5.30pm, Olivier
The playwright and director talk about this new version of Erich Kästner's story.
Michael Blakemore Tue 10 December, 6pm, Lyttelton BS
The director talks to Michael Frayn about Stage Blood, his frank account of 'five tempestuous years in the early life of the National Theatre.'
Theatre Quiz Thu 19 December, 6pm, Lyttelton
The annual battle for theatrical knowledge between two competing teams from National Theatre companies, hosted by Emma Freud.
Marianne Elliott and Rae Smith on The Light Princess
Thu 9 January, 6pm, Lyttelton
The director and designer reflect on the new musical.
Mark Haddon and Simon Stephens on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Tues 14 January, 5pm, Apollo Theatre
The writer and playwright talk about adapting the award-winning novel into a successful play.
Alain de Botton Thu 6 Feb, Olivier BS
The philosopher talks about his new book, The News, and asks what is it we're looking for when we read or watch the news – and is it doing us any good?
Bijan Sheibani and Hildegard Bechtler on A Taste of Honey
Thu 20 February, 6pm, Lyttelton
The director and designer discuss the production.
The Writing of Snoo Wilson Fri 21 Feb, The Shed
Snoo Wilson's startling work, from Pignight and Blowjob for Portable Theatre in the 60s to Darwin's Flood in the 90s, is celebrated by some of his collaborators over the last 50 years, including Howard Brenton and Simon Callow.
The National Theatre Story Mon 24 Feb, 5.30pm, Olivier BS
Daniel Rosenthal discusses his new history of the NT, from its origins in the 1840s and false dawns in the early 1900s, through to the Old Vic and South Bank productions of the last 50 years.
Lear – An Imperfect Mind with Mike Brearley and Laurie Maguire
Mon 3 Mar, 5.30pm,Olivier
'I fear I am not in my perfect mind.' The psychoanalyst, Mike Brearley, and the academic, Laurie Maguire, discuss Shakespeare's understanding of the complexities of the human mind, as seen in King Lear.
Dreams and Disappointments Sat 22 Mar, 10.30am (90mins), Lyttelton
Shelagh Delaney's ATaste of Honey inspired several plays set in working class Manchester and exploring family life. Alongside actors reading scenes from key work, Mancunian playwrights Jim Cartwright (Road) and Simon Stephens (Port) discuss this particular slice of Northern Realism.
Murray Melvin on A Taste of Honey Fri 28 Mar, Lyttelton
The actor Murray Melvin, who appeared in the original production in 1958 and the film in 1961, discusses A Taste of Honey with Michael Billington.
A series of interviews with members of the King Lear company, in which they talk about the play and their roles. One hour, £5/£4
Goneril, Regan, Cordelia: Kate Fleetwood, Anna Maxwell Martin and Olivia Vinall Tue 28 Jan, 3pm, The Shed
Lear: Simon Russell Beale Wed 5 February, 6pm, Olivier
Gloucester, Edmund, Edgar: Stephen Boxer, Sam Troughton and Tom Brooke Tue 4 Feb, 3pm, The Shed
The Fool, Kent: Adrian Scarborough and Stanley Townsend Fri 21 Mar, 3pm, Olivier
In Context events take place at the John Lyon Education Studio £20, £15 concessions. nationaltheatre.org.uk/adultlearning
Adapting Children's Novels for the Stage Thu 16 Jan 2 – 4.30pm
Playwrights Samuel Adamson (The Light Princess), Helen Edmundson (Coram Boy, Swallows and Amazons) and Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives) discuss the process of transforming a novel into a live theatrical experience.
King Lear Mon 24 Feb 2 – 5.00pm
An in-depth introduction to King Lear led by Dr. Abigail Rokison (University of Birmingham) with member of the NT company.
The Linbury Prize Lyttelton Exhibition Area, 18 – 30 November
The Linbury Prize offers graduating designers a unique opportunity to win a professional commission with one of four major companies – English Touring Opera, National Theatre of Scotland, Nottingham Playhouse and Scottish Dance Theatre in association with V & A Dundee.
