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National Theatre Schedule Sep 2012 - Feb 2013

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Alan Bennett’s new play PEOPLE premieres in the Lyttelton, directed by Nicholas Hytner, with Frances de la Tour, Linda Bassett and Selina Cadell leading the cast

John Lithgow plays the title role in Pinero’s THE MAGISTRATE, with Nancy Carroll as his wife, directed by Timothy Sheader in the Olivier

THE EFFECT, a new play by Lucy Prebble, opens at the Cottesloe in a co-production with Headlong, directed by Rupert Goold

Marianne Elliott directs Simon Stephens’ PORT in the Lyttelton

Katie Mitchell stages HANSEL AND GRETEL in the Cottesloe

1927’s THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS returns for a Christmas season in the Lyttelton

HYMN and COCKTAIL STICKS, two recollections by Alan Bennett, are performed alongside People, with Alex Jennings as Bennett

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS embarks on a UK and international tour

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE presents The Last of the Haussmans, Timon of Athens and The Magistrate

Platforms, Exhibitions – including the return of Dazzle and Take a View: Landscape Photographer of the Year – and Christmas gifts from the NT Bookshop

PEOPLE                                                                     Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 31 October, press night 7 November, continuing in repertoire

A new play by Alan Bennett, PEOPLE, opens in the Lyttelton on 7 November, directed by Nicholas Hytner. The cast is led by Frances de la Tour, Selina Cadell and Linda Bassett, and also includes Frances Ashman, Philip Childs, Jack Chissick, Giles Cooper, Andy de la Tour, Peter Egan, Nicholas le Prevost, Jess Murphy, Alastair Parker and Robin Pearce. The production will be designed by Bob Crowley, with lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Rich Walsh.

A sale? Why not? Release all your wonderful treasures onto the open market and they are there for everyone to enjoy. It’s a kind of emancipation, a setting them free to range the world… a saleroom here, an exhibition there; art, Lady Stacpoole, is a rover.

People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do?  Dorothy wonders if an attic sale could be a solution.

PEOPLE is Alan Bennett’s sixth play for the National Theatre; the others are The Habit of Art, The History Boys, The Madness of George III, The Wind in the Willows and Single Spies.

Frances de la Tour won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her role as Mrs Lintott in the NT production of The History Boys on Broadway, and recently appeared in The Habit of Art; her many leading theatre roles also include Boeing Boeing, Dance of Death, Three Tall Women, When She Danced and A Moon for the Misbegotten (West End), Cleopatra for the RSC, and Les Parents Terribles and Saint Joan at the National. 

Selina Cadell’s many stage appearances include The Habit of Art on tour and Stanley for the National; The Cherry Orchard (Bridge Project, Old Vic/BAM) and Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse/BAM); recent TV includes Upstairs Downstairs and Doc Martin.

Linda Bassett’s extensive screen work includes Lark Rise to Candleford, Sense and Sensibility, The Reader, Calendar Girls and East is East;  recent theatre includes Love & Information, In Basildon and Wastwater (Royal Court), The Winter’s Tale and Pericles (RSC) and Phaedra (Donmar).

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, Hamlet, Collaborators, Travelling Light, One Man, Two Guvnors and Timon of Athens.

PEOPLE is sponsored by Accenture, and supported by a group of individual donors.

Press night:  Wednesday 7 November

THE EFFECT                                                             Cottesloe Theatre
Previews from 6 November, press night 13 November, continuing in repertoire

THE EFFECT, a new play by Lucy Prebble, opens at the Cottesloe on 13 November in a co-production between Headlong and the National Theatre, directed by Rupert Goold.  The cast is Tom Goodman-Hill, Anastasia Hille, Jonjo O’Neill and Billie Piper.

A clinical romance from the writer of ENRON.  This funny and moving new play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine.

Tom Goodman-Hill’s stage work includes Earthquakes in London (National and Headlong) and ENRON (Headlong/CFT/Royal Court); television includes Richard II, Dr Who and Inspector George Gently. 

