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The National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will return to the West End

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The National Theatre announced today that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, and directed by Marianne Elliott (War HorseAngels in AmericaCompany) will return to the West End in November 2018 for a limited season. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on 29 November, with an opening night on 11 December.

Tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre go on sale to the general public on Friday 21 September at 9.30am. Casting to be announced.

Curious Incident, which has now been seen by more than three million people worldwide, transferred to London’s West End following a sold-out run at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012. It is the recipient of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design – more Olivier’s than any other play in the history of London’s West End at that time.

Following its New York premiere in September 2014, Curious Incident became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play.

The show recently completed a 30 date tour of the USA, and a second 25 city tour of the UK and Ireland ended in September 2017. An international tour visited Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth from 2017 – 18. A schools tour, taking a specially staged in-the-round 90 minute version of the play into 60 schools around the country runs until December.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre is a co-production with the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Simon Stephens said: “I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon’s exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team. After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again.”

Lisa Burger, National Theatre Executive Director said: “We always felt that there were many more performances of Curious Incident in the West End left to give, and many more audiences who were yet to connect with Christopher Boone and his extraordinary story. We’re absolutely thrilled to be joining with ATG to bring Curious Incident – with its stellar creative team – back to the West End and we can’t wait to share this beautiful and inventive show with a new generation of audiences.”

The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting designer Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross.  Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in the US, Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 5.5 million copies world-wide.

Marianne Elliott, who was recently awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, is the Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently set up with producer Chris Harper. Their latest production is Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical comedy, Company, which opens at The Gielgud Theatre in London on 26 September 2018.  Directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Bunny Christie, the cast includes Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah and Jonathan Bailey as Jamie.

Marianne was an Associate Director of the National Theatre for 10 years, where her work includes Tony Kushner’s Angels in America(which transferred to Broadway in February 2018 and won three Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Play), War Horse  (Tony®  Award for best director, alongside co-director Tom Morris), Rules for LivingThe Light PrincessPort, Season’s Greetings, All’s Well that Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre), and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the National Theatre and directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall.  Elliott & Harper;s previous productions are: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, co-producer of Angels in America in New York and The Lion the Witch at the Wardrobe (directed by Sally Cookson) at Leeds Playhouse.

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.

Simon Stephens’ plays for the National Theatre include  a new translation of The Threepenny OperaPort (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott), Harper Regan (which was also produced at Canadian Stage) and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play).  His many other plays include Carmen Disruption, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Broadway and West End), BirdlandBlindsided,

Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas,  Herons, and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge), an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown.  His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre. Simon’s book – Simon Stephens, A working Diary was published in 2016.

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time schools tour to visit 60 secondary schools across the UK

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

A specially staged production of the National Theatre’s award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will begin a 12-week tour to 60 schools across the UK in September 2018.

The production will visit five selected secondary schools each week across London and the UK, touring to the National Theatre’s six Theatre Nation partner areas: Outer East London in partnership with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch; Wakefield, in partnership with the Theatre Royal; Doncaster, in partnership with Cast; Sunderland in partnership with Sunderland Empire and Sunderland Culture; Wolverhampton, in partnership with the Grand Theatre; and the Greater Manchester area in partnership with The Lowry, Salford.

The schools tour is a 90-minute version of the play performed in the round and will be followed by a Q&A session for students with the company. The tour is accompanied by a learning programme which includes professional development for teachers led by the NT and Curious Incident movement directors Frantic Assembly, as well as curriculum-based resources and workshops.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®‑winning director Marianne Elliott. The novel has won more than 17 literary awards and is widely studied in schools. Simon Stephens’ adaptation is a set text for GCSE English Literature.

The play tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old.  He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington.  He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Speaking about the schools tour Simon Stephens said: “It means the world to me that Curious Incident will be touring schools around the country. I worked as a schoolteacher teaching kids in Dagenham in Essex 20 years ago. I loved it. I still think of myself as a teacher. I have seen firsthand how inspiring drama is to young people in schools. I believe the arts to be fundamental to our society. We can’t afford to lose them from our education system. I am delighted that our play will play its part in introducing young people to the theatre. I always hoped that Curious Incident was a play that could be performed anywhere, by anyone. The play is designed to provoke and inspire imagination and interpretation in its staging and inspiration in its audience. The tour will, I hope, provide the same kind of imagination and inspiration throughout the country.”

Alice King-Farlow, Director of Learning at the National Theatre said, “At the National Theatre we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to experience and participate in drama no matter where they are in the UK. We’re delighted to be touring this award-winning play to schools, and via our Theatre Nation Partnerships, we hope that bringing Simon Stephen’s brilliant Curious Incident to young audiences across the country will help to spark imaginations and encourage participation in theatre”.

