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National Theatre Programming Mar - Jul 2011


The Travelex £12 Season opens with Zoë Wanamaker as Ranyevskaya in THE CHERRY ORCHARD, directed by Howard Davies

LONDON ROAD, book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe, music and lyrics by Adam Cork, is directed by Rufus Norris

Nicholas Hytner directs James Corden in Richard Bean’s ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS in the Lyttelton and on tour

Ibsen’s EMPEROR AND GALILEAN is directed by Jonathan Kent, with Andrew Scott leading the cast

Katie Mitchell directs A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS by Thomas Heywood

Nicholas Hytner’s production of HAMLET returns for 12 performances in the Lyttelton following its tour

The 2011 CONNECTIONS Festival offers 10 new plays performed by young companies from across the UK


Watch This Space returns for the summer; Platforms, Exhibitions and Discover

THE CHERRY ORCHARD                           Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Previews from 10 May, press night 17 May, continuing in repertoire

THE CHERRY ORCHARD by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Andrew Upton, will open the 2011 Travelex £12 Tickets season in the Olivier Theatre on 17 May, directed by Howard Davies.  NT Associate Zoë Wanamaker returns to the National as Ranyevskaya; the cast also includes Claudie Blakley (as Varya), Mark Bonnar (Trofimov), Pip Carter (Yepihodov), Kenneth Cranham (Firs), Paul Dodds, Craige Els, Mark Fleischmann, Colin Haigh, Conleth Hill (Lopakhin), Gerald Kyd (Yasha), James Laurenson (Gaev), Tim McMullan (Simyonov-Pischik), Jessica Regan, Tim Samuels, Emily Taaffe (Dunyasha), Stephanie Thomas, Joseph Thompson, Rosie Thomson, Ellie Turner, Charity Wakefield (Anya) and Sarah Woodward (Charlotta).
Ranyevskaya returns more or less bankrupt after ten years abroad.  Luxuriating in her fading moneyed world and regardless of the increasingly hostile forces outside, she and her brother snub the lucrative scheme of Lopakhin, a peasant turned entrepreneur, to save the family estate. In so doing, they put up their lives to auction and seal the fate of the beloved orchard.

Set at the very start of the twentieth century, THE CHERRY ORCHARD captures a poignant moment in Russia’s history as the country rolls inexorably towards 1917. This spirited new version of Chekhov’s last play reunites director Howard Davies with Andrew Upton following their acclaimed NT productions of Philistines and The White Guard.

Zoë Wanamaker’s leading roles at the National have included Much Ado About Nothing, The Rose Tattoo, His Girl Friday, Battle Royal and The Crucible.  Her other recent theatre appearances include All My Sons (West End), Awake and Sing (Lincoln Center, New York – Tony Award nomination), The Boston Marriage and the title role in Electra at the Donmar Warehouse (Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, also in New York).  Her extensive television work includes My Family, Poirot, Dr Who, Miss Marple, Gormenghast and Love Hurts; films include Wilde, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and My Week with Marilyn.

Andrew Upton’s stage adaptations include Bulgakov’s The White Guard and Gorky’s Philistines for the National Theatre; and, for Sydney Theatre Company, where he is co-artistic director with Cate Blanchett, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, Hedda Gabler, Don Juan and Cyrano de Bergerac.  His original plays include Riflemind and The Hanging Man.

Howard Davies is an Associate Director at the NT, where his recent productions include The White Guard (Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Burnt by the Sun, Gethsemane, Her Naked Skin, Never So Good, Philistines, The Life of Galileo, The House of Bernarda Alba and Mourning Becomes Electra.  He recently directed  Zoë Wanamaker in All My Sons in the West End.

The production will be designed by Bunny Christie (who won the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for The White Guard), with lighting by Neil Austin, music by Dominic Muldowney and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Half the tickets for the Travelex £12 shows in the Olivier Theatre are £12 (the rest are £20 and £30). 

THE CHERRY ORCHARD will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 30 June (see page 8).

Press night:   Tuesday 17 May
Contact:  Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LONDON ROAD                                           Cottesloe Theatre
Previews from 7 April, press night 14 April, playing in repertoire until 18 June

LONDON ROAD, book and lyrics by Alecky Blythe, music and lyrics by Adam Cork, opens at the Cottesloe Theatre on 14 April, directed by Rufus Norris.  The cast is:  Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley, Howard Ward and Duncan Wisbey.  The designer is Katrina Lindsay, with lighting by Bruno Poet, music direction by David Shrubsole, movement by Javier de Frutos and sound by Paul Arditti.

