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Full cast announced for Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George And The Dragon
George And The Dragon

Saint George And The Dragon

Into the story walks George: wandering knight, freedom fighter, enemy of tyrants the world over. One epic battle later and a nation is born. As the village grows into a town, and the town into a city, the myth of Saint George, which once brought a people together, threatens to divide them. Rory Mullarkey creates a new folk tale for an uneasy nation.

John Heffernan plays Saint George; the cast also includes Suzanne Ahmet, Jason Barnett, Julian Bleach, Luke Brady, Paul Brennen, Joe Caffrey, Paul Cawley, Richard Goulding, Gawn Grainger,Tamzin Griffin, Stephanie Jacob, Olwen May, Victoria Moseley, Conor Neaves, Amaka Okafor, Sharita Oomeer, Jeff Rawle, Kirsty Rider and Grace Saif.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (ChimericaLight Shining in Buckinghamshire), with design by Rae Smith, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting design by Bruno Poet, music by Grant Olding, sound design byChristopher Shutt and fight direction by Bret Yount.

Hundreds of Travelex tickets at £15 available per performance.

Saint George and the Dragon is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award

Age Guidance: 13+ years

Saint George and the Dragon

A new play by Rory Mullarkey

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Previews from 4 October, press night 11 October, continuing in the repertoire until 2 December

A village. A dragon. A damsel in distress.

Talks and Events

A Short History of Saint George – Tuesday 31 October, 6pm

Class – an unequal nation? – Thursday 2 November, 5.45pm

Designing Saint George with Rae Smith – Monday 20 November, 5.30pm

Rory Mullarkey and Lyndsey Turner – Thursday 23 November, 6pm

Theatre Dialogue Club – Thursday 30 November, 7pm

First Look: Rehearsal images of ‘Oslo’ released

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Jane Eyre returns to the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre this Autumn

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017

Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre returns to the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from 26 September – 21 October 2017 following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre and a major UK tour.

2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Eyre and Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever.

This bold and dynamic production tells the story of one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment.  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.

Nadia Clifford plays Jane Eyre with Tim Delap as Rochester. They are joined by Hannah Bristow (Helen Burns/Adele/Diana/Grace Poole/Abbot), Matthew Churcher (Musician), Alex Heane (Musician), Melanie Marshall (Bertha Mason), Paul Mundell (Mr Brocklehurst/Pilot/Mason), David Ridley (Musician), Evelyn Miller (Bessie/Blanche Ingram/St John) and Lynda Rooke (Mrs Reed/Mrs Fairfax). The cast is completed by Ben CutlerJenny JohnsDami OlukoyaFrancesca Tomlinson and Phoebe Vigor.

The production was devised by the original company, with set design by Michael Vale, costumes by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound by Dominic Bilkey, movement by Dan Canham and dramaturgy by Mike Akers.  Jane Eyre is a co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

Director Sally Cookson, said about her production: ‘Adapting a novel for the stage is a challenging prospect – especially when that novel is cited as many people’s favourite of all time. It is always daunting when you’re working on a story which everyone knows so well, because you want to surprise and maybe challenge people’s expectations, without losing any of the things which make them like the story in the first place.’

 ‘I chose this particular title because it’s a story that I love and have enjoyed a close relationship with ever since I was intrigued, as a child, by Orson Welles’ black and white melodrama with fabulous music by Bernard Herrmann.’

‘I didn’t actually read the novel until I was in my early twenties and I remember thinking while I read it: ‘this is a clarion cry for equal opportunities for women, not a story about a passive female who will do anything for her hunky boss’. I was struck by how modern Jane seemed – her spirit and strong will, her peculiar and brilliant mind striving for personal freedom to be who she is, lashing out against any constraint that prevents her from being herself. She was exactly the sort of person I wanted to be.’

Sally Cookson is an Associate Artist of Bristol Old Vic, where her productions include Treasure Island andPeter 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 (Rose Theatre, Kingston). Sally’s production of Peter Pan, devised by the original Company, based on the works of JM Barrie, a co-production with the Bristol Old Vic ran in the NT’s Olivier Theatre in 2016. Her production of The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe will be performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse this autumn.

