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Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale in TIMON OF ATHENS for the
Travelex £12 Tickets season
Howard Davies directs Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory and Julie Walters in THE
LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS, a new play by Stephen Beresford
Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel, is directed by Marianne Elliott
Bernard Shaw’s THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA opens in the Lyttelton
Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s LONDON ROAD is revived in the Olivier
Repertoire highlights feature in the London 2012 Festival;
NATIONAL THEATRE INSIDE OUT celebrates the Jubilee and Olympic summer
The 2012 CONNECTIONS festival of new plays for young performers comes to
the Cottesloe & Lyttelton
Tickets go on sale for THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE presents encore screenings of Danny Boyle’s
THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS London 2012 Festival, Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 12 June, press night 19 June, continuing in repertoire
THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS, a new play by Stephen Beresford, opens in the
Lyttelton Theatre on 19 June, directed by Howard Davies. The cast includes Rory
Kinnear, Matthew Marsh, Helen McCrory and Julie Walters; the production will be
designed by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Christopher
Shutt and projection design by Jon Driscoll, and is the first of the summer’s repertoire
highlights to feature in the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide
celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading
artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman (Julie
Walters) remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her
dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon Coast. After an operation, she’s joined by
wayward offspring Nick (Rory Kinnear) and Libby (Helen McCrory), sharp-eyed
granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter (Matthew Marsh), and Daniel, a troubled
teenager who makes use of the family’s crumbling swimming pool. Together they
share a few sweltering months as they alternately cling to and flee this louche and
chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and
THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS examines the fate of the revolutionary generation
and offers a funny, touching and at times savage portrait of a family full of longing
that’s losing its grip.
THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS is Stephen Beresford’s first stage play. He has
written a number of original dramas for BBC and Channel 4; he is now writing a
feature film for Working Title and three television projects for Carnival/NBC Universal.
As an actor he has worked extensively with Out of Joint and has appeared at the NT.
Julie Walters returns to the National, where she has previously appeared in All My
Sons (Olivier Award for Best Actress) and Fool for Love. Her extensive screen work
includes seven Harry Potter films, Mamma Mia!, Becoming Jane, Calendar Girls, Billy
Elliot (Evening Standard, BAFTA and Critics’ Circle Awards), Stepping Out, Personal
Services and Educating Rita (BAFTA, Golden Globe and Variety Awards). Her many
television appearances include A Short Stay in Switzerland, Filth: The Mary
Whitehouse Story, Dinnerladies, GBH, Talking Heads, Acorn Antiques and Boys from
the Blackstuff.
Rory Kinnear’s roles for the National include Hamlet (Evening Standard Best Actor
Award), Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of
Mode (Olivier Award and the 2007 Ian Charleson Award). His film and TV work
includes Black Mirror: The National Anthem, Quantum of Solace, Margaret Thatcher
– The Long Walk to Finchley, Mansfield Park, Edwin Drood, Lennon Naked, Cranford
and The Thick of It.
Helen McCrory’s theatre work includes Blood Wedding and The Seagull for the
National Theatre; The Late Middle Classes, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Uncle
Vanya (Donmar Warehouse); and As You Like It (West End). Film and television
work includes Becoming Jane, The Queen, Harry Potter, Street Life (RTS & Monte
Carlo Best Actress Awards), Anna Karenina, The Jury, North Square (Critics’ Circle
Award), The Fragile Heart and Messiah.
Howard Davies is an Associate Director at the NT, where his recent productions
include The Cherry Orchard, The White Guard (Evening Standard Award for Best
Director), Burnt by the Sun, Gethsemane, Her Naked Skin, Never So Good,
Philistines and The Life of Galileo.
THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS is sponsored by Accenture.
Press night: Tuesday 19 June
Contact: Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; [email protected]
World Shakespeare Festival
Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Previews from 10 July, press night 17 July, continuing in repertoire
Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare’s
TIMON OF ATHENS, opening in the Olivier on 17 July as part of the Travelex £12
Tickets season. The cast also includes Martin Chamberlain, Jason Cheater, Stavros
Demetraki, Paul Dodds, Deborah Findlay, Ciaran McMenamin and Nick Sampson.
One of the National’s contributions to the World Shakespeare Festival, which is part
of the London 2012 Festival, the production will be designed by Tim Hatley, with
lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Christopher Shutt.