The production is designed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Bunny Christie and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable. Movement is by Scott Graham and Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton (who also composed music for War Horse) and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.  The Associate Director is Anna Marsland. Casting to be announced.

The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Schools Touring is supported by: The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, Jill and David Leuw, Mulberry Trust and The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Info and Images for One Minute Barn Theatre

Rebecca Crankshaw in One Minute at The Barn Theatre
Rebecca Crankshaw in One Minute at The Barn Theatre

Rebecca Crankshaw in One Minute at The Barn Theatre

Following the huge success of The Secret Garden musical, The Barn Theatre has announced its second production: One Minute by the Olivier and Tony award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens. The play, which follows the stories of five characters who become united after the disappearance of a child, marks 29 year old Artistic Director, Iwan Lewis’s directorial debut.

Running from 19th May – 16th June 2018 the cast includes star of Bad Education, Sherlock and Misfits, Jack Bence; Rebecca Crankshaw, Sarah Hanly; Gary Summers and Sophie May Wake. One Minute is directed by Iwan Lewis and produced by The Barn Theatre; movement direction is by Sean Hollands with an original soundtrack by Harry Smith.

One Minute is a disquieting portrait of lives that are united in the single moment it takes for a child to disappear. The play follows several connected characters through their struggles with Daisy Schults’s disappearance: the two policemen investigating the disappearance; Daisy’s mother Anne; and Marie Louise, a woman who believes she glimpsed Daisy after she had been separated from her mother. Robert is new to the police force, and his enthusiasm for the case is keener than that of his cynical colleague Gary. Mary Louise begins a strange friendship with a woman who knows Gary from the café where she works. Anne’s life has stopped: she wants to know when ‘missing’ becomes ‘presumed dead’.

Artistic Director of Barn Theatre and Director of One Minute, Iwan Lewis said: “I’m delighted to direct One Minute. We follow these stories in the media, we get totally wrapped up in the story, they become part of our lives and then suddenly you hear nothing more. Some people have to live the rest of their lives with these tragedies. I’m interested to explore how the world has changed since the play was written in 2002, with the huge influence that digital media now has on our lives, and how that might translate in terms of the characters’ experience. Simon is one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights and it’s incredible to be bringing this quality of work to the Barn Theatre.”

Cast Announcement for Simon Stephens’ One Minute at Barn Theatre

Simon Stephens
Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens © Alex Rumford

Following the huge success of The Secret Garden musical, The Barn Theatre has announced its second production: One Minute by the Olivier and Tony award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens. The play, which follows the stories of five characters who become united after the disappearance of a child, marks 29 year old Artistic Director, Iwan Lewis’s directorial debut.

Running from 19th May – 16th June 2018 the cast includes star of Bad Education, Sherlock and Misfits, Jack Bence; Rebecca Crankshaw, Sarah Hanly; Gary Summers and Sophie May Wake. One Minute is directed by Iwan Lewis and produced by The Barn Theatre; movement direction is by Naomi Said with an original soundtrack by Harry Smith.

One Minute is a disquieting portrait of lives that are united in the single moment it takes for a child to disappear. The play follows several connected characters through their struggles with Daisy Schults’s disappearance: the two policemen investigating the disappearance; Daisy’s mother Anne; and Marie Louise, a woman who believes she glimpsed Daisy after she had been separated from her mother. Robert is new to the police force, and his enthusiasm for the case is keener than that of his cynical colleague Gary. Mary Louise begins a strange friendship with a woman who knows Gary from the café where she works. Anne’s life has stopped: she wants to know when ‘missing’ becomes ‘presumed dead’.

Artistic Director of Barn Theatre and Director of One Minute, Iwan Lewis said: “I’m delighted to direct One Minute. We follow these stories in the media, we get totally wrapped up in the story, they become part of our lives and then suddenly you hear nothing more. Some people have to live the rest of their lives with these tragedies. I’m interested to explore how the world has changed since the play was written in 2002, with the huge influence that digital media now has on our lives, and how that might translate in terms of the characters’ experience. Simon is one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights and it’s incredible to be bringing this quality of work to the Barn Theatre.”

Simon Stephens is an Olivier award-winning playwright. His adaption of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Olivier and Tony Awards for best new play (National Theatre), 2012. Early work at the Royal Court includes Bluebird (1998); Herons (2001) and Country Music (2004). His plays Motortown and Harper Regan were staged at The National Theatre in 2006 and 2008 respectively. His play, Punk Rock won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production in 2009 and in 2013, his new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered at the Young Vic, subsequently transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre.

