A stage adaptation of vampire film Let the Right One In and a site-specific revival of a classic Scottish play about striking miners are among ten new productions for 2013 revealed by the National Theatre of Scotland.
The commissions are the last from the company’s artistic director, Vicky Featherstone, who is leaving at the end of the year to take up the post of artistic director at the Royal Court.
Featherstone told The Stage she had created a manageable programme by only opening one production a month and relying on the company’s existing repertoire for the majority of its touring.
She added: “It feels like it is a very confident programme, in terms of what work the artists have been talking to us about and what we have been developing. Each one of these pieces is a real event, a standout piece which is really thrilling.”
The headline production of the season sees John Tiffany direct the adaptation of cult Swedish romantic horror film, Let the Right One In, initially at Dundee Rep. The story will be relocated to Scotland.
Tiffany will be joined by Steven Hoggett as associate director. They previously worked together on Black Watch and the Bacchae for the NTS and their Broadway production of Once won eight Tony awards this year.
The season opens in March in Shetland with Ignition, Wils Wilson’s site-specific production about fuel and cars and their impact on island life.
April sees the culmination of the NTS’s collaboration with the National Theatre of China, when between four and six new plays from China will form part of Oran Mor’s spring Play, Pie and a Pint season.
Graham McLaren is directing two productions in the season. In May he will helm the Scottish premier of the Zinnie Harris version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh. In September he will be directing a site-specific production of Joe Corrie’s In Time O’Strife, touring village halls in Fife.
In May, the NTS return to the pairing of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, with an adaptation of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. An adaptation of their Wolves in the Walls formed the NTS’ first production, in 2006. The new production will involve writer/director team of Lu Kemp and Abigail Docherty, who created One Thousand Paper Cranes.
June will see Paul Bright’s Confession of a Justified Sinner, a “radical new interpretation” of the James Hogg classic Scottish novel about religious obsession, in a co-production with Glasgow Tramway, directed by Stewart Laing.
In October the NTS will collaborate with Vox Motus and Beijing Children’s Art Theatre for the world premiere of touring production Dragon.
Additionally the NTS is to create a new project, as yet un-named, written and directed by Anthony Neilson.
2013 will also see continued tours, in the UK and round the world, of the NTS repertoire productions of Dunsinane, Black Watch and Calum’s Road.