Posts

Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield star in the National Theatre production of Tony Kushner’s landmark play “Angels in America” on Broadway

New York, NY – Producers Tim Levy (Director, NT America) and Jordan Roth (President, Jujamcyn Theaters) announced today that the National Theatre Production of Tony Kushner’s epic and seminal masterwork, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, will return to Broadway for the first time since its now-legendary original production opened in 1993.  This spectacular new staging of Part One of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches, and of Part Two, Perestroika, had its world premiere earlier this year in a sold-out run at the National Theatre, where it became the fastest selling show in the organization’s history.

 This strictly limited, 18-week engagement will begin performances at The Neil Simon Theatre on Friday, February 23, 2018, with an official opening on Wednesday, March 21.  Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane and Academy Award® and Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield, the cast of Angels in America will feature fellow original National Theatre cast members Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.  (Additional casting will be announced shortly.)  Two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) directs.  Elliott & Harper, the new production company set up by Marianne Elliott and Chris Harper, joins as a producer on the show.

In a joint statement, Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, Mr. Levy, and Mr. Roth said, “With Angels in America, Tony Kushner created one of the most indelible literary works of our age.  It has been twenty-five years since its original Broadway production, and it is now time for an entirely new generation to be mesmerized, stirred, and astonished by its humor, poetry, and power at a time that feels more relevant than ever.

“We are delighted that American audiences will have the chance to experience the astonishing performances of our original cast members and the singular dynamism of Marianne’s production.

“Producing the original UK and Broadway productions of Angels in America in London and in New York remain defining achievements in the history of the National Theatre and Jujamcyn Theaters.  We couldn’t be happier that our two organizations will be working together to bring this new National Theatre production of Tony’s masterwork back to Broadway.”

A quarter-century after stunning the theater world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway in an acclaimed new production from the National Theatre.  As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be, at turns, hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane.  It is also astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did when it first premiered.  Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980’s, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope.

When it first premiered, Angels in America won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.   HBO’s 2003 screen adaptation won both the Emmy® and the Golden Globe® Awards for Best Miniseries.

The design team includes Tony Award winner Ian MacNeil (Scenic Design), Tony Award nominee Nicky Gillibrand (Costume Design), Tony Award winner Paule Constable (Lighting Design), Drama Desk Award winner Adrian Sutton (Music), Tony Award nominee Ian Dickinson (Sound Design), Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell (Puppetry Designers), Finn Caldwell (Puppetry Director and Movement), Robby Graham (Movement), and Chris Fisher (Illusions).

Tickets may be purchased online at www.angelsbroadway.com.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public on Friday, October 6 by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or calling 877.250.2929.

 

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams on MOSQUITOES

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams who are currently starring in the sold out production of Mosquitoes in the Dorfman Theatre will take part in a talk on 18 September reflecting on the challenges and rewards of performing in the new play by Lucy Kirkwood.

Tickets £7 (£5 concessions).

To book tickets, visit the NT website here.

Further Mosquitoes related talks and events include:

Lucy Kirkwood and Rufus Norris Thu 7 Sep, 6pm
On Screen: Particle Fever Mon 11 Sep, 5.30pm
Designing Mosquitoes Mon 25 Sep, 10.30am
Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Mon 25 Sep, 5.45pm
Distrusting Science Thu 21 Sep, 6pm
Theatre Dialogue Club: Mosquitoes Thu 28 Sep, 7.15pm

Mosquitoes, a new play by Lucy Kirkwood

Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.

Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.

When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams play the sisters in this new drama from Chimerica writer Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Rufus Norris.

Mosquitoes is sold out for the entire run, with the exception of good availability for the matinee performance on 20 September. It is also still possible to buy seats via day tickets and Friday Rush.

Friday Rush tickets for Mosquitoes at the National Theatre

MOSQUITOES by Lucy Kirkwood is sold out for the entire run in the Dorfman Theatre. This Friday 14 July is the first opportunity to book £20 tickets through Friday Rush for the following weeks performances.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Previews from 18 July, press night 25 July, final performance 28 September.

Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.  Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.  When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens all with chaos.

Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood will have its world premiere in the Dorfman Theatre in July with Rufus Norris directing. The cast is Sofia Barclay, Amanda Boxer, Olivia Colman (Jenny), Cait Davis, Vanessa Emme, Yoli Fuller, Paul Hilton, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Joseph Quinn, and Olivia Williams (Alice).  Designed byKatrina Lindsay, lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Adam Cork, sound design by Paul Arditti and video design by Finn Ross & Ian William Galloway.

CERN films with be projected in the Dorfman foyer every day during the run of the play.

Related talks and events:

Semiconductor – creating scientific art Fri 21 July, 6pm
Lucy Kirkwood and Rufus Norris Thu 7 Sep, 6pm

On Screen: Particle Fever Mon 11 Sep, 5.30pm
Distrusting Science Thurs 21 Sept, 6pm

Designing Mosquitoes Mon 25 Sep, 10.30am
Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Mon 25 Sep, 5.45pm

‘We’re here because we’re here’ nominated for National Lottery Awards 2017

‘We’re here because we’re here’
‘We’re here because we’re here’

‘We’re here because we’re here’

We’re here because we’re here’, the modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, has been nominated for a prestigious National Lottery Award.  ‘We’re here because we’re here’ left a lasting impression on millions of people in the UK and humanised the great loss of life in the First World War.

The public are invited to vote for We’re here because we’re here’, which is nominated for the “Best Heritage Project” award. The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. The winners are decided by public vote.

The National Theatre was one of 26 organisations across the UK who collaborated on the project with 14-18 NOW – the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. We’re here because we’re here saw nearly 1400 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The work was experienced by over 30 million people.

To vote please visit:

www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards

Jenny Waldman said: “I am delighted that this powerful artwork has been nominated for a National Lottery Award. I would like to thank the artists and creative team, the 26 theatres and hundreds of volunteers who made the event possible. The work was a moving tribute to the men who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and had a profound impact on those who saw it.”

The National Theatre is also currently celebrating ‘We’re here because we’re here’, with a unique exhibition presented by original project collaborators 14-18 NOW and the National Theatre. Multi award-winning‘We’re here because we’re here’ took place on 1 July 2016 when more than 1400 voluntary participants in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The participants were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day.

The soldiers, dressed in historically accurate uniforms, did not speak, but at points throughout the day would sing the song ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’, which was sung in the trenches during the First World War. They handed out cards to members of the public with the name and regiment of the soldier they represented, and, where known, the age of the soldier when he died on 1 July 1916.

The exhibition tells the story of the project through images of the volunteers from across the UK. This was the first time so many theatres have worked together on a UK-wide participation project, making it the largest arts participation project ever staged in the country.

Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, said: “This work by Jeremy Deller was a truly national piece of theatre and a powerful way to remember the men who went off to fight 100 years ago. I also hope it will serve as a catalyst to strengthen ties with theatres and communities across the UK.”

we’re here because we’re here volunteer Adam Lily said: “Participating in this brilliant nationwide project was transformative for me. I have made lifelong friends with many of the other volunteer participants and gained deeper insight into life in the trenches during the First World War. Our respect for the soldiers only increased during this project.”

EXHIBITION LISTINGS INFORMATION

‘We’re here because we’re here’

The story of Jeremy Deller’s Modern Memorial

we’re here because we’re here, a free exhibition can be seen at the National Theatre, in the Wolfson Gallery from June 2nd – 31 August 2017. Open from Monday to Saturday. For more information go to:https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/your-visit/exhibitions

Full casting announced for the world premiere of Mosquitoes at the National Theatre

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron particle collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.  Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.  When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens all with chaos.

Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood will have its world premiere in the Dorfman Theatre in July with Rufus Norris directing. The cast is Amanda Boxer, Olivia Colman (Jenny), Cait Davis, Vanessa Emme, Yoli Fuller, Paul Hilton, Joseph Quinn, Sofia Stuart and Olivia Williams (Alice).  Designed by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Adam Cork, sound design by Paul Arditti and video design by Finn Ross & Ian William Galloway.

