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MULTI AWARD WINNING  

JAMES EARL JONES, VANESSA REDGRAVE & BOYD GAINES

TO REPRISE ROLES IN PULITZER PRIZE WINNING

DRIVING MISS DAISY

TRANSFERRING FROM BROADWAY TO THE WYNDHAM’S THEATRE
SEPTEMBER 2011

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Two-time Tony Award® winner James Earl Jones (Hoke Coleburn), Tony and Oscar® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Daisy Werthan) and four-time Tony Award® winner Boyd Gaines (Boolie Werthan)  will star in the critically acclaimed production ofDriving Miss Daisy, at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 26 September until 17 December, with press night on 5 October.  The play, written by Alfred Uhry and directed by David Esbjornson, enjoyed a record breaking sell-out run on Broadway until 9 April this year.  Design is by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting is by Peter Kaczorowski , music by Mark Bennett and sound by Christopher Cronin. Driving Miss Daisy is being produced in the West End by Jed Bernstein and Adam Zotovich.

Driving Miss Daisy was written by Alfred Uhry in 1987 and debuted Off-Broadway at the Playwrights Horizons Theater.  Two years later the play was made into a film with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Uhry received an Oscar® for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ while the film was awarded ‘Best Picture’.

When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72 year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son Boolie hires Hoke Coleburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.

Multi award winning James Earl Jones was last on stage in the West End in the hit production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre. He has won Tony Awards® for the Broadway productions of The Great White Hope and Fences and a Tony Award® nomination for the revival of On Golden Pond.  His other Broadway credits include Master Harold and the BoysOf Mice and Men and The Iceman Cometh. His film credits include The Great White Hope, for which he received an Oscar®nomination, Dr. StrangeloveComing To AmericaThe Hunt for Red OctoberPatriot GamesClear and Present Danger and Field of Dreams. On television his credits include Gabriel’s Fire and Heat Wave, receiving Emmy Awards for both, The DefendersTwo and a Half Men and House. He is well known for his voiceover work with perhaps the most prominent roles being Darth Vader in the Star Wars films and the voice of Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King.

Vanessa Redgrave played Miss Daisy at the Golden Theatre in New York from October 7, 2010 to April 9, 2011 and was nominated for a Tony Award® for this role in June 2011. She last appeared in London at the National Theatre (and at the Salzburg and Cheltenham Festivals in 2008) in Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, directed by Sir David Hare. This production was first seen on Broadway in the 2007 season and Vanessa received a Tony® nomination for her performance. This year, Vanessa’s films include Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel, The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz, Anonymous, directed by Roland Emmerich, in which she plays the old Queen Elizabeth I and Coriolanus with Ralph Fiennes, playing his mother Volumnia, in his first film as director. Vanessa's most recent film for television was HBO Films’ The Fever, directed by Carlo Nero, based on the play by Wallace Shawn, for which Vanessa was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2008. Isadora, Vanessa’s famous film role of the 60s, has just been released on DVD, as has her film for CBS, Playing for Time, (1981) written by Arthur Miller and directed by Daniel Mann. In 2010 Vanessa Redgrave received a BAFTA Fellowship.

Before Driving Miss Daisy, four-time Tony Award® winner Boyd Gaines’stage credits included The Grand Manner at Lincoln Center Theatre and on Broadway; Gypsy (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Journey’s End (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Twelve Angry MenContact (Tony and Lucille Lortel Awards), She Loves Me (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards) and The Heidi Chronicles (Tony Award). Gaines’ film credits include Funny GamesPorkys and Fameand on television; The Good WifeThe Confession and One Day at a Time.

Alfred Uhry is an award winning playwright who has won a Pulitzer prize, an Oscar® and two Tony Awards®. His initial work as a lyricist included Here’s Where I Belong and The Robber Bridegroom for which he wrote the book and lyrics. Driving Miss Daisy was his first play and was followed by The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Parade, both of which were Tony Award winning pieces and Without Walls and Edgardo Mine. He also wrote the book for Broadway musical LoveMusik.

Award winning director/producer David Esbjornson last directed A Few Good Men with Rob Lowe in the West End. His other directorial credits include The Goat or Who is Sylvia?The Ride Down Mt. MorganAngels in America: Millennium ApproachesPerestroikaResurrection  BluesGabrielTrumperyMolly Ivins and How? How? Why? Why? Why? He has also served as Artistic Director of NYC Classic Stage Company and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

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LISTINGS

DRIVING MISS DAISY

Dates:                                                                                   26 September – 17 December
Press night:                                                                        5 October at 7.00pm
Performances:                                                                  Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
                                                                                                Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30pm
Ticket prices:                                                                      £58.50, £48.50, £38.50 & £10 plus concessions
Address:                                                                              Wyndham’s Theatre, 32 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Box Office:                                                                          Get Driving Miss Daisy Tickets 0844 482 5125
Website:                                                                              www.daisywestend.com

Tracie Bennett stars as Judy Garland in

END OF THE RAINBOW

By Peter Quilter

Directed by Terry Johnson

Produced by Lee Dean, Jenny Topper, Laurence Myers, Charles Diamond, Hilary Williams, Pinstripe Productions in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The producers are delighted to announce the West End production of End of The Rainbow will begin a national UK tour on August 25th 2011, with Tracie Bennett reprising her role as Judy Garland.

Nominated for four Olivier Awards in 2011 End Of The Rainbow took the West End by storm during its sell-out, six month run, with Tracie Bennett winning both critical and popular acclaim for her sensational performance as Judy Garland. This celebrated production will now begin a 13-week national UK tour at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton on August 25th 2011, travelling to Norwich, Nottingham, Cardiff, Cambridge, Brighton, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Cheltenham, Bath, Sheffield and Richmond.

London, December 1968, and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback... again. Determined to reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation, she battles with a tornado of drugs and alcohol and a gruelling schedule of exhausting concerts at The Talk Of The Town. Despite a series of failed marriages, Judy has her latest and youngest husband-to-be by her side, a man as determined as she that, at any cost, these concerts will mark the revival of her battered career.

Tracie Bennett's remarkable portrayal of this tough, talented, compelling woman was met with standing ovations throughout her West End run. Her previous theatre credits include; La Cage aux Folles, for which she received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical, Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, Velma von Tussle in Hairspray and Ilona in She Loves Me, both of which roles won her the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance.

Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Tony and Olivier-award winner Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow features a six-piece onstage band and includes Garland’s most memorable songs - The Man That Got AwayCome Rain Or Come ShineThe Trolley Song and - of course - Somewhere Over The Rainbow. The production was nominated for four Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Sound Design, Best Actress for Tracie Bennett and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Hilton McRae - who will also reprise his role as Anthony for the tour.

Hilton McRae’s theatre credits include Caroline or Change at the National Theatre, Mamma Mia!Les Miserables and Miss Saigon in London’s West End and numerous roles with the RSC, on Broadway and in the UK. The role of Mickey Deans will be played by Norman Bowman whose theatre credits include Les MiserablesGuys and Dolls and Mamma Mia in the West End as well as Parade and Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse.  Bowman has previously toured the UK performing in West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard, CATS andGrease.

