National Theatre announces 2013 productions for 50th Year

National Theatre announces 2013 productions for 50th Year

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Director of London's National Theatre Nicholas Hytner (Miss Saigon, The History Boys, One Man, Two Guvnors, Untold Stories) announced a varied array of forthcoming productions for 2013.

    The 50th Anniversary of the National Theatre Company's first performance at the Old Vic in October 1963 will be commemorated with a unique performance broadcast from the Olivier Theatre on BBC2. The Cottesloe closes in February 2013 to undergo refurbishments and will re-open in April 2014 as the Dorfman. Following the ongoing Port and The Captain of Köpenick will be:

    James Graham's highly acclaimed play THIS HOUSE transfers to the Oliver from 23 February, following its sell-out run at the Cottesloe. Jeremy Herrin's production takes a revealing look at the engine rooms of Westminster and parliamentary politics in 1974. Reece Dinsdale will join original cast members including Phil Daniels, Charles Edwards, Vincent Franklin and Julian Wadham.

    Maxim Gorky's darkly comedic CHILDREN OF THE SUN is showing at the Lyttelton Theatre from 9 April. Set in Russia as the country rolls towards revolution, the cast includes Lucy Black, Paul Higgins, Gerald Kyd, Emma Lowndes, Justine Mitchell and Geoffrey Streatfeild. Howard Davies's production  depicts the new middle-class, foolish yet likable, as they flounder about, philosophising and flirting, blind to their impending annihilation.

    Hytner directs Shakespeare's classic OTHELLO with Adrian Lester (last seen at the National as Henry V) in the title role opposite Rory Kinnear as Iago. Playing at the Olivier Theatre from 16 April, the cast also includes Jonathan Bailey as Cassio, Lyndsey Marshal as Emilia, and Olivia Vinall as Desdemona.

    In June at the Olivier Theatre, James Baldwin's THE AMEN CORNER will be directed by Rufus Norris, starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Sharon D. Clarke. Simon Godwin will make his NT directorial debut at the Lyttelton with Eugene O'Neill's STRANGE INTERLUDE. The cast will include Anne-Marie Duff and Charles Edwards.

    At the Lyttelton in August, former NT Director Richard Eyre will direct LIOLÀ by Luigi Pirandello in a new version by Tanya Ronder.

    In September 2013, John Herffernan will play the title role in Christopher Marlowe's EDWARD II at the Olivier Theatre, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins.

    October will see the premiere of Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson's highly anticipated musical THE LIGHT PRINCESS at the Lyttelton. Directed by Marianne Elliott the cast will include Rosalie Craig and Clive Rowe.

    In November 2013 Melly Still directs FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT by Georg Kaiser, in a new version by Dennis Kelly. Just in time for Christmas, Bijan Sheibani will also stage a new production of the classic children's adventure EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES by Erich Kästner, adapted by Carl Miller.

    Looking further ahead to January 2014, the Oscar and Golden Globe-Winning director Sam Mendes (Cabaret, Oliver!, Company, Gypsy, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) will direct Simon Russell Beale (Privates on Parade, The Hothouse) in KING LEAR.

    A new temporary venue in front of the theatre – known as THE SHED – will present new works by seasoned theatre folk as well as emerging voices, including Carrie Cracknell, Rob Drummond, Marianne Elliot, Nadia Fall, Polly Findlay, Rufus Norris, and Nick Payne.

    Stay tuned for further ticketing information for the National's 2013 productions!

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