Anastasia Hille’s many stage credits for the National include Women of Troy, Waves, A Dream Play and The Oresteia; television includes Tripping Over, Silent Witness, Cutting It and Storm Damage

Jonjo O’Neill’s work for Headlong includes King Lear and Faustus;  he is currently on stage as Richard III at the RSC. His television and film credits include The History of Mr Polly, The Year London Blew Up, Murphy’s Law, Defiance and Fakers.

Billie Piper’s stage appearances include Reasons to be Pretty (Almeida) and Treats (Garrick).  Her television and film credits include True Love, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Dr Who, Mansfield Park, Ruby in the Smoke and Much Ado About Nothing

Lucy Prebble’s multi award-winning play ENRON enjoyed sell-out runs at Chichester, the Royal Court and in the West End.  Her plays also include Liquid and The Sugar Syndrome

Rupert Goold is Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre, for whom he has directed Decade, Earthquakes in London, ENRON, King Lear and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Other credits include Time and the Conways for the National,and The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet for the RSC (where he is an Associate Director).  He recently directed and adapted Richard II for the BBC as part of the Hollow Crown series. 

The production will have lighting by Jon Clark, music by Sarah Angliss, sound by Christopher Shutt and projection design by Jon Driscoll.

THE EFFECT is sponsored by Neptune Investment Management, the National’s Cottesloe Partner.

Press night: Tuesday 13 November

THE MAGISTRATE                                                   Olivier Theatre
Previews from 14 November, press night 21 November, continuing in repertoire

THE MAGISTRATE by Arthur Wing Pinero will open at the Olivier Theatre on 14 November, directed by Timothy Sheader. John Lithgow takes the title role in this fast, furious, brilliantly plotted farce set in Victorian London; he is joined by Nancy Carroll and Joshua McGuire. The production will be designed by Katrina Lindsay with lighting design by James Farncombe and sound design by Paul Arditti. 

With his louche air and developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha his mother lopped five years from her true age and his when she married the amiable Posket.

The imminent arrival of Cis’ godfather sends Agatha incognito to the Hotel des Princes to warn him of her deception. But it’s also where her son has cajoled his otherwise staid stepfather into joining him for a binge. High-spirited carousing leads to a police raid and a night of outrageous mishap as the trapped guests make desperate attempts to conceal themselves from the law and from each other.  Indignities escalate at court the next day where Posket, the police magistrate, must preside.

John Lithgow’s extensive stage and screen appearances include the films The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment (for both of which he was Oscar-nominated), Footloose, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun(winning three Emmys and a Golden Globe Award), Dexter (Emmy and Golden Globe Awards) and the forthcoming This is 40. His many leading roles on Broadway include Sweet Smell of Success (Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical), M.Butterfly, Dirty Rotten Scoundrelsand The Columnist (all earning Tony nominations), The Front Page and All My Sons; and Malvolio in Twelfth Night for the RSC. He performed his one-man theatrical memoir Stories by Heart at the National Theatre in 2009,

Nancy Carroll’s theatre work includes After the Dance (Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actress), The Enchantment, The Man of Mode, The Voysey Inheritance and The False Servant for the National; The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), House of Games and Waste (Almeida), Viola in Twelfth Night (RSC) and Arcadia(West End). Screen appearances includes Iris, The Gathering Storm, Lewis, Midsomer Murders and Cambridge Spies.

Timothy Sheader is Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, where he has won three Olivier Awards (for Crazy for You, Into the Woods and Hello Dolly);  his recent work also includes Ragtime, Lord of the Flies and The Crucible.

The Magistratewill be broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 17 January 2013.

Press night: Wednesday 21 November

HANSEL AND GRETEL                                           Cottesloe Theatre
Previews from 7 December, press performance 13 December at 1.30pm, continuing in repertoire.  Suitable for 7 – 10-year-olds

Katie Mitchell directs HANSEL AND GRETEL, written by Lucy Kirkwood and devised by Katie Mitchell and Lucy Kirkwood, based on the story by the Brothers Grimm, opening in the Cottesloe Theatre on 13 December. The cast includes Ruby Bentall. The production will be designed by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Joseph Alford, music by Paul Clark, sound by Gareth Fry and puppet design by Toby Olié.

