March 20, 2014
Nicholas Hytner has announced his last season as Artistic Director of the National Theatre.
Highlights of the National Theatre’s 2014 – 2015 season include:
- 10 world premieres including new plays by Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Richard Bean, Enda Walsh and Polly Stenham
- 3 plays by Rona Munro, about the Stewart Kings James I, James II and James III of Scotland
- Helen McCrory to star in Euripides’ Medea, Ralph Fiennes in Shaw’s Man and Superman, plus Cillian Murphy, Sofie Gråbøl, Stephen Rae
- Directors include Nicholas Hytner, Rufus Norris, Carrie Cracknell, Howard Davies, Simon Godwin, Marianne Elliot, Polly Findlay
- Family Christmas show to be Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island adapted by Bryony Lavery
- The new Dorfman Theatre to open this autumn
Sir Nicholas Hytner has announced his final season as Artistic Director of the National Theatre for 2014 and 2015, with a range of productions including ten world premieres and starring roles for Helen McCrory and Ralph Fiennes.
Tickets to this year’s Travelex season will go up to £15 and include a new production of Euripides’s Medea, in a new version by Ben Power. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and starring Helen McCrory, Medea opens in the Olivier Theatre in July 2014, and will also be screened live to cinemas on 4 September 2014.
Also part of the Travelex season will be three new plays by Rona Munro in collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland. James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock, James II: Day of the Innocents and James III: The True Mirror will evoke three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the fifteenth century. Directed by Laurie Sansom, the cast includes The Killing’s Sofie Gråbøl (as the Danish-born Queen Margaret), Blythe Duff, and James McArdle, Andrew Rothney and Jamie Sives as the three kings. The plays open in the Olivier Theatre from September 2014.
The third play in the new Travelex season, opening in October in the Lyttelton Theatre, will see Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre return to the National with a new show called John.
The final play in the season will be a brand new work by David Hare called Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Based on a book by Katherine Boo, the play will be directed by in-coming artistic director of the National Rufus Norris, and will open in the Olivier Theatre in November 2014.
Christmas 2014 will see a big new family show directed by Polly Findlay and adapted by Bryony Lavery, as Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic adventure Treasure Island is brought to the stage of the Olivier Theatre (from December 2014).
THE DORFMAN THEATRE
The new Dorfman Theatre will see a new play by Tom Stoppard open in January 2015 (title as yet unknown), to be directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Also at the Dorfman, a new play called Rules for Living by Sam Holcroft will open in March 2015, directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse).
This summer in the Lyttelton will see a brand new play that reunites writer Richard Bean and director Nicholas Hytner following their huge hit with One Man, Two Guvnors.
September 2014 will see Cillian Murphy reunited with writer and director Enda Walsh, following their collaboration on Misterman, for Ballyturk. The cast will also include Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea.
In December 2014, Howard Davies returns to the National to direct a new play by Croatian-born writer Tena Štivičić in the Lyttelton.
Ralph Fiennes will return to the National in February 2015, to star as John Tanner in Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman in the Lyttelton, directed by Simon Godwin.
In The Shed, Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang, originally staged at The Park Theatre, will open in May 2014 directed by Alex Sims.
In June sees a new play by Polly Stenham called Hotel, directed by Maria Aberg.
March 11, 2012
Simon Annand exhibition The Half reveals West End stars backstage
A great deal of mystery surrounds the nightly ritual of a performer preparing to go on stage. The final half-an-hour before curtain up, known as The Half, is when actors spend their last few minutes transforming themselves into someone before going on.
Theatre photographer Simon Annand has captured these intimate moments in a new exhibition in London called The Half, which runs until 8 April 2012 at the Idea Generation gallery in Shoreditch.
The exhibition features portraits from his 2008 book of the same name and a number of new and unseen images of London’s leading theatre performers.
Simon has been building up this project for over 25 years and has gained unprecedented backstage access to a host of big name theatre performers including Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Jeremy Irons, Glenda Jackson, Jude Law, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Martin Sheen, Felicity Kendal, Kevin Spacey and Ralph Fiennes.
New works on show include Amanda Holden in Shrek The Musical, Kelly Brook in Calendar Girls and Danielle Hope as Dorothy.
Simon Annand said: “To photograph actors when they are “getting into character” is to see them at their most photogenic as you can see why they have been attracted to this particular thrill of becoming another… The performer is very exposed and there is something endlessly romantic and heroic about it.”
