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Full casting for A Monster Calls at the Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic

A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

The Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic today announced the full casting for the world premiere of A Monster CallsPatrick Ness’ piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to The Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic stages in The Old Vic’s 200th year in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. The cast includes Hammed AnimashaunNandi Bhebhe, Selina Cadell, Matt Costain, Georgia Frost, Stuart Goodwin, Felix Hayes, Jonathan Holby, John Leader, Marianne Oldham, Matthew Tennyson and Witney White.

‘Stories are wild creatures,’ the monster said. ‘When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?’

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye.

Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

On publication, A Monster Calls became a bestseller with children and adults alike with its dazzling insight into love, loss and healing. It garnered huge critical acclaim, including an unprecedented double win of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for outstanding children’s literature and illustration. This adaptation is suitable for ages 10+.

Sally Cookson, Director, said The prospect of adapting Patrick Ness’ beautiful book is a tantalising one and I am chomping at the bit to get started. The story of thirteen-year-old Conor lost in a mire of anxiety and fear strikes a chord with anyone who’s been threatened with losing someone they love. The combination of gritty realism and magic make it perfect material for theatre – I love a challenge and the big question will be ‘How are they going to create a Tree Monster on stage?’ Come and find out!’

Patrick Ness, Writer, said ‘A Monster Calls has always been a collaboration, in all its forms. I like to say I took the baton from the late, great Siobhan Dowd, then handed it on to our illustrator Jim Kay, and what came out was something bigger than anything the three of us could have done by ourselves. I’m now so excited to hand that baton on to the amazing Sally Cookson. She’s assembled an outstanding company. What a treat this is going to be!’

Hammed Animashaun plays Anton. His theatre credits include Barber Shop ChroniclesAmadeusThe Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); The Importance of Being EarnestA Midsummer Night’s DreamBugsy MaloneSecret Theatre (Lyric Hammersmith); Measure for Measure (Young Vic); Hate (Barbican); HerosMarried to the Game (Theatre 503); The Boy Who Fell Into a Book (Soho Theatre) and Mogadishu (National Tour). Television work includes Breeders, Furious Andrew-Blap, Black Mirror, Pls Like!, Flowers, Wizard Sleeve, Deadbeats and The Mimic. Film credits include The FestivalThe Ellington KidTwenty8kBorrowed Time and Tooting Broadway.

Nandi Bhebhe plays Teacher. Her theatre credits include The Tin Drum (Liverpool Everyman/UK tour); Twelfth Night, 946, A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Shakespeare’s Globe); A Season in the Congo (Young Vic); Fela! (National Theatre/Broadway) and 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court).

Selina Cadell plays Grandmother. Her theatre credits include Humble Boy (Orange Tree Theatre); The Dresser (Duke Of York’s); People, The Habit of Art, Stanley (National Theatre); The Line (Arcola Theatre); The Cherry Orchard (The Old Vic); The Clean House (Sheffield Crucible); The Government Inspector (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Rivals (Bristol Old Vic); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albery Theatre); Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse). Her television credits include Love Nina, The Lady Vanishes, Father Brown, Upstairs Downstairs, Toast, Spooks, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Bremner, Bird and Fortune, The Catherine Tate Show, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Casanova, Foyle’s War, Sword of Honour, Great Expectations, As Time Goes By, People Like Us and Doc Martin. Her film credits include The Lady in The Van, Papadopoulos & Sons, Gambit, Nativity, Hereafter, Confetti, Snowcake, Festival, Matchpoint, Mrs Dalloway and The Madness of King George.

Matt Costain is in the ensemble. His theatre credits include La Strada (West End/National tour); Hetty Feather (West End/ National tour); Wendy and PeterHenry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard III (RSC); War Horse, The Birds (National Theatre); Macbeth, Pericles, Man Falling Down (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Tempest (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr. Faustus, The Master and Margarita (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Treasure Island (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Georgia Frost plays Sully. Her theatre credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Little Mermaid (the egg). Her television credits includeCasualtyMagic of Musicals and Fred and Rose.