In the autumn of 2006, the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The residents of London Road had struggled for years with the soliciting and kerb-crawling that they frequently encountered. As Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the immediate community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.

Adam Cork uses the melodic and rhythmic speech patterns captured on playwright Alecky Blythe’s extensive recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create an experimental and challenging work which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual dependence.

Alecky Blythe won a Time Out Award for her first play, Come Out Eli.In 2009 her play The Girlfriend Experience transferred from the Royal Court to the Young Vic; her most recent production, Do We Look Like Refugees?, won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and will visit Riverside Studios and Drum Theatre, Plymouth in May, in a co-production by the NT Studio/Rustaveli Theatre, Georgia (see page 9 below).

Adam Cork’s theatre work includes scores and sound designs for Phèdre, All’s Well That Ends Well, Time and the Conways and Danton’s Death at the National; Enron at Chichester, Royal Court, West End and Broadway; Red (for which he won the Tony Award for Best Sound Design)and Hamlet for the Donmar in London and on Broadway; No Man’s Land and A View From the Bridge at the Duke of York’s; and Six Characters in Search of an Author at the Gielgud and Chichester.

Rufus Norris has directed Death and the King’s Horseman and Market Boy at the National; his work also includes productions of Vernon God Little, Tintin, Sleeping Beauty, Peribanez and Afore Night Come for the Young Vic, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway), Festen (Almeida, West End, on tour and on Broadway, for which he received the Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Cabaret (West End) and Don Giovanni (ENO).

Press night:  Thursday 14 April
Contact:  Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS                                               Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 17 May, press night 24 May, touring from 27 September

Nicholas Hytner directs ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS by Richard Bean, based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre on 24 May.  James Corden returns to the National for the first time since The History Boys  to head the cast, which also includes David Benson, Oliver Chris, Polly Conway, Martyn Ellis, Trevor Laird, Claire Lams, Paul Lancaster, Gareth Mason, Fred Ridgeway, Daniel Rigby, Jemima Rooper and Suzie Toase. The associate director will be Cal McCrystal and the production will be designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Grant Olding and sound design by Paul Arditti.

In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Richard Bean’s plays include England People Very Nice for the National; The Heretic, Harvest (winner of the 2006 Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play), Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast at the Royal Court; and The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour.

James Corden last appeared at the National Theatre in Nicholas Hytner’s original production of The History Boys, which transferred to Broadway, toured internationally and was adapted for the screen.  Since then, his TV work includes Gavin and Stacey, Horne and Corden (both of which he co-wrote) and Fat Friends.

Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Stephen Pimlott), Rafta, Rafta… , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, England People Very Nice, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance and Hamlet.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS will go on tour following its run at the Lyttelton Theatre, visiting Aylesbury, Plymouth, Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh  (see page 8 for details).

Press night:  Tuesday 24 May
Contact: Becky Sayer on 020 7452 3233; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EMPEROR AND GALILEAN                                    Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Previews from 9 June, press night 15 June, continuing in repertoire

Jonathan Kent directs EMPEROR AND GALILEAN by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Ben Power, opening in the Olivier on 15 June as part of the Travelex £12 tickets season.  Andrew Scott plays Julian, with Ian McDiarmid as Maximus;  the cast also includes Jamie Ballard, Simon Coombs, Daniel Flynn, John Heffernan, Chris Jared, James McArdle, Simon Merrells, Carole Nimmons, Genevieve O’Reilly, Lara Rossi, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Sargon Yelda. 

Charting the true odyssey of an astonishing man, Julian, as he struggles to find spiritual fulfilment and political pre-eminence, Ibsen’s lost masterpiece sweeps across Greece and the Middle East from AD351, covering 12 crucial years in the history of civilisation.

Made Emperor, Julian attemps to abolish Christianity and restore the old gods. But met with fierce resistance, this great free-thinker becomes a tyrant more hated than his brutal predecessor Constantius. And in arousing the Christians from their apathy he advances their cause, his life and death altering the course of history in stark opposition to his intent.

Ibsen’s magnificent farewell to epic drama tackles faith head on. A cast of 50 will perform this new version, creating a cathedral of sound and ritual.