Nadia Clifford previously appeared at the National Theatre in Alistair McDowell’s sell-out production ofPomona.

This new stage version of Jane Eyre was originally presented in two parts at Bristol Old Vic, and then transferred to the National Theatre, re-imagined as a single performance, playing to sold out houses at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre in 2015.

Listings information

Jane Eyre
National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre
Tuesday 26 September – Saturday 21 October 2017
Press night: Wednesday 27 September at 7pm

Access performances:
Captioned Performance
Saturday 14 October at 1.30pm
Audio Described Performance
Saturday 21 October at 1.30pm
Touch Tour at 12pm

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WOMAD takes to the National Theatre’s River Stage this weekend

Movimientos
Movimientos

Movimientos

On Friday 11 August WOMAD, the world’s festival, will take to the stage at the National Theatre for the first time. Join WOMAD as they a host a range of acclaimed international acts and artists and take over the NT’s River Stage festival for a weekend of beats, harmonies and the very best in world music.

The National Theatre’s River Stage Festival is in its second year and offers audiences five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations. The 2017 River Stage Festival sees The Glory, HOME, Manchester, WOMAD, Rambert and the National Theatre each ‘take over’ the River Stage for a weekend throughout July and August.

Chris Smith, Global Festival Director of WOMAD, said “WOMAD celebrates diversity, togetherness and sharing cultures across borders so it is perfect for us to collaborate with the NT’s River Stage, showcasing some of the best global acts in the most varied, buzzing and colourful city on the planet. We are delighted to be bringing a splash of colour and the funky festival vibes from WOMAD to central London and to work with such a prestigious institution as the NT”.

Msafiri Zawose, Tanzania’s charismatic Gogo innovator said: “When I’m at WOMAD I feel like I’m on a global journey amongst friends and family. I’m happy to be in a place sharing art with the world and I’m sure this weekend at NT River Stage will be exactly the same.”

Grace Savage,  Female Beatbox Champion, said “Really looking forward to performing on the NT River Stage this weekend. It’s gonna be a banger!”

Join WOMAD in London for free this weekend 11- 13 August 2017:

Friday 11 August

Afro Cluster

7.00pm – 8.00pm

Afro Cluster, a Cardiff based band that meld authentic sounds and rhythms of afro-funk and hip-hop with impassioned, politically conscious lyrics atop bold melodies, afro-beat aural acrobatics, rich harmonies and complex rhythms.

Mr Benn ft. Souls Liberation and Bongosan

8.30pm – 10.30pm

Reared on a tasty diet of Aswad, The Specials and King Tubby, 90s hip hop, plenty of jungle and hi-life rhythms, the musical influences behind DJ / producer Mr Benn’s sound are always rooted in a passion for the heavy bass that his home town of Bristol is renowned for.

Saturday 12 August

Jus Dance Workshop

1.00pm – 1.45pm

Facilitated by Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Ripton Lindsay, these family workshops combine a mix of his traditional Jamaican dance moves as well as reggae, calypso and creative movements. The workshops are based around fun and energetic steps leading into a routine at the end of the session.

Beatboxing vocal workshop

2pm – 2.45pm

UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage invites you to join an immersive beatboxing experience where you can learn the basic skills, jam with Grace and even have a go at beatboxing into a microphone and hearing your beats blasting out of an amplifier!

Msafiri Zawose

3pm – 3.45pm

Tanzania’s charismatic Gogo innovator Msafiri Zawose and his five-member group draw on dozens of hand-wrought instruments to unfold complex compositions. They turn cyclical pieces into choruses, bridges, and intriguing moments of arresting, tight harmonies. Layers build, repeating elements overlap and turn to grooves.

NIMBA workshop & performance

4 – 5pm

This is an energetic, at times highly acrobatic display of West African dance. The accompanying musicians don’t disappoint either, whether delivering furious percussive work-outs or undulating melodies of the balafon and Fulani flute. Nimba’s focus is on recounting the mythologies and history of Guinea through choreography. It’ll be the most frenetic and physical history lesson you’ve ever sat in on.

