some upcoming productions at the National theatre and some upcoming NT live screenings (21 July – Nov 2015)

Posted: July 23, 2015 in Uncategorized
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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts  The Beaux’ Stratagem from the NT, Hamlet from the Barbican and an encore of the Donmar Warehouse’s Coriolanus

Previews  since Monday night press night 28 July, in repertoire until 21 October

Patrick Marber directs his own new version of THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, after Turgenev, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre on 28 July. The cast includes Amanda Drew, Gawn Grainger, John Simm and Cherrelle Skeete.

Ivan Turgenev’s passionate, moving comedy, A Month in the Country, has been the source of inspiration for films, a ballet and the plays of Chekhov.

Russia. A beautiful country estate. The mid-nineteenth century. A handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love. The love left unsaid and the love which must out.

Patrick Marber’s previous plays for the National are Dealer’s Choice (Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy); Closer (Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, Laurence Olivier and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), for which he also wrote the screenplay; Howard Katz; and The Musicians for Connections. His latest play, The Red Lion, opens in the NT’s Dorfman Theatre in June.

John Simm’s extensive screen credits include Code of a Killer, Prey, The Village, Mad Dogs, Exile, Doctor Who, Life on Mars, Sex Traffic, State of Play and The Lakes. His most recent stage appearance was in The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios; previous theatre roles include Jerry in Betrayal and the title role of Hamlet at Sheffield Theatres, and Elling at the Bush for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award.

The production will be designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Neil Austin, music and sound by Adam Cork and movement by Polly Bennett; it is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions.

Press night: Tuesday 28 July
Contact: Martin Shippen on 020 7452 3233 /
OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD Travelex £15 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Previews from 19 August, press night 26 August, in repertoire until 17 October

Nadia Fall will direct Timberlake Wertenbaker’s OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD, a Travelex £15 Tickets production, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 26 August; with designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Neil Austin, choreography by Arthur Pita and sound by Carolyn Downing.

Observed by a lone, mystified Aboriginal Australian, the first convict ship arrives in Botany
Bay in 1788, crammed with England’s outcasts. Colony discipline in this vast and alien land is brutal. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals
in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment?
The ambitious Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark steps forward with a play. But as the mostly
illiterate cast rehearses, and a sense of common purpose begins to take hold, the young officer’s own transformation is as marked and poignant as that of his prisoners.

A profoundly humane piece of theatre, steeped in suffering yet charged with hope, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Olivier Award-winning OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD celebrates the redemptive power of art.

Timberlake Wertenbaker is the writer and translater of over 40 plays, including The Grace of Mary Traverse, The Love of the Nightingale, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, The Break of Day, After Darwin and The Ant and the Cicada.

Nadia Fall’s productions for the NT include Dara, Home, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Chewing Gum Dreams and Hymn; her other work includes Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Disgraced (Bush Theatre), and a forthcoming production of Ayckbourn’s Way Upstream at Chichester.

Thanks to its partnership with Travelex, this year the National Theatre is once again offering over 100,000 tickets at just £15 for four productions (Everyman, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, The Beaux’ Stratagem and Our Country’s Good), with the rest at £25 and £35.

Press night: Wednesday 26 August
Contact: Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234 /

Previews from 25 August, press night 1 September, booking until 10 October with additional performances to be announced.

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS, a new play by Duncan Macmillan, opens in the Dorfman Theatre on 1 September. It will be directed by Jeremy Herrin and is the latest collaboration between Headlong and the National, following Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London and Lucy Prebble’s The Effect. Set design will be by Bunny Christie, with costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Tom Gibbons.

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing.

When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever
sober up?

Duncan Macmillan’s plays include Every Brilliant Thing (Paines Plough/Pentabus, Edinburgh, UK tour & New York), George Orwell’s 1984 (adapted with Robert Icke, Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse/Almeida/West End), Lungs (Paines Plough & Sheffield Theatres, Washington DC), Don Juan Comes Back From the War (Finborough) and Monster (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Jeremy Herrin is Artistic Director of Headlong. His recent work includes This House for the NT, The Absence of War (Sheffield/national tour), Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC and The Nether (Headlong/Royal Court/West End).

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.

Press night: Tuesday 1 September
Contact: Martin Shippen on 020 7452 3233 / or Clióna Roberts on 020 7704 6224 /
POMONA Temporary Theatre
Previews from 10 September, press night 14 September, in repertoire until 10 October

POMONA by Alistair McDowall comes to the National’s Temporary Theatre from 10 September – 10 October, presented by the Orange Tree Theatre (where it had an acclaimed run in 2014) and in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, where it will play from 29 October – 21 November. The production is directed by Ned Bennett and designed by Georgia Lowe, with lighting by Elliott Griggs, sound by Giles Thomas and movement by Polly Bennett. Pomona is suitable for those aged 14+ and contains adult themes.

