The Shed wins Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards 2013
National Theatre Live will broadcast to cinemas the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of War Horse
The National Theatre’s production of The Habit of Art starring the late Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, will get an Encore Screening in cinemas
The National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will get an Encore Screening in cinemas
The National Theatre’s production of Hamlet starring Rory Kinnear will get an Encore Screening on 22 October 2013, timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre.
David Hare and Penelope Wilton’s shared introduction to the National Theatre.
National Theatre comedy One Man, Two Guvnors celebrates as it becomes the longest-running play ever at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
News about the wife of new National Theatre AD Rufus Norris, Tanya Ronder.
The National Theatre has announced that director Rufus Norris will become its sixth Artistic Director, winning the most high-profile job in British Theatre.
A biography of RUFUS NORRIS, new Artistic Director of the National Theatre. Rufus Norris trained as an actor at RADA before becoming a theatre director. He came to prominence in 2001 with his production of Afore Night Came at the Young Vic, winning a Most Promising Newcomer Evening Standard Theatre Award. He won his second Evening Standard Award and the Critics Circle Award for his production of Festen in 2004. Other shows include an adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize winning novel Vernon God Little at the Young Vic, and a West End revival of Cabaret, which won two Oliviers. …
Interview with theatre director Richard Eyre
The National Theatre’s acclaimed political play This House by James Graham is to transfer into the West End in 2014.
What’s playing and coming up at the National Theatre
Following a smash-hit run at the National Theatre, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time heads into town starring Luke Treadaway
The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed stage production of War Horse today releases over 100,000 new tickets for sale for the West End production, taking booking at the New London Theatre to 15 February 2014. War Horse, which has now been seen by over 1.6million people in London and by over 3 million people worldwide, received its world premiere at the National Theatre in October 2007.
LUKE TREADAWAY in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
National Theatre: November 2012 to April 2013
Save £10 on tickets to see Damned by Despair at the National Theatre
National Theatre’s War Horse Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Polly Findlay directs ANTIGONE by Sophocles, in a version by Don Taylor. Jodie Whittaker makes her National Theatre debut in the title role alongside Christopher Eccleston as Creon.
JODIE WHITTAKER in Antigone at the National Theatre
Production photos of the hit National Theatre show One Man, Two Guvnors, now at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Owain Arthur.
Rising young British actress Jodie Whittaker has been cast in the title role of Antigone at the National Theatre.
OWAIN ARTHUR in One Man, Two Guvnors
HANNAH SPEARRITT in One Man, Two Guvnors
JODIE PRENGER in One Man, Two Guvnors
The National Theatre’s sell-out production of hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Richard Bean’s English version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters now stars Owain Arthur.
Breathtaking in its scope, Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall’s remarkable play about art and socialism was a huge hit for the National Theatre and on tour, and now Max Roberts’s sublime production comes to London for a limited season.
Nicholas Hytner’s five star production of One Man, Two Guvnors will transfer to the West End for a 16 week run following its sell-out run at the National Theatre, subsequent UK tour and National Theatre Live cinema broadcast. Nearly 200,000 tickets go on sale on Thursday 14 July for performances at the Adelphi Theatre from 8 November 2011 – 25 February 2012. Press night will be on 21 November at 7pm.
Presented by Bill Kenwright, following celebrated seasons at the National Theatre and on Broadway, Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters will at last enjoy a West End season, opening at the Duchess Theatre on Wednesday 5 October with press night on the Tuesday 11 October at 7pm.
In the business world, it always feels slightly wrong when a company heralds the arrival of a fabulous new executive whilst their predecessor is still sat at their desks. And it happens in the theatre world too. In casting, there’s rarely a chance for the hoofer sweating away night-after-night to announce their departure before the press release goes out about the bright young thing taking their place (Legally Blonde recently announcing that Carley Stenson is to replace Susan McFadden as Elle Woods caused much gasping, least of all from the rest of the cast, who read it first on Twitter!) …
At a star-studded ceremony last night, Sunday 12 June 2011, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the American Theatre Wing’s 65th annual Tony Awards were announced. British play War Horse triumphed at the awards winning 5 gongs, including Best Play. British actor Mark Rylance won a Best Actor awards for his performance in the Royal Court’s Jerusalem.