Shakespeare’s strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin was written
in collaboration with Thomas Middleton. Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful,
patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens showers gifts and hospitality on
the city's elite. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty,
reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.
When he calls upon his erstwhile associates, instead of offering help, they hang him
out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional
wasteland, living off roots and pouring ever more surreal curses on a morally
bankrupt Athens.
Simon Russell Beale’s extensive recent theatre work for the National includes
Collaborators, London Assurance, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The
Alchemist and The Life of Galileo; elsewhere, The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry
Orchard (New York and Old Vic); and Bluebird (New York). His films include My
Week with Marilyn and The Deep Blue Sea; television includes Spooks, Falstaff in
the forthcoming BBC film of Henry IV, and presenting the series Sacred Music and
Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed
Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark
Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Stephen Pimlott),
Rafta, Rafta… , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, England People Very Nice,
Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet, Collaborators, Travelling Light
and One Man, Two Guvnors.
2012 marks the tenth anniversary of Travelex Tickets at the National. Almost half the
tickets for Timon of Athens, London Road and three other plays in the Olivier Theatre
are £12 (the rest are £22 and £32). Media partner: The Independent.
Press night: Tuesday 17 July
Contact: Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; [email protected]
Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 17 July, press night 24 July, continuing in repertoire
THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA by Bernard Shaw will open at the Lyttelton Theatre on
24 July. Directed by Nadia Fall, the production will be designed by Peter McKintosh
with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Gregory Clarke; the cast includes Tom
Burke, Aden Gillett, Paul McLeary, Genevieve O’Reilly and Malcolm Sinclair.
Disturbingly funny and psychologically incisive, THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA takes on
with an irreverent glee the dubious ethics of the men who play God.
Harley Street doctor Sir Colenso Ridgeon’s revolutionary tuberculosis treatment
remains experimental and his resources restricted to ten selected patients. The
arrival of the striking and persuasive Jennifer Dubedat, desperate to save the life of
her brilliant artist husband, nevertheless prompts Ridgeon to invite the young couple
to a dinner where he and his colleagues may assess the merits of the case.
Beguiled by the charismatic Dubedat and his lovely wife, they concur that his is a life
worth saving, even at the expense of another. Yet no sooner are the medics
congratulating themselves on their decision, than they are confronted by Dubedat’s
questionable morality. Meanwhile, their impoverished colleague Blenkinsop, the
most worthy but least exceptional of the lot, reveals himself in dire need of treatment.
Aden Gillett, who plays Ridgeon, has previously appeared at the National in Noises
Off; recent theatre work includes Accolade (Finborough), Benedick in Much Ado
About Nothing (Bath Theatre Royal) and Mary Poppins (West End). His television
credits include Silk, The House of Elliot, Ivanhoe and The Queen's Sister.
Genevieve O’Reilly (Jennifer Dubedat) has appeared at the NT in 13 and Emperor
and Galilean. In the West End she played Isabelle in Birdsong; her film appearances
include Star Wars Episode III, The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded.
Nadia Fall’s previous work for the National includes Collaborators (associate director
for the Olivier Theatre transfer) and The Habit of Art (associate director for the UK
tour). She is artistic director of Naach Theatre Company: productions include Wild
Turkey (site specific), Shabnam (Lyric Hammersmith), The Maids (Lyric
Hammersmith, Mac Birmingham), Miss Julie (Warehouse Theatre, The Bull), and
The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Oval House).
Press night: Tuesday 24 July
Contact: Martin Shippen on 020 7452 3231; [email protected]
Suitable for 13 years +
London 2012 Festival, Cottesloe Theatre
Previews from 24 July, press night 2 August, continuing in repertoire
by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, will open in the Cottesloe Theatre on
2 August, directed by Marianne Elliott. The production is the third of this summer’s
productions to feature in the London 2012 Festival. The cast includes Matthew
Barker, Niamh Cusack, Maggie Service, Nick Sidi, Una Stubbs, Luke Treadaway,
Nicola Walker and Howard Ward. It will be designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting
by Paule Constable, movement by Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic
Assembly, sound by Ian Dickinson and fights by Kate Waters.
Simon Stephens’ adaptation of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE
NIGHT-TIME offers a richly theatrical exploration of the touching and bleakly
humorous, award-winning novel by Mark Haddon.
Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It 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 murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, 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 he distrusts strangers. But his detective
work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his
Simon Stephens’ previous plays for the National are Harper Regan and On the Shore
of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award
for Best New Play); Port, originally produced at the Royal Exchange in 2002, will
receive its London premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2013, again directed by
Marianne Elliott. His many other plays include Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk
Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas and Herons; A Thousand
Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge); and an
adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind.
Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director at the National, where her productions
include 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); and the award-winning
War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris).
Neptune Investment Management, the National Theatre’s Cottesloe partner.
Press night: Thursday 2 August
Contact: Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232; [email protected]
Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Performances from 28 July, playing in repertoire until 6 September
Following a sell-out run in the Cottesloe last year, Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s
highly acclaimed music-theatre piece LONDON ROAD returns, this time to the Olivier
Theatre as part of the Travelex £12 Tickets season. Winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle
Award for Best New Musical, Rufus Norris’s production will play for a limited run in
repertoire from 28 July until 6 September. Original cast members returning include
Clare Burt, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer,
Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley and Duncan Wisbey. The production will be designed
by Katrina Lindsay, with lighting by James Farncombe, movement by Javier de
Frutos, sound by Paul Arditti; the original lighting design was by Bruno Poet.
LONDON ROAD documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich
was shattered by the dscovery of the bodies of five women. Adam Cork’s music
uses the melodic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe’s recorded interviews
with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work which reveals the ways in
which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual
Half the tickets for LONDON ROAD are Travelex £12 tickets; the rest are £22 and
Contact: Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232; [email protected]
Olivier Theatre
Previews from 17 November, press night 27 November, continuing in repertoire
Suitable for 10yrs+; half price tickets for under 18yrs.
Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, adapted by
Richard Bean, comes to the National Theatre in a theatrical adventure for family
audiences. Opening on 27 November, it will be directed by Timothy Sheader, Artistic
Director of Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre, making his NT debut, and designed by
Katrina Lindsay.
Edmond Dantes – illiterate young sailor of Marseilles – is drawn into conspiring with
the exiled Napoleon and imprisoned for ten years. Incarcerated in a desolate gaol
with no-one but a mad monk for company, Dantes begins an unconventional
education. As his enemies become more powerful, all hope of justice and of a
reunion with his sweetheart appears to be gone. Still, Dantes clings to hope.
Eventually, his chance comes: he escapes his prison, adopts a disguise and the
Count of Monte Cristo is born.
Suitable for age 10 and above, with under 18s half price on top three ticket prices.
Press night: Tuesday 27 November
Contact: Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232 or [email protected]
Between 1 June and 9 September, the National will stage NATIONAL THEATRE
INSIDE OUT, offering a packed festival programme as the theatre bursts out onto its
riverside terraces and squares. Support for National Theatre Inside Out is one
element of a multi-year partnership between American Express and the NT.
The Pop-up Workshop on the terrace balcony will offer a range of free
performances and activities for all ages. Visitors will be able to try their hand at
puppetry and prop-making and learn about stage combat, costume design, or the art
of slapstick and commedia. There will be plays performed by young people, storytelling for the very young and a chance to see the winning play from the NT’s New
Views playwriting competition. Cesario, a new play by Bryony Lavery for ages 7+
commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival, will be performed from 22 – 25
August with a cast of young people from London schools directed by Anthony Banks.
The annual Watch This Space Festival will showcase the best of national and
international outdoor performance, with a range of work from world-renowned
companies. Highlights include the London premiere of Barricade by NoFit State
Circus, a maelstrom of high-skill aerial and acrobatics, France’s Cie Bilbobasso, who
return to Theatre Square with Polar, a stunning tango danced in flames and
The Ark-ive, created by the National Theatre and WildWorks.
In a first for the National, two of its Studio affiliate companies, Made In China and
non zero one, have been commissioned to create site-specific work to be performed
on the National Theatre’s balcony and terrace spaces. Made In China’s Get Stuff
Break Free from 25 June – 4 July is a funny and moving parable of consumerism,
disconnection and the flickering hope of overcoming them. From 6 - 14 July non zero
one’s you’ll see [me sailing in antarctica] invites audiences to meet around a table, to
explore the way we look and the way we see.