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Notes to Editors:

For further information visit: www.endoftherainbowtour.com

 

Tour dates

 

Thursday 25 August – Saturday 3 September

NORTHAMPTON Royal & Derngate

Box Office 01604 624811                       

www.royalandderngate.co.uk

 

Monday 5 – Saturday 10 September

NORWICH Theatre Royal

Box Office 01603  63 00 00        

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

 

Monday 12 – Saturday 17 September

NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal

Box Office 0115 989 5555                      

www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk

 

Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 September

CARDIFF New Theatre

Box Office 029 2087 8889                      

www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

 

Monday 26 September – Saturday 1 October

CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre

Box Office 01223 503333                       

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

 

Monday 3 – Saturday 8 October

BRIGHTON Theatre Royal

Box Office 08448 71 76 50                     

www.ambassadortickets.com/brighton

 

Monday 10 – Saturday 15 October

NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal

Box Office 08448 11 21 21                     

www.theatreroyal.co.uk

 

Monday 17 – Saturday 22 October

BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome

Box Office 0844 338 5000                      

www.birminghamhippodrome.com

 

Monday 24 – Saturday 29 October

ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre

Box Office 01224 641122                       

www.boxofficeaberdeen.com

 

Monday 31 October – Saturday 5 November

CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre

Box Office 01242 572573                       

www.everymantheatre.org.uk

 

Monday 7 – Saturday 12 November

BATH Theatre Royal

Box Office 01225 448844                       

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

 

Monday 14 – Saturday 19 November

SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre

Box Office 0114 249 6000                      

www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

 

Monday 21 – Saturday 26 November

RICHMOND Theatre

Box Office 0844 871 7651                      

www.ambassadortickets.com/richmond

 

Tracie Bennett

West End theatre: Jacqueline in La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre forwhich she received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Performance ina Musical); Velma von Tussle in Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre – OlivierAward for Best Supporting Performance also received the Whatsonstage Awardfor Best Supporting Performance in a Musical); Madame Thenardier in LesMisérables (Queen’s Theatre, London); Ray Cooney’s Cash on Delivery(Whitehall Theatre, London); and She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre, London -Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance).

Regional theatre: End of the Rainbow (Northampton), Sex, Chips and Rock ‘n’Roll (Royal Exchange, Manchester – TMA Award for Best Performance); BillyLiar (national tour); High Society (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London -Olivier Award Nomination for Best Performance); Last Song of the Nightingale(New End, Hampstead and Greenwich Theatre and Edinburgh Festival); Honk!(national tour); Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Educating Rita and Wendyin Spring Awakening (Sheffield Crucible); Sondheim’s Saturday Night, LuckyStiff (Bridewell Theatre, London); Bedevilled (Sheffield Crucible); TerryJohnson’s Dead Funny (national tour); One for the Road (Palace, Watford);She Stoops to Conquer, Putting on the Ritz (Leicester Haymarket); Amid theStanding Corn (national tour- Joint Stock Theatre Company); BreezeblockPark, Blood Brothers, Chicago and Grease (Forum, Manchester); Blood Brothers(Olympia, Dublin); Working Class Hero, Ten Tiny Fingers and Merrily We RollAlong (Library Theatre, Manchester); Portia in The Merchant of Venice,Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing(schools’ tour); Hans Christian Anderson (tour); and White Rabbit in Alicein Wonderland (Jersey). For her performances in Carousel, Grease, WorkingClass Hero and Merrily We Roll Along, Tracie received the Manchester EveningNews Drama Award for Best Actress.

Television: Tracie has played leading roles in numerous programmes, mostrecently: Candy Cabs, Doctors, Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, NorthernLights, Vincent with Ray Winstone, The Royal, The Court, Judy Garland in TheLong Firm, MIT, The Bill, Heroes and Villains, Keen Eddie, Burn It, MerseyBeat, Where the Heart Is, The Ambassador, Verdict, Heartburn Hotel,Heartbeat, Next of Kin, Joking Apart, Making Out, The Gingerbread Girl, RichTea and Sympathy, Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Made in Heaven, The Bretts, TheRitz, The Refuge, Unnatural Causes, The Rector of Stiffkey, Boon, TheCourtroom, Brush Strokes, Coronation Street, The Upper Hand, Alias Smith andJones, Black Silk, Relative Strangers, Going Out, Educating Marmalade andJackanory. Tracie also won Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes as Judy Garland andplayed God in Harley’s Angels.

Presenting: Anchorwoman for Soap Fever, The Bombing of Manchester(Documentary), OKTV for Carlton and had her own show called Tracie Goes to Hollywood.

Film: Shirley Valentine (Paramount); Knights and Emeralds for David Puttnam; Deep Red Instant Love; Lofty Life (animated short) and F2.8. Tracie also produced a short – French Fries on the Golden Front which won Best ‘Short’at the Miami Film Festival.

Concerts: An Evening With CY Coleman (St David’s Hall, Cardiff); An Evening of Gershwin (Royal Albert Hall); and An Evening With Tommy Steele (tour).

Recordings: Forever England, People Like Us and The Snowfield. Tracie is the recorded voice of Bridget Jones for both books of Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Edge of Reason for which she received the International Audi Award for Comedy Best Actress.

7 Rooms, 14 Actors...1 Hell of a Night Out
Hit show from Edinburgh and the Barbican
An office block in London becomes the scene of the wildest office party

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Following enormously successful seasons at the Edinburgh Festival and the Barbican, Christopher Green and Ursula Martinez bring their site specific interactive Office Party to London this autumn.

In the function rooms of a sad and tawdry office block a group of office workers are preparing for the annual Office Party. The managing director is running through the gags for his speech while having a few too many drinks, and the marketing department are in a huddle by the bar. Anything could happen, and it probably will.

Renowned for their work as theatrical innovators Ursula Martinez and Christopher Green have collaborated on many productions as Artistic Associates of Duckie, including the Olivier Award winning C’est Barbican! 

Ursula Martinez is a writer, performer and cabaret icon. She has created several autobiographical theatre shows including the internationally acclaimed A Family Outing starring herself and her parents, and most recently My Stories, Your Emails, commissioned by the Barbican. Martinez is an original cast member of the circus phenomena La Clique and La Soiree, and is probably most widely known for her magic striptease cabaret actHanky Panky. She recently directed Victoria Melody in Northern Soul which premiered at The Brighton International Festival.

Christopher Green is a character comedian and Radio 4 favourite as country singer Tina C. and rapping pensioner Ida Barr, amongst others.  He notably won much critical acclaim for his Radio 4 project with Frida from Abba, Like An Angel Passing Through My Room.  His other experiential projects where the audience are the show are VIPWorking Man’s Club and The Razzle 1961, and he has just directed the new Spymonkey show, Love In which won the Latest Award for Best Comedy at the Brighton Festival 2011.

The cast features the cream of comedy actors and improvisers. Previous performers include stand-up Glenn Wool, Janice Connolly (Mrs Barbara Nice), Petra Massey (Spymonkey), Amanda Haddingue (RSC), Matthew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Horne & Corden).  The show was originally directed and co-written with Cal McCrystal, who is currently associate director on One Man Two Guvnors with Nicholas Hytner at the National, and has previously worked with Cirque du Soleil, Mighty Boosh and Sasha Baron Cohen.

Office Party is theatre at its most experimental. It incorporates office politics and sharp insights into the world of the workplace all played out during the slightly shambolic, riotous night of the annual staff jamboree. As it arrives, the audience is invited to become the employees of the fictitious company. They become complicit in the goings on as the night unfolds, divided into staff teams, rivalries and tensions come to the fore in truly hilarious fashion. Get involved, or simply observe – the choice is yours.

Opening night will be held on October 13th at 7.45pm
Tickets for the press will be available on October 11th, 12th and 13th with all reviews embargoed until October 14th. 

