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LONDON: The National Announces Schedule for Jun-Nov 2012


Howard Barker’s SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION is directed by Tom Cairns in the Lyttelton, with Fiona Shaw leading the cast

THIS HOUSE, a new play by James Graham, is directed by Jeremy Herrin in the Cottesloe

The Travelex £12 Tickets season culminates in DAMNED BY DESPAIR by Tirso de Molina, in a new version by Frank McGuinness, directed by Bijan Sheibani

NATIONAL THEATRE INSIDE OUT celebrates the Jubilee and Olympic summer with Watch This Space, The Pop-up Workshop, The Big Bell Breakfast, Theatre, Exhibitions and Propstore

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS embarks on a new UK tour

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Last of the Haussmans, Timon of Athens and The Count of Monte Cristo 

{module ad_london_hotels}THIS HOUSE Cottesloe Theatre
Previews from 18 September, press night 25 September, in repertoire until 1 December

THIS HOUSE, a new play by James Graham, will open at the Cottesloe Theatre on 25 September.  Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the production will be designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson;  the cast includes Phil Daniels, Philip Glenister and Julian Wadham.

1974.  The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament.  In a culture hostile to cooperation, it’s a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote.  It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions.

Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

James Graham won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play of 2007 for Eden's Empire.  His plays also include Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre at the Soho Theatre; The Whisky Taster at the Bush Theatre; and Bassett for NT Connections.

Phil Daniels’ National Theatre appearances include Carousel, Dealer’s Choice and The Winter’s Tale; screen credits include Quadrophenia, Scum, Breaking Glass, EastEnders, and Blur’s Parklife.  Philip Glenister, who makes his NT debut, is known to a wide television audience for Mad Dogs, Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars and Clocking Off.  Julian Wadham’s many appearances at the National include Much Ado About Nothing, Tartuffe, The Winter’s Tale and The Madness of George III.

Jeremy Herrin is Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre.  His recent credits include Absent Friends (West End), Uncle Vanya (Chichester), Death and the Maiden (West End), South Downs (Chichester & West End), and Children’s Children (Almeida).

THIS HOUSE is sponsored by Neptune Investment Management, the National’s Cottesloe Partner.

Press night:  Tuesday 25 September 

SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION                           Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 27 September, press night 4 October, continuing in repertoire

Howard Barker’s SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION will open at the Lyttelton Theatre on 4 October, directed by Tom Cairns, with Fiona Shaw leading the cast.  The production will be designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with sound and music by Ben and Max Ringham.

Commissioned to paint a vast canvas celebrating the triumphant Battle of Lepanto, the free-spirited Galactia creates instead a breathtaking scene of war-torn carnage. In her fierce determination to stay true to herself, she alienates the authorities and faces incarceration. Her younger lover Carpeta is approached to take over and seizes the assignment for himself.

Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution makes sixteenth-century Venice the setting for a fearless exploration of sexual politics and the timeless tension between personal ambition and moral responsibility, between the patron’s demands and the artist’s autonomy. Fiona Shaw takes the role of Galactia in this darkly humorous and provocative play.

Howard Barker’s works have been played by the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Open Space Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and the Almeida (where Scenes from an Execution received its English stage premiere in 1990), as well as extensively in Europe, the United States and Australia. He is currently Artistic Director of The Wrestling School, a company established to disseminate his works and develop his theory of production. He is the author of plays for marionettes, three librettos for opera, two works of theory, and five volumes of poetry.

Fiona Shaw has appeared in many leading roles in NT productions, including London Assurance, Mother Courage and Her Children, Happy Days (also Paris, Madrid, Epidaurus, Washington, New York, Amsterdam and Dublin), Richard II, The Good Person of Sichuan (Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress), The Powerbook and  Machinal (Olivier & Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress).  Elsewhere: John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey Theatre, Ireland & New York), Julius Caesar (Barbican), Medea (West End & Broadway: Evening Standard Best Actress Award), Electra (RSC), and The Waste Land (international tour).  Her recent screen work includes Dorian Gray, The Tree of Life andthe Harry Potter films.

Tom Cairns' theatre work includes Aristocrats (NT), Being Shakespeare (West End, New York and Chicago), Phaedra (Donmar Warehouse), All About My Mother and Cloud Nine (Old Vic), A Chain Play and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Almeida); opera includes Thomas Ades' The Tempest and La Voix Humaine (ROH) and The Second Mrs Kong (Glyndebourne).  On screen, he directed Marie and Bruce (co-written with Wallace Shawn), the award-winning series Amongst Women and the Grammy-nominated Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein. 

SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION is supported by American Express.

Press night: Tuesday 4 October

DAMNED BY DESPAIR                    Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Previews from 2 October, press night 10 October, continuing in repertoire

Bijan Sheibani directs DAMNED BY DESPAIR by Tirso de Molina, in a new version by Frank McGuinness, opening in the Olivier on 10 October as the final production in the 2012 Travelex £12 Tickets season.  The cast includes Sebastian Armesto, Bertie Carvel, Rory Keenan and Amanda Lawrence;  the production will have set designs by Giles Cadle, costumes by Moritz Junge, lighting by Jon Clark, video by Finn Ross, music and sound by Dan Jones, movement by Aline David and fights by Kate Waters.

Written in 1635 by the great Spanish dramatist Tirso de Molina, Damned by Despair is brought to vivid life in a new version by Frank McGuinness. A fast-paced adventure story embracing bandits and beautiful women between glimpses of heaven and hell, this subversive and at times riotous exploration of faith and the transformative power of love races across the Italian landscape: relishing the unpredictability of fate, an extraordinary array of characters and their very real dilemmas.

Obsessed with his own salvation, the hermit Paulo (Sebastian Armesto) dedicates himself to ten years of prayerful penance. When his faith wavers, the ever-watchful Devil seizes the moment to convince him that he shares the fate of one Enrico (Bertie Carvel), a notorious Neapolitan gangster destined for damnation. Swearing vengeance, Paulo lashes out against God and assembles a band of rival outlaws. And yet, even as their villainous crimes escalate, the possibility of redemption hovers over the two men, perhaps within reach.

Sebastian Armesto has previously appeared at the NT in A Woman Killed with Kindness (Ian Charleson Award commendation) and Rocket to the Moon; theatre also includes Wallenstein (Chichester) and Alaska (Royal Court).  Television and film includes Parade’s End, Zen, Little Dorrit, The Palace, The Tudors, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Anonymous, Dead Cat and Bright Star.

Bertie Carvel’s recent stage work includes Miss Trunchbull in the RSC’s Matilda (Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical), the title role in Doctor Dee (Manchester International Festival), Rope (Almeida), The Pride (Royal Court), The Circle (Chichester & tour), Parade (Donmar Warehouse), and for the National, The Man of Mode, Coram Boy and The Life of Galileo. Television includes Hidden, The Crimson Petal and the White, Sherlock and John Adams.

Bijan Sheibani is an Associate Director at the NT, where his credits include The Kitchen, Our Class, Greenland and the US touring production of War Horse. He was formerly the Artistic Director of ATC for whom he directed co-productions of The Brothers Size and Eurydice with the Young Vic, and the Olivier Award-winning production of Gone Too Far! with the Royal Court.

2012 marks the tenth anniversary of Travelex Tickets at the National (see Platform, page 9).  Almost half the tickets for Damned by Despair are £12 (the rest are £22 and £32).  Media partner:  The Independent.

Press night: Wednesday 10 October

1 June – 9 September

Between 1 June and 9 September, the National will stage NATIONAL THEATRE INSIDE OUT, in partnership with American Express, offering a packed festival programme as the theatre bursts out onto its riverside terraces and squares. See for full details.

Watch This Space Festival
1 June – 9 September, Theatre Square, FREE
The Watch This Space Festival bursts out onto Theatre Square in front of the National for another season of free outdoor entertainment and is bigger, bolder and brasher than ever. From around the globe we welcome circus performers, musicians and street theatre entertainers; tap dancers, street dancers, ballroom dancers and
contemporary dancers; jugglers, acrobats, aerialists and hulahoopers; hairdressers, DJs, VJs and pyrotechnicians.

The Pop-up Workshop
2 June – 9 September, Riverside Terrace, most events FREE
Join NT specialists to discover the art of theatre-making. Be a theatre director for the day or explore voice and movement. Discover how the War Horse Company bring Joey to life, meet leading playwrights, and learn physical comedy skills from One
Man, Two Guvnors. Design a model box, or create terrifying wounds to shock your family. The Pop-up Workshop also offers captivating performances for young audiences , including Cesario, Bryony Lavery’s funny and touching new play about Shakespeare’s children from 22 – 25 August, commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival. All workshops are free: advance booking is advised for many.

Theatre Inside Out
New site-specific commissions from two NT Studio affiliate companies, performed in secret rooftop locations at the National.