AKA George

5.30pm – 6.30pm

AKA GEORGE is a young, British multi-instrumentalist who writes, sings, produces and above all, performs. From headlining the Silver Hayes stage at Glastonbury to his own packed-out secret gigs around London, this August he brings his reckless, passionate and inspiring stage presence to the River Stage.

Bollywood Brass Band feat. Jyotsna Srikanth: Carnatic Connection

7 – 8pm

The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style brass band. The band tours UK, Europe and beyond. Their previous CD (Chaiyya Chaiyya) was nominated for a Songlines Award, and was a SundayTimes top 10 world music album. ‘Joyous…. Electrifying horn riffs and percussion… irresistible’ SundayTimes, ‘Improbably funky’ Songlines.

Gypsy Hill

8.30pm – 9.30pm

Gypsy Hill play an intoxicating mix of Balkan brass, Mediterranean surf rock, ska and swing. Featuring guitars, horns, tuba, a scratch DJ and a mix of live and electronic beats, Gypsy Hill effortlessly mix the traditional with a uniquely modern sound.

Movimientos

9.45pm – 10.45pm

Cal Jader is one of the musical activists, founders and original ‘dancehall caballeros’ behind Movimientos and Love Carnival. With his trademark blend of red hot ‘classico’ Latin beats, uptempo carnival rhythms, tropical bass and fresh global sounds, he is helping to soundtrack London’s alternative club scene in the UK and Europe.

Sunday 13 August

Jus Dance Workshop

12pm – 12.45pm

Facilitated by Jamaican dancer and choreographer, Ripton Lindsay, these family workshops combine a mix of his traditional Jamaican dance moves as well as reggae, calypso and creative movements.

Beatboxing vocal workshop

1pm – 1.45pm

Join an immersive beatboxing experience with UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage. Learn the basic skills, jam with Grace and even have a go at beatboxing into a microphone and hearing your beats blasting out of an amplifier!

Amira Kheir

2.15pm – 3.15pm

Hailed as the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ (BBC World News) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir has been enchanting audiences around the world with an experimental sound inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan and anchored in experimental jazz and soul. The result is a unique style of Sudani-Jazz.

Soothsayers

3.45pm – 4.45pm

A proven and unstoppable force on the UK music scene for over a decade, Soothsayers have added their mouth-watering afrobeat and dubalicious flavours to an impressive list of festivals, venues and theatres around the world.

#RiverStage

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First Look: Rehearsal Images: Sondheim’s FOLLIES at the National Theatre

The National Theatre welcomes HOME, Manchester, a new River Stage partner for 2017

Mighty Heart
Mighty Heart

Mighty Heart Theatre

From 4 – 6 August, the National Theatre welcomes HOME, Manchester, a new River Stage partner for 2017.

Bringing the very best Manchester has to offer to London’s South Bank, HOME will bring an array of the finest performers and musicians to the capital.

Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director: Theatre, HOME, said “Following HOME’s previous collaborations with the National Theatre, we are delighted to have been invited to curate a weekend of this year’s River Stage Festival. We are looking forward to sharing the best HOME and Manchester has to offer, with an eclectic line-up of performers and musicians – this will be the ultimate HOME from home weekend.”

Kevin Jamieson, Senior Producer: Theatre, HOME said: “We’re really excited to bring to London the best HOME and Manchester has to offer, with a line-up of performers, musicians and DJs that all embody the incredibly colourful spirit of the city. We’ll be taking over the National Theatre’s River Stage with comedy, cabaret, theatre and music – expect the unexpected and most of all, expect to have a good time: Manchester is loud, proud, and likes to entertain. Watch this space!”