Listings:

Mick Perrin for Just For Laughs Live Ltd presents
Office Party
Conceived and directed by Christopher Green and Ursula Martinez
Originally directed by Cal McCrystal
Written by Christopher Green, Ursula Martinez and Cal McCrystal
Including original music by Orlando Gough
Originally commissioned by the Barbican, London

Venue
Product Solutions, Head Office, Islington
North Road
London N7 9EF
(Next door to The Pleasance Theatre)
Box Office 020 7609 1800 (Pleasance Theatre)
Get Office Party Tickets

www.officepartyshow.com 

October 3rd 2011 – January 21st 2012
Tuesday – Saturday doors open 7.30pm, show starts 7.45pm
Sunday doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.15pm

Tickets
Sunday – Thursday A limited number of early bird tickets are £20 
All tickets £30 thereafter
Friday and Saturday £35

Christmas schedule:

December 12th              7.45pm (additional performance)

December 13th              7.45pm

December 14th              7.45pm

December 15th              7.45pm

December 16th              7.45pm

December 17th              7.45pm

December 18th              7.15pm

December 20th              7.45pm

December 21st              7.45pm

December 22nd             7.45pm

December 23rd              7.45pm

December 27th              7.45pm

December 28th              7.45pm

December 29th              7.45pm

December 30th              7.45pm

December 31st              9pm

January 1st                   7.15pm

Friday, 03 June 2011 09:14

LONDON: First Look - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The cast is David Tennant (Benedick), Catherine Tate (Beatrice), Tom Bateman (Claudio), Alex Beckett (Borachio), Joshua Berg (Titus), Jonathan Coy (Leonato), Anna Farnworth (Innogen), Mike Grady (Verges), Clive Hayward (Hugh Oatcake/Friar Francis), Derek Howard (Angelo), Kathryn Hunt (Ursula), Adam James (Don Pedro), Lee Knight (Conrade), Elliot Levey (Don John), Nicholas Lumley (George Seacole), Sarah MacRae (Hero), John Ramm (Dogberry), Enzo Squillino Jnr (Balthasar/Sexton), Leo Staar (Messenger), Natalie Thomas (Margaret) and Hannah Warren-Green (Maria). 

 

Two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, are to be married imminently but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials.  Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice (Catherine Tate) and Benedick (David Tennant) whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever. 

 

Listings Information                     MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Dates                                        previews from Monday 16 May 2011                                                                                                                  Press Night Wednesday 1 June at 7pm
                                                booking until Saturday 3 September 2011

Address                                      Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA

Box Office                                  0844 482 5120

Performances times                      Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Ticket prices                               £5 off all preview prices (excluding standing and day/lottery remain

£10 throughout)

then £16 - £61 - all ticket prices include a £1 theatre restoration levy

Special rates available for groups and schools

Concessions available one hour prior to curtain for all Monday – Friday evening performances

Day Seat Lottery - for every performance 20 top price seats available at £10

 

Website                                     www.MuchAdoOnStage.com

ROCK OF AGES announces first London cast member

* Comedian and TV presenter JUSTIN LEE COLLINS to play Dennis Dupree *

TV and radio personality Justin Lee Collins has signed up to star in the West End version of the hit rock musical Rock of Ages. He will take on the role of bar owner and ageing hippy, Dennis Dupree (played in the original LA stage show by Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass).

Justin Lee Collins will be taking to the West End stage when Rock Of Ages begins at the prestigious Shaftesbury Theatre from 31st August 2011. Tickets are on sale now.

Rock Of Ages is the ultimate 80’s rock mix-tape musical, an hilarious story of hedonism, dreams, love and, of course, rock.

A celebration of classic 80's rock culture, Rock of Ages tells the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade.

So popular has it been in New York, Toronto and Melbourne that the show is currently being made into a star-studded movie starring, amongst others, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Alec Baldwin will be playing Dennis Dupree. 

Justin Lee Collins has always had a passion for singing and for the theatre. Famously he performed as Tom Jones in Convention Crasher for Channel 4; and he actually got to perform with the man himself on the Sunday Night Project (Channel 4) when Tom appeared as a guest host in the last series. He has sung live on several occasions on Chris Moyles’ Radio One Breakfast Show.  

He has never shied away from showing his love for the artists whose music he will be singing in the show. He says: “Being a fan of bands like WhitesnakeForeignerJourney and Bon Jovi, I couldn’t resist when I heard about the chance to appear in the show. What young lad hasn’t strummed the air guitar to the classic riffs of those poodle-haired rock bands of the 80’s? Now I’ll get to do it on stage every night!”

Collins’ dream of performing in the West End came true in 2009 when he was working on a series for Sky: JLC Is…… He starred in Chicago as Mr. Cellophane for three performances after weeks of intense voice training and rehearsing.

For more information and to book tickets please visit: www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk

LISTINGS INFORMATION

ROCK OF AGES

Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Director: Kristin Hanggi
Choreography: Kelly Devine
Scenic Design: Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design: Gregory Gale
Lighting Design: Jason Lyons
Sound Design: Peter Hylenski
Projection Design: Zachary Borovay
Music Supervisor: Ethan Popp
Cast includes: Justin Lee Collins

From 31 August 2011
Press Night: 27 September 2011
Monday-Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 5.30pm and 8.30pm
Saturday at 4pm and 8pm

Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP
Box office 020 7379 5399 / www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk 

EDITORS NOTES

·                     Five times nominated for the prestigious Tony Awards in the US (including ‘Best Musical’), ROCK OF AGES the musical is a celebration of Los Angeles rock culture, with a great story to boot. Set in 1987, a small town girl meets a big city rocker in LA’s most famous rock club and they fall in love to some of the greatest songs of the decade – all classic tracks which will have London rockin’ for more.

·                     The film of the musical, directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), has started filming, for release in 2012

National Theatre

NATIONAL THEATRE:  JULY – NOVEMBER 2011

THE KITCHEN by Arnold Wesker, directed by Bijan Sheibani; and
13, a new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Thea Sharrock, continue the Travelex £12 Season in the Olivier

THE VEIL, a new play written and directed by Conor McPherson, opens in the Lyttelton
 
A new play written and directed by Mike Leigh opens in the Cottesloe

DOUBLE FEATURE, four short plays by writers new to the National, are presented in the NT’s Paintframe

Jonathan Miller stages Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION, in collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia, in the Olivier;  and, in the Lyttelton, readings of the
KING JAMES BIBLE celebrate its 400th anniversary

Nicholas Hytner’s production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS tours the UK following its Lyttelton run and is broadcast as part of
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE; Mike Leigh’s new play visits Bath and Cambridge

Daniel Kitson’s It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later visits the Lyttelton

LONDON ROAD extends; Rufus Norris is appointed NT Associate Director

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

 

THE KITCHEN                                   Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Previews from 31 August, press night 7 September, continuing in repertoire

 

Bijan Sheibani directs THE KITCHEN by Arnold Wesker, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 7 September. Half the tickets for the production will be Travelex £12 Tickets, with the rest at £20 and £30.  The cast includes: Neal Barry, Tom Brooke (as Peter), Ian Burfield, Rebecca Davies, Stavros Demetraki, Craige Els, Ruth Gibson, Colin Haigh, Rendah Heywood, Tendayi Jembere, Siobhán McSweeney, Gerard Monaco, Sarah Mowat, Bruce Myers, Vincenzo Nicoli, Luke Norris, Jessica Regan, Samuel Roukin, Tim Samuels, Sam Swann, Stephanie Thomas and Rosie Thomson. The production will be designed by Giles Cadle, with costumes by Moritz Junge, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound and music by Dan Jones and movement by Aline David.

1950s London. In the kitchen of an enormous WestEnd restaurant, the orders are piling up: a post-warfeast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelettes and fruit flans.Thrown together by their work, chefs, waitressesand porters from across Europe – English, Irish,German, Jewish – argue and flirt as they race tokeep up. Peter, a high-spirited young cook, seemsto thrive on the pressure. In between preparingdishes, he manages to strike up an affair withmarried waitress Monique, the whole time dreamingof a better life. But in the all-consuming clamour ofthe kitchen, nothing is far from the brink of collapse.

Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary play premiered at theRoyal Court in 1959 and has since been performedin over 30 countries. The Kitchen puts the workplacecentre stage in a blackly funny and furiousexamination of life lived at breakneck speed,when work threatens to define who we are.