MOSQUITOES by Lucy Kirkwood                                                                           

Directed by Rufus Norris

Dorfman Theatre

Previews from 18 July, press night 25 July, final performance 28 September.

Related talks and events:

Semiconductor – creating scientific art Fri 21 July, 6pm
Lucy Kirkwood and Rufus Norris Thu 7 Sep, 6pm

On Screen: Particle Fever Mon 11 Sep, 5.30pm
Designing Mosquitoes Mon 25 Sep, 10.30am
Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Mon 25 Sep, 5.45pm

Oslo wins ‘Best Play’ at the 2017 Tony Awards

Oslo
Oslo

Oslo

The Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of OSLO, a gripping new play by J T Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher, was awarded ‘Best Play’ at last night’s 2017 Tony Awards ® in New York.

Winner of every ‘Best Play’ award on Broadway this season, this joins the Best Play awards already given by New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle , Drama League, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards.
Oslo will have its UK premiere at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from 5 – 23 September (limited ticket availability) and transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End from 30 September to 30 December 2017 in association with ATG.

In 1993, in front of the world’s press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House.  Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo.

Oslo tells the true story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords.  Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together – and fighting each other – as they seek to change the world(Mona Juul is currently the Norwegian Ambassador to the UK – the first woman to occupy the role)

NT Director Rufus Norris said: ‘The National Theatre is privileged to have the opportunity to present Lincoln Center Theater’s production of J T Rogers’ extraordinary play, told with passion and humour, about a significant period in our recent political history.  We are delighted to be able to share it with our audiences here at the National Theatre on the South Bank, and in the West End.’

Director Bartlett Sher added:  ‘Oslo is an exploration of the power of responsible political discourse.  As theatre, it brings impossible foes into direct contact with very high stakes.  And as a history play, it gave us a chance to explore an important conflict between Israel and Palestine.  We can’t imagine a better place to engage in this conversation than the National Theatre.’

Playwright JT Rodgers said: ‘I’m thrilled to return again to the National Theatre, which launched my playwriting career. It’s a privilege to be bringing Oslo to this powerhouse of UK creativity, and direct into London’s West End.’

Oslo is written by J T Rogers and directed by Bartlett Sher, with sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Peter John Still and projections by 59 Productions.

JT Rogers’ previous plays for the National Theatre are: Blood and Gifts, which premiered at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2010 and The Overwhelming, a co-production between the National Theatre and Out of Joint.  His other plays include Madagascar (Theatre503 in London and Melbourne Theatre Company) and White People (Off-Broadway; Starry Night Productions). He was one of the authors of the Olivier nominated The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre. His plays have been seen across the U.S., and in Canada, Germany and Israel.

Bartlett Sher’s makes his directorial debut for the National Theatre with Oslo.  His previous work in the UK includes Women on the verge of a Breakdown at the Playhouse in 2015, Two Boys for the ENO and South Pacific for the Barbican in 2011 and TFANA’s Cymbeline, at the RSC’s The Other Place in 2001.  His previous work for Lincoln Center Theater includes:  The King and I, Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza (Tony nominations); South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards; also London, Australia); Blood and Gifts; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (London). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County (Schoenfeld). Off-Broadway: Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons), Waste (Best Play Obie Award), Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Upcoming productions include Adam Guettel’s new musical Millions and My Fair Lady for LCT.

The New York press on Oslo at the Lincoln Center Theater:

Crackling theater.  A vivid, thoughtful and astonishingly lucid account of a byzantine chapter in international poltics.’  – Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘A fascinating true story.  This riveting production is alive with intrigue, humor, and bristling intelligence.’  – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Oslo is produced in association with Ambassador Theatre Group  / Scott Delman.

OSLO Listings Information

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX

Dates:  5 – 26 September 2017

Performances:            Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.00pm

There will be a Platform event with Mona Juul, Mona Juul and the Oslo Accords in the Lyttleton Theatre on 15 September at 6pm.

Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN

Dates:  30 September – 30 December 2017

Performances: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.00pm

Tickets for the National Theatre performances can be purchased from the NT Box Office.

Tickets for the Harold Pinter Theatre performances can be purchased from the NT and Harold Pinter box offices.

Box Office Information

National Theatre Box Office:

Tickets from £15

Tickets and access bookings:  020 7452 3000

Groups: 020 7452 3010 Option 2 (for NT performances)

Groups: 020 7452 3010 Option 1 (for West End performances)

Online at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk    

(National Theatre: No fee for online bookings; A £2.50 transaction fee applies to individual tickets purchased by phone.)

Harold Pinter Theatre Box Office

Tickets from £18

Tickets:  0845 871 7615 (calls cost 7p per minute) *

Access: 0800 912 6971

Groups: http://www.atgtickets.com/group-bookings-enquiry-form/

Website: OsloThePlay.com

Bookings made online or over the phone are subject to a £3.50 fee.

#OsloPlay

@OsloPlay 

Will Young and Louise Redknapp lead the cast in Rufus Norris’ production of CABARET – UK tour this autumn

Will Young Photo by Cameron NcNee
Will Young Photo by Cameron NcNee

Will Young Photo by Cameron NcNee

Internationally renowned singer/songwriter, Will Young, reprises his Olivier Award-nominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee alongside musician and presenter Louise Redknapp, who makes her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Rufus Norris’ multi-award winning production of CABARET.

Cabaret will embark on a UK tour this autumn, opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 21st September 2017 and playing theatres in Blackpool, Cardiff, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Salford, Edinburgh, Bromley and Brighton.

Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, WILL YOUNG has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He holds the record for the fastest selling debut single in British chart history, and has enjoyed a phenomenal career in music with four No1 albums, as well as acting alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents. Will made his West End debut in Cabaret and will be reprising his award winning performance.

Louise Redknapp

Louise Redknapp

LOUISE REDKNAPP rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving an impressive twelve Top 20 singles, including the hits Nakedand Stuck in the Middle and selling over 5 million records with 5 albums. Since then she has rarely left our television screens and most recently wowed the nation with her dancing skills finishing ‘runner up’ in the 2016 series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.

CABARET features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’, ‘Two Ladies’ ‘Maybe This Time’ and of course ‘Cabaret’. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence, and at its dark heart is the legendary and notorious Emcee, who performs nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.

Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the famous movie version with Liza Minnelli and Oscar winner Joel Grey, CABARET has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including 8 Oscar’s, 7 BAFTA’s and 13 Tony’s. Norris’ production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs and has picked up 2 Olivier Awards.

Rufus Norris is Director of the National Theatre and a multi-award winning theatre and opera director. For the National Theatre, he has directed The Threepenny Opera, wonder.land, Everyman, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Amen Corner, Table, London Road (Critics Circle Award), Death and the King’s Horseman, Market Boy. Other theatre includes Vernon God Little (Young Vic), Les Liasons Dangerouses (Broadway – five Tony Award nominations), Festen (West End and Broadway) The Country Girl (Apollo) and Afore Night Came at the Young Vic (Evening Standard Award). Film credits include London Road and Broken.

Choreography is by the Olivier Award-winning Javier De Frutos. In 1990, he formed The Javier De Frutos Dance Company. His work includes The Hypochondriac Bird and Affliction of Loneliness.Recently he joined forces with Sadler’s Wells and The Pet Shop Boys to create a brand new dance work based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Most Incredible Thing.

Cabaret will play at the New Theatre Wimbledon, Blackpool Opera House, Cardiff New Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre, Milton Keynes Theatre, The Lowry in Salford, Edinburgh Playhouse, Churchill Theatre Bromley and Brighton Theatre Royal.