Sonya Moorhead, Artistic Director, Mr Wilsons Second Liners, added: ” Watch out London, the spirit of Madchester is alive and well and on its way South! Mr. Wilsons Second Liners can’t wait to unleash euphoric anarchy on the River Stage. Children of the 90’s, get your glow sticks and whistles out of the mothballs; we’re going to rally the whole of the South Bank into a hysterical impromptu street rave. “

River Stage Festival returns to London’s South Bank with five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations. The Glory, HOME, Manchester, WOMAD, Rambert and the National Theatre each ‘take over’ the River Stage for a weekend throughout July and August.

Friday 4 August

Bourgeois & Maurice

6.30pm – 7.30pm

Sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois & Maurice write songs that stick like bloodstains in your new carpet and dissect current affairs and moral confusion. “It’s hard to think of any other act delivering such clever, funny and sharp material” Time Out

Dave Haslam

7.45pm – 10.45pm

Dave Haslam DJ-ed over 450 times at the Hacienda in Manchester through the late 1980s when his eclectic, open-minded and ground-breaking DJing became a focus for Madchesters indie/dance fraternity.

Saturday 5 August

Mighty Heart Theatre

Saturday 5 August

All day

Creators of work that aims to reflect the world around them, Mighty Heart Theatre are on a mission to see what people think of Manchester & The North, with some other pop up surprises along the way. These words will then be turned into a performanceon Sunday.

Bootworks Theatre

The Jukeboxes

12pm – 1pm

Watch two beautiful 1950s Jukeboxes spring to life as two performers re-create classic pop music videos using props, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs. The kitsch duo bring to life the likes of The Beatles, Sinead O’Connor and Adele. Dance and sing along, whatever your age!

The Beat Chics 

1.30pm – 2.30pm

The Beat Chics believe in two things and two things only. Music from the 1960s and vinyl records. When they head to the River Stage, they’ll be spinning a collection of classic and rare records perfect for an afternoon on the South Bank, including tracks from The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Zombies, Lulu and more.

Bootworks Theatre

The Jukeboxes

2.45pm – 3.45pm

Watch two beautiful 1950s Jukeboxes spring to life as two performers re-create classic pop music videos using props, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs. The kitsch duo bring to life the likes of The Beatles, Sinead O’Connor and Adele. Dance and sing along, whatever your age!

Pen:Chant

4pm – 5.30pm

Toiling down the art mines, Pen:Chant taps the seams of spoken word, comedy, live music, contemporary performance and everything in between. Unearthing gems from Manchester, the UK and around the world we present them to you, confident they’ll make your hearts and minds sparkle.

Aziz & Dal

6.30pm – 7.15pm

Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan are the pioneering creative force behind the new Asian Blues genre mesmerizing audiences worldwide. Ibrahim’s signature Asian-Mancunian guitar playing and songwriting blends with Singh Rattan’s exceptional and aggressive percussion styling, to create a sound layered with rich melodies and rhythms. The ‘AZIZ & DAL’ live shows highlight the duo’s breathtaking performances which take audiences on an unmatched, electrifying sensory journey.

The Beat Chics 

7.45pm – 9.00pm

The Beat Chics are back and are digging deep into their vinyl boxes and setting out on an excursion into some of the best pop and rock the 60s have to offer spinning tunes from girl groups, garage, Northern Soul and much more.

We Are Ian: In Bed With My Brother

9.30pm – 10.45pm

1989. Manchester. The year it all changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. Illegal raves. Acid parties. We might not have been born, but Ian remembers and can take us back. Peppered by recordings of conversations we’ve had with Ian, and scored by buzzing 80s and 90s tracks. “Be Ian, be you but really, just be in this audience” ✮✮✮✮✮ A YOUNGER THEATRE

Sunday 6 August

Vogue Workshop

By House of Ghetto

12.30pm – 1.15pm

Made popular by the likes of Madonna and the classic documentary Paris is Burning (1990), voguing is characterized by model-like poses integrated with angular and linear arm, leg and body movements. This dance-based workshop will explore the link between voguing and fashion portraiture. Strike a pose!

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

1.20pm – 1.55pm

Where New Orleans meets 90s club classics. 90s club culture’s greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson, is back with upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. The vision is an anarchic, street theatre extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.