More recent writing includes 2015’s Song from far Away, directed by award-winning Belgian director Ivo van Hove which received its UK premiere at the Young Vic. His version of Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera opened at the National in May 2016. In 2017, Nuclear War opened at the Royal Court, Obsession at the Barbican, Fatherland at the Royal Exchange Manchester, and his adaptation of The Seagull at Lyric Hammersmith. Simon also writes for radio and film and is Artistic Associate at the Lyric Theatre and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court.  Other awards include the 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play for Port and the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World. Simon won the Theater Heute’s Award for Motortown in 2007, Pornography in 2008 and Wastwater in 2011.

 Jack Bence is from East London and is best known or playing Grayson in the last three series of BBC 3’s Bad Education. His numerous additional television credits include Raz in Sherlock; Darren in Misfits;  Freddy in Midsomer Murders – Death in the Slow Lane and Tony in Armstrong and Miller. He has also featured in Peep Show, Primeaval, Waking the Dead and Ahead of the Class. Theatre credits include: Rough Cuts for The Royal Court and Swimming for Soho Theatre. Film credits include: Hereafter (Warner Brothers) and Blitz (Lionsgate).

Garry Summers trained at the Royal School of Speech and Drama. His theatre credits include: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Park Theatre); Milan Kane in The Superhero (Lyric Hammersmith); Ben in Passing; (Pint Sized Theatre); Bram Stoker in The Knight from Nowhere; (Park Theatre); Christian in The Bells (Park Theatre). Film credits include: Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox); The Laura Marlin Mysteries – Dead Man’s Cove (Mrs E Film Partners); Armchair Detectives (Tiger Aspect); The End of the F**king World (Clerkenwell Films/E4/Netflix); Emmerdale (ITV): Outlander (Sony/Starz); The Royals (Privileged Productions / E!); River City (BBC Scotland) and Casualty (BBC).

Rebecca Crankshaw trained with The Actors’ Company at London Centre for Theatre Studies, and studied Meisner technique with The Impulse Company under Scott Williams. She made her debut at The New Players and has appeared regularly on the London fringe. Most recently, Rebecca performed in Christopher Green’s Prurience at the Southbank Centre, an OFFIES Finalist production 2018. She has also played Hieronimo in The Spanish Tragedy at The Old Red Lion, performed in Outbox Theatre’s multi-starred show, Affection, and appeared in Sarah Kosar’s debut play Hot Dog. She was the supporting lead in the award-winning short Barren (Barcelona Short Film Festival) and has appeared in the BBC drama Doctors. Rebecca is also a voice artist, and has an ongoing role as Zeera Voss in Big Finish’s iconic Blake’s 7 series. She has recorded numerous audiobooks for Amazon Audible and has recently re-voiced a main character in a Disney production at Pinewood. She is looking forward to returning to Pinewood to make her video game debut later this year, as well as to the UK tour of Prurience in the Autumn.

Sarah Hanly trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Performers College. Theatre credits include starring in her own, self-penned one woman show, Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks (Southwark Playhouse/Leicester Square Theatre/Above the Arts Theatre/Theatre N16 (Maiden Speech Festival)); Greek Dancer in the BBC’s – Charlie Gillett Stage (WOMAD Festival). Film credits include: Lil Ryan in The Hole in the Ground (Savage Productions). Short Film credits include: Miss Shawcroft in There, They’re, Their (Channel 4 Random Acts); Surreal Woman in Rebirth (Channel 4 Random Acts and Calpurnia in Dogs of War.

Sophie May Wake trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include: U/S Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls (Playhouse Theatre); Young Phyllis in Follies (Toulon Opera House); The Fox in The Little Prince (Lamplighter Productions/Lyric Theatre Belfast); Rudolfi/Nurse in Black Snow (Moscow Arts Theatre). Television credits include: Eve Unwin in Doctors (BBC1) and Mabel in Mr Selfridge ITV). Film credits include: Precious Little Things (Nightpiece Film); Neon (Joker’s Pack Production) and White Paint (Albi Films).