CABARET – TOUR DATES 2017

 Thursday 21 – 30 September                                                Box Office: 0844 871 7646

New Wimbledon Theatre                                                      Website: ATGTICKETS.COM/Wimbledon

 Tuesday 3 – 7 October                                                            Box Office: 0844 856 1111

Blackpool Opera House                                                          Website: wgbpl.co.uk                                     

 Tuesday 17 – 21 October                                                       Box Office: 029 2087 8889

Cardiff New Theatre                                                              Website: newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

Tuesday 24 – 28 October                                                       Box Office:  0844 848 2700

Leeds Grand Theatre                                                             Website: leedsgrandtheatre.com

Tuesday 31 October – 4 November                                      Box Office: 0844 871 7652

Milton Keynes Theatre                                                          Website: ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes  

Tuesday 7 – 11 November                                                     Box Office: 0843 208 6000

Salford, The Lowry                                                                 Website: thelowry.com  

Tuesday 14 – 18 November                                                   Box Office:  0844 871 3014

Edinburgh Playhouse                                                             Website: ATGTICKETS.COM/Edinburgh

Tuesday 21 – 25 November                                                   Box Office: 020 3285 6000

Churchill Theatre Bromley                                                    Website: churchilltheatre.co.uk

Tuesday 5 – 9 December                                                       Box Office:  0844 871 7650

Brighton Theatre Royal                                                         Website: ATGTICKETS.COM/Brighton

 

National Theatre launches new podcast series

National Theatre Podcast
National Theatre Podcast

National Theatre Podcast

The National Theatre today launches the first episode in a 10 part podcast series.

This new podcast series seeks to interact with the social and cultural questions of our time, using theatre as a springboard for discussion and debate. Each podcast is focused on the productions, creations, people and stories that make up the National Theatre today, delving into the medium of theatre and exploring its purpose in the world. The series is available free from the NT website and on iTunes.

The NT’s inaugural podcast asks ‘How can theatre respond to Brexit?’ This episode goes behind the scenes to look at the development and staging of Rufus Norris’s latest verbatim production, My Country; a work in progress. The episode unlocks the approach to this first-of-its kind listening project; the gatherers who collated the verbatim material post-referendum and the reaction from audiences in a post-Brexit landscape. Ed Miliband MP shares his thoughts on My Country; a work in progress and discusses the divisions in the country following the referendum vote, seeking answers on what Britain’s future will be after Brexit.

Emma Keith, Head of Broadcast at the National Theatre, said: “The NT continuously seeks to open up theatre and its processes and ensure we are as accessible as possible to audiences globally.  The NT’s podcast series is a further opportunity to explore theatre through a platform that can be freely accessed by anyone, wherever they are in the world. Our stages are filled with work that reflects today’s society, and the NT podcast series is an opportunity to deepen audiences’ relationship with that work and start a discussion that explores how the arts intersect with the issues that affect all of us, across the UK and around the world.”

Commenting on the production My Country; a work in progress and the NT podcast, Ed Miliband said: “My Country was a fantastic play and I would encourage the whole country to go and see it. It expertly and movingly allowed the audience to understand the motivations and concerns of both remainers and leavers, no matter which side of the divide they were on. The NT podcast is a great way of going beyond the theatre’s walls to speak to the country. Art plays such an important role in reflecting our society and helping to educate and understand the world we live in. I am sure the series will be a resounding success.”

The NT’s second podcast, to be released on 2nd June, investigates the work of the Synergy Theatre project. Synergy has been renowned in the UK for effectively using theatre to rehabilitate prisoners and ex-offenders, using the transformative nature of the arts to embed meaningful change in people’s lives. In this episode, we hear directly from Synergy’s team and ex-offenders they’ve worked with to understand the value of the arts in the criminal justice system.

In episode three, Dame Harriet Walter reflects on her career frequently playing men on stage and reinventing traditional male roles as women. The podcast investigates the rise in gender-fluid casting in mainstream theatre, and takes a look at the rise of powerful women on the political stage to understand how womanhood is performed in theatre today.

It’s often the pinnacle of an actor’s career, but where can you go after playing King Lear? In episode four we hear from Lears past and present to see what one of the greatest stage roles of all time tells us about the complex relationship between acting and ageing.