A specially designed riverfront cafe bar, The Propstore, will evoke the National’s
backstage world. Fully licensed and open seven days a week from 12 noon, it will
offer late night music on Fridays and Saturdays until 2am.
There will be Inside Out activity in the theatre’s foyers too. From 9 – 26 June, Me and
My Shadow sees an interactive pod, linking four European cities, transporting people
live to a shared digital space with life-size projections and dynamic sound. Two
exhibitions, The Making of War Horse (18 June – 9 September) and The Making of
Timon, in association with the British Museum (17 July – 9 September), will follow
these two productions on their journey from the National Theatre’s Studio, workshops
and rehearsal rooms – the hidden spaces that make the National unique.
Some of National Theatre Inside Out’s highlights will be part of the London 2012
Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration, bringing together leading
artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
Contact: Fiona Walsh on 020 7452 3061; [email protected];
Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231; [email protected];
Philippa Crossman on 020 7452 3236; [email protected]
20 – 25 June, Lyttelton and Cottesloe Theatres
CONNECTIONS is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for young
performers. Over the past months, ten newly commissioned plays, telling stories from
across the world, have been performed across the UK by 180 youth theatres. Now
ten companies have been selected to bring their productions to the NT, with
performances from 20 – 25 June. This year’s themes range from the plight of
teenage soldiers caught in the military machine, to a British Punjabi wedding; and
from a fresh new rock-musical take on Alice in Wonderland from the creators of
Spring Awakening, to an imagined prequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The 2012 plays are ALICE BY HEART by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik,
GENERATION NEXT by Meera Syal, THE GRANDFATHERS by Rory Mullarkey,
JOURNEY TO X by Nancy Harris, LITTLE FOOT by Craig Higginson, THE RITUAL
by Samir Yazbek, PRINCE OF DENMARK by Michael Lesslie, SO YOU THINK YOU
ARE A SUPERHERO? by Paven Virk, SOCIALISM IS GREAT by Anders Lustgarten
All ten plays will be published in an anthology by Methuen, which will be widely
available in bookshops across the UK including the NT Bookshop. National Theatre
Connections is supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Accenture.
Contact: Martin Shippen on 020 7452 3233; [email protected]
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS on tour to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and
Following two record-breaking runs at the National and the Adelphi Theatre, and now
playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Richard Bean’s ONE MAN, TWO
GUVNORS – winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best
New Play – will embark on a second UK tour this autumn. Nicholas Hytner’s
production will visit: Leicester Curve (25 October – 3 November); Newcastle
Theatre Royal (6 – 10 November); Glasgow Theatre Royal (13 – 17 November);
Belfast Grand Opera (20 – 24 November); Blackpool Grand (27 November – 1
December); Norwich Theatre Royal (4 – 8 December); Leeds Grand (11 – 15
December); Venue Cymru, Llandudno (2 – 5 January 2013); The Lowry, Salford (8
– 19 January); Wales Millennium, Cardiff (22 – 26 January); and Nottingham
Theatre Royal (29 January – 2 February), followed by an international tour. One
Man, Two Guvnors opens at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on 18 April.
Contact: Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231; [email protected]
Owing to popular demand, Danny Boyle’s award-winning production
FRANKENSTEIN returns to cinemas from June. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny
Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in Nick Dear’s
new play, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, in a special two-part presentation.
Since its launch in 2009, over 700,000 people worldwide have seen a National
Theatre Live broadcast. Later this autumn will be broadcasts of The Last of the
Haussmans (11 October) and Timon of Athens (1 November).
National Theatre Live is supported by Aviva. For venue information and booking
details, please visit
Contact: Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234; [email protected]
The full cast for Lisa D’Amour’s play DETROIT, which receives its London premiere
in the Cottesloe on 15 May directed by Austin Pendleton (who directed the original
production at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company), is: Will Adamsdale, Clare
Dunne, Stuart McQuarrie, Justine Mitchell and Christian Rodska.
Christopher Eccleston (as Creon) and Jodie Whittaker (in the title role) lead the cast
of Polly Findlay’s production of ANTIGONE by Sophocles, in a version by Don
Taylor, opening in the Olivier on 30 May as part of the Travelex £12 season. The
cast also includes Zoe Aldrich, Jamie Ballard, Jason Cheater, Stavros Demetraki, Jo
Dockery, Paul Dodds, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Luke Newberry, Luke Norris and
Annabel Scholey.