Made In China Get Stuff Break Free,25 June – 4 July, 8.45pm, tickets £10
A funny and moving parable of disconnection, consumerism and the flickering hope of overcoming them.

non zero one you’ll see me [sailing in antarctica], 6 – 15 July, tickets £10
non zero one invite audiences to gather around a large table to explore the way we look and the way we see.

Me and My Shadow
10 – 26 June, National Theatre Ground Floor Foyer, FREE
With four portals, one in each of London, Paris, Istanbul and Brussels, Me and My Shadow is an international telepresence experience that connects participants through a shared virtual environment. Each portal features 3D motion capture, interactive life-size projections and immersive soundscapes.

Big Bell Breakfast
27 July, From 7.45am FREE
On the first day of the Olympic Games the National Theatre will be ringing the giant bell from Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein on the Baylis Terrace at 8.00am.  Bring a hand bell, bring a bell with a bicycle attached, or download a bell app from<> to be part of the performance and join us for breakfast. This is the NT's contribution to 'Work No.1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes' by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed,  which invites the nation to ring thousands of bells of all kinds at 8am on 27 July.

Staging War Horse
18 June – 9 September, free
This new exhibition tells the full story of War Horse’s journey from the first early workshops to the stage – through designs, costume, models, puppets and video.

The Making of Timon
17 July – 9 September, free
An insight into the making of the NT’s new production of Timon of Athens and the world of the play in Jacobean London. Exhibition produced in association with the British Museum.

Propstore is a unique summer café-bar on the riverfront, created out of sets and scenery and filled with authentic props. It’s open every day from noon for delicious
street food to enjoy at tables inside and on the riverside, serving Meantime draught beer, Sipsmith spirits and English wines with music and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays until 2am.

Some of Inside Out’s highlights are part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.


ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS on tour to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
Richard Bean’s ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play and now playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and on Broadway – will embark on a second UK tour this autumn.  Nicholas Hytner’s production will visit:  Leicester Curve (25 October – 3 November); Newcastle Theatre Royal (6 – 10 November); Glasgow Theatre Royal (13 – 17 November);  Belfast Grand Opera (20 – 24 November); Blackpool Grand (27 November – 1 December); Norwich Theatre Royal (4 – 8 December); Leeds Grand (11 – 15 December); Venue Cymru, Llandudno (2 – 5 January 2013); The Lowry, Salford (8 – 19 January); Wales Millennium, Cardiff (22 – 26 January);  and Nottingham Theatre Royal (29 January – 2 February), followed by an international tour.    

The fourth season of National Theatre Live broadcasts opens on 6 September with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens.  It will be followed by The Last of the Haussmans, a new play by Stephen Beresford (11 October); Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens (1 November);  and The Count of Monte Cristo, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas and adapted by Richard Bean (17 January 2013), with further screenings to be announced. Since its launch in 2009, over 750,000 people worldwide have seen a National Theatre Live broadcast, with the live broadcasts available in 160 UK cinemas and performing arts venues.

National Theatre Live is supported by Aviva. For venue information and booking details, please visit

Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful plays for a strictly limited 16 performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 18 – 29 September.  Directed and adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, Private Peaceful has designs by Bill Talbot and sound by Jason Barnes. It is suitable for ages 8 yrs+.

Private Tommo Peaceful is a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

The National Theatre presents a Scamp Theatre production in association with Poonamallee Productions, by arrangement with the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
One Man, Two Guvnors will continue its run at the Haymarket from 1 October.


Full casting is announced for Nadia Fall’s production of THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA by Bernard Shaw, opening at the Lyttelton Theatre on 24 July.  The company i:s William Belchambers, Tom Burke, David Calder, Callum Coates, Jonathan Coote, Aden Gillett, Amy Hall, Paul Herzberg, Maggie McCarthy, Paul McCleary, Genevieve O’Reilly, Aimee Parkes, Robert Portal, Malcolm Sinclair, Samuel Taylor, Richard Teverson and Joseph Wilkins.

Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s award-winning music-theatre piece London Road returns to the Olivier Theatre from 28 July as part of the Travelex £12 Tickets season. Winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Musical, Rufus Norris’s production will play for a limited run in repertoire until 6 September.  Original cast members Clare Burt, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley and Duncan Wisbey are joined by James Doherty and Linzi Hateley.

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

Connections Writers’ Forum                       Mon 25 June, The Pop-up Workshop
The 2012 Connections Festival has an international flavour. The writers of this new collection of plays for young people assemble from around the world to talk about how they created their scripts.

Peter Bowles                                                                         Fri 29 June, Cottesloe BS
The actor, whose work includes To the Manor Born and The Rivals, invites us backstage to witness the job of acting as it really is in his new book, Behind the Curtain.