Two children lost in the woods... a trail of breadcrumbs... and a bewitching house made of sweets. Following The Cat in the Hat and Beauty and the Beast (nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment), Katie Mitchell returns to the National Theatre to stage the classic fairytale. She will once again collaborate with Lucy Kirkwood and designer Vicki Mortimer to conjure the world of Hansel and Gretel in an intimate and magical new production especially suitable for 7 – 10-year-olds. 

HANSEL AND GRETEL is sponsored by Neptune Investment Management, the National’s Cottesloe Partner.

Press performance: Thursday 13 December at 1.30pm

12 December – 10 January                   

 Following a sell-out run at the National Theatre last winter, THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS from the award-winning company 1927 returns, this time to the Lyttelton Theatre for 15 performances between 12 December and 10 January.  Synchronizing live music, performance and storytelling with film and animation, THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN … is a theatrical journey of startling originality, like a giant graphic novel burst into life.

Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed, wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions: a stinking sprawling tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf… is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun?

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets is performed by Suzanne Andrade, Esme Appleton and Lillian Henley, created by 1927, and directed and written by Suzanne Andrade, with film, animation and design by Paul Barritt.  It is produced by Joanna Crowley, with music by Lillian Henley and costume by Sarah Munro and Esme Appleton. It was co-commissioned by BAC, Malthouse Theatre Melbourne & The Showroom (University of Chichester), and developed at BAC.

THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK THE STREET is sponsored by Neptune Investment Management.

PORT                                                                          Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 22 January, press night 28 January, continuing in repertoire

Marianne Elliott directs PORT by Simon Stephens, opening in the Lyttelton on 28 January 2013;  with designs by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Stockport, 1988. It’s midnight. Rachel, eleven, and Billy, six, wait in the car in agitated excitement.  Their mother is at her wits’ end with all their chatter and fighting and dreams of Disneyland. She is about to leave them for good. Their father, drunk in the flat above, has locked the door. It’s a pivotal moment, the beginning of a thirteen-year odyssey for two kids, largely abandoned and growing up in the deprived suburban shadows of Manchester, a city that felt itself to be the most exciting in the world.

A richly colourful portrait of a town with the everyday writ large, Simon Stephens’ PORT is a celebration of the human spirit as Rachel, through sheer courage and despite an economic and political climate that pushes her into the very margins, looks to the future and opts for love and life and for something better.

The world premiere of PORT at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in 2002 was directed by Marianne Elliott, who has since directed Simon Stephens’ Harper Regan and his adaptation of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, currently in a sell-out run at the Cottesloe. Simon Stephens’ many other plays include On the Shore of the Wide World (NT co-production with Royal Exchange: Olivier Award for Best New Play), Morning,Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas and Herons;and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge).

Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director at the National, where her productions also include Season’s Greetings, All’s Well That Ends Well, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre)and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director); and the award-winning War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris).


Press night: Monday 28 January

HYMN and COCKTAIL STICKS                              Lyttelton Theatre
Performances from 22 November (Hymn) and 5 December (Cocktail Sticks)

Two recollections by Alan Bennett, HYMN and COCKTAIL STICKS, will be performed  alongside People in the Lyttelton Theatre. Alex Jennings plays Bennett in both pieces, which are directed by Nicholas Hytner.

HYMN, a memoir of music in childhood, with words by Alan Bennett and music by George Fenton, will run from 22 November (approximate running time: 30 minutes). The music will be performed by members of Southbank Sinfonia, with sound by Mike Walker. 

Alan Bennett writes: ‘In 2001 the Medici Quartet commissioned the composer George Fenton to write a piece commemorating their thirtieth anniversary. George Fenton appeared in my play Forty Years On and has written music for many of my plays since, and he asked me to collaborate on the commission. Hymn was the result. First performed at the Harogate Festival in August 2001, it’s a series of memoirs with music.  Besides purely instrumental passages for the quartet, many of the speeches are under-scored, incorporating some of the hymns and music I remember from my childhood and youth.’