6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 unless stated; BS = Platform followed by booksigning
Enda Walsh on Misterman
Thu 19 April, Lyttelton
Enda Walsh discusses his play, fresh from its New York run.
Travelling Light: The Film Pioneers
Wed 25 April, Lyttelton
Film historian Christopher Frayling looks at real-life early Hollywood film-makers,
including the Eastern European influx, as depicted in the new play, Travelling Light.
The Astaires: Fred and Adele with Ava Astaire & Matthew Bourne
Fri 4 May, Lyttelton BS
The Astaire siblings transformed musical theatre on both sides of the Atlantic at the
peak of the Jazz Age. Theatre historian Kathleen Riley, author of a new book on the
Astaires, celebrates their partnership and its legacy with Fred’s daughter, Ava Astaire
McKenzie and choreographer Matthew Bourne.
Lisa D’Amour and Austin Pendleton on Detroit Wed 16 May, Cottesloe
The playwright and director talk about the production.
Esther Freud
Mon 21 May, Cottesloe BS
Esther Freud’s new novel, Lucky Break, follows a group of young actors from drama
school into the ruthless world of auditions, agents, touring and red-carpet premieres.
Trinidadian Writing
Tue 29 May, Cottesloe
Readings, poetry, prose and song from members of the cast of Moon on a Rainbow
Shawl, including Burt Caesar, Jenny Jules and Martina Laird, celebrate the island’s
rich cultural heritage.
Polly Findlay on Antigone
Fri 1 June, Olivier
The director discusses her new production of Sophocles’ play.
Orlando Figes
Thu 7 June, Olivier BS
In Just Send Me Word, the historian recounts the true love story of two young
Muscovites, whose smuggled letters to one another form a detailed and agonizing
account of life in Stalin’s Soviet Union.
Janet Suzman
Fri 8 June, Cottesloe BS
In her new book, Women in Theatre, the actress looks at some of her iconic roles –
Phaedra, Cleopatra, Hedda – and questions their impact on today’s audience.
Connections Writers’ Forum
Mon 25 June, The Pop-up Workshop BS
To celebrate this year’s Connections plays, the writers reflect on how they created
their new dramas for young people.
Peter Bowles
Fri 29 June, Cottesloe BS
The actor, whose work includes To the Manor Born and The Rivals, invites us
backstage to witness the job of acting as it really is in his new book, Behind the
Marianne Elliott on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Thu 16 Aug, Cottesloe
The director talks about this new production.
London Road: The Journey
Mon 20 Aug, Olivier
Writer Alecky Blythe, composer Adam Cork, director Rufus Norris and members of
the cast reflect on the journey made by this groundbreaking piece of work.
Stephen Beresford on The Last of the Haussmans
The playwright discusses his play.
Tue 21 Aug, Lyttelton
Mark Haddon
Tue 4 Sept, Cottesloe BS
The dramatist, artist and author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
and The Red House presents a one-man talk, Swimming and Flying.
Nadia Fall on The Doctor’s Dilemma
Tue 11 Sept, Lyttelton
The director discusses her production of Shaw’s play.
In Conversation with…
3pm (1hr), £5/£4
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter
about their current role and career, and answering your questions.
This summer’s In Conversation series will have live speech-to-text transcription
provided by STAGETEXT, so that deaf and hard of hearing visitors can follow the
Julie Walters Fri 29 June, Lyttelton
Rory Kinnear & Helen McCrory Thu 5 July, Lyttelton
Christopher Eccleston Thu 19 July, Olivier
Simon Russell Beale Thu 23 Aug, Olivier
Contact: Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231; [email protected]
16 April – 4 June
From the riotous colour and noise of Rio to the more cerebral rhythms of Hay,
festivals offer an escape route from the everyday to the urgent and boisterous
celebration of harvests, music, books, tomatoes, and bog snorkelling. As we
approach a summer of unprecedented festivity, images from the Corbis archive take
us into the pop-up worlds of the vibrant, the sacred and the very, very odd.
In association with Corbis, the National Theatre’s Photographic Images Partner.
New Work by Hilary Rosen
30 April – 9 June
Vibrant oil paintings depict the city at night illuminated by cars and the light spill from
bars and clubs. The flora and fauna around Melbourne are captured in softer
watercolour. Figures, alone and together, interrelate in starker monotone prints and
See also The Making of Timon and The Making of War Horse on page 8 above.