Marianne Elliott on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Thu 16 Aug, Cottesloe
The director talks about this stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel.

London Road: The Journey                                                Mon 20 Aug, Olivier
Writer Alecky Blythe, composer Adam Cork, director Rufus Norris and members of the cast reflect on the journey made by this ground-breaking piece of work.

Stephen Beresford on The Last of the HaussmansTue 21 Aug, Lyttelton
The playwright talks about his new play.

Mark Haddon                                                                         Tue 4 Sept, Cottesloe BS
The dramatist, artist, and author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House presents a one-man talk, Swimming and Flying.

Roald Dahl Day with Michael Rosen          Sat 8 Sept, 10.30am (1hr), Cottesloe BS
A morning of brilliant stories about Roald Dahl, celebrating his birthday and a new book about him, Fantastic Mr Dahl, written by the former Children’s Laureate and
poet Michael Rosen.

Nadia Fall on The Doctor’s DilemmaTue 11 Sept, Lyttelton
The director discusses her production of Shaw’s play.
Nicholas Hytner on Timon of AthensThu 20 Sept, Olivier
The director talks about his production.

James Graham and Jeremy Herrin on This HouseMon 8 Oct, Cottesloe
The playwright and director discuss this new play with Christopher Campbell.

10 Years of Travelex Tickets                                               Mon 15 Oct, Olivier
The National’s Director, Nicholas Hytner, looks back on some of the highlights of a decade of Travelex Tickets; he is joined by Lloyd Dorfman, Chairman of Travelex,
as well as key contributors to the seasons, including director Marianne Elliott.

Dominic Sandbrook                                                                         Fri 19 Oct, Cottesloe BS
Conflicted, angry, and surprisingly colourful, Britain in the mid-1970s was a political and cultural battleground. In his book, Seasons in the Sun, Dominic Sandbrook reveals how this period, as depicted in the new play, This House, was decisive in
the creation of modern Britain.

The Black Audience with Paterson Joseph                      Mon 22 Oct, Cottesloe
The actor, currently on tour in Julius Caesar, leads a discussion on the black community’s responsibility to support and encourage diverse expressions of black Britain on stage and screen.

Tom Cairns on Scenes from an Execution                       Mon 5 Nov, Lyttelton
The director talks about his new production.

Life Saving: Josephine Hart’s Introductions to Great Poets     
Wed 14 Nov, Lyttelton
Josephine Hart said that “for a girl with no sense of direction, poetry was a route map through life.” As the book of her illuminating introductions to the great poets is published posthumously, actors read her selection of American and British verse.

Edna O’Brien                                                                         Tue 20 Nov, Cottesloe BS
In Country Girl, the author reflects with great honesty on a literary life of high drama and contemplation, which began in 1960 after the publication of her controversial first
novel, The Country Girls.

Richard Bean and Timothy Sheader on The Count of Monte Cristo
Wed 5 Dec, Olivier
The playwright and director discuss their new version of the Alexandre Dumas adventure.

This House Platforms
This House – Then with Shirley Williams                          Tue 23 Oct, Cottesloe
Two key political figures, who were serving MPs in 1974, talk about the changes they have witnessed to the House of Commons and the structure of government since that time.

This House – Now with David Lammy                               Tue 30 Oct, Cottesloe
Two current MPs discuss the House of Commons in 2012, the impact it made on them when they were first elected, and how it affects their idea of government.

In Conversation with…                                            3pm (1hr), £5/£4
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter
about their current role and career, and answering your questions.
The first four ‘In Conversations’ will have live speech-to-text transcription provided by STAGETEXT, for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Julie Walters Fri 29 June, Lyttelton (with STAGETEXT)
Rory Kinnear & Helen McCrory Thu 5 July, Lyttelton (with STAGETEXT)
Christopher Eccleston Thu 19 July, Olivier (with STAGETEXT)
Simon Russell Beale Thu 23 Aug, Olivier (with STAGETEXT)
Malcolm Sinclair Tue 11 Sept, Lyttelton
Una Stubbs Mon 15 Oct, Cottesloe
Philip Glenister Tue 23 Oct, Cottesloe
Fiona Shaw Wed 14 Nov, Lyttelton

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


Five Truths
Olivier Foyer, 24 September – 6 October
An immersive video installation, directed by National Theatre Associate Director Katie Mitchell, which takes as its inspiration five of Europe’s most influential 20th-century theatre directors. It offers a unique and challenging insight into directing styles and an opportunity to experience and compare five contrasting interpretations of a scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Screens of varying size simultaneously play films of Ophelia’s mad scene, interpreted dramatically through the lens of the five directors: Constantin Stanislavski, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook. Each version is performed by Olivier award-winning actress Michelle Terry. The films are also available at

Five Truths was created for the V&A in association with the National Theatre by director Katie Mitchell, video designer Leo Warner of 59 Productions, set designer
Vicki Mortimer, sound designer Gareth Fry, lighting designer Paule Constable and composer Paul Clark.

