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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.

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

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

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Top 5 Shows of the Year (according to me)

Seiriol Davies

This year’s Top 5 Shows Of The Year list was really hard to put together.

Firstly, the standard was extraordinarily high. There was not enough room for amazing stuff by more people. Too much good theatre – not a disaster, but annoying when it comes to a list.

N.B. This was going to be a Top 10 list but I haven’t really done any Christmas shopping so a Top 5 seemed more achievable. Apols.

How to Win Against History

  1. Much as I liked The Grinning Man (see below) it was How To Win Against History that hit the spot in 2016. It’s no coincidence that this show was the highest reviewed show of the year at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s all about HTWAH really. A feverishly amusing biographical musical about Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquis of Anglesey. This is musical theatre at its most adventurous: a pensive, glorious extravaganza that redefines the term “ripped-up musical”. It is an astounding melodious creation by the gifted Seiriol Davies.
Seiriol Davies

Seiriol Davies

Here is what Seiriol had to say on being number one: Oh my stars and garters, what a thing. I’m really delighted it went down so well – from a hot, dark little box by a park in Edinburgh it now looks like the show’s going to go far. We’ve some very exciting plans for it in 2017, they’re gonna take us all over the UK (subtly pressure your beloved local venues for news), including a lovely transfer to the capital (currently London) and it’s a bloody amazing feeling that Henry and his bizarre, spangly, preposterous, feels-making story are going to get in front of ever more people. See, I told you it was mainstream.

You can read my chat with Seiriol  here 

 

 

The Grinning Man

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

  1. Now that is how you do a musical. The Grinning Man is a brand-new musical from Bristol Old Vic, in its bold 250th anniversary year, directed by Tom Morris (War Horse) and based on the Victor Hugo novel and cult silent movie ‘The Man Who Laughs’. This macabre musical fairytale featured ingenious puppetry and a perfect marriage of the alternative and the discordant mainstream. As well as being expertly written the majority of the songs are skilfully structured: Seriously, well done everyone.

You can read my chat with Tom Morris  here 

 

 

 

This House

James Graham

  1. This House transferred to the Garrick Theatre, following its run at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. Having originally played two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, directed remarkably by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin. ‘FYI’ James Graham may just be the brightest playwright that Britain has to offer. Does he occupy that space by accident? Does he bollocks. Nothing about this play or Graham’s career seems left to chance. That’s not to say this play feels stilted. On the contrary, he seems to have fun with the space he’s in. This House is by turns hilarious, poignant and thrilling.

You can read my recent chat with James Graham here 

 

The Children by Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood

  1. As the Royal Court entered its 60th anniversary season The Children was a welcome entry to the dynamic and eclectic season. A Kirkwood play is a gift from the Theatre Gods. The premise is simple: Two retired nuclear scientists in an isolated cottage in a post-apocalyptic world by the sea. Anyway, what really made this new play so wonderful were the harmonious performances from Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay. Whatever the frame of reference, a huge proportion of this slow-burning play situates itself outside the realms that dominate commercial theatre. Bloody brilliant etc, etc and so on. The Children runs at The Court until 14 January

 

 

Us/Them 

  1. Set during a hostage drama in a school in Beslan the greatest of evils, terrorists, chose the greatest good – a group of children as their victims. There was a feeling of relaxed charm this production, and it’s a feeling many artists find hard to engineer. BRONKS Theatre pulled it off. This is not a perfect show, but it does contain enough perfect moments to make it the best Belgium import of 2016, not to mention the best piece of dance-theatre of Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and winning The Scotsman Fringe First Award, Us/Them is coming to the National Theatre in early 2017, so book now to avoid disappointment. Book now – you know it makes sense. <<You can read my review of Us/Them here>>

(I feel a bit bad about ‘Funny Girl’ not being on the list – it probably should have been. OH WELL.)

Casting Announcement for The Children by Lucy Kirkwood at Royal Court Theatre

FRANCESCA ANNIS, RON COOK and DEBORAH FINDLAY cast in The Children by Lucy Kirkwood

Cast of The Children

Cast of The Children

Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay have been cast in Lucy Kirkwood’s new play The Children which runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, 17 November 2016 – 14 January 2017 with Press Night on Thursday 24 November.

Directed by James Macdonald. With design by Miriam Buether and lighting design by Peter Mumford.

“At our time of life, we simply cannot deal with this shit.”

Two retired nuclear scientists in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles.

Together they are going to live forever on yogurt and yoga, until an old friend arrives with a frightening request.

“Do you want to call your children?”
“Why?”
“To let them know your plans.”

The Children is a Berwin-Lee commission.

The Big Idea: 

Lucy Kirkwood in Conversation

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Friday 2 December, Post-show

Lucy Kirkwood talks with Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison.

The Big Idea is a strand of work launched during Open Court, offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage. The Big Idea seeks to foster debate and collaboration, bringing together leading thinkers and artists from all walks of life to engage with the big ideas of our times, through a series of debates and events.