Derailed

Little Soldier Productions

2 – 3pm

Meet Merce, Patricia, Dan and Thomas. Keyboard warriors, forty-somethings worried that their children hate them for not making more of a difference, and lots of music. An unpredictable and urgent theatrical counter protest. A show about changing the world, with a live rock band. Welcome to the revolution.

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

3 – 3.30pm

Where New Orleans meets 90s club classics. 90s club culture’s greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson, is back with upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. The vision is an anarchic, street theatre extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.

Mighty Heart Theatre

3.30 – 4pm

Verbatim Reading

Boy Blue Entertainment

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Join Boy Blue Entertainment and their youth companies, Sky Blue, The Bluez and The Blueprint, for an energetic, inspiring and participatory hip hop summer party.
Boy Blue Entertainment is an award-winning hip-hop dance company and Barbican Artistic Associate which was founded in London by Choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante.   The Company are close collaborators with HOME, Manchester. Acclaimed for presenting “the perfect marriage of music and dance” Boy Blue demonstrate boundless creative energy in all their performances, laying down the beats, and delivering thrilling and raw dance sequences.

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Countdown to National Theatre’s River Stage begins

River Stage

River Stage

River Stage


Five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations once again arrives on London’s South Bank this summer; The Glory, HOME, Manchester, WOMAD, Rambert and the National Theatre each ‘take over’ the River Stage for a weekend throughout July and August.

JOIN RIVER STAGE THIS SUMMER FOR JAM- PACKED WEEKENDS, WHICH INCLUDE:

The Glory (28 – 30 July)

On Friday night, Jonny Woo kicks off the weekend with East London super group Luxury Hell, a blazing fusion of contemporary scene legends who will rock out the riverside stage with funked-up alternative anthems. The party continues all evening, culminating in APOCALYPSTICK Party!, when a glamorous tribe of radical fairies, super queers, fashion freaks and punk queens will gather outside the National Theatre for a hell-raising riverside rave!

Saturday is a choc-full day, with highlights including Homo Histories or ‘a mince through time’ and Grizzle Go ABBA, where comedic duo John Sizzle and A Man To Pet will talk ABBA, sing ABBA… they are ABBA. TheSaturday night draws to a fabulous conclusion with the glorious 80’s pop party meltdown that is 80’s ARMAGEDDON PARTY.

Sunday starts with a Drag Life Drawing masterclass – a live art class for all the family, with music, materials and special guests- and culminates in the fantastic Big Gay Songbook for the grand finale.

For the full weekend line-up, please click here.

HOME, Manchester (4 – 6 August)

Sequin-clad satirical weirdos Bourgeois & Maurice launch HOME’s takeover weekend, with Dave Haslam, who DJ-ed over 450 times at the Hacienda in Manchester through the late 1980s, taking the party on through the Friday evening.

On SaturdayBootworks Theatre bring two beautiful 1950s Jukeboxes to life as two performers re-create classic pop music videos using props, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs in The JukeboxesThe Beat Chics will be spinning a collection of classic and rare records perfect for an afternoon on the South Bank, including tracks from The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Zombies, Lulu and more. In Bed With My Brotherbrings their show We Are Ian to River Stage: its 1989, Manchester and the year it all changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. Peppered by recordings of conversations with Ian, and scored by buzzing 80s and 90s tracks.

On Sunday, join a Vogue Workshop by House of Ghetto or sit back and enjoy Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, where New Orleans meets 90s club classics. The HOME weekend concludes with Boy Blue Entertainment, an energetic, inspiring and participatory hip hop summer party.

For the full weekend line-up, please click here.

WOMAD (11 – 13 August)

WOMAD’s Friday night begins with a set from Cardiff-based band Afro Cluster, before Mr Benn ft. Souls Liberation and Bongosan take over the decks until late.