Arnold Wesker’s plays include Chicken Soup with Barley (currently being revived at the Royal Court), Love Letters on Blue Paper, Caritas, Chips with Everything, Roots (all of which have been produced at the NT), I’m Talking About Jerusalem, Their Very Own and Golden City, The Old Ones, Longitude, Denial and Break My Heart.

Bijan Sheibani is an Associate Director at the NT, where his credits include Our Class and Greenland. 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.

Press night:   Wednesday 7 September
Contact:   Becky Sayer on 020 7452 3233; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A new play by MIKE LEIGH             Cottesloe Theatre
Previews from 14 September, press night 21 September, continuing in repertoire and on tour

The National Theatre has commissioned Mike Leigh to create another play for the Cottesloe Theatre, where it will open on 21 September.

In his unique collaborative way, Leigh is working with a company of actors, together with his regular award-winning creative team, to explore characters, relationships, themes and ideas.

Mike Leigh is reunited on this project with Lesley Manville – his most frequent collaborator – and with regulars Marion Bailey, Sam Kelly and Wendy Nottingham. He worked with them variously on the films Who’s Who (1978), Grown-Ups (1980), Meantime (1984), The Short & Curlies (1987), High Hopes (1988), Secrets & Lies (1996), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Another Year (2010) and A Running Jump (2012).

The full cast is: Marion Bailey, Ruby Bentall, David Horovitch, Sam Kelly, Lesley Manville and Wendy Nottingham.  The designer is Alison Chitty, with lighting by Paul Pyant, music by Gary Yershon and sound by John Leonard.

Mike Leigh’s many stage plays include Babies Grow Old (RSC 1974), Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre 1977), Goose-Pimples (Hampstead Theatre 1981), It’s A Great Big Shame! (Theatre Royal Stratford East 1993), Two Thousand Years (National Theatre 2005) and Ecstasy (1979), which has recetly been revived under Leigh’s direction at Hampstead and in the West End.

The National Theatre’s Cottesloe Partner is Neptune Investment Management.

Press night: Wednesday 21 September
Contact: Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE VEIL                                           Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 27 September, press night 4 October, continuing in repertoire

THE VEIL, a new play written and directed by Conor McPherson, opens in the Lyttelton on 4 October.  The cast includes Bríd Brennan, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Ursula Jones, Peter McDonald, Jim Norton, Adrian Schiller, Emily Taaffe and Fenella Woolgar. The production is designed by Rae Smith, with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Paul Arditti.

Set around a haunted house hemmed in a by a restive, starving populace, Conor McPherson’s new play weaves Ireland’s troubled colonial history into a transfixing story about the search for love, the transcendental and the circularity of time.
May 1822, rural Ireland.  The defrocked Reverend Berkeley arrives at the crumbling former glory of Mount Prospect House to accompany seventeen-year-old Hannah to England.  She is to be married off to a Marquis in order to resolve the debts of her mother’s estate. However, compelled by the strange voices that haunt his beautiful young charge and a fascination with the psychic current that pervades the house, Berkeley proposes a séance, the consquences of which are catastrophic.

Conor McPherson’s plays include The Seafarer at the National Theatre and on Broadway, for which Jim Norton won Olivier and Tony Awards; Shining City, Dublin Carol and The Weir (Olivier Award for Best Play), all at the Royal Court; Port Authority (West End); and The Birds (Gate Theatre, Dublin). His screenplays include Eclipse, which he also directed.

Press night: Tuesday 4 October
Contact: Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

13                                                        Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Previews from 18 October, press night 25 October, continuing in repertoire

A new play by Mike Bartlett, 13, will be the final Travelex £12 Tickets production of 2011, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 25 October, directed by Thea Sharrock.  It will be designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Adrian Johnston and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Morning in London, Autumn 2011. Across the city, people wake up from an identical, terrifying dream. At the same moment, a young man named John returns home after years away to find economic gloom, ineffective protest, and a Prime Minister about to declare war. But John has a vision for the future and his ideas inspire an increasing number of followers. With conflict looming in the Middle East, their protest takes them to the centre of the city, to the heart of government, where coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality.

Set in a dark and magical landscape of singing pensioners, fanatical atheists and imminent apocalypse, Mike Bartlett’s epic new play depicts a London both familiar and strange, a London staring into the void. In a year which has seen governments fall and hundreds of thousands take to the streets, 13 explores the meaning of personal responsibility, the hold that the past has over the future and the nature of belief itself.
Mike Bartlett’s plays include Earthquakes in London for the National Theatre and Headlong (which tours England this autumn – see page 9); Cock (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Contractions and My Child at the Royal Court, Love Love Love for Paines Plough and Artefacts at the Bush. He is currently writer-in-residence at the NT Studio.

Thea Sharrock’s productions include After the Dance (Olivier Award for Best Revival), The Emperor Jones and Happy Now? for the National; Cause Célèbre (Old Vic); The Misanthrope, Equus, A Voyage Round My Father and Heroes in the West End; Cloud Nine and Mrs Klein at the Almeida; Plenty (Sheffield);and several productions for The Peter Hall Company including Blithe Spirit.

Press night: Tuesday 25 October
Contact:  Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ST MATTHEW PASSION                 Olivier Theatre
Previews from 17 September, press night 19 September; nine performances, ending
2 October

Jonathan Miller’s staging of Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION, in an English translation compiled and edited by Paul Goodwin, will be performed in collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia in the Olivier Theatre from 17 September – 2 October, with a press performance on 19 September.

Bach’s PASSION is presented on one evening in two parts and retells the dramatic story of the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion.  Part one includes the last supper and the betrayal and arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, while part two depicts His trial, crucifixion and burial.

Jonathan Miller strips away all traditional performance conventions of this sacred work: it is sung, in a new English translation by Paul Goodwin, by soloists and a choir – all casually dressed – who interact with the full orchestra. The result is a production conveying the full power and overwhelming drama of Bach’s final and most revered Passion.

Southbank Sinfonia, the versatile orchestra of young professional musicians, returns to the National following their highly successful collaboration on Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
The soloists are Sally Bruce-Payne, Ruby Hughes, Benjamin Hulett, James Laing, Andrew Staples and Mark Stone;  the chorus is drawn from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Directed by Jonathan Miller and conducted by Paul Goodwin, the production has sound design by Mike Walker.

See also under Exhibitions (page 12).
Press night: Monday 19 September
Contact: Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DOUBLE FEATURE                         National Theatre Paintframe
Previews from 18 July, press performances 3 & 4 August
Playing until 10 September

This summer the NT will take the opportunity for the first time ever to open up its backstage scenic studio for public performance. Four short plays by writers new to the National Theatre – Tom Basden, Sam Holcroft, DC Moore and Prasanna Puwanarajah – will be presented in the NT Paintframe.  A single group of performers and theatre-makers will premiere the two double-bills, directed by Polly Findlay and Lyndsey Turner, designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Carolyn Downing, movement by Jack Murphy and fight direction by Bret Yount. The cast includes Tom Basden, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Oliver Birch, Kirsty Bushell, Trevor Cooper, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Karina Fernandez, Phoebe Fox, Richard Goulding, Trystan Gravelle, Richard Hope, Nitin Kundra, Matthew Needham, Damian O’Hare and Stephanie Street.

EDGAR & ANNABEL by Sam Holcroft, directed by Lyndsey Turner
A young married couple prepare dinner in a smartly furnished kitchen. Annabel is composed, intelligent, in love. Edgar is professional, successful, assured. She’s chopping vegetables, he’s brought the wine. But something isn’t right. In a city not so different from our own capital, a group of freedom fighters attempt to stand up to an Orwellian establishment in increasingly perilous circumstances. Sam Holcroft’s ingenious new play paints a picture of a police state in crisis. The story that unfolds brings into question relationships, identities and the very nature of reality itself…

THE SWAN by DC Moore, directed by Polly Findlay
In a decaying pub in South London, preparations are being made for a wake. The beer is warm, the rain is falling, and tempers are running close to breaking point. Denise has lost a father – and Jim has missed his own son’s funeral. With only an hour before their guests arrive, a fractured family begin to settle their accounts. The ghosts of lives lived and opportunities missed are laid to rest as new and ancient betrayals are confronted and forgiven. DC Moore’s touching and very funny new play examines the ties that hold us together in a multi-cultural society.