Iwan Lewis is the Artistic Director of the Barn Theatre, having co-conceived the project and seen through to its completion. It’s a deep passion for storytelling passion that drives his ambition for The Barn Theatre to become a respected professional regional producing house. Brought up in Llandeilo in West Wales, Iwan has made Cirencester his home and is committed to sharing innovative theatre in the South West, and is one of a new breed of directors reaching the next generation of theatre-lovers. Since training at The Guildford School of Acting, he has played a number of lead roles: Emmett in Legally Blonde in the national UK tour; Lemar in Godspell at the Union Theatre; Private Augenti in the award-winning Passion at The Donmar Warehouse, London; Bahorel in the academy award-winning Les Miserables feature film directed by Tom Hooper; and The Oarsman in Therese Raquin at The Park Theatre, London.

 Harry Smith has been writing and producing music for the last decade. He initially gained a following producing electronic dance music, most recently his drum & bass project Demigroove, before venturing into music and sound for film. His 2017 feature film debut, Hakkunde, has won multiple awards from film festivals around the globe and was recently selected to be screened at the 15th Cannes Pan African Film Festival. He has since gone on to score several short films in collaboration with production company VHS and digital magazine INTO, before joining the Barn Theatre as composer and sound designer for their production of One Minute.

Naomi Said’s Movement & Choreography includes: Beginning (NT & West End), Quiz (Chichester & West End), Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios & Irish Rep, NYC), Myth (RSC), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Warehouse), Forty Years On (Chichester), To Kill A Mockingbird (Regent’s Park), Kevin Spacey Gala (Old Vic), Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse), Watership Down (Watermill) and Wasted (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Tickets: £14 – £28

Box Office: barntheatre.org.uk / 01285 648255

Previews: 19th & 21st May (7:30pm)

Running time: 2 hours 15 mins (inc. interval)

Opening week performances: 23rd May 6:30pm (press night)

 

Standard week performances: Monday 7:30pm Tuesday 7:30pm Wednesday 7:30pm Thursday 2:30pm & 7:30pm Friday 7:30pm Saturday 2:30pm & 7:30pm

 

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The Royal Court Theatre releases Series 2 of The Playwright’s Podcast

Alice Birch & Simon Stephens
Alice Birch & Simon Stephens

Alice Birch & Simon Stephens

Today the Royal Court Theatre releases the first episode in Series 2 of the Playwright’s Podcast, S2: E1 Simon Stephens talks to Alice Birch.

Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens talks to some of the world’s leading playwrights about their lives and their work, their approaches and their careers, and their relationships with the Royal Court. A new episode will be released every Friday for the next 15 weeks. The podcast can be listened to at www.royalcourttheatre.com/podcasts and is also available to subscribe and download via iTunes here

In Series 2 Simon talks to playwrights Bola Agbaje, Mike Bartlett, Alice Birch, Alecky Blythe, Howard Brenton, Leo Butler, Anupama Chandrasekhar, Emma Crowe, Nat Martello-White, Abi Morgan,  Nick Payne, Penny Skinner, Chris Thorpe, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Roy Williams.

Commenting on the podcast series Simon Stephens said;

The response to the first series of Royal Court Playwright’s Playwright Podcasts took me completely by surprise. The enthusiasm they engendered was so energising that we decided, fundamentally, to do the exact same thing again. 15 times. Over the course of the past four months I have sat in the sound studio at the Royal Court and talked to playwrights about how they write, how they live, what they do with their days, what they read, what they watch, what they think and why they do, read, watch or think it. And when the first time was that they ever went to the theatre. Not all of them said “it was probably the panto.”  I hope people find these conversations with these remarkable people as inspiring as I did. We’ve also added a new bit. At the end of each one. I hope you like our new bit too.”

To listen to S2: E1 Simon Stephens talks to Alice Birch see here

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Music by Nils Frahm to soundtrack Marianne Elliott’s new production of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Recordings by acclaimed composer, producer and pianist, Nils Frahm will form the soundtrack for Elliott & Harper Productions’ first West End show, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle which begins rehearsals this week.  Directed by the Olivier and Tony award-winning Marianne Elliott and written by Olivier and Tony award-winning writer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens, it runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London from 3 October 2017 to 6 January 2018, with a press night on Monday 9 October 2017.

Nils Frahm is one of the most talked-about musicians of his generation, blending classical composition with elements of electronica.  Frahm’s albums include: Felt (2011) Screws (2012) and Spaces (2013).  His first film score release, Music for the Motion Picture Victoria, won the German Film prize for Best Soundtrack.  In 2015 he launched Piano Day, an official holiday celebrating the piano via various concerts and piano-related projects around the world.  Frahm presented a memorable performance at the Royal Albert Hall curated by BBC 6 Music radio presenter Mary Anne Hobbs, and curated a Weekend Festival at London’s Barbican Centre last year.  After spending much of 2017 in his Berlin studio, 2018 sees Frahm embark on his first live tour since 2015. The 2018 All Melody world tour includes UK concerts at the Barbican Centre, Bristol, Glasgow and Gateshead.