Get involved on Saturday with a variety of workshops: Jus Dance Workshop, facilitated by Jamaican dancer and choreographer Ripton Lindsay combines a mix of his traditional Jamaican dance moves as well as reggae, calypso and creative movements; Beatboxing vocal workshop with UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage; and NIMBA workshop & performance with a focus on recounting the mythologies and history of Guinea through choreography. Gypsy Hill then takes over the stage, to effortlessly mix the traditional with a uniquely modern sound.

Amira Kheir the ‘Diva of the Sudanese desert’ (BBC World News) enchants with an experimental sound inspired by traditional music from her homeland Sudan, anchored in experimental jazz and soul on Sunday, andSoothsayers finish the weekend with their mouth-watering afrobeat and dubalicious flavours.

For the full weekend line-up, please click here.

Rambert (18 – 20 August)

A packed Friday evening sees a variety of artists taking over the River Stage, from Quicksilver, Rambert’s company for dancers aged 15 – 19 to New Creation by Patricia Okenwa, an extract of a work-in-progress from the up-and-coming choreographer and former Rambert dancer. The evening culminates in Tempus by Simone Damberg Wurtz a duet for male dancers to the accompaniment of Game On, a score by former Rambert music fellow Cheryl Frances-Hoad for live piano and a Commodore 64 computer from the 1980s.

Saturday allows audiences to get involved – a Yoga Class, Contemporary, Family and Children’s Workshops. The evening finishes with Music from Nia Lynn, a work by Ben Duke, inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone.

Sunday sees an Over 60s Workshop with a chance to learn moves from Rambert’s repertoire and a performance from R Quintessence and Mercury Movers, a dance groups for older adults in London.

For full line-up, please click here.

National Theatre (25 – 28 August)

Concrete Disco and then Hackney Colliery Band take to the River Stage for Friday evening, before London’s first Night Czar Amy Lamé takes to the decks.

On Saturday, highlights include a reading by M.G. LeonardGoblin’s Peter and the Wolf – a brand new show with music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic- followed by Goblin’s River Stage workshop, a drama and music workshop we will be looking at how different animals are represented by different sounds, movement and music. The evening finishes with Dom Search (The Next Men) a nutriblend of musical abandon – dancehall, drum’n’bass, reggae, roots, instrumental and actual hip hop, soul and soulful low-end boomp, ambient…the perfect party mix!

Sunday begins with Mrs H and the Singalong Band and their unique music for children and adults before singer songwriter Phil King entrances River Stage with his beautiful, soulful voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. The day finishes with a free outdoor screening of the National Theatre’s Twelfth Night. Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a twist on Shakespeare’s classic whirlwind comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

Bank Holiday Monday’s Tea Dance calls for an afternoon spent dancing to the joyous live Ballroom Dance Band, with lessons from a professional dance instructor in various styles. Then River Stage 2017 comes to a glorious conclusion with Nerija, a collective of up and coming musicians playing exciting music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township, nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016.

For full line-up, please click here.

WhatsOnStage is NT River Stage Media Partner for 2017

Philips Lighting is partner of the NT’s River Stage Festival 2017

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Tarell Alvin McCraney discusses masculinity, race and sexuality on the National Theatre’s latest podcast

National Theatre Podcast

Oscar-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney features exclusively on the latest National Theatre podcast. McCraney, who recently came to London to direct a staged reading of his seminal play Wig Out!, gives an extended interview in which he talks frankly about masculinity, race and sexuality.

Appearing in Wig Out!, the second play in the NT’s Queer Theatre series, McCraney joined a cast of twelve to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

In the fifth in the series of National Theatre podcasts, McCraney discusses the issues affecting men today alongside poet and playwright Inua Ellams, whose play Barber Shop Chronicles recently transferred to West Yorkshire Playhouse, following a sell-out run in the NT’s Dorfman Theatre.

The National Theatre’s recently launched podcast series seeks to use theatre as a mechanism to explore the complex social, economic and cultural issues of our time. Previous episodes have featured interviews with MP Ed Miliband, Dame Harriet Walter and Simon Russell Beale. Each episode tackles topical theatrical issues exploring a diverse range of subjects, including: theatre in prisons, gender, ageing and the purpose of producing political theatre based on current events such as Brexit.