NIGHTWATCHMAN by Prasanna Puwanarajah, directed by Polly Findlay
Abirami is English. And Sri Lankan. And a professional cricketer. Tomorrow she makes her debut for England against Sri Lanka, but tonight she faces a relentless bowling machine in a one-on-one session to prepare her for the innings of her life. As the night draws on, she challenges our preconceptions of politics, sport and national pride as harshly as she challenges her own. Prasanna Puwanarajah’s new play, coarse, funny and provocative, is a vivid exploration of the search for the meaning of home.

THERE IS A WAR by Tom Basden, directed by Lyndsey Turner
In another country, in another time, civil war rages. The Blues and the Greys have been fighting each other for as long as they can remember. Soldiers, priests and scavengers roam a landscape scorched by years of battle and decay. Anne, a young medical officer, finds herself abandoned and useless, unable to locate the hospital or even the war she was promised. A journey into the dark heart of a strange and surreal conflict, Tom Basden’s miniature epic explores the mad savagery of war with biting black comedy.

The double-bills are: EDGAR & ANNABEL / THE SWAN and NIGHTWATCHMAN / THERE IS A WAR;  they are suitable for 15yrs+

The production is supported by the NT’s Young Patrons; media partner i, the new concise quality newspaper.

Press performances: EDGAR & ANNABEL / THE SWAN on Wednesday 3 August at 7pm;  NIGHTWATCHMAN / THERE IS A WAR on Thursday 4 August at 7pm, with reviews embargoed for publication until Friday 5 August.

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

KING JAMES BIBLE                         Lyttelton Theatre
8 October – 6 November

The National Theatre will be taking part in the 400th anniversary celebrations for the KING JAMES BIBLE. An ensemble of leading NT actors, directed by Nicholas Hytner, James Dacre and Polly Findlay, will read twelve extracts (edited by Edward Kemp) from the Book that changed the world.

In the Beginning: From the Creation of the World to Joseph and his brothers in Egypt.
Let My People Go: Moses and his people escape slavery in Egypt in search of the Promised Land.
The Line of David: The boy David defeats a giant and unifies a kingdom. His son Solomon builds the temple in Jerusalem.
Psalms of David and Song of Solomon: The lyrics that have inspired some of the most evocative and sensual translations in English.
Where Shall Wisdom be Found?: As the world falls apart around them, Ecclesiastes the Preacher and Job seek for meaning in catastrophe.
The People that Walked in Darkness: As Israel faces disaster, Isaiah foretells the future.
The Gospel According to Mark: The earliest gospel – Mark’s – is the shortest and most direct telling of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
The Gospel According to Matthew: The most influential of the gospels in English, Matthew dramatises the coming of the kingdom of heaven.
The Gospel According to Luke: Luke dwells on the some of the most human moments in the life of Jesus.
The Tongues of Men and Angels: The Acts and Letters of Peter and Paul shape the foundation of the Church.
The Gospel According to John: The latest gospel – John’s – celebrates the mystery of the incarnation.
Revelation:  Written in a time of persecution, the Revelation of John foresees the end of days.

Dates and times of the readings vary and can be found in the rep leaflet or NT website.  Each extract will last approximately 80 minutes without an interval (accurate running times will be available in October).  Tickets:  £8 each for 1-3 readings; £6 each for 4 – 10 readings; £5 each for 11 – 12 readings.

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

IT’S ALWAYS RIGHT NOW, UNTIL IT’S LATER   Lyttelton Theatre
A new show by Daniel Kitson about Everything and Nothing  
7 – 21 October, 6 performances.  All tickets £12.

Written and performed by Daniel Kitson, this is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves, very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two.

Originally performed at 10am throughout the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe to sold-out audiences of drowsy but delighted devotees and restaged in the Lyttelton for the first time at the opposite end of the day, this is without doubt Kitson’s most ambitious, heartbreaking and human show to date. It is designed by Susannah Henry and Daniel Kitson;  the technical director is Jon Meggat.

Contact: Laura Horton on 020 7452 321; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NT BEYOND THE SOUTH BANK

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre Live and on tour
Following its run at the National, Nicholas Hytner’s hit 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). 

One Man, Two Guvnorswill be broadcast live to over 100 UK cinemas and 300 more abroad on 15 September (varying dates internationally), opening a new season of National Theatre Live, sponsored by Aviva.

MIKE LEIGH’S new play visits Bath and Cambridge
Mike Leigh’s new play will visit Theatre Royal, Bath (25 – 29 October) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (1 – 5 November), during its Cottesloe run.

Contact:  Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Earthquakes in London
Following its sell-out run at the Cottesloe last year, Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London will embark on a seven-date tour this autumn.  The Headlong/National Theatre co-production, directed by Rupert Goold, will visit: Theatre Royal, Plymouth (22 – 24 September); Theatre Royal, Bath (27 September – 1 October); Malvern Theatres (4 – 8 October); Theatre Royal, Brighton (11 – 15 October); Richmond Theatre (25 – 29 October); Oxford Playhouse (1 – 5 November); and Cambridge Arts Theatre (12 -15 November).

Contact: Clióna Roberts on 020 7704 6224 / 07754 756504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRODUCTION AND CASTING UPDATES

LONDON ROAD extends; Rufus Norris appointed NT Associate Director
Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s acclaimed music-theatre piece London Road
will have an eight-week extension at the Cottesloe Theatre. Rufus Norris’s production, with the original cast, will now continue until 27 August.

Rufus Norris has become an Associate Director of the National Theatre, where his productions have also included Death and the King’s Horseman and Market Boy. His other work 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).

A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS
The cast for Katie Mitchell’s production of A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS by Thomas Heywood, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre on 19 July as part of the Travelex £12 Tickets season, is: Sebastian Armesto (Wendoll), Leo Bill (Charles Mountford), Nick Blakely, Louis Brooke, Josie Daxter, Kate Duchêne, Nick Fletcher, Gawn Grainger, Tom Kay, Esther McAuley, Sandy McDade (Susan), Rob Ostlere, Leighton Pugh, Paul Ready (John Frankford), Hugh Sachs, George Taylor, Liz White (Anne Frankford) and Gilbert Wynne.

WATCH THIS SPACE                                  1 July to 11 September
Giant green chairs in Theatre Square can mean only one thing – the return of the National Theatre’s annual Watch This Space Festival, running from 1 July until 11 September 2011 and featuring an exciting range of free theatre, dance, circus and music events for all ages.

July highlights include PLANET LEM, a UK premiere from Poland’s foremost outdoor theatre company Teatr Biuro Podróży: an explosive sci-fi extravaganza of robots, aliens and cosmonauts. The Circus Space Graduates 2011 build up to their spectacular ensemble show, THE OTHER ROAD, and Australian company ThisSideUp explore the concept of ‘controlled falling’ using the highest-levels of acrobatic skill; while FLIGHTS OF FANTASY FAMILY WEEK kicks off the school holidays with fun activities and shows.

In August The Gandinis return for a week of invigorating juggling, and you can join an epic battle between the Trojans and the Greeks in THE GREAT SHAKESPEAREAN WORKOUT from the UK’s 1623 Theatre Company. During DANCE WEEK Cie Bilbobasso present a passionate, incendiary tango amidst fire and smoke, andTHE ALTERNATIVE VILLAGE FETE by Home Live Art returns for an urban twist on traditional village fetes for the Bank Holiday weekend.

