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National Theatre play Love to get film adaptation

Alexander Zeldin's Love is being brought to the screen by the BBC, the National Theatre and Cuba Pictures Alexander Zeldin's Love is being brought to the screen by the BBC, the National Theatre and Cuba Pictures
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Alexander Zeldin’s play Love is being made into a film by the BBC and National Theatre, where it premiered two years ago.

Love is being produced by Cuba Pictures, the production company that was behind the film version of London Road and the BBC series McMafia, with the National Theatre, BBC Arts, BBC Films and Arts Council England.

It will star Nick Holder, Janet Etuk, Anna Calder-Marshall and Luke Clark, who all appeared in the original stage production.

Love, which tells the stories of families who are brought together when they are all placed in temporary accommodation, will be shown on BBC2 this autumn as part of the channel’s Performance Live strand, and will be distributed theatrically by the National Theatre.

The NT also distributed the feature film adaptation of its 2011 production London Road, which was screened in cinemas in 2014. It also worked with the BBC and Cuba Pictures on the film of My Country: A Work in Progress.

It will be executive produced by US actor and director David Schwimmer, Dixie Linder and Nick Marston for Cuba Pictures and Rufus Norris for the National Theatre, alongside Emma Cahusac for BBC Arts and Polly Stokes for BBC Films.

Norris said: “Alexander Zeldin is one of our most singular and original theatre artists, constantly finding new forms of expression for the current moment. Love is an important piece of work, asking essential questions of austerity and marginalisation which sent out a clarion call when it opened at the NT and at Birmingham Rep.”

Love premiered at the NT in December 2016, in a co-production with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where it subsequently ran. It returns later this year for performances at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Theatre de l’Odeon and Comedie de Valence in France.

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