Following the NT’s 25-year anniversary production of Angels in America, episode five of the podcast series explores the history of LGBTQ+ stories on stage. The podcast explores the views of leading theatre-makers and explores what has – and hasn’t – changed in that important time.

Future episodes look at public art and performance, theatre for young people, the relationship between actor and audience, and how productions recover from the unexpected live on stage.

The episodes will be released regularly and available at: nationaltheatre.org.uk/podcast

Subscribe now via iTunes

Join the conversation with #NTpodcast

,

The UK Premiere of Oslo, The Lincoln Center Theater Production opens at the National Theatre before transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre, in London’s West End

Oslo
Bartlett Sher

Bartlett Sher

Having this week been nominated for a total of 7 TONY Awards including ‘Best Play’ and ‘Best Director’ adding to the ‘Best Play’ nominations by the Drama League Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards, public booking opens today for OSLO.

The Lincoln Center Theater’s acclaimed production of a gripping new play by J.T. Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher has its UK premiere at the National Theatre in September prior to a West End run at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

OSLO has a strictly limited run at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from 5 to 23 September, and will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 30 September to 30 December in association with ATG.  Press night 12 September at the National Theatre.

OSLO tells the true story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords.  Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together – and fighting each other – as they seek to change the world.

J.T. Rogers

J.T. Rogers © Rebecca Ashley

NT Director Rufus Norris said: ‘The National Theatre is privileged to have the opportunity to present Lincoln Center Theater’s production of J.T. Rogers’ extraordinary play, told with passion and humour, about a significant period in our recent political history.  We are delighted to be able to share it with our audiences here at the National Theatre on the South Bank, and in the West End.’

Director Bartlett Sher added:  ‘Oslo is an exploration of the power of responsible political discourse.  As theatre, it brings impossible foes into direct contact with very high stakes.  And as a history play, it gave us a chance to explore an important conflict between Israel and Palestine.  We can’t imagine a better place to engage in this conversation than the National Theatre.’

Playwright J.T. Rogers said: ‘I’m thrilled to return again to the National Theatre, which launched my playwriting career. It’s a privilege to be bringing OSLO to this powerhouse of UK creativity, and direct into London’s West End.’

Lincoln Center Theater’s world premiere production of OSLO played to sell-out houses at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in New York in 2016, and is currently running on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.

OSLO is written by J.T. Rogers and directed by Bartlett Sher, with sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound byPeter John Still and projections by 59 Productions.

J.T. Rogers’ previous plays for the NT are: Blood and Gifts, which premiered at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2010 and The Overwhelming, a co-production between the National Theatre and Out of Joint.  His other plays include Madagascar (Theatre503 in London and Melbourne Theatre Company) and White People (Off-Broadway; Starry Night Productions). He was one of the authors of the Olivier nominated The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre. His plays have been seen across the U.S., and in Canada, Germany and Israel.

Bartlett Sher makes his directorial debut for the NT with OSLO.  His previous work in the UK includes Women on the verge of a Breakdown at the Playhouse in 2015, Two Boys for the ENO and South Pacific for the Barbican in 2011 and TFANA’s Cymbeline, at the RSC’s The Other Place in 2001.  His previous work for Lincoln Center Theater includes:  The King and I, Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza (Tony nominations); South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards; also London, Australia); Blood and Gifts; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (London). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County (Schoenfeld). Off-Broadway: Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons), Waste (Best Play Obie Award), Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Upcoming productions include Adam Guettel’s new musical Millions and My Fair Lady for LCT.

New York press on OSLO at the Lincoln Center Theater:

‘Can we make peace with enemies?  Oslo gives us hope.’  –  Daily News

‘Hands down the best new play of the season.’  – The Washington Post

‘A fascinating true story.  This riveting production is alive with intrigue, humor, and bristling intelligence.’  – The Hollywood Reporter

A big play, as expansive and ambitious as any in recent Broadway history.’ – New York Times

OSLO Listings Information

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX

Dates:  5 – 23 September 2017

Performances: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.00pm

 

Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN

Dates:  30 September – 30 December 2017

Performances: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.00pm

Tickets for the National Theatre performances can be purchased from the NT Box Office.