In September we host the outdoor performances for the Liberty Festival, London’s annual disability arts festival, and during Thames Festival Weekend, over twenty-five shows culminate in a massive all-singing, all-dancing painting created in PAGE BLANCHE by Compagnie Luc Amoros from France.

Full details will be available online at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/wts
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PLATFORMS

www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/platforms
6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 unless stated* = Platform followed by booksigning

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

Connections Writers’ Forum                                   Mon 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?                              Fri 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
actress Caroline Blakiston to question his relevance in his homeland today.

Ibsen’s Modern Breakthrough                                Fri 22 July, 5.30pm, Olivier
Ibsen always considered Emperor and Galilean his most important play. Toril Moi explores why this neglected masterpiece, written at a moment of transition to modernism, mattered so intensely to Ibsen, and why it should matter to us today.

Ian Hislop                                                                   Mon 25 July, Lyttelton
The indefatigable Editor of Private Eye celebrates 25 years at the helm of the satirical magazine, with Mark Lawson.

Michael Simkins                                                        Wed 3 Aug, Lyttelton*
In Last Flannelled Fool, the actor and author goes on a reflective odyssey to recharge his cricketing batteries, in search of himself and an England past.

Jonathan Lynn                                                          Fri 5 Aug, Lyttelton*
The creator of Yes Prime Minister shares stories from a life misspent making people laugh in plays, television and film, to coincide with his new book, Comedy Rules.

Creating Double Feature                             Thu 11 Aug, 6.30pm, The Paintframe
The directors and writers talk about the double bill of new plays.

Katie Mitchell on A Woman Killed with Kindness Mon 22 Aug, Lyttelton
Katie Mitchell discusses her new production.

Galton & Simpson: The Fathers of Sitcom           Thu 1 Sept, Lyttelton*
Writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson talk to their biographer Christopher Stevens about creating Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son, and working with numerous comedy legends.
The John Harvard Lecture with Simon Schama 
Whatever Happened to Toleration? Thoughts from an Anglo-New Yorker a decade after 9/11.                                         Mon 5 Sept, 5.45pm (1hr), Lyttelton, £5/£4
With issues of tolerance front and centre in Europe, the US and the Middle East, the historian Simon Schama poses the simple, painful, question: how did this happen? And asks, what are the prospects for that most fragile plant of cultural co-existence, toleration?

Bijan Sheibani on The Kitchen                               Fri 9 Sept, Olivier
The director discusses his new production of Arnold Wesker’s play.

Di Trevis                                                                    Fri 23 Sept, Cottesloe*
Being a Director is both a practical guide to directing and a professional autobiography of her National Theatre productions.

David Edgar: Playwrights and Politics                  Tue 27 Sept, Cottesloe*
Post-war British playwrights have been solicited, and sometimes derided, for their opinions on the issues of the day. Does this reflect the character of British Theatre?
Or the place of the “intellectual” in British society? Janelle Reinelt, co-author of The Political Theatre of David Edgar, discusses these questions with the playwright.

Simon Russell Beale                                                Wed 28 Sept, Olivier*
Simon Russell Beale talks about his 20-year creative partnership with the director Sam Mendes, as celebrated in Mark Leipacher’s new book, Catching the Light.

Jonathan Miller                                                         Fri 30 Sept, Olivier
With St Matthew Passion and an exhibition at the NT, the distinguished director, author, broadcaster, humorist and sculptor talks about his life and work.

Mrs Oscar Wilde                                                       Mon 3 Oct, Cottesloe*
Constance and Oscar Wilde’s lifestyle shook the foundations of 19th-century society; drawing on Constance’s letters, Franny Moyle’s book examines another victim of an
infamous betrayal.

Mike Leigh                                                                 Tue 4 Oct, Olivier
The award-winning director talks about his new play.

Arnold Wesker                                                          Wed 5 Oct, Olivier*
The playwright reads from his one-woman play, Annie Wobbler, in which he discusses, for the only time in his fiction, the process of writing.

Bonnie Greer on Langston Hughes                       Tue 11 Oct, Cottesloe*
Bonnie Greer’s new biography gives an insight into the controversial and contradictory life of the African-American poet, novelist, campaigner and playwright.

Craig Brown and Friends                                        Fri 14 Oct, Cottesloe*
The satirist and guests perform One on One, a daisy chain of 101 meetings, from Bacon heckling Princess Margaret to Edward Heath carol-singing for Sickert.

Black Voices                                                              Mon 17 Oct, Lyttelton
Paterson Joseph is joined by several generations of Black British actors to discuss the identity of the modern black voice in British theatre today.

Conor McPherson on The Veil                                Tue 25 Oct, Lyttelton
The playwright and director discusses his new play.

James Corden                                                           Mon 31 Oct, Lyttelton*
The multi-talented James Corden talks about his recent memoir.

Melvyn Bragg                                                            Sat 5 Nov, 10.30am, Lyttelton*
The broadcaster and author looks at the radical impact of The King James Bible over the last 400 years in The Book of Books.

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.
James Corden Mon 27 June, Lyttelton
Zoë Wanamaker Fri 15 July, Olivier
Kenneth Cranham Thu 4 Aug, Cottesloe
Ian McDiarmid Wed 10 Aug, Cottesloe

 

FREE EXHIBITIONS
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/exhibitions
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.

THE PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER’S YEAR 2011     18 July – 4 September
The Press Photographer’s Year is unique: the only competition that showcases the outstanding photography commissioned for and used in the UK media. Designed by
photographers for photographers, and judged by their peers, it celebrates the unsung art of seeing through the chaos to capture that one still moment which defines an
entire news event. With a thought-provoking collection of images from 2010, The Press Photographer’s Year returns to the NT for a sixth year and is held in association with The British Press Photographers’ Association and supported by Diageo and Canon.

JONATHAN MILLER                                                            12 September – 23 October
Running alongside Jonathan Miller’s extraordinary career in revue, television, the theatre and opera has been a fascination with the visual arts. As a practitioner, Miller has concentrated on assemblages – of discarded metal, which he beats and welds into sculpture, or of old and tattered posters, which he photographs, or reconstitutes as montages. “I’m interested in the overlooked and the negligible,” he says, “where some of the most interesting breakthroughs in art and science come from.” As an
interpreter, Miller has frequently used the imagery of celebrated artists as a backdrop to his directorial work. This exhibition will explore both aspects of this fertile preoccupation.

THE LINBURY PRIZE                                               31 October – 27 November
The Linbury Prize for Stage Design is one of UK’s most important awards for stage design, and a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with leading directors and gain a professional commission with one of four major companies, which this year are Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre, The Opera Group, Royal
Opera House – ROH2 and Watermill Theatre. The prize is a turning-point in the careers of young designers; all the finalists’ designs are exhibited at the National Theatre. Find out more at linburyprize.org.uk.

Contact: Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Discover: National Theatre
A programme of events and activities for people of all ages to discover more about the National Theatre.