HYMN is coupled with COCKTAIL STICKS, an oratorio without music that revisits some of the themes and conversations of Alan Bennett’s memoir A Life Like Other People’s.  A son talks to his dead father as his mother yearns for a different life.  It’s funny, tender and sad.  Running from 5 December (approximate running time: 60 minutes), the cast will be led by Alex Jennings, and it will be designed by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Tom Snell.
NT Associate Alex Jennings’s many appearances at the National include Collaborators, The Habit of Art, Present Laughter, The Alchemist, Stuff Happens, His Girl Friday, The Relapse and The Winter’s Tale (for which two roles he won the 2001 Evening Standard Award for Best Actor), Albert Speer, and My Fair Lady at Drury Lane (Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical).


ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS on tour to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales;  Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong
Actor, stand-up comedian and presenter Rufus Hound will lead the cast in Nicholas Hytner’s five star award-winning production of Richard Bean’s ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS for its second UK tour this autumn. He will play the lead role of Francis Henshall at all the regional tour dates with the exception of Venue Cymru, Llandudno (2 – 5 January) and Wales Millennium, Cardiff (22 – 26 January), where Welsh-born Owain Arthur, who is currently appearing as Francis Henshall in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors, will play the role. The tour visits Leicester Curve (25 Oct – 3 Nov), Newcastle Theatre Royal (6 – 10 Nov), Glasgow Theatre Royal (13 – 17 Nov), Belfast Grand Opera (20 – 24 Nov), Blackpool Grand (27 Nov – 1 Dec), Norwich Theatre Royal (4 – 8 Dec), Leeds Grand (11 – 15 Dec), The Lowry, Salford (8 – 19 Jan) and Nottingham Theatre Royal (29 Jan – 2 Feb. This second UK tour will play alongside the show’s West End run, where it is booking at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket until January 2013.

Following its UK tour, the production tours internationally with Owain Arthur leading the cast, visiting the Hong Kong Festival (15 – 23 February), the Adelaide Festival (28 February – 9 March), the Auckland Festival (14 – 23 March), Sydney Theatre (30 March – 11 May) and Melbourne Arts Centre (17 May – 29 June). 


The fourth season of National Theatre Live broadcasts continues with The Last of the Haussmans, a new play by Stephen Beresford (11 October); Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens (1 November); and Pinero’s The Magistrate (17 January 2013), with further screenings to be announced. Since its launch in 2009, over 900,000 people worldwide have seen a National Theatre Live broadcast, which are now available in 22 countries and 160 UK cinemas and performing arts venues.

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


The full cast for Jeremy Herrin’s production of THIS HOUSE by James Graham, opening in the Cottesloe on 25 September, is:  Gunnar Cauthery, Phil Daniels, Charles Edwards, Vincent Franklin, Philip Glenister, Christopher Godwin, Andrew Havill, Ed Hughes, Helena Lymbery, Lauren O’Neil, Matthew Pidgeon, Richard Ridings, Giles Taylor, Tony Turner, Rupert Vansittart and Julian Wadham.

Howard Barker’s SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION opens in the Lyttelton on 4 October, directed by Tom Cairns. The full cast, led by Fiona Shaw as Galactia, is: Jamie Ballard, William Chubb, Mark Extance, Robert Galas, Ian Hallard, Robert Hands, Lucas Hare, Jennifer Jackson, Gráinne Keenan, Gerard McArthur, Tim McInnerny, Robyn Moore, Phoebe Nicholls, Tom Peters, Rochenda Sandall and Jay Simpson.

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 part of the Travelex £12 Season.  The full cast is:  Marianne Adams, Sebastian Armesto, Nick Blakeley, Jonathan Broadbent, Lorna Brown, Bertie Carvel, Ashley Chin, John Cormack, Michael Gould, Jonathan Jaynes, Rory Keenan, Amanda Lawrence, Tunji Lucas, Brian Martin, Okezie Morro, Pierce Reid, Dwane Walcott, Alex Warren and Simon Yadoo.

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

Nadia Fall on The Doctor’s Dilemma                      Tue 11 Sept, Lyttelton
The director discusses her production of Shaw’s play.

Nicholas Hytner on Timon of Athens         Thu 20 Sept, Olivier
The director talks about his production.

James Graham and Jeremy Herrin on This House          Mon 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.

Bijan Sheibani on Damned by Despair                  Wed 17 Oct, Olivier
The director discusses the production.