Stuart Goodwin plays Monster. His theatre credits include La Strada (The Other Palace/UK tour); Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic); A Conversation, Two Clouds Over Eden, Peer Gynt (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Gentleman (Jermyn Street Theatre); A Russian in the Woods, Julius Caesar, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC); The Country Wife (Sheffield Crucible) and The Three Musketeers (Young Vic). His television credits include Doctors, Strictly Confidential, The Bill, Prime Suspect 6, State of Play, Wire in The Blood, State of Mind, The Bill and Always and Everyone. His film credits include Cashback and Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

Felix Hayes plays Dad. His theatre credits include Vice Versa, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, City Madam, Cardenio, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC); Peter Pan, Jane Eyre (Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre); One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and A Christmas Carol (Tobacco Factory). His television credits include Three Girls, A Gert Lush Christmas Special, Drunk HistoriesFriday Night Dinner and Roisin Conaty.

Jonathan Holby is a Swing. His theatre credits include A Tale of Two CitiesLord of the Flies, Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Mirrorball (Arcola Theatre) and The Renaissance Body (RSC). His television and film credits include QueensThe Terrible Tale of Henrietta TateThe IntentBlood and Glory and Beatgirl.

John Leader plays Harry. His theatre credits include Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe(West Yorkshire Playhouse); Peter Pan, War Horse (National Theatre); Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree).

Marianne Oldham plays Mum. Her theatre credits include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (The Old Vic); The Argument (Hampstead Theatre); The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre); Sons without Fathers, Uncle Vanya (Arcola Theatre/The Belgrade Theatre); You Can Still Make a Killing, The Cherry Orchard (Southwark Playhouse); An Inspector Calls (West End) and How Many Miles to Basra (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Her television credits include The Living and the Dead, Life in Squares, The Musketeers, Foyle’s War, The Crimson Field, Doctors, The Impressionists and WPC56. Her film credits include Finding Your Feet, Absolutely Anything, Silent Girl, Titus and 500 Miles North.

Matthew Tennyson plays Conor. His theatre credits include Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse); Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Salomé (RSC); Cleansed (National Theatre); The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); A Breakfast of Eels (The Print Room); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Beautiful Thing (Manchester Royal Exchange). His television credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, GrantchesterHumansBabylonFather Brown and The Hollow Crown. His film credits include Making Noise Quietly. Matthew received an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2012.

Witney White plays Lily. Her theatre credits include Loserville (West End); Wonderland (National Theatre); Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre) and Room (Stratford East/Dundee Rep/Abbey Theatre). Her television credits include Clean Break and Doctors.

Sally Cookson trained at LAMDA and worked as an actor for ten years before embarking on a freelance directing career. Her theatre credits include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Jane Eyre and Peter Pan (Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre). She is an associate artist at Bristol Old Vic, where other productions include Sleeping BeautyTreasure IslandThe Boy Who Cried WolfPapa Please Get the Moon for MeClownStrange CasePericlesPains of Youth and The Visit. Her numerous collaborations with Travelling Light theatre include Strictly BaltiThe Ugly DucklingBoing!How Cold My ToesShadowplayCloudlandLenny and Bob the Man on the Moon. Other theatre includes One Hundred and One DalmatiansAli Baba and the Forty ThievesCinderella – A Fairytale (Tobacco Factory Theatre, Olivier Award nomination); La StradaHetty Feather (Olivier Award nomination); We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (Kenny Wax Productions); Romeo and Juliet (The Rose Theatre); Stick Man and Tiddler (Scamp Theatre).

Director Sally Cookson

Writer in the Room Adam Peck

Set Designer Michael Vale

Costume Designer Katie Sykes

Composer Benji Bower

Lighting Aideen Malone

Sound Mike Beer

Projection Dick Straker

Casting Jessica Ronane CDG

Movement Dan Canham

Puppetry Laura Cubitt

Aerial Matt Costain

Associate Director Miranda Cromwell

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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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First Look: Jane Eyre Rehearsal Images

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Casting announcement: Nadia Clifford plays title role with Tim Delap as Rochester in Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre © Manuel Harlan

Casting for Sally Cookson’s energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre was announced today (20 February 2017), with Nadia Clifford taking the central role of Jane Eyre and Tim Delap as Rochester.