Tickets for the Harold Pinter Theatre performances can be purchased from the NT and Harold Pinter box offices.

 

Box Office Information

National Theatre Box Office:

Tickets from £15

Tickets and access bookings:  020 7452 3000

Groups: 020 7452 3010 Option 2 (for NT performances)

Groups: 020 7452 3010 Option 1 (for West End performances)

Online at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk    

(National Theatre: No fee for online bookings; A £2.50 transaction fee applies to individual tickets purchased by phone.)

 

Harold Pinter Theatre Box Office

Tickets from £18

Tickets:  0845 871 7615 (calls cost 7p per minute) *

Access: 0800 912 6971

Groups: http://www.atgtickets.com/group-bookings-enquiry-form/

Website: OsloThePlay.com

Bookings made online or over the phone are subject to a £3.50 fee.

Home presents the National Theatre’s My Country; A Work in Progress, directed by Rufus Norris, in the words of people across the UK and Poet Carol Ann Duffy

My Country a work in progress
My Country a work in progress

My Country a work in progress

★★★★★ “My Country therapeutically unkinks your brain and lets you hear at the end a more reverberant and ionised silent. It’s a political intervention; not a retreat into aesthetics. Roll on the next instalment.” – The Independent

★★★★ “Compassionate, funny, and insightful.” – What’s On Stage

The National Theatre has collaborated with eight UK arts organisations to create a new play inspired by the recent EU Referendum, presented on stage at HOME as part of a UK tour following its current run at the NT’s Dorfman Theatre in London.

Rufus Norris and Carol Ann Duffy

Rufus Norris and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

In the days following the Brexit vote, a team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow, aged 9 to 87, to hear their views. In a series of interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny and sometimes extreme.  These testimonials are interwoven with speeches from political leaders to create a new play by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris.

Britannia (played by Penny Layden) calls a meeting to listen to her people:  Caledonia (played by Stuart McQuarrie),  Cymru (played by Christian Patterson), East Midlands (played by Seema Bowri), North East (played by Laura Elphinstone),  Northern Ireland (played by Cavan Clarke), and South West (played by Adam Ewan).

Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, said: “One of my ambitions for the National Theatre is to make it truly national and through collaboration, embrace the creativity and opinion around the UK.  The Brexit vote unleashed a host of questions about our country, way beyond the issue of Britain’s role in Europe. It articulated a deep disaffection.  Those elements provoked a need and opportunity to create a piece of theatre that responds to that palpable sense of frustration and disillusionment.  Art has always responded to what is happening now and it’s what I hope we achieve with My Country.”

Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director: Theatre, HOME, commented: “As someone who was born on the Continent and lived the majority of his life there, I was incredibly disappointed by the outcome of the referendum last June. I was delighted, however, how Rufus Norris and the National Theatre responded artistically – by actually creating a piece of theatre which listened to the voices of people from all around England. I am very proud to present My Country here at HOME – and I am sure that the play will initiate debate amongst audiences, something which is very much needed.”

HOME’s previous collaborations with the National Theatre includes the world premiere of A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, a Complicite Associates and National Theatre co-production in association with HOME, directed by Bryony Kimmings (September 2016). HOME have also been asked to curate a weekend of the National Theatre’s free outdoorRiver Stage festival between 4-6 August; and following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, HOME will present Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places & Things this September.

My Country: a work in progress is created in collaboration with; Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Curve, Leicester, Derry Playhouse, Live Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Sage Gateshead, Salisbury Playhouse and Strike A Light Festival in association with Cusack Projects Limited.

My Country; a work in progress: Performance Calendar

Tue 18 Apr                 19:30
Wed 19 Apr               14:00 / 19:30

Thu 20 Apr                 19:30
Fri 21 Apr                    19:30

Sat 22 Apr                  14:00 / 19:30

Tickets
£24.00 – £10.00 (conc. available)

@home_mcr

#My Country