Andrew Scott last appeared at the National in Aristocrats;  his theatre work includes Cock, Dying City and A Girl in a Car with a Man (Olivier Award), Crave and Dublin Carol (also Old Vic) at the Royal Court, Sea Wall at the Bush and Traverse, and The Vertical Hour on Broadway. TV includes Garrow’s Law, Sherlock, Foyle’s War, John Adams, The Quatermass Experiment, My Life in Film, The Plot to Kill Hitler and Band of Brothers.

Ben Power is a writer and dramaturg, and an Associate Director of the National. Work for the NT includes The Things She Sees (NT Connections), and dramaturgy on Earthquakes in London and Greenland. His plays for Headlong, where he was an Associate Director, include: Six Characters in Search of an Author with Rupert Goold (West End and international tour); Faustus with Rupert Goold (Hampstead Theatre and national tour); and Paradise Lost (national tour).

Jonathan Kent’s productions for the NT include Oedipus and The False Servant.  As joint artistic director, with Ian McDiarmid, of the Almeida Theatre for over ten years, his productions included Ivanov, The Tempest, Medea (also West End and Broadway), Richard II and Coriolanus (Almeida at Gainsborough Studios), Phèdre, Britannicus and Plenty (Almeida at the Albery Theatre); and Lulu, Platonov and King Lear (Almeida at King’s Cross).  In 2008 he directed Marguerite, The Sea and The Country Wife at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

The production will be designed by Paul Brown with lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Jonathan Dove, video by Nina Dunn, movement by Denni Sayers and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Press night:  Wednesday 15 June
Contact:  Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Travelex £12 Tickets, Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 12 July, press night 19 July, continuing in repertoire

A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS by Thomas Heywood will be directed by Katie Mitchell in the Lyttelton Theatre.  Half the tickets for the production will be Travelex £12 Tickets (with the rest at £20 and £30).   The production will be designed by Lizzie Clachan and Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Joseph Alford and sound by Gareth Fry.

A startling domestic thriller writen in 1603, A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS strips bare two women’s lives – with forensic realism – in one of the first tragedies ever to be written about ordinary people.

Two women fight for their emotional survival in a rural wilderness dominated by men, money and an unbending morality.  Fast-moving, frightening and erotic, this will be a radical production of a major play.

Katie Mitchell is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where herwork includes: …some trace of her, Women of Troy, Attempts on her Life, Waves, The Seagull, Three Sisters, A Dream Play, Iphigenia at Aulis, Ivanov, The Oresteia, The Cat in the Hat and Beauty and the Beast.

Press night:  Tuesday 19 July
Contact: Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HAMLET                                             Travelex £12 Tickets, Lyttelton Theatre
12 performances only, 13 – 23 April

Following its tour, Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of HAMLET, with Evening Standard Best Actor award-winner Rory Kinnear in the title role, returns to the National for a strictly limited run of 12 performances from 13 – 23 April, this time in the Lyttelton Theatre.

The cast also includes David Calder, Clare Higgins, Patrick Malahide and James Laurenson (nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Supporting Actor).  Ellie Turner takes over the role of Ophelia for the Lyttelton performances.
Contact: Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONNECTIONS FESTIVAL                         Cottesloe and Olivier Theatres
29 June – 4 July

The Connections Festival is the culmination of the National’s year-long, nationwide festival of new writing for young performers, with premieres of ten new plays for young people by writers including Alia Bano, Katori Hall, Nell Leyshon and Douglas Maxwell.  Nearly 200 young theatre companies from Cornwall to the Shetland Islands have taken part in Connections 2011 and its nineteen regional festivals, culminating in the Connections Festival in the Olivier and Cottesloe Theatres, which showcases an example of each play.

This year’s plays travel from sixteenth-century Norfolk to Rwanda, from the story of the Pied Piper to the very contemporary worlds of repatriation parades and cosmetic surgery. They are: BASSETT by James Graham, THE BEAUTY MANIFESTO by Nell Leyshon, CHILDREN OF KILLERS by Katori Hall, CLOUD BUSTING by Helen Blakeman adapted from the novel by Malorie Blackman, FRANK & FERDINAND by Samuel Adamson, GAP by Alia Bano, GARGANTUA by Carl Grose, SHOOTING TRUTH by Molly Davies, THOSE LEGS by Noel Clarke and TOO FAST by Douglas Maxwell.

All ten plays will be published in an anthology by Methuen, which will be available from the NT Bookshop and bookshops across the UK.