Manchester born and bred Nadia Clifford’s previously appeared at the National Theatre in Alistair McDowell’s sell-out production of Pomona and Tim Delap will make his NT debut as Rochester.

They are joined by Hannah Bristow (Helen Burns/Adele/St John/Grace Poole/Abbot), Matthew Churcher (Musician), Alex Heane (Musician), Melanie Marshall(Bertha Mason), Belfast born and bred Paul Mundell (Mr Brocklehurst/Pilot/Mason), Cardiff born David Ridley (musician), Evelyn Miller (Bessie/Blanche Ingram/Diana) and  Lynda Rook (Mrs Reed/Mrs Fairfax).  The cast is completed by Ben CutlerJenny JohnsDami Olukoya,  Francesca Tomlinson and Phoebe Vigor.

2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Eyre – a significant time to be touring Charlotte Brontë’s classic and much loved story. The highly acclaimed co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic opens at The Lowry in Salford on 8 April and will continue its journey around the country to SheffieldAylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Belfast, Aberdeen and Birmingham.   

This exciting 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.  The production was devised by the original company, with set designs 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.

Director Sally Cookson, said about her production of Jane Eyre:  ‘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.’

Cookson continued: ‘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.’

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.

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  (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Sally Cookson’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 successfully at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre earlier this year.

Fellini’s Oscar-winning masterpiece La Strada comes to the stage

La Strada
La Strada

La Strada

One of the true masterpieces of modern cinema, Federico Fellini’s 1957 Oscar-winning film, LA STRADA (The Road), will be brought to life on stage in a brand new adaptation directed by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson with music composed by Benji Bower. The production will receive its world premiere at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on 11 February 2017 where it opens for the start of a 16-week national tour, prior to its London transfer. On 30 May LA STRADA will receive its London premiere at The Other Palace, the newest addition to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Group, where it will run for 6 weeks until 8 July 2017. Tickets are now on sale.*

Awarded the honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1993, Italian director Federico Fellini changed the face of film-making forever with his seminal films such as La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8½, Nights of Cabiria and Satyricon. Marking 60 years since La Strada, starring Anthony Quinn, won the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Academy award, Fellini’s cinematic masterpiece, hailed as “one of the most influential films ever made” (the American Film Institute), sees its first ever UK stage adaptation.

A soul-searching story filled with beauty, sadness, humour and acute observation, LA STRADA tells the tragic and tender tale of wide-eyed Gelsomina who is sold by her impoverished mother to the brutish strongman Zampano, a travelling sideshow performer. Their journey through the Italian countryside leads them to a ragtag touring circus where they meet Il Matto the free-spirited tightrope walker, who tries to rekindle Gelsomina’s broken spirit.

Director Sally Cookson says:

“Felini’s iconic film has always fascinated me and the thought of using it as a starting point to make a piece of theatre was one I couldn’t resist. A folk-tale like odyssey – this story sees three lost souls travelling ‘the road’ and searching in different ways to find meaning in their lives. Using physical story telling, music and movement, we will be attempting to find a theatricality to re imagine this story of human suffering, longing and redemption.”

Featuring live music and original songs, LA STRADA brings together a multi-skilled cast of performers and musicians. Audrey Brisson (Cirque de Soleil’s Quidam, Kneehigh’s The Cast of the Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Dead Dog in a Suitcase, The Wild Bride and National Theatre’s The Elephantom) plays Gelsomina, Stuart Goodwin (Sally Cookson’s Sleeping Beauty; Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult) plays Zampano and Bart Soroczynski (Cirque de Loin’s The Fool & The Princess; ENO’s Benvenuto Cellini; RSC’s The Merry Wives of Windsor) plays Il Matto. The ensemble cast includes: Matt CostainFabrizio MatteiniSofie LybäckNiv PetelNiccolo CurradiTatiana SantiniLuke Potter and Tee Jay Holmes. Further casting to be announced.