Dominic Sandbrook                                                             Fri 19 Oct, Cottesloe BS
In his book, Seasons in the Sun, Dominic Sandbrook reveals how the mid-70s period, depicted in This House, was decisive in the creation of modern Britain.

The Black Audience with Paterson Joseph          Mon 22 Oct, Cottesloe
Paterson Joseph, writer Bonnie Greer and actors Jimmy Akingbola and Cyril Nri discuss the black community’s responsibility to support diverse expressions of black Britain on stage and screen.

This House – Then with Malcolm Rifkind and 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 and Elizabeth Truss 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.

Frank McGuinness                                                   Wed 7 Nov, Olivier BS
The playwright talks to PJ Matthews about his approach to producing a version of Damned by Despair.

Tom Cairns on Scenes from an ExecutionMon 12 Nov, Lyttelton
The director discusses his new production.
Howard Barker                                                          Tue 13 Nov, Lyttelton BS
The writer of Scenes from an Execution talks to Mark Brown about his work.

Life Saving: Josephine Hart’s Introductions to Great Poets  Wed 14 Nov,
As Josephine Hart’s illuminating introductions are published posthumously, actors read her selection of British verse.

Phil Redmond                                                           Mon 19 Nov, Cottesloe BS
Mid-Term Report is the story of a working class lad from Liverpool, who created Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, and became one of the most influential producers and screenwriters in modern TV history.

Edna O’Brien                                                             Tue 20 Nov, Cottesloe BS
In Country Girl, the author reflects on a literary life of high drama, which began in 1960 with her controversial first novel, The Country Girls. Chaired by Mark Lawson.

Alan Bennett                                                                         Wed 21 Nov, Lyttelton
Alan Bennett reads from his work, and talks about his new play, People.

Rupert Goold and Lucy Prebble on The Effect     Fri 23 Nov, Cottesloe
The director and playwright discuss this co-production between the NT and Headlong.

Ray Cooney                                                               Tue 27 Nov, Cottesloe BS
To mark his 80th birthday, and his 66-year career, including the play Run for Your Wife, the comedy writer talks to Roger Foss, author of May the Farce Be With You.

The Political Diary                                                    Wed 28 Nov, Cottesloe BS
Chris Mullin, former MP, diarist and author of A Very British Coup, joins Ruth Winstone, editor of Events, Dear Boy, Events, a compilation of the 20th century’s most renowned political diarists from Macmillan to Campbell, to discuss Britain’s political triumphs and disasters.

An Evening with Private Eye                       Mon 3 Dec, 5.45pm (1hr) £5/£4, Olivier
Ian Hislop takes a satirical look at the events and people of 2012 with Craig Brown, Harry Enfield, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens and John Sessions.

Michael Morpurgo                                                    Wed 5 Dec, Olivier
The author discusses his life and work with his biographer, Maggie Fergusson, and reads a new autobiographical short story from the book Michael Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse.

Theatre Quiz                                                                         Mon 17 Dec, Olivier BS
The annual battle for theatrical knowledge between two competing teams from NT companies, hosted by quizmistress Emma Freud.

Timothy Sheader on The Magistrate                      Fri 4 Jan, Olivier
The director discusses his production of Pinero’s farce.

Mark Rylance                                                            Mon 7 Jan, Cottesloe
The actor, director and writer reads from and talks about his first play, I Am Shakespeare.

The Annual Jocelyn Herbert Lecture with Christopher Hampton – Simplifying the Jungle                                                              Fri 11 Jan, Olivier
Christopher Hampton, whose screenplays include Dangerous Liaisons and Atonement, worked with Jocelyn Herbert on two of his plays. He gives a playwright’s perspective on the role of the designer in the theatre.

Jonathan Miller                                                         Mon 14 Jan, Cottesloe BS
The director, author, broadcaster, humorist and sculptor talks to Kate Bassett, author of In Two Minds: Jonathan Miller

Marianne Elliott and Simon Stephens on Port     Thu 7 Feb, Lyttelton
The director and playwright discuss the new production.