Ollie’s sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona, an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born.

Pomona is a sinister and surreal thriller from Alistair McDowall, writer of Talk Show (Royal Court), Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange Theatre, Bruntwood Prize-winner) and Captain Amazing (Live Theatre Newcastle).

Ned Bennett has just directed Bruntwood Prize-winner Anna Jordan’s new play Yen at the Royal Exchange Theatre. He directed the first major revival of Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur, which transferred to the West End, and the UK premiere of Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts at Southwark Playhouse; he will direct Tom Basden’s new play The Crocodile, based on Dostoevsky, at the Manchester International Festival in July.

Press night: Monday 14 September
Contact: Martin Shippen on 020 7452 3233 /
JANE EYRE Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 8 September, press night 17 September, now booking to 25 October with additional performances to be announced. Bristol Old Vic from January 2016.
Bristol Old Vic’s highly praised staging of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece JANE EYRE, originally presented in two parts, will come to the National as a single performance, again directed by Sally Cookson and devised by the company. The cast includes Benji Bower, Will Bower, Craig Edwards, Felix Hayes, Phil King, Melanie Marshall, Simone Saunders, Maggie Tagney and Madeleine Worrall. The production has set designs by Michael Vale, costumes by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound by Mike Beer, movement by Dan Canham and dramaturgy by Mike Akers. JANE EYRE will return to Bristol Old Vic in January 2016.
Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
Sally Cookson is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic, where her productions include Treasure Island and Peter Pan; and elsewhere, Boing! (Sadler’s Wells), Cinderella (St James Theatre), an adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather (West End and UK tour), and Romeo and Juliet at The Rose Theatre, Kingston.
Press night: Thursday 17 September
Contact: Susie Newbery on 020 7452 3061 / Olivier Theatre
Currently booking from 27 November, further performances and press night to be announced.
Manchester International Festival 2 – 12 July, a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, will be directed by Rufus Norris in a co-production with Manchester International Festival; commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the National Theatre and the Théâtre du Châtelet. It will open at MIF with performances from 2 – 12 July (previews from 29 June), and come to the Olivier Theatre in November; in June 2016, will visit the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The production will have set designs by Rae Smith, with projections by 59 Productions, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Arditti and choreography by Javier De Frutos; the music supervisor is David Shrubsole and associate director, James Bonas.
Welcome to, where you can be exactly who you want to be. Aly, 12, loves this extraordinary virtual world. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, offers an escape.

Online, Aly becomes Alice: brave, beautiful and in control. But some of the people she meets
– the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen – seem strangely familiar. And as hard as Aly tries to keep them apart, real life and begin to collide in ever more curious and dangerous ways.

Damon Albarn is a Grammy and Brit Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and composer. His first full-length opera composition, Monkey: Journey to the West, created in collaboration with Jamie Hewlett and Chen Shi Zheng, premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2007. His second opera Dr Dee, co-created with Rufus Norris, premiered at MIF in 2011. Albarn has written music for film soundtracks to 101 Reykjavik, Ravenous and Broken. Releases outside of Blur and Gorillaz also include: Mali Music, The Good The Bad and The Queen, Rocket Juice & The Moon, Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes and his Mercury-nominated debut solo album Everyday Robots. Blur will release their new album, The Magic Whip, at the end of April and will headline the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park in June.

Moira Buffini’s plays include Welcome to Thebes and Dinner for the National Theatre and A Vampire Story for NT Connections; Handbagged for the Tricycle Theatre/Vaudeville (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Dying For It (adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide) and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida Theatre; Loveplay for the RSC; and Silence for Birmingham Rep (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize). Her screenplays include Tamara Drewe, Jane Eyre and Byzantium. She recently directed her first short film, Father.

Rufus Norris became Director of the National Theatre in April; his NT productions include Everyman, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Amen Corner, Table, London Road, Death and the King’s Horseman and Market Boy. His other work includes Feast, Vernon God Little and Tintin for the Young Vic; the Olivier Award-winning Cabaret in the West End and on tour; Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway; Festen at the Almeida, West End and New York; and Doctor Dee at the Manchester Festival in 2011 and ENO in 2012. Screen work includes Broken, which won the British Independent Film Award for Best Film, and the film of London Road which will be released in June.


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