The National’s Queer Theatre season was programmed to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, and featured five rehearsed plays, exhibitions, talks and screenings which chart the LGBTQ+ experience.

Launching the Queer Theatre initiative, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney said: “I feel grateful to be returning to the UK and reading this piece. As we continue better to understand ourselves and how we perform in the world I hope this investigation back into the ‘ball scene’ will be as exciting as it is important. #Alllove&Allpride.”

To access the podcast, click here.

 

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Glory days return to kick-start National Theatre River Stage 2017, 28 – 30 July

The GLORY

The GLORY

The GLORY


Back to wow the crowds and get everyone dancing, The Glory, Europe’s leading queer performance venue, return to the National Theatre on 28 July to kick start the 2017 River Stage festival.

Join Jonny Woo and John Sizzle as they present a glitter-filled three-day extravaganza bringing joy to London’s South Bank with a carousel of shows and jaunts. This year The Glory is upping its own game and creating a fabulous weekend whirlwind of musical comedy and drag magic, with each day topped off with an extravagant Glory-style party.

River Stage is the National Theatre’s annual summer arts festival, bringing five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations. This summer sees The Glory, HOME, Manchester, WOMAD, Rambert and the National Theatre each ‘take over’ the River Stage for a weekend throughout July and August with a wonderfully eclectic mix of acts and artists.

The Glory’s John Sizzle said: “The Glory can’t wait to storm the River Stage again with drag-fuelled back-to-back shows, including previews of our latest work. In giving us this platform the NT gives a nod to London’s alternative scene which is almost a theatre genre of its own and among the best in the world. We’re keeping it all family-friendly while showing off the capital’s best contemporary talent. Bringing the underground overground… the results will be rare, spectacular and so much fun in the sun! We’ll see you there- dress-up encouraged but optional”

London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé said: “In the summer months the South Bank really comes alive with Londoners and visitors enjoying fantastic restaurants, market stalls and street theatre. The return of the River Stage adds to the buzz with an incredible season of free outdoor entertainment. From world class dance and circus acts, to workshops and DJs, there’s something for everyone – so make the most of the summer nights and soak up some exciting new culture on the Thames as the sun goes down.”

Join The Glory at the National Theatre from 28 – 30 July:

Friday 28 July

Luxury Hell
6.30pm – 7.30pm

Jonny Woo kicks off the weekend with East London super group Luxury Hell, a blazing fusion of contemporary scene legends who will rock out the River Stage with funked-up alternative anthems.

The Unholy Hour (John Sizzle & Shesus & the Sistas)
7.30pm – 8.30pm

Welcome to the musical church of John Sizzle and the Miss-iah herself, Shesus, and the sexy habit-clad Sistas! Divine interventions, saintly sing-a-longs and musical miracles abound from these festival favourites.

LIPSYNC1000 Allstars
8.30pm – 9.30pm

Enjoy a dazzling selection of star turns from The Glory’s biggest and most prestigious drag queen competition LIPSYNC1000 beefed up with added butch allure from some Drag King sensations! Jutting their jaws, jiggling their bits and moving their lips to your favourite hits!

Apocalypstick Party

9.30pm – 10.45pm

It’s a new world order! London is burning tonight as a glamorous tribe of radical fairies, super queers, fashion freaks and punk queens gather outside the National Theatre for this hell-raising riverside rave! The world is ending, so put some lipstick on, and dance into the fire.

Saturday 29 July

LOVE INN with Auntie Maureen & Timberlina

1pm – 2.30pm

Join lovely, beardy drag legend Timberlina and his side-puss Auntie Maureen for this old-school “Love Inn”, a cheeky brunch-time boogie and request-filled family-friendly music sesh.

Homo Histories

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Take a mince through time as The Glory exhumes queer legends from the past, present and near future. Meet loitering literary Oscar Wilde, juggle some balls with tennis champ Martina Navratilova. Maybe Tom Daley will make a splash? And if there’s one thing history ever taught us – it’s that Madonna will almost definitely steal the limelight.