Take a view
Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013 Lyttelton Exhibition Area 7 Dec – 9 Feb
One of our most eagerly anticipated exhibitions returns for its seventh year, sponsored by Network Rail. The full-colour book will be available in the NT Bookshop. Photographer and awards founder Charlie Waite will be giving guided tours of the exhibition; for further details or tickets visit the website.
Photo Noir: The Art of Cornel Lucas Lyttelton Exhibition Area 17 Feb – 29 March
A new exhibition of work by the first stills photographer to be awarded a BAFTA for his service to the British Film Industry.
A new iPad app, featuring exclusive content from the National Theatre's archive, charts the history of the National Theatre through 50 stage productions from The Recruiting Officer in 1963 to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Effect in 2012. Playwright Nicholas Wright gives an overall introduction as well as a unique insight into each individual production. The app will be updated later in the year with additional audio and video features and a selection of archive programmes. As part of the National Theatre's 50th celebrations this app is offered free of charge. http://50.nationaltheatre.org.uk/online/timeline-app
Discover new skills and experience the excitement of theatre-making at the National with our inspiring programme for all ages. nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning
For Schools and Colleges
EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES
Primary schools Workshops and projects exploring the production with a creative approach to the primary curriculum. KS1 and 2.
Secondary Schools Free pre-show workshops for schools booking for the production.
Workshops exploring the play's narrative, structure and form for KS4/5 students
Sixth Form Conference
6 Feb, 10.30am – 3.30pm
A series of masterclasses on interpreting and staging the play.
NT Revealed for students
4 Feb Devising
12 Feb Costume, Wigs,Hair & Make-up
11 Mar Lighting & Sound
25 Mar A Taste of Honey
Student workshops and preshow Q&A available for every production, KS3+
Supporting Learning programmes are available for One Man, Two Guvnors, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse in the West End and on tour. curiousonstage.com onemantwoguvnors.com/learning warhorseonstage.com/learning
The 2013/14 cycle of New Views, the NT's playwriting programme for students aged 15-19, has begun in 69 schools nationally and at the Bristol Old Vic; The Curve, Leicester; the New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent; and at the NT. For more information visit www.new-views.tv.
CPD courses now booking: Devising & Adaptation, Verbatim Theatre.
For Young People
The 2013/14 cycle of Connections, the NT's festival of new plays for young people has begun, with 235 youth theatre companies and 26 partner theatres across the UK and Ireland taking part.
Digital learning materials offer unique insights into making theatre, from directing to stage fighting, voice work, costume, set design and much more. Our specially produced content includes short films, interactive whiteboard resources, podcasts,
interviews and iTunes U courses, all available free of charge.
NEW BBC Learning Zone
A special programme exploring how The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time was adapted for the stage, featuring interviews, rehearsal footage and extracts from the NT Live recording of the play. Available on the Learning Zone as a series of
class clips (URL): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dwq2r/clip
NEW Othello interactive whiteboard resource
A richly resourced flipchart comprising questions, exclusive footage from the NT Live
broadcast and insights into the recent production from cast members and the director. Designed to support English at GCSE or A-level and equivalent.
SHOPPING AND E*TING
Opening times Mon – Sat 11am to 9pm, Sundays 12 noon to 6pm
Shopping and E*ting is an exciting pop-up shop, café and bar celebrating 50 years of the National Theatre. Located on the South Bank and set against the backdrop of the National Theatre's iconic building, Shopping and E*ting offers perfect presents for everyone, with an eclectic mix of unique products from limited edition screen prints celebrating 50 years of the NT to Everybody Dies – our infographic on Shakespeare's tragedies. There is delicious artisan street food from our trademark 1950s Citroen van as well as tempting cocktails.
The National Theatre Story by Daniel Rosenthal, drawing on unprecedented access to the National Theatre's archives, unpublished correspondence and more than 100 new interviews with directors, playwrights and actors, is now available in the Bookshop and Shopping and E*ting, published by Oberon Books.
11 November 2013
Public booking for King Lear, A Taste of Honey, Analog.Ue and further performances of From Morning to Midnight, Emil and the Detectives and The Light Princess opens on 29 November; public booking for Blurred Lines is now open.
Book tickets online at nationaltheatre.org.uk
Box Office: 020 7452 3000, open 9.30am – 8pm Information: 020 7452 3400
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