 LA STRADA is directed by Sally Cookson, with musical direction and music by Benji Bower, ‘writer in the room’ Mike Akers, set and costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting design by Aideen Malone and sound design by Mike Beer.

 Director Sally Cookson is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic. Together with long-time creative collaborator, composer and musical director Benji Bower, their many productions include: Jane Eyre (Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre), the Olivier Award nominated Hetty Feather (West End, National Tour & Florida USA), Peter Pan (National Theatre),Treasure Island (Bristol Old Vic), and the Olivier Award nominated Cinderella: A Fairytale (Tobacco Factory Theatre), Varmints (Sadler’s Wells).

Multi Olivier award-winning producer Kenny Wax says:

“I have been trying to mount a stage production of LA STRADA for many years. When Sally Cookson told me it was her favourite film, the stars seemed to align more perfectly than I could have ever dreamed. And that is only half the back story.”

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE: Peter Pan at the National Theatre

Peter Pan

PETER PAN FINAL PERFORMANCES, SHOW ENDS SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY

A co-production with Bristol Old Vic

Devised by the Companies, based on the works of JM Barrie

Peter Pan Relaxed PerformanceSaturday 21 January, 2pm

PLATFORMS: 

Sally Cookson on Peter PanFriday 20 January, 5.30pm Olivier Theatre

Peter Pan – archetypal adolescentFriday 27 January, 5.45pm, Cottesloe Room

All children, except one, grow up…

When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.

The cast includes Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Lois Chimimba, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Anna Francolini, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Jessica Temple, Dan Wheeler and Madeleine Worrall.

Directed by Sally Cookson, with dramaturgy by Mike Akers, set design by Michael Vale, costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound design by Dominic Bilkey, movement by Dan Canham, aerial direction by Gwen Hales, fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd, and puppet direction and design by Toby Olié. The National Theatre would like to thank Sophie Thompson for developing the roles of Captain Hook and Mrs Darling.

The final performances of Peter Pan are:

Thursday 19 Jan, 7pm

Friday 20 Jan, 7pm

Saturday 21 Jan, 2pm (Relaxed Performance)

Saturday 21 Jan, 7pm

Monday 23 Jan, 1pm

Friday 27 Jan, 7pm

Saturday 28 Jan, 2pm

Saturday 28 Jan, 7pm

Friday 3 Feb, 7pm (Captioned Performance)

Saturday 4 Feb, 2pm (Captioned Performance)

Saturday 4 Feb, 7pm

Suitable for children aged 7+. Half-price tickets for under-18s.

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Peter Pan Relaxed PerformanceSaturday 21 January, 2pm

Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication disorders, or learning disabilities. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement, and some small changes made to the lighting and sound effects. An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps ‘the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train’. There will be a ‘break out’ space and friendly ushers on hand to assist.

A Visual Story, a short information document emailed/posted to all bookers prior to performance, will contain information and pictures about the performance, plot, characters and some information about the venue to help prepare visitors for their visit to the theatre.

Suitable for children aged 7+. Bookers will need to decide if the show will be suitable for the person’s cognitive (and not necessarily chronological) age.

Tickets: adult £16 / under-18s £10

Booking: 

Use code ‘RELAXED’ when booking online or by phone on 020 7452 3961 nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/peter-pan

Or click on this unique link to take you straight to the performance

You can also email boxoffice@nationaltheatre.org.uk

More information: nationaltheatre.org.uk/your-visit/access/relaxed-performances

PLATFORMS: 

Sally Cookson on Peter PanFriday 20 January, 5.30pm, Olivier Theatre

The director talks to Rachel Cooke about her new version of the production.

Peter Pan – archetypal adolescentFriday 27 January, 5.45pm, Cottesloe Room

Jungian analyst Ann Yeoman discusses Peter Pan as a compelling modern figure for the ‘puer aeternus’, providing a psychological (and magical) overview of the archetypal ‘eternal youth’. Chaired by Nicolette Jones, Children’s Books Reviewer for The Sunday Times. 