Figs In Wigs

3.15pm – 4.15pm

Figs in Wigs, the UK’s most ignored performance troupe and the world’s first ever all female, non-singing, all dancing Backstreet Boys tribute act. They do other stuff too but no one cares cos it’s all about the boys!

Night Of A 1000 Jay Astons

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Don’t miss this revival of Jonny Woo’s cult Edinburgh Fringe show! A lip-synced musical “all about the slutty one from Bucks Fizz”. Follow the skirt-flinging story of the unstoppable Eurovision winner Jay Aston.

GLORY LATES presents

5.45pm – 7pm

Come and see a host of the greatest live performers from The Glory’s much-celebrated cabaret roster, starring RICHARD THOMAS, SEX SHELLS, JAIME NANCI, Le Gateaux Chocolat, Jonny Woo, John Sizzle and more guests to be announced.

Grizzle Go ABBA

7pm – 8.45pm

Comedic duo John Sizzle and A Man To Pet bring ABBA to the stage. Mamma Mia – here we go again! They’ll talk ABBA, they sing ABBA, they are ABBA. Aren’t they? Did we mention ABBA?

80’s ARMAGEDDON PARTY

8.45pm – 10.45pm

A glorious 80’s pop party meltdown. Duran, Spandau, Whitney, Madge & Michael! Let the Glory take you back to when shoulders were big and pop was BAD! Now That’s What I Call Music!

Sunday 30 July

Drag Life Drawing

1pm – 2.30pm

Join The Glory’s own life-drawing coaches James Davison, Simon Gray and host Jonny Woo for this special “drag life drawing” session. A live art class for all the family, with music, materials and special guests. Come along and draw a queen!

Sizzle’s Sunday Service

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Laidback grooves, horoscopes and Prosecco possession. Kick back and enjoy the views at this chilled out Sunday sesh with DJ John Sizzle and friends.

Big Gay Songbook

3.30pm – 5pm

The Glory’s campyloo piano bar returns for the grand finale of the weekends festivities. Join Jonny Woo, Rudi Douglas, Farrah and guests for The Big Gay Songbook. We’ll all sing the songs that make us gay in an old-school London boozer sing-a-long style with a glam twist.

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Full casting announced for ‘Hedda Gabler’

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The National Theatre today announced full casting for the UK tour of Ibsen’s masterpiece HEDDA GABLER.  Lizzy Watts plays the title role and will be joined by Madlena Nedeva (Berte), Christine Kavanagh (Juliana), Abhin Galeya (Tesman), Annabel Bates (Thea), Adam Best (Brack) and Richard Pyros (Lovborg).  A new trailer has just been released featuring Lizzy Watts and can be seen here.

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre earlier this year, HEDDA GABLER begins a UK tour on 2 October 2017 at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, continuing its journey across the UK to Edinburgh, Leicester, Salford, Norwich, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Woking, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York and Milton Keynes, where the tour finishes on 3 March 2018.

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

This vital new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) is directed by Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors.  Olivier and Tony Award®-winning van Hove made his National Theatre debut with Hedda Gabler, which opened in December 2016.  His acclaimed production of A View from the Bridge recently played to sold out houses in London on Broadway and Obsession starring Jude Law played at The Barbican, London earlier this year.  Van Hove’s next production for the NT will be the world premiere of Network based on the Oscar-winning film and featuring the UK stage debut of Bryan Cranston.

Lizzy Watts’ theatre credits include Strife at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Angry Brigade and Artefacts at The Bush, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe, Blink for Nabokov and Wasted for Paines Plough.  TV includes The Durrells and Midsommer Murders and plays Ivy Layton in BBC Radio 4’s Home Front.

Set and lighting design for Hedda Gabler is by Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.  The Associate Directors are Jeff James and Rachel Lincoln.

Patrick Marber said:  ‘It has been a huge honour to work with the great Ivo van Hove on this version of Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. I am thrilled that this tour will enable more people to see his incredible production.’