A series of events will also be held at the exhibition including a book signing by Simon Annand on Sunday 18 March 2012 from 3pm to 6pm, and ‘Its Not About The Tits’ with Polly Rae and Simon Annand on 8 April 2012 from 6.30pm, featuring a one off Burlesque performance by the inimitable Miss Rae.
Simon Annand: The Half is open to the public until 8 April 2012 at the Idea Generation Gallery, 11 Chance Street, London E2 7JB. T. +44 (0)20 7749 6850. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10.00am – 6pm & Sundays 12 – 5pm.
August 19, 2011
Rehearsal photos of The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Trevor Nunn continues his season of plays at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with Shakespeare’s The Tempest from 27 August 2011.
Ralph Fiennes leads the cast as Prospero, with Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon as Sebastian, Michael Benz as Ferdinand, Tom Byam Shaw as Ariel, Jim Creighton as Adrian, Ian Drysdale as Francisco, Elisabeth Hopper as Miranda, Andrew Jarvis as Gonzalo, James Simmons as Alonso, Giles Terera as Caliban, Julian Wadham as Antonio and Clive Wood as Stephano.
The play is booking until 29 October 2011 and will feature set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis.
Full Casting Announced For Trevor Nunn’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company Production Of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
July 15, 2011
Joining Ralph Fiennes, who leads the company as Prospero in Trevor Nunn’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, are Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon (Sebastian), Michael Benz (Ferdinand), Tom Byam Shaw (Ariel), Jim Creighton (Adrian), Ian Drysdale (Francisco), Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda), Andrew Jarvis (Gonzalo), James Simmons (Alonso), Giles Terera (Caliban), Julian Wadham (Antonio) and Clive Wood (Stephano) as well as Steven Butler, Eke Chukwu, Meline Danielewicz, Gisele Edwards, Hayley Ellenbrook , Grahame Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Jami Reid-Quarrell and Itxaso Moreno.
The Tempest, the third production in the Trevor Nunn Season, previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 27 August, with press night on 6 September and is booking until 29 October 2011. Set and costume designs are by Stephen Brimson Lewis, with lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Groothuis and music by Shaun Davey. The Tempest is produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, Duncan C Weldon, Paul Elliott & Terri and Timothy Childs.
Almost certainly Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest can lay claim to being the first ever work of magic realism. Marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero can command spirits, create apparitions and manipulate the elements. By using his magic, he assembles his enemies to take revenge on them, and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love. The theme of reconciliation gives immense emotional force to Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage.
Ralph Fiennes was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket playing the title role in Brand. His extensive theatre credits include the title role in Oedipus and Jung in The Talking Cure for the National Theatre, Faith Healer at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and on Broadway, God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre, Julius Caesar at the Barbican and on tour as well as many productions for the Almeida Theatre including the title roles in Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus, and, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Edmund in King Lear, Henry VI in The Plantagenets, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida. His multi award-winning film career includes The Constant Gardner, Sunshine and Schindler’s List, as well as the English Patient, The Duchess, End of the Affair, Quiz Show and The Reader. More recently he made his mark as one of literature’s most terrifying villains, the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series of films and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s bio-pic Bernard and Doris. In 2009 he filmed roles in Clash of the Titans, Cemetery Junction, Nanny McPhee 2 and the final instalments of the Harry Potter films. In 2010 he directed and starred in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus which he also produced. The film was invited to premiere In Competition at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and will open at the end of 2011.
Nicholas Lyndhurst is best known for his roles in the award-winning BBC series Only Fools and Horses and Goodnight Sweetheart. His other television credits include Butterflies, The Two of Us, The Piglet Files, Gulliver’s Travels, After You’ve Gone and, most recently, Rock and Chips. His theatre credits include Straight & Narrow at the Aldwych Theatre, The Foreigner for the Albery Theatre, Harding’s Luck for Greenwich Theatre andTrial Run at the Oxford Playhouse. Most recently he received great critical acclaim when he starred as Norman in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre. His film credits include Endless Nights, Bequest To The Nation, Bullshot, Gunbus and Lassie.
Tom Byam Shaw graduated from Guildhall in 2010. His theatre credits include Salome for Hampstead Theatre and Les Parents Terribles for the Donmar Warehouse at the Trafalgar Studios. His film credits include Grand Street directed by Lex Sidon. His television credits include A Room with a View and The Bill.
