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Mike Bartlett’s new play 13 part of National Theatre autumn season

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Mike Bartlett’s new play about an alternate London, 13, will open at the National Theatre this autumn as the venue’s final Travelex £12 ticket production of 2011.

The play, which is set in the autumn 2011, explores ideas of government, protest and personal responsibility in a London that is “both familiar and strange”. Bartlett, who is currently the writer-in-residence at the NT Studio, wrote Earthquakes in London for the National and Headlong last year. The show is to tour England this autumn.

13 will be directed by Thea Sharrock and will run in the Olivier Theatre from October 18, with press night on October 25.

Conor McPherson, whose work includes The Seafarer at the National and on Broadway, will have his new play about Ireland, The Veil, run in the Lyttelton from September 27. Jim Norton, who won Olivier and Tony Awards for his performance in The Seafarer, will star in the production.

Daniel Kitson’s 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later is to be restaged in the Lyttelton this October, designed by Kitson and Susannah Henry.

Jonathan Miller is to direct St Matthew Passion in the Olivier, which previews from September 17. For the nine performances, NT will collaborate with the Southbank Sinfonia. Following this, from October 8 to November 6, an ensemble of actors will read extracts from the King James Bible in the Lyttelton Theatre directed by NT artistic director Nicholas Hytner, James Dacre and Polly Findlay.

Nicholas Hytner’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors will open a new season of NT Live when it is broadcast on September 15 from the National. The show will then tour the UK with the original cast and lead James Corden.

As previously announced, Bijan Sheibani’s production of Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen will run in the Olivier Theatre from August 31 and Mike Leigh’s new, currently untitled play starring Lesley Manville will be performed in the Cottesloe from September 14.

Meanwhile, Rufus Norris has become an associate director of the National. His NT work includes Death and the King’s Horseman and his other credits include Vernon God Little at the Young Vic and Cabaret in the West End.

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