Echoes of a Vanished World; A Lifetime in Pictures, by Robin Hanbury-Tenison
18 September – 27 October
Robin Hanbury-Tenison, the “greatest explorer of the last twenty years” (Sunday Times) is also one of the founders of Survival International. As such, he has been
a tireless champion of the rights of indigenous peoples and, in the early years of his travels, an obsessive photographer of their homelands as they were eroded by the modern world.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the National Theatre
20 September – 3 November
Watercolour is at once the most democratic of the paint media, encouraging the amateur with its low tech accessibility before punishing them for their presumption. This exhibition shows the astonishing range and technical facility of the work of one of the oldest societies of professional watercolour paintings.

See also The Making of Timon and Staging War Horse on page 6 above.
Contact: Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Discover more at the National Theatre

For Secondary Schools & Colleges
Explore theatre-making skills, crafts and careers, with events that help students bridge the gap between school and professional practice.
NT Revealed Shakespeare 6th Form Conference:  Contemporary and original performance conditions. 18 September.
Creative Choices A hands-on backstage and offstage careers session for KS3/4.
2 October
Five Truths 6th Form Conference: Katie Mitchell’s video installation provides the inspiration for masterclasses on Artaud, Brecht, Brook, Grotowski and Stanislavski.
4 October
Devised Theatre Find out what stimulates devised theatre and how professional companies find express for their ideas.  12 November
Voice Technique NT voice coaches lead this session exploring vocal health and technique. 19 November
Student workshops Active sessions, giving students an insight into acting, directing, design and producing at the NT. Dates on request, KS3+
Pre-show Q&A Meet a member of the creative team and find out how director, designer and actors have realised the play. 30 minutes, pre-show, daes on request, KS3+

New Views
Take part in the NT’s national playwriting programme for 15 – 19 year-olds.

For Teachers
Five Truths – examining key practitioners Twilight seminars and workshops introducing exercises to explore the work of five key theatre practitioners.
26 Sept, 3, 10, 17, 24 October.
Directing Work with professional directors and other colleagues to try out new skills and ideas. 29 – 30 October.
Stage design Examine archive productions and contemporary practice plus design activities for students. 31 October
Creating a Character A toolkit of exercises to help students develop characters for scripted performance. 1 – 2 November

Theatreworks inspires confident and creative communications, drawing on the techniques used by actors and directors in the rehearsal room.
Open Courses
Personal Impact 13 June, 4 September
Influence and Rapport 14 June
Advanced Personal Impact 26 September
020 7452 3770/3693

Digital Classroom
Learn more about the art of making theatre online.  Free, beautifully designed, easy-to-use resources to enhance any learning experience. classroom

Worlds Together: an international conference exploring the value of Shakespeare and the arts in young people’s lives
Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 September
The National Theatre is collaborating with Tate Modern, the British Museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Worlds Together conference, exploring what is at stake for children’s cultural lives today.

Hosted by Tate Modern, Worlds Together is part of the Unilever Series: turbinegeneration, an international online educational partnership produced by Tate and the World Shakespeare Festival.


31 May 2012

Public Information:
Public phone/online booking for new productions in the June – November season opens on 22 June.
Book tickets online at  
Box Office:  020 7452 3000, open 9.30am – 8pm  Fax:  020 7452 3030
Information:  020 7452 3400

World Shakespeare Festival
The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare's Globe.

About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from 21 June until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September  2012. The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.

For more details on the programme and to sign up for information visit 

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

DAMNED BY DESPAIR, a Travelex £12 Ticket show’

The National Theatre is working in partnership with American Express

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is sponsored by Aviva

The National Theatre is a J.P.Morgan Signature Series partner

National Theatre Connections is supported by Bank of America
Merrill Lynch

Innovation at the National Theatre 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

National Theatre Education is supported by Goldman Sachs

The National Theatre’s photographic images partner is Corbis

Media partner of Travelex £12 Tickets: The Independent

The National Theatre wishes to acknowledge its partners Robert Boyett Theatricals and National Angels Limited

The National Theatre is supported by Arts Council England.