THE KITCHEN by Arnold Wesker, directed by Bijan Sheibani; and 13, a new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Thea Sharrock, continue the Travelex £12 Season in the Olivier
THE VEIL, a new play written and directed by Conor McPherson, opens in the Lyttelton
A new play written and directed by MIKE LEIGH opens in the Cottesloe
DOUBLE FEATURE, four short plays by writers new to the National, are presented in the NT’s Paintframe
Jonathan Miller stages Bach’s ST MATTHEW PASSION, in collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia, in the Olivier; and, in the Lyttelton, readings of the KING JAMES BIBLE celebrate its 400th anniversary
Nicholas Hytner’s production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS tours the UK following its Lyttelton run and is broadcast as part of NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE; Mike Leigh’s new play visits Bath and Cambridge
Daniel Kitson’s IT’S ALWAYS RIGHT NOW, UNTIL IT’S LATER visits the Lyttelton
LONDON ROAD extends; Rufus Norris is appointed NT Associate Director
Watch This Space returns for the summer; Platforms, Exhibitions and Discover
The American Theatre Wing’s 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced today, Tuesday 3 May 2011. The nominations were presented by Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center in New York.
Reviews round-up for One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, starring James Corden.
A review of The Cherry Orchard in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre starring Zoe Wanamaker and Conleth Hill
A new ensemble takes over a transformed Cottesloe Theatre this summer to present four short plays by writers new to the National Theatre: Tom Basden, Sam Holcroft, DC Moore and Prasanna Puwanarajah. A live band and a single group of performers and theatre-makers will premiere the two double-bills, directed by Polly Findlay and Lyndsey Turner, designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Carolyn Downing and fight direction by Bret Yount. The cast includes Pippa Bennett-Warner, Karina Fernandez, Trystan Gravelle, Nitin Kundra and Stephanie Street.
Thea Sharrock’s award-winning production of Terence Rattigan’s drama After The Dance at the National Theatre may be Broadway-bound.
And its star – Benedict Cumberbatch, who is currently wowing audiences at the National Theatre in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, may be heading with it.
ZOE WANAMAKER in The Cherry Orchard
Zoe Wanamaker and Kenneth Cranham star in Olivier Award winner Howard Davies’ new production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre.
The National Theatre’s sold out production of Frankenstein will play two dates as part of the NT Live cinema programme, starting tonight.
In a star-studded awards ceremony last night, Sunday 13 March, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, the Society of London Theatre held their 35th annual theatre awards ceremony.
Video trailer for Frankenstein at the National Theatre
A reviews round-up of Frankenstein at the National Theatre in London
American Express and the National Theatre announce multi-year partnership
National Theatre – New season March to July 2011
The National Theatre’s sold out production of Frankenstein will play two dates as part of the NT Live cinema programme.
One of Steven Spielberg’s big projects for 2011 is a movie version of War Horse starring Jeremy Irvine and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Nicholas Hytner announces plans for 2011 and beyond at the National Theatre
Bruce Norris’s new play Clybourne Park, produced by the Royal Court last year and transferring to the Wyndham’s Theatre from 28 January, has scooped two major best new play awards.
Hit Musical Fela! Transfers To Sadler’s Wells For Summer Run
Danny Boyle presents a brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the National Theatre
Royal Court and National Theatre sweep up at annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards; Royal Court wins best play; National’s Nancy Carroll and Rory Kinnear win best actress and actor
EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS – WINNERS 2010
The National Theatre is to run a series of talks in their Platform series this winter around the new production of Frankenstein.
Sheridan Smith and Elena Roger head-to-head for Evening Standard Theatre Awards
Fela! – Reviews Round-up
This week’s West End openings include End of the Rainbow, FELA! and The Master Builder.
EMPTY SPACE… PETER BROOK AWARDS – WINNERS 2010
Video trailer for Fela! at the National Theatre in London
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller to star in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein at the National Theatre
EMPTY SPACE… PETER BROOK AWARDS – NOMINEES 2010
A London map highlighting the location of the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
A London map highlighting the location of the Lyttleton Theatre at the National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
A busy week for London theatre as comedy, Shakespeare, showgirls and Ben Barnes hit the West End, plus Hamlet, Yes Prime Minister, Les Miserables
To The Manor Born stars Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles to reunite in new Peter Hall production
Welcome to Thebes – Review
We might have missed it but the publicity around the winners of this year’s Ian Charleson Awards seemed particularly muted. Even the Sunday Times, the sponsor of the awards, gave little promotion to the nominations or winners. This year marks 20 years