For secondary schools
Shakespeare on Stage  22 July, 9.30am – 4pm, Lyttelton 
NT artists and educators adapt their work for teachers directing Shakespeare with students. The day includes masterclasses on voice and the young actor; stage combat with large groups; and great effects from simple lighting.
£50/£25 for schools participating in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, including lunch. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/secondary

New Views from September/October 2011
The NT’s political play-writing programme for 6th formers offers the chance for students to develop their writing skills and be in with a chance of having their play staged in Parliament in July 2012. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/newviews

Student workshops
Two-hour production and skills-related workshops are available for KS 3-5 school groups visiting the NT.  30 minute Q&A sessions offer students a unique opportunity to ask questions of a key member of the creative team before the show.
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/secondary

Discover more
Video and audio content from and about past and current productions is available, as well as background packs about NT productions. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/discover
Interactive whiteboard resources are available to download from www.prometheanplanet.com/nationaltheatre

For adults
In Depth: Ibsen  6 – 7 July, 10.30am
A two-day intensive exploration of Ibsen and his extraordinary play, Emperor and Galilean, including seminars by Dr Marie Wells who worked on the production; Stephen Unwin, who will talk about directing Ibsen; and an introduction of his new version of the play by writer and NT Associate Director Ben Power.
£75 including a ticket for Emperor and Galilean
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/discover

Theatreworks Shorts on ‘The Deck’
A short masterclass followed by drinks in the NT’s private rooftop events space.
Vocal Impact, 8 August, 6.15pm
Coaching Others, 22 August, 6.15pm

Half-day Open Courses: experiential learning at its best
Resilience, 13 September
Gravitas, 20 September
Voice, 29 September

One day in-depth Open Courses
Personal Impact: 6 September & 26 October
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/theatreworks

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ENDS
3 June 2011

NOTES TO EDITORS
Public Information:
Public phone/online booking for new productions in the July – November season opens on 21 June. 
Book tickets online at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk  
Box Office:  020 7452 3000, open 9.30am – 8pm  Fax:  020 7452 3030
Information:  020 7452 3400

THE NATIONAL’S SPONSORS

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

Emperor and Galilean, 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 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

 

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

The National Theatre is supported by Arts Council England.


FINAL CASTING ANNOUNCED AS REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR

T H E   R A I L W A Y   C H I L D R E N

AT WATERLOO

Final casting is announced as rehearsals begin for Damian Cruden’s Olivier award-winning production of The Railway Children which returns to Waterloo Station this summer.

Joining Marcus Brigstocke are Pandora Cliffford as Mother, David Baron as the Old Gentleman, Mark Holgate as Jim, Elizabeth Keats as Mrs Perks, Tim Lewis as Peter, Stephen Beckett as the Father and Doctor, Amy Noble as Roberta, Blair Plant as Shepansky, Amanda Prior as Mrs Viney and Cook and Grace Rowe as Phyllis. They are joined by ensemble members Francesca Ellis, Felicity Houlbrooke and James Rigby.

Booking is now open for Damian Cruden’s critically acclaimed revival which runs for a second season at The Waterloo Station Theatre from 19 June until 4 September with press night on 28 June 2011.  Seen last year by over 165,000 people, The Railway Children has designs by Joanna Scotcher who won the Whatsonstage.com award for Best Design, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear.  With audiences sitting either side of a real railway track, the 1000 seat Waterloo Station Theatre was created especially for this production in the old Eurostar Terminal. 

Mike Kenny’s adaptation was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009.  The Great Northern Railway No 1, Stirling Single from the National Railway Museum, York, and the Old Gentleman’s Saloon that was used in the original 1970 feature film, will return to Waterloo as the production re-opens this summer.  A North American production opened at the Roundhouse Theatre in Toronto earlier this month and further productions are being planned for New York, San Francisco, Melbourne and Sydney.

The Railway Children tells the story of Bobby, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away.  They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother where they befriend the local railway porter and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?

E. Nesbit’s much loved children’s book, The Railway Children, was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by the late Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett.

The Railway Children, a York Theatre Royal production, is presented in London in association with the National Rail Museum by Jenny King and Matthew Gale for The Touring Consortium (Railway Children), Tristan Baker, Oliver Royds, PW Productions and Sue Scott Davison. The production has been made possible with the support of BRB (Residuary) Ltd, Arts Council England, Welcome to Yorkshire and Network Rail. 

Listings Information

Dates                     19 June – 4 September 2011

Address                  The Waterloo Station Theatre, Waterloo Station, SE1

Box Office               0871 297 0740

Performances           Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm

          Thursday - Saturday matinees at 2.30pm* (extra matinees at peak times)

          Sundays at 1.00pm and 5.00pm with some Sundays at 2.30pm*

*check with box office or website for schedule

Tickets                   £22.75 - £49.75

all prices include a donation to Railway Children Charity

Website                  www.railwaychildrenwaterloo.com

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

T A C T I C A L   Q U E S T I O N I N G:

SCENES FROM THE BAHA MOUSA INQUIRY

EDITED BY RICHARD NORTON-TAYLOR

Today, 5 May 2011, Nicolas Kent announces full casting for the world premiere of the Tricycle Theatre production - Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry.  The cast comprises Dean Ashton (Payne), Christopher Fox (Rodgers), Luke Harris (Cooper), David Michaels (Mercer), Alan Parnaby (Sir William Gage), Simon Rouse (Ingram), Mark Stobbart (Redfearn), Rick Warden (Major Peebles) and Thomas Wheatley (Elias). 

Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry, edited by Richard Norton-Taylor, examines the British Army’s handling of detainees in Iraq and the death of Baha Mousa in 2003, and will run at the Tricycle Theatre from 2 June until 2 July, with press night on 6 June 2011.  Nicolas Kent directs, with assistant direction by Sophie Lifschutz. Designs are by Polly Sullivan, lighting by Charlie Hayday and sound and projections by Ed Borgnis. 

On 14 September 2003, at the Haitham Hotel in Basra, Iraq, Baha Mousa and nine others were arrested by the British Army as suspected insurgents. Two days later Baha Mousa was dead. A post-mortem examination revealed that he had suffered from asphyxiation and had received at least 93 injuries to his body whilst in the Army’s custody.In 2008 the Secretary of State for Defence announced a public inquiry into Baha Mousa’s death and the treatment of those detained with him. 

Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry brings together scenes from the Public Inquiry which examined the shocking events that took place over those two days of detention and the British Army’s treatment of detainees. The Tricycle’s production is staged following the oral hearings completed in October last year and before Sir William Gage publishes his final report and recommendations this summer. 

Dean Ashton’s stage credits include The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists for the Chichester Festival Theatre and Liverpool Everyman, an opera version of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Barbican and King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company Academy.  His television credits include Coronation Street, The Bill, Collision and Doctors.

Christopher Fox has previously been onstage at the Tricycle in The Colour of Justice, which transferred to the West End and the National Theatre and was also filmed for the BBC.  Further theatre credits include All My Sons, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet and Look Back in Anger, all for Exeter Northcott.  His television credits include the role of DS Matt Carter in The Bill between 2007 and 2010 as well as Ultimate Force, All the King’s Men, Dangerfield, The Vice and Foyle’s War.

Luke Harris’ theatre credits include Forty Years On and It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog for the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  His television credits include the forthcoming Channel 4/ Daybreak Pictures comedy Naked Apes as well as Eastenders, Doctors, The Life of Riley and Casualty and film credits are Incorporated, Highlight, Resonance and Caught in the Rye.

David Michaels has previously appeared at the Tricycle in The War Next Door, Called to Account and Justifying War.  His other stage credits include The Constant Wife and Death and the Maiden for the Salisbury Playhouse, Herding Cats and Betrayal for the Theatre Royal, Bath, the latter also on tour, Three Sisters for the Birmingham Rep and The Changing Room for the Royal Court.  His recent television credits include Doctors, The Bill, Missing, New Tricks and Spooks.  Michaels is soon to be seen in the forthcoming feature film The White Hare.  His previous film credits include Jump, Nowhere in Africa, Misterioso and Money for Nothing.

Alan Parnaby was last at the Tricycle in the Laurence Olivier award-winning Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Enquiry, also at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.  His other Tricycle credits are Four Knights in Knaresborough and Guantanamo ‘Honor Bound to Defend Freedom’.  His further theatre credits include Factory Birds for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Scraps for the Orange Tree, and Ten Times Table and King Lear for the Derby Playhouse.  His extensive credits for the Royal Exchange Theatre include Dr Faustus and The Merchant of Venice.  On television his credits include Justifying the War, directed by Nicolas Kent, Bringing Down the House, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Doctors.  His film credits are David, Dead Man’s Folly, Clockwise, Steaming and To Catch a King.

