Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear and Simon Russell Beale all line up for 2012 National Theatre season

Natalie Woolman
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Stage adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo and Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time are to form part of the National Theatre’s 2012 season.

Richard Bean, who wrote One Man, Two Guvnors for the National last year, is to adapt Alexandre Dumas’ novel for the Olivier Theatre. The show will be directed by Timothy Sheader, the artistic director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, who will be making his directorial debut at the NT. The production is to open in November and will fill the family Christmas show slot, which has previously included shows such as Coram Boy and War Horse.

Meanwhile, playwright Simon Stephens has adapted The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time to play the Cottesloe Theatre in July. Marianne Elliott will direct a cast including Una Stubbs, Luke Treadaway and Nicola Walker.

This play will run at the National during the London 2012 Olympics. Other productions programmed during this period include The Last of the Haussmans written by actor Stephen Beresford and The Doctor’s Dilemma by George Bernard Shaw, both in the Lyttelton, and Nicholas Hytner’s previously-announced production of Timon of Athens starring Simon Russell Beale in the title role in the Olivier.

The Last of the Haussmans, a new play, will star Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory and will be directed by Howard Davies. It opens in June.

During the Olympics, the NT will also stage National Theatre Inside Out – a festival in which “activities normally conducted inside the theatre will spill out onto the terraces and squares” alongside the annual Watch This Space programme of outdoor performance. This season of free activities will run from June 2 to September 9 and more details will be announced later this spring.

In the autumn, a new piece by Enron writer Lucy Prebble and directed by Headlong’s Rupert Goold will play the Cottesloe in November after a new play by James Graham directed by Jeremy Herrin and, as revealed last week, Alan Bennett’s new play People is to premiere in the Lyttelton, directed by Hytner.

The Travelex £12 ticket season in the Olivier will include Timon of Athens, a production of Antigone directed by Polly Findlay using a version of the text by Don Taylor, that will run from May 30 and Tirso de Molina’s Damned for Despair in October.

Collaborators and London Road – both successes of the 2011 Cottesloe season – are to be re-staged in the Olivier.

Hytner also revealed plans for 2013 today. These include Antony Sher taking the title role in The Captain of Kopenick by Carl Zuckmayer in a production directed by Adrian Noble and a production of Othello with Adrian Lester in the title role and Rory Kinnear as Iago in late spring 2013.

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