Director Marianne Elliott said: ‘Simon Stephens’ play, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is full of beauty, wonder and surprise. I can’t think of a composer whose music better combines these elements than Nils Frahm. I have been an admirer of Nils for a long time and I am thrilled to have his glorious music as the soundtrack for my production.’

Julie Blake, General Manager of Erased Tapes added:  ‘It’s an incredible honour to be involved with this production, and Nils Frahm’s music perfectly underscores the emotional themes within the script. Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle  is tender, deep and wonderfully honest in its exploration of how we all connect.’

Tony and Olivier-Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is a surprising and life-affirming new play inspired by one of  the most famous ideas in quantum physics, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and stars Anne-Marie Duff as Georgie and Kenneth Cranham as Alex.

In this uncertain world, who can predict what brings people together?  When two strangers meet by chance amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, their lives are changed forever. 

 The creative team for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle also includes many of the team Elliott worked with on her record- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time including designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Paule Constable, movement director Steven Hoggett and sound designer Ian Dickinson.

Marianne Elliott, artistic director of Elliott & Harper Productions, was an associate director of the National Theatre for 10 years and directed its current sell-out production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. The first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director, Marianne’s ground- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway.  Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.

 Anne-Marie Duff played the title role in Marianne’s production of Saint Joan for the NT, a role which earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in 2007, and more recently in the highly-acclaimed NT/Royal Exchange Theatre production of Husbands and Sons, also directed by Elliott.  Anne-Marie Duff’s many screen roles include Fiona Gallagher in Shameless for Channel 4 and Queen Elizabeth in the BBC’s The Virgin QueenKenneth Cranham, who has been a star of stage and screen for over 50 years gave what many consider the performance of his career so far in The Father last year; a role which earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor. His many TV and film credits include: Shine on Harvey Moon, Layer Cake, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Maleficent and he has just completed filming ITV’s dramatization of the £25m Hatton Garden safety deposit raid.  His latest film: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool with Jamie Bell, and Annette Bening will be released in October 2017.

Simon Stephens’ other plays include Port and Harper Regan (both directed by Marianne Elliott), Punk Rock and new English language versions of Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht and von Horvath. His version of Ibsen’s The Doll’s House transferred to the West End in 2013 and played at the Brooklyn Academy in 2014. His most recent plays include Fatherland for the Manchester International Festival and a new adaptation of The Seagull for the Lyric Hammersmith. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre.

The producers for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre are: Elliott & Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner, Bruno Wang.

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is one of the most famous ideas in physics. It was first articulated in 1927 by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg. It states that it is impossible to know simultaneously the exact position and momentum of a particle. The more exactly the position is determined, the less known the momentum, and vice-versa.

Elliott & Harper Productions is a new partnership between director Marianne Elliott and producer, Chris Harper.  Other EHP productions include a co-production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Catherine Schreiber Productions and West Yorkshire Playhouse opening in Leeds at the Quarry Theatre, WHP on 29 November 2017.

 

Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT announcing Fatherland dates

Fatherland-3 - Photographer Manuel Harlan

Fatherland-3 - Photographer Manuel Harlan

Fatherland Photographer Manuel Harlan


Today booking opens at the Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT for Fatherland, which opens at the Lyric in May 2018 as part of the Lyric’s Spring/Summer 2018 season and LIFT 2018. This bold new production, by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, focusing on contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions, premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival.

This intensely physical production is performed by a 13-strong cast who will be joined by the Chorus of Others, a cacophony of voices, specially formed as part of Fatherland, for the production at the Lyric. Fatherland features exclusive songs and music written by Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert.

Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the three co-creators’ hometowns across England, Corby, Kidderminster and Stockport, Fatherland explores identity, nationality and masculinity. In a vivid and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future, Fatherland is a show about what we were, who we are and what we try to be.

Commissioned and produced by Lyric Hammersmith, LIFT, Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly and the Royal Exchange Theatre. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Creative Team
Co-Author & Director                    Scott Graham
Co-Author & Composer                 Karl Hyde
Co-Author & Writer                        Simon Stephens
Designer                                            Jon Bausor
Lighting Designer                          Jon Clark
Co-Composer & Music Producer Matthew Herbert
Sound Designer                              Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound
Choreographer                               Eddie Kay
Dramaturg                                       Nick Sidi
Casting Director                             Anne McNulty CDG