 

 

National Theatre’s Jane Eyre comes to Mayflower Theatre

Felix Hayes (Rochester) and Madeleine Worrall (Jane)
Felix Hayes (Rochester) and Madeleine Worrall (Jane)


Felix Hayes (Rochester) and Madeleine Worrall (Jane) © Manuel Harlan

The National Theatre will be touring Sally Cookson’s energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre and is coming to Mayflower Theatre from Monday 8- Saturday 13 May 2017.

This is a very significant time to be announcing the tour, as 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth and 2017 is the 170th anniversary of when Jane Eyre was first published.

This exciting 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.  The production was devised by the original company, with 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.  Casting for the production is yet to be announced.

Director Sally Cookson, said about her production of Jane Eyre:  ‘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.’

Cookson continued: ‘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.’

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.

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  (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Tickets for Jane Eyre (Monday 8- Saturday 13 May 2017) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

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First Look – PETER PAN at the National Theatre

All children, except one, grow up… 

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When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.

Director Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the National Theatre after a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Anna Francolini plays Captain Hook and Mrs Darling, reinstating the double casting intended by J M Barrie for his original production.

The cast also includes Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Lois Chimimba, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Jessica Temple, Dan Wheeler and Madeleine Worrall.

Suitable for children aged 7+. Half-price tickets for under-18s.

Press night: Friday 2 December, 7pm

A relaxed performance of Peter Pan will take place on Saturday 21 January at 2pm.

Peter Pan – Listings Update

Peter Pan
Peter Pan

Peter Pan © Sam Robinson

The Press Night performance of Sally Cookson’s production of Peter Pan is to be delayed until Friday 2 December, and not Wednesday 23 November as previously announced. The first preview of the production will now take place on Thursday 17 November, and not Wednesday 16 November as originally scheduled. Patrons who have booked tickets for the first preview performance of the show will be contacted by the NT Box Office and transferred to a subsequent performance.

Sophie Thompson could no longer continue in the production due to badly breaking her wrist during rehearsals, which required surgery. Anna Francolini stepped into the roles of Mrs Darling / Captain Hook. Due to the devised nature of the production, additional rehearsal time is required to allow Anna to further develop the characters Sophie created and make them her own.

Sally Cookson said Sophies extraordinary work during workshops and rehearsals has left its mark on this production and we are all so grateful for her huge creative input. She is handing the baton on to the fabulous Anna Francolini to complete the journey. We send Sophie our love and wish her a speedy recovery following the successful operation to her wrist last Thursday.”

Press night: Friday 2 December, 7pm

National Theatre News – Casting Update for PETER PAN, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic

Peter Pan

Sophie Thompson has had to withdraw from the cast of Peter Pan, the National Theatre’s Christmas show, due to a broken wristAnna Francolini, last seen at the NT in wonder.land, will take over the role of Captain Hook/ Mrs Darling. The NT is delighted that Anna was available to step into the role, and wishes Sophie a speedy recovery.

All children, except one, grow up… 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan © Sam Robinson

When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.

Director Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the National Theatre after a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Peter Pan will open in the Olivier Theatre on Wednesday 16 November, with press night on Wednesday 23 NovemberAnna Francolini will play Captain Hook and Mrs Darling, reinstating the double casting intended by J M Barrie for his original production.

The cast also includes Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Lois Chimimba, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Jessica Temple, Dan Wheeler and Madeleine Worrall.

Directed by Sally Cookson, with dramaturgy by Mike Akers, set design by Michael Vale, costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound design by Dominic Bilkey, movement by Dan Canham, aerial direction by Gwen Hales, fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd, and puppet direction and design by Toby Olié.

Suitable for children aged 7+. Half-price tickets for under-18s.

Press night: Wednesday 23 November, 7pm

A relaxed performance of Peter Pan will take place on Saturday 21 January at 2pm.

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