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Bill Nighy joins cast of Stuff Happens at the National Theatre

Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy in Skylight at the National Theatre. Photo: John Haynes Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy in Skylight at the National Theatre. Photo: John Haynes
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Bill Nighy is to play the Narrator in a rehearsed reading of David Hare’s Stuff Happens at the National Theatre.

The production takes place for one night only on July 6 to mark the day the Chilcot Inquiry report is published.

It stars Alex Jennings as George W Bush. Jennings played the part in the original production in 2004.

Other original cast members including Adjoa Andoh, Isla Blair and Iain Mitchell return for the rehearsed reading, with performers including Nicholas Woodeson, Anton Lesser and Simon Paisley Day joining the cast.

Hare is directing the production.

He said: “In 2004 Nicholas Hytner said the National Theatre could not call itself by that name if it did not have a play about the invasion of Iraq in that calendar year. He was right. And now, 12 years later, when the inquiry into those events is to be published, it seems appropriate to mark the event by presenting the play which first laid out the diplomatic process leading to the most controversial foreign policy decision of my life time.”


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