Contact: Laura Horton on 020 7452 3231; [email protected]
Discover more at the National Theatre
For Secondary Schools & Colleges
Explore theatre-making skills, crafts and careers, with events that help students
bridge the gap between school and professional practice.
Offstage Choices
An inspirational day for students to meet NT staff and find out how they create
theatre, before trying their hand at different backstage skills. 23 April, KS3/4.
Exploring Black British Plays
Moon on a Rainbow Shawl director Michael Buffong, contemporary writers and
academics discuss the breadth of black playwriting in the UK, illustrated with
readings of excerpts from different plays. 30 April, 2-4.30pm, Post-16/
Student workshops
Active sessions, giving students an insight into acting, directing, design and
producing at the NT. Dates on request, KS3+
Pre-show Q&A
Meet a member of the creative team and find out how director, designer and actors
have realised the play. 30 minutes, pre-show, daes on request, KS3+
More events and information at
NT Inside Out – in the Pop-up Workshop
Discover the secrets of theatre-making at the NT. Create your own day, choosing
from a range of technical and artistic workshops to give students the chance to
experience what working at the National Theatre is really like. Selected dates,
11 June – 20 July, Post-16.
For Teachers
Explore different aspects of teaching drama, making theatre in school, and personal
impact in the classroom.
Voice and the young actor Help students understand and use their voices better,
16 June.
Shakespeare on Stage Masterclasses with NT practitioners on directing
Shakespeare with students, 9 July
Teacher Previews Book tickets at £5 for all productions at selected previews.
Theatreworks inspires confident and creative communications, drawing on the
techniques used by actors and directors in the rehearsal room.
Open Courses
Personal Impact 16 May, 13 June, 4 September
Influence and Rapport 14 June
Advanced Personal Impact 26 Septembr
020 7452 3770/3693
Digital Classroom
Learn more about the art of making theatre online. Free, beautifully designed, easyto-use resources to enhance any learning experience. classroom
29 March 2012
Public Information:
Public phone/online booking for new productions in the April – September season
opens on 18 April, except booking for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime which opens on 4 May.
Book tickets online at
Box Office: 020 7452 3000, open 9.30am – 8pm Fax: 020 7452 3030
Information: 020 7452 3400
World Shakespeare Festival
The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by
the Royal Shakespeare Company in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international
arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by
Shakespeare's Globe.
About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern
Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK
a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among
young people.
The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week
nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the
UK, from 21 June until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012. The London 2012
Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture including
dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for
people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy
Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad
and the London 2012 Festival.
For more details on the programme and to sign up for information visit
Travelex £12 Tickets
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‘TIMON OF ATHENS, a Travelex £12 Ticket show’
Media partner of Travelex £12 Tickets: The Independent
The National Theatre is working in partnership with American Express
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is sponsored by Aviva
The National Theatre is a J.P.Morgan Signature Series partner
National Theatre Connections is supported by Accenture and Bank of America
Merrill Lynch
Innovation at the National Theatre is sponsored by Accenture
The National Theatre’s Cottesloe Partner is Neptune Investment Management
Philips and the National Theatre are working in partnership to reduce energy
Education at the National Theatre is supported by Goldman Sachs
The National Theatre’s airline partner is American Airlines
The National Theatre’s photographic images partner is Corbis
The National Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of US partner
Bob Boyett.
The National Theatre is supported by Arts Council England.
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18 January
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Cottesloe Theatre
14 March
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Cottesloe Theatre
13 April
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Lyttelton Theatre
Olivier Theatre
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15 May
30 May
19 June
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Olivier Theatre
Lyttelton Theatre
17 July
24 July
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Martin Shippen
Olivier Theatre
Cottesloe Theatre
From 28 July
2 August
Lucinda Morrison
Lucinda Morrison
Olivier Theatre
27 November
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From 2 June
Fiona Walsh
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Premier PR
Theatre Royal
From 2 March
On tour
New London Theatre
From October
Lincoln Center
Theatre, New York
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Janine Shalom,
Philip Rinaldi
Laura Horton
Duchess Theatre
From 5 October
Arabella NevilleRolfe, Target Live
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Fiona Walsh, Communications Manager: [email protected] 020 7452 3235
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