Simon Rouse’s extensive theatre credits include When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, The Changing Room at the Royal Court and Duke of York’s, Sweet Bird of Youth at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Lorenzaccio, Coriolanus, Anthony and Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus all for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  His work on television includes The Bill, Minder, Casualty and Coronation Street and his film credits are Pop Pirates, Parker and The Ragman’s Daughter.

Mark Stobbart’s theatre credits include Up on the Roof for the Chichester Festival Theatre, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the Royal Shakespeare Company and War and Peace and Let Him Have Justice for the National Theatre Studio.  His television work includes The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Little Britain and Auf Wiedersehen Pet and film credits are The Tournament, Life, Bad Timing and The Reunion.

Rick Warden was in The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre in 2009 and 2010 as well as the USA tour.  His other theatre credits include Stoning Mary and Sweetheart for the Royal Court and Dealer’s Choice for the National Theatre.  His recent television credits include Holby City, Apparitions, Primeval, Rome, Rome II and Hustle II.  On film his credits include Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist and Bride and Prejudice.

Thomas Wheatley has appeared in the Tricycle’s tribunal plays Called to Account, Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Enquiry, also at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Justifying War, Srebrenica, Nuremberg and Half the Picture.  His other theatre credits include Oliver Twist for the Lyric Hammersmith, Celebration at the Lincoln Center, New York and The Novice and The Master & Margarita for the Almeida Theatre.  His television credits include The Murder Room, Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Fields of Gold and Foyle’s War.  His film credits are Death at a Funeral, Where Angels Fear to Tread, The Living Daylights and Mr Jolly Lives Next Door.

Nicolas Kent, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, has most recently directed Greta Garbo Came to Donegal and the critically acclaimed trilogy The Great Game: AfghanistanThe Great Game premiered at the Tricycle in 2009 and returned in 2010 for a limited run before embarking on a US Tour.  In February this year The Pentagon commissioned two performances of the trilogy which were performed in Washington DC.  Other productions Kent has directed as Artistic Director of the Tricycle include The Great White Hope, which he also staged for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trouble in Mind, Wine in the Wilderness, A Love Song for Ulster, Macbeth, 10 Rounds, the 20th anniversary production of Mustapha Matura’s Playboy of the West Indies, Walk Hard–Talk Loud, How Long Is Never?, Darfur A Response and The War Next Door.  He has directed all the Tricycle Tribunal Plays and the controversial Called To Account in which Tony Blair was put on trial for crimes of aggression against Iraq.  His television directing credits include The Workshop, Pentecost, Sharing Time, Colour of Justice, Justifying War and Half the Picture. In 2006 Kent received an Evening Standard award for ‘pioneering political theatre’ and last year received the Liberty Human Rights Arts award.

Richard Norton-Taylor joined The Guardian in 1975 as their Europe correspondent based in Brussels and since 1998 he has been Security Affairs Editor.  He wrote Half The Picture with John McGrath, scenes from the Scott Inquiry which was presented at the Tricycle, the Houses of Parliament and on BBC2, and won a Freedom of Information Campaign Award and Time Out Drama Award.  Since then he has edited most of the tribunal plays at the Tricycle including: Nuremberg, The Colour of Justice (Time Out Award), Justifying War, Bloody Sunday (winner of the 2006 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre) and Called To Account  – all of which were later broadcast by the BBC.

L I S T I N G S   I N F O R M A T I O N

ADDRESS                             

Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR

BOX OFFICE

Dates:                              02 June – 02 July 2011
Press night:                       06 June 2011 at 7pm
Performances:                   Monday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday mats at 4pm
                                      Midweek mats 15 June, 22 June, 29 June at 2pm
Post-Performance Discussions Monday 6 June and every Thursday thereafter

Phone                              020 7328 1000

In person                         10am – 9pm Monday – Saturday, 2 – 9pm on Sundays

Online:
www.tricycle.co.uk

Tickets:                          
£12 Mon 8pm and midweek mats at 2pm
£18 Tues – Fri 8pm & Sat mats at 4pm
£22 Saturdays at 8pm

Early Bird Tickets - £10

Limited number available for performances on 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 June

café-BAR

The Tricycle Café (serving food) is open from 12noon to 8pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am – 8pm on Saturdays.  The Tricycle Bar (serving drinks and snacks) is open from 12 noon Mondays to Fridays & from 10.30am Saturdays & closes at 11pm Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays the Bar is open 3pm – 9pm.

TRANSPORT

Tube:                               Kilburn (Jubilee Line)
Bus:                                 16, 31, 32, 98, 189, 206, 316, 328
Train:                               Brondesbury (London overground)

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons is now available to download from Digital Theatre www.digitaltheatre.com

Please click on the link to watch the trailer: http://bit.ly/allmysons

ALL MY SONS

All My Sons tells the story of Joe Keller, a successful, middle-aged, self-made man who has done a terrible and tragic thing: during World War II, rushing to meet an order from the Army, he knowingly sold them defective airplane parts which later caused the planes to crash and killed 21 men. He framed his business partner for this crime and engineered his own exoneration; now, his son is about to marry the partner's daughter, the affair is revisited, and his lie of a life is unravelled.

Directed by Howard Davies and designed by William Dudley, All My Sons has lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Dominic Muldowney and sound by Paul Groothius. 

The cast is led by David Suchet as Joe Keller and Zoe Wanamaker as Kate Keller.  They are accompanied by Stephen Campbell Moore as Chris, Olivia Darnley as Lydia Lubey, Steven Elder as Dr Jim Bayliss, Claire Hackett as Sue Bayliss, Daniel Lapaine as George Deever, Jemima Rooper as Ann Deever, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Frank Lubey and Ted Allpress as Bert.

DIGITAL THEATRE

Launched in 2009 by Robert Delamere and Tom Shaw and with an investment of over £1 million and the support of Equity, the Musician’s Union and BECTU, Digital Theatre produces downloadable theatre productions filmed in front of live audiences for users to either stream or download and keep from www.digitaltheatre.com  Digital Theatre’s critically acclaimed films are shot from multiple angles in front of theatre audiences capturing live performances in high definition.

Digital Theatre’s partner theatres are the Almeida Theatre Company, the Bush Theatre, English Touring Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic.  

CATALOGUE OF DIGITAL THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

The Olivier Award winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s As You Like It, directed by Artistic Director Michael Boyd, which enjoyed sold out seasons at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Roundhouse. 

English Touring Theatre’sFar From The Madding Crowd, an adaptation by Mark Healy from Thomas Hardy, directed by Kate Saxon with a cast including Rebecca O’Mara, Phil Cheadle and Stephen Billington.

The Container, presented in association with The Young Vic and Amnesty International, highlighting the plight of illegal immigrants coming to the UK, written by Clare Bayley, directed by Tom Wright, designed by Naomi Dawson.

Jez Butterworth's Laurence Oliver Award nominated Parlour Song, directed by Ian Rickson at the Almeida, with a cast comprising Amanda Drew, Andrew Lincoln and Toby Jones. 

Kathryn Hunter’s acclaimed one woman show Kafka’s Monkey by Franz Kafka, in an adaptation by Colin Teevan, directed by Walter Meierjohann, which enjoyed a sell-out season at the Young Vic.

Mark Ravenhill’s Over There,part of the Royal Court Theatre’s 2009 Off The Wall season, written by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Ravenhill and Ramin Gray, with a cast of twin brothers Harry Treadaway and Luke Treadaway. 

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Told by an Idiot’s The Comedy of Errors,created for schools and family audiences, directed byPaul Hunter. In addition Digital Theatre offer a behind the scenes documentary to download.

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