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.
Malcolm Sinclair 11 Sep, Lyttelton
Una Stubbs Mon 15 Oct, Cottesloe
Philip Glenister Tue 23 Oct, Cottesloe
Fiona Shaw Wed 14 Nov, Lyttelton
Billie Piper Mon 7 Jan, Cottesloe


The Making of Timon
Extended until 21 October, free
An insight into the making of the NT’s new production of Timon of Athens – from early designs to opening night, including vivid backstage and rehearsal photography – and a glimpse of the turbulent world of  Shakespeare’s play with artefacts from Jacobean London. Exhibition produced in association with the British Museum.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the National Theatre
Lyttelton Exhibition Space, 20 September – 3 November
Watercolour is 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 painters.

Olivier Exhibition Space, 5 November – 6 January
Dazzle returns for the annual Christmas selling exhibition of jewellery, silversmithing and printmaking. The largest show of its kind in Europe, Dazzle is remarkable for the variety of materials on show beyond the usual precious metals and stones. This year, they include wood, paper, plastics and even Whitby jet – Jacqueline Cullen is the world’s leading exponent of this material. And Heather Woof has a totally new take on the refractory metal titanium that is causing a sensation among jewellery collectors. Over the years the exhibition has become a must-see for lovers of designer jewellery and all items are for sale.

Take a View – Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012
Lyttelton Exhibition Space, 12 November – 12 January
See the winning pictures from the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2012 for the first time. Over 100 stunning photographs, celebrating some of the very best landscapes in the UK, will be on display from this popular annual competition, now in its sixth year. A full colour book will also be available from the NT Bookshop. This year’s Awards are held in association with Network Rail, with the exhibition sponsored by Epson UK.
Seeing landscape – Photographer and awards founder, Charlie Waite, will be giving talks on his own personal approach to photography plus guided tours of the exhibition. Dates to be announced, please check website for details.

Echoes of a Vanished World: A Lifetime in Pictures, by Robin Hanbury-Tenison
Olivier Exhibition Space, 14 January – 10 March*
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.
*Please note that this exhibition has been postponed from its original September date due to the extension of The Making of Timon.


The National Theatre Bookshop is bursting with beautiful products, books and publications from around the world, offering perfect Christmas presents for everyone. There’s ceramics and glassware from New Yorkers Fishs Eddy, cheeky upcycled china from London’s Melody Rose and gorgeous hand-made stationery from Le Typographe in Brussels. Celebrated designer Sarah Campbell has designed an exclusive scarf for the NT, and there’s a striking range of jewellery based on the NT’s architecture.  There’s also an inspiring collection of books and plays, available to browse in person or order online.
Bookshop opening times: Mon – Sat 9.30am-10.45pm, Sun 12-6pm on performance days.

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 Primary Schools
Hansel and Gretellearning programme: check the website for details

For Secondary Schools & Colleges
Explore theatre-making skills, crafts and careers, with events that help students bridge the gap between school and professional practice.
Creative Choices A hands-on backstage and offstage careers session for KS3/4.
22 October
Voice Technique NT voice coaches lead this session exploring vocal health and technique. 19 November
Devised Theatre Find out what stimulates devised theatre and how professional companies find expression for their ideas.  28 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, dates on request, KS3+

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

For Teachers
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 25 October, 14 November
Advanced Personal Impact 26 September
Theatreworks for Teachers
Develops personal impact in the classroom, staffroom and playground. Open to primary and secondary teachers of all subjects.
Open Course 8 November
020 7452 3770/3693

Half-term workshops for families and children
Check the website for details:

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


30 August 2012

Public Information:
Public phone/online booking for new productions in the September – February season opens on 21 September.
Book tickets online at  
Box Office:  020 7452 3000, open 9.30am – 8pm  Fax:  020 7452 3030
Information:  020 7452 3400

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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

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 partner for contemporary clothing is Hugo Boss

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 using public funding by
Arts Council England.

THE NATIONAL’S REPERTOIRE as of 30 August 2012






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Lucinda Morrison


Lyttelton Theatre

From 22 November/5 December

Mary Parker


On tour

Theatre Royal Haymarket

From October

From 2 March

Laura Horton, NT

Janine Shalom, Premier


New London Theatre


Janine Shalom, Premier




Laura Horton