National Theatre Connections is supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Connections is also supported by a number of individuals, trusts and foundations.

Contact: Becky Sayer on 020 7452 3233; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Following its run at the National, Nicholas Hytner’s production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS will tour the UK with its original cast led by James Corden, visiting:  Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (27 September – 1 October); Theatre Royal, Plymouth (4 – 8 October); The Lowry, Salford (11 – 15 October); New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (18 – 22 October); and King’s Theatre, Edinburgh (25 – 29 October).

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: Frankenstein (17 & 24 March), The Cherry Orchard (30 June)
For the first time, National Theatre Live is to broadcast two separate performances of a production. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle’s production of FRANKENSTEIN, a new play by Nick Dear based on Mary Shelley’s novel, will be filmed twice to allow audiences in cinemas the chance to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.

Frankenstein, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor, will be broadcast live to cinemas in the UK and Europe on 17 March at 7.00pm as already announced. The additional filmed performance with the leading roles reversed – Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor – will be screened in the UK and Europe on 24 March, also at 7.00pm (with worldwide screenings of both performances at a later date).

Howard Davies’s production of THE CHERRY ORCHARD will be broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre on 30 June (see page 1 for production details).

National Theatre Live is sponsored by Aviva.

Contact:  Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


FELA! at Sadler’s Wells, 20 July – 28 August
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, FELA! will play at Sadler’s Wells this summer.  A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, Fela! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. The show earned three Olivier Award nominations, including Best New Musical and Best Choreographer for Bill T Jones.
Fela! is presented by Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, FELA Broadway LLC, in association with the National Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.

Press contact:  Abigail Desch on 020 7863 8119; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Riverside Studios, 19 – 29 May; Drum Theatre Plymouth, 1 – 4 June
Alecky Blythe’s extraordinary verbatim play, originally produced by the Rustaveli Theatre in Georgia and the National Theatre Studio, is created from interviews with refugees who lost their homes after the 2008 August War between Georgia and Russia.  As hope of returning to their homeland becomes a distant dream, this refugee settlement near Tbilisi is evolving into a permanent small town.  Stories of love and enterprise emerge in this poignant and surprisingly humorous play.
Do We Look Like Refugees?! is supported by the British Council.

WATCH THIS SPACE                                  July to September
Join us in Theatre Square for theatre, fire, circus, juggling, music, dance and street performance;  the National’s free festival of outdoor entertainment is back this summer.  A full schedule will be available in May.

Contact: Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 unless stated* = Platform followed by booksigning

Ryan Craig and Laurie Sansom on The Holy Rosenbergs  18 March, Cottesloe 
Writer Ryan Craig and director Laurie Sansom discuss this new play.

Edward Petherbridge *                                                             23 March, Cottesloe 
Petherbridge was Stoppard's original Guildenstern and a definitive Lord Peter Wimsey. Slim Chances is part-memoir/part-masterclass, telling of his early career, his work with Olivier, and the NT Company he founded with Ian McKellen.

Alecky Blythe, Adam Cork and Rufus Norris on London Road27 April, Cottesloe
The writer, composer and director discuss their new work.

Angus Jackson on Rocket to the Moon                                         3 May, Lyttelton
The director discusses his production of Clifford Odets’ play.

Celia Imrie *                                                                                       4 May, Cottesloe
The actress talks to Fidelis Morgan about her career, which includes Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques and Sybil Thorndike in Plague over England, and her adventurous life, as revealed in The Happy Hoofer.

Attention to Detail                                                                            9 May, Cottesloe
Actor and writer Robin Soans is joined by Celia Imrie and Tim McInnerny to present some of his new verbatim monologues, taken from interviews with subjects from
do-gooders and racecourse stewards to torture victims.

Phil Daniels *                                                                                     1 June, Cottesloe
Class Actor is both an autobiography and a portrait of working-class British popular culture of the past 30 years, and includes the actor’s roles in films Scum and Quadrophenia, and in Dealer’s Choice and Carousel at the NT.

Alan Bennett *                                                                                   13 June, Lyttelton
Alan Bennett returns to the National as his latest book, Smut: Two Unseemly Stories, is published.

Jonathan Kent on Emperor and Galilean                          16 June, 5.30pm, Olivier
Jonathan Kent talks about his new production of Ibsen’s historical epic.

Nicholas Hytner on One Man, Two Guvnors                                27 June, Lyttelton
The National’s Director discusses his production.