Elisabeth Hopper returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to play Miranda having made her professional stage debut playing a courtier in Trevor Nunn’s current production, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Chris Andrew Mellon is currently playing The Player in Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His other recent theatre credits include Aspects of Love, directed by Trevor Nunn and La Cage aux Folles, directed by Terry Johnson, both for the Menier Chocolate Factory. He was a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company for two years, appearing in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Complete History of America both at the Criterion Theatre.
Julian Wadham’s West End theatre credits include That Face at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Plenty at the Albery Theatre. He has worked extensively for the National Theatre, most recently playing Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. For the Royal Court his many credits include Serious Money. His film roles include Madox in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient, William Pitt in Nicholas Hytner’s The Madness of King George as well as Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Maurice, The Secret Agent and Wah Wah as well as the forthcoming War Horse and Iron Lady. His numerous television credits include Foyles War, My Boy Jack and Downton Abbey.
Clive Wood was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Trevor Nunn’s production of Flare Path. His extensive list of credits for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes the title role in Henry IV as well as Bolingbroke in Richard II, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Claudius in Hamlet and MacDuff in Macbeth. On television his credits include Land Girls and Waking the Dead and on film, Treasure Island and Buster.
Trevor Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986). During that time he directed most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables. He returned to the RSC to direct King Lear and The Seagull. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the National Theatre where his 21 productions included award-winning revivals of Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk and The Cherry Orchard, as well as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Anything Goes. He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia and Rock ‘n’ Roll, and of Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber. His more recent theatre work includes Hamlet and Richard II at The Old Vic, Timon of Athens and Skellig for the Young Vic, The Lady From the Sea for the Almeida, Scenes from a Marriage for the Belgrade, Coventry, A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on Broadway, Cyrano de Bergerac for Chichester Festival Theatre, Inherit the Wind for The Old Vic and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre.
Previously, as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Season Trevor Nunn has directed Flare Path and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Since Masterclass was created in 1998, it has established itself as the leading provider of free training for young people interested in engaging with and being inspired by theatre. Masterclass runs a year round programme of talks, workshops, special projects, career advice sessions, showcases and performance opportunities for 14 – 30 year olds. Its unique apprentice scheme gives anyone aged 17-30 unprecedented opportunities to work on Theatre Royal Haymarket Company productions allowing emerging theatre makers to gain further insight into all aspects of theatre from acting and design to directing, producing or a career backstage, with masters of the craft.
During the run of The Tempest, three apprentices from Masterclass will shadow members of the creative team.
Masterclass will also be holding a Gala Performance of The Tempest on 15 September 2011. This fundraising gala supports the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust enabling them to continue their work with young people of all backgrounds and allowing them to continue to inspire and empower young people to achieve their full potential through theatre. Tickets for this Gala are from £100 – £250. For more information please visit http://www.masterclass.org.uk/
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July 15, 2011
Trevor Nunn’s third production as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket will be Shakespeare’s The Tempest, starring acclaimed stage and screen actor Ralph Fiennes as Propsero.
Ralph was last seen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Brand, and his other theatre credits include Oedipus and Jung in The Talking Cure for the National Theatre, Faith Healer at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and on Broadway, God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre, Julius Caesar at the Barbican and a number of productions for the Almeida Theatre including the title roles in Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus, and, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Edmund in King Lear, Henry VI in The Plantagenets, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida.
His wide-ranging movie career includes The Constant Gardner, Sunshine and Schindler’s List, plus The English Patient, The Duchess, End of the Affair, Quiz Show, The Reader, Clash of the Titans, Cemetery Junction, Nanny McPhee 2 and as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films. In 2010 he directed and starred in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus, which opens at the end of the year.
TV includes Emmy and a Golden Globe nominations for his performance in HBO’s bio-pic Bernard and Doris.
Joining Ralph Fiennes in The Tempest will be Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon (Sebastian), Michael Benz (Ferdinand), Tom Byam Shaw (Ariel), Jim Creighton (Adrian), Ian Drysdale (Francisco), Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda), Andrew Jarvis (Gonzalo), James Simmons (Alonso), Giles Terera (Caliban), Julian Wadham (Antonio) and Clive Wood (Stephano) as well as Steven Butler, Eke Chukwu, Meline Danielewicz, Gisele Edwards, Hayley Ellenbrook , Grahame Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Jami Reid-Quarrell and Itxaso Moreno.
