Anne-Marie Duff and Charles Edwards to star in Strange Interlude as part of National Theatre’s 2013 programme
Simon Godwin will direct Anne-Marie Duff and Charles Edwards in Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude as part of the National Theatre’s programme for its 50th anniversary year.
The show will open in June in the Lyttelton Theatre and will mark Godwin’s directorial debut at the venue.
Announcing the plans for his forthcoming season, artistic director Nicholas Hytner revealed that the previously delayed Tori Amos musical, called The Light Princess and directed by Marianne Elliot, now has a date set for October of this year in the Lyttelton.
Also confirmed is King Lear, starring Simon Russell Beale and directed by Sam Mendes, which will open in January 2014 in the Olivier Theatre.
Rufus Norris will direct James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, which opens in June in the Olivier. It will include Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Sharon D Clarke who will lead the cast.
The already announced production of Othello, which will be directed by Hytner and will star Adrian Lester in the title role, will feature Rory Kinnear as Iago alongside fellow cast members Jonathan Bailey, Lyndsey Marshal and Olivia Vinall.
Hytner also announced that to mark the anniversary of the National Theatre company’s first performance in 1963, there will be a live broadcast of a show in the Olivier Theatre on BBC2 this autumn.
There are also plans for two documentaries on BBC4 and the publication of a book called The National Theatre by Daniel Rosenthal.
Meanwhile, the artistic director revealed that the National’s new performance space The Shed – which opens in April and replaces the Cottelsoe Theatre when it closes for refurbishment next month – has cost £1.8 million to construct. Hytner said this money has not been taken out of the £70 million fundraising target for the venue’s NT Future capital project.
Featuring in this temporary space will be new play Table, written by Tanya Ronder and directed by Rufus Norris, which will open in April. Another new play by Nick Payne and directed by Carrie Cracknell will also feature on the programme in 2014.
Meanwhile, Marianne Elliott, Finn Caldwell and Toby Olie will direct a new show for young people called The Elephantom – which is based on the book by Ross Collins and adapted by Ben Power. The performance will use puppets and will run in December.
Associate director Power said: “The ethos behind The Shed programme is about taking the things we know about the Cottesloe and encouraging risk, and allowing things to run for very different lengths of time and allowing for different performance times.
“It’s all about building a programme that is bespoke for the work that we’re doing and inviting a whole range of artists from this country and around the world that are trying to work in different ways.”
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