Connections Writers’ Forum                                                           4 July, Lyttelton 
To celebrate this year’s Connections plays, the writers gather to talk about how they created their new dramas for young people.

Chekhov: A Man for our Time? *                                                    15 July, Olivier
Despite international admiration, a campaign to save Chekhov’s house in Yalta faced huge political and financial struggles. His biographer Rosamund Bartlett is joined by special guests to question his relevance in his homeland today. 

In Conversation with…                                                                    3pm (1hr), £5/£4
A series of afternoon interviews with members of the company, who talk about their current role and career, and answer your questions. Chaired by Al Senter.
Henry Goodman                                           Mon 23 May, Cottesloe
Keeley Hawes and Joseph Millson             Thu 9 June, Lyttelton
James Corden                                               Mon 27 June, Lyttelton
Zoë Wanamaker                                            Fri 15 July, Olivier 

Weekend Platform
Naturalism: From East to West
18 Jun, 10.30am (90 mins), Lyttelton, £5/£4
Konstantin Stanislavski directed the premiere of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904. His pioneering style of acting had a profound influence on the work of Lee Strasberg’s Group Theatre in 1930s New York, where Odets’ Rocket to the Moon premiered in 1938, the year Stanislavski died. A chance to explore the dramatic style known as Naturalism, the acting methods it requires, and how they manifest themselves nowadays in modern productions.


Danny Boyle and Nick Dear on Frankenstein                               14 March, Olivier
The director and adaptor talk about their production of the classic novel.

Frankenstein’s Creator: Mary Shelley *                                         15 March, Olivier
A glimpse into the life of Mary Shelley with Claire Tomalin, biographer of her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, and Daisy Hay, author of Young Romantics, celebrating the idealistic circle who were there when she first told the tale of a monster.

Josephine Hart presents Romantic Poetry                                   15 April, Olivier
Josephine Hart’s star-studded readings bring the poetry alive with her astute observations and illuminating asides. Celebrating the great romantic-gothic world of Frankenstein, she presents the work of Shelley, Byron and their Romantic contemporaries.

Unnatural Creations *                                                                      20 April, Olivier
Science writer Philip Ball looks at the cultural history of ‘anthropoeia’ in his new book, Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People, and explores how myths and stories from Frankenstein to Brave New World express fears about the allegedly treacherous, Faustian nature of technology. 

Greenland events in the Lyttelton

Tim Flannery & David Shukman *                                                              10 March, 6pm
The Australian mammalogist, paleontologist and adviser on climate change to the South Australian Premier discusses Here On Earth, his twin biography of life and the planet, with the BBC Correspondent David Shukman.

Michael Jacobs: Beyond Hope & Despair – The Global Politics of Climate Change                                                                                      1 April, c. 9.45pm
Michael Jacobs, writer, academic and Special Adviser to Gordon Brown from 2004-10, talks about what really happens in international negotiations and the difficulties (and occasional successes) in trying to make policy inside 10 Downing St.

Nigel Lawson: An Appeal to Reason – A Cool Look at Global Warming *
4 April, 7pm (90 mins) £7.50

Lord Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, speaks about his views, analysis and distinctive perspective.

David King & Gabrielle Walker: How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On *11 April, 7pm (90 mins) £7.50
Sir David King was the Chief Scientific Adviser to H.M. Government under both Blair and Brown; he co-wrote The Hot Topic with the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Planet Earth Under Threat, Dr Gabrielle Walker and here they talk about their views on the subject.

Contact: Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Stage by Stage, a permanent exhibition on the National’s history is in the Olivier Circle, plus a changing programme throughout the year, FREE to attend.

POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE                                               14 March – 8 May
Straight from its successful showing at the Museum of London, an exhibition of arresting images depicting how London may look if we do not take action against the threat of climate change. Created by artists Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones, the project is based upon a series of 16 views of London which are transformed from the familiar to the startling, using the visual language of climate change to create provocative images. Each pristine image is defined by an astonishing degree of clarity and definition. Postcards from the Future sets out to create illusory spaces in which people can explore the issues of a changed world and not reject them as ‘stuff that happens to other people’. 