The Tempest will run from 27 August to 29 October 2011 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
RALPH FIENNES: STAGE TIMELINE
1985: Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ring Round The Moon at the Open Air Theatre
1986: Night and Day and See How They Run at Theatr Clwyd; Me Mam Sez, Don Quixote and Cloud Nine at the Oldham Coliseum; Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre
1987-1988: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Fathers and Sons and Ting Tang Mine at the National Theatre
1988 – 1991: The Plantagenets, Much Ado about Nothing, King John, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Playing with Trains, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the RSC
1995: Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award
1997: Ivanov at the Almeida
2000: Coriolanus and Richard II at the Gainsborough Film Studios and in New York
2001: The Play What I Wrote at the Wyndham’s Theatre
2003: Brand at the RSC; The Talking Cure at the National Theatre
2005: Julius Caesar at the Barbican
2006: Faith Healer at the Gate Theatre Dublin and Broadway
2007: First Love at the Sydney Festival
2008: Oedipus at the National Theatre; God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre
July 10, 2011
One of the highlights of this year’s theatrical calendar, Trevor Nunn directs Ralph Fiennes in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
March 25, 2011
Trevor Nunn has cast stage and screen actor Ralph Fiennes as Prospero in his new production of The Tempest.
The play will run as part of Nunn’s first season as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which launched with his acclaimed new production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path starring Sienna Miller, Sheridan Smith and James Purefoy.
The Tempest will run from 27 August 2011 for ten weeks. Preceding this will be a transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (16 June – 20 August 2011), also directed by Nunn. Tom Stoppard’s play will feature two of the stars of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys – Samuel Barnett, who stars in sitcom Beautiful People, and Jamie Parker (Valkyrie), along with stage and screen actor Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as the Player King.
Fiennes was last seen on the London stage in 2008 in Oedipus at the National Theatre. His other stage credits include Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway and Julius Caesar at the Barbican. His extensive film work includes starring and directing Coriolanus, Oscar nominations for The English Patient and Schindler’s List, and BAFTA nominations for The Constant Gardener and The End of the Affair. He also plays Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise and will shortly start filming the new James Bond movie, directed by Sam Mendes.
Ralph Fiennes: Stage Timeline
- 1985: Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ring Round The Moon at the Open Air Theatre
- 1986: Night and Day and See How They Run at Theatr Clwyd; Me Mam Sez, Don Quixote and Cloud Nine at the Oldham Coliseum; Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre
- 1987-1988: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Fathers and Sons and Ting Tang Mine at the National Theatre
- 1988 – 1991: The Plantagenets, Much Ado about Nothing, King John, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Playing with Trains, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost at the RSC
- 1995: Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award
- 1997: Ivanov at the Almeida
- 2000: Coriolanus and Richard II at the Gainsborough Film Studios and in New York
- 2001: The Play What I Wrote at the Wyndham’s Theatre
- 2003: Brand at the RSC; The Talking Cure at the National Theatre
- 2005: Julius Caesar at the Barbican
- 2006: Faith Healer at the Gate Theatre Dublin and Broadway
- 2007: First Love at the Sydney Festival
- 2008: Oedipus at the National Theatre; God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre
May 18, 2008
I’m not quite sure what Yasmina Reza makes of Christopher Hampton’s sparkling adaptation of her latest play God of Carnage. She has gone on record as saying her bleak and futile view of humanity and profound insights into life and relationships are often lost in translation.
She has also said that she wants her audiences to suffer. Well, if the reaction on the night I attended the play is any indication – Hampton has let her down badly, leaving Ms Reza to sob all the way to the bank. The audience, myself included, laughed hysterically and enjoyed themselves enormously at what, in effect, is an uproarious comedy of bad manners involving two bourgeois French married couples who meet for the first time when their respective schoolboy sons become involved in a playground skirmish resulting in one of them having two front teeth knocked out.
What begins as a civilised confrontation between the two sets of parents slowly develops into a gloves off row ending in a Pyrrhic victory. In the process, both couples reveal their frailties and strengths, their dormant fears and anxieties and their emotional shortcomings and insecurities.
Hampton excavates more laughs from this all-too-recognisable situation than Ms Reza ever intended and by so doing has created a crowd-pleaser, which, like the same team’s ‘ART’, will run for years and survive several cast changes.
The present cast Janet Mcteer and Ken Stott, in whose home the play takes place, and Ralph Fiennes and Tamsin Greig as the couple whose son inflicted the damage – are absolutely superb. Mark Thompson’s blood-red living room set strikingly compliments the fiery passions aroused, and the incisive direction, alive to every nuance in the text, is by Matthew Warchus.
The West End has a towering hit on its hands. Sorry about that, Yasmina.
CLIVE HIRSCHHORN. Courtesy of This Is London.