ROCKIN’ (THE ROCKABILLY SCENE)                        11 April – 15 May
For enthusiasts, rockabilly isn’t just a kind of music, it’s a way of life. A raw fusion of rhythm and blues with country and western, rockabilly heralded the start of the teenage rebellion in America in the early 1950s. The stripped down sound witnessed a revival in the 1970s and has continued until today, with rockabillies embracing not only the music but the clothes, cars and lifestyle of 1950s youth counterculture. Rockin’ is photographer Andrew Shaylor’s unique portrayal and subsequent book of the contemporary rockabilly scene. Shaylor captures the raw energy of the music and the commitment of the rockabilly community to authenticity. 

COLLIER CAMPBELL                                                          23 May – 3 July
Sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell are award-winning textile designers whose work is known all over the world, having produced some of the most iconic prints of the second half of the 20th Century. They have collaborated with many design houses such as Jaeger, Yves St Laurent, Cacherel, Habitat and Liberty of London Prints. Their designs continue to be featured with many high street retailers. In 2011 Collier Campbell will be 50 years old and will be relaunching their own brand of fashion and home products. To celebrate this milestone, this exhibition showcases a selection of their work including the processes through which the designs were created. Some of this work will be available for purchase.

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Discover: National Theatre
A programme of events and activities for people of all ages to discover more about the National Theatre.

For adults
In Depth: Mary Shelley (10, 17, 24 March, 2-5pm, NT Studio)
As Frankenstein opens, artists and academics lead this short course exploring Mary Shelley’s extraordinary life and what we think today of her vision of the unnatural.  £50 including Frankenstein ticket. 

Theatreworks Open Courses
Half-day sessions of experiential learning:
Developing Resilience – standing your ground, 18 May
Gravitas, 25 May

For young people
Play Makers (18 – 21 April)
During the Easter holidays, young people aged 8 – 13 with a passion for theatre (either in the spotlight or behind the scenes) will have the opportunity to work for a week with National Theatre specialists to create a unique devised performance, which will be presented to family and friends in the Cottesloe Theatre.

For teachers
Short courses for teachers on Writing Plays in Class (25-26 March); Stimulating Devised Theatre (8-9 April); Commedia dell’Arte (1-2 July); and the annual event Shakespeare on Stage (22 July).

For secondary schools
Naturalism: From East to West (18 June)
Ideal for AS/A-level drama and theatre studies, linking to The Cherry Orchard and Rocket to the Moon (see page 11).

Student workshops
Two-hour production and skills-related workshops are available for KS 3-5 school groups visiting the NT.

For further details on all Discover activities, and video and audio content from and about past and current productions, visit
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23 February 2011

Public Information:
Public phone/online booking for new productions in the March – July season opens on 10 March. 
Book tickets online at  
Box Office:  020 7452 3000, open 9.30am – 8pm  Fax:  020 7452 3030
Information:  020 7452 3400

Travelex £12 Tickets                                    d
The National Theatre would appreciate an acknowledgement in the body of the text and/or as a separate footnote following editorial copy, for example:

The Cherry Orchard, a Travelex £12 Ticket show’

The National Theatre is working in partnership with American Express

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is sponsored by Aviva

Education at the National Theatre is supported by Goldman Sachs

National Theatre  Connections is supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Innovation at the National Theatre, including the production of Greenland, is sponsored by Accenture

The National Theatre’s Cottesloe Partner is Neptune Investment Management

Philips and the National Theatre are working in partnership to reduce energy consumption.

The National Theatre’s airline partner is American Airlines

The National Theatre’s photographic images partner is Corbis

Frankenstein is sponsored by Coutts & Co
The production is also supported by a syndicate of individual donors.

Season’s Greetings is supported by KPMG

The National Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of US partner
Bob Boyett.

The National Theatre is supported by Arts Council England.

THE NATIONAL’S REPERTOIRE as of 23 February 2011
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18 January 2011

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Becky Sayer
020 7452 3233



22 & 23 February

Mary Parker
020 7452 32324



16 March

Becky Sayer
020 7452 3233



30 March

Mary Parker
020 7452 3234



14 April

Lucinda Morrison
020 7452 3232



17 May

Mary Parker
020 7452 3234



24 May

Becky Sayer
020 7452 3233



15 June

Mary Parker
020 7452 3232


Cottesloe & Olivier

29 June – 4 July

Becky Sayer
020 7452 3233



19 July

Lucinda Morrison
020 7452 3232


Cinemas worldwide


Mary Parker
020 7452 3234


New London Theatre


Lincoln Center Theatre, New York


Janine Shalom,
Premier PR
020 7292 8330
Philip Rinaldi
001 212 501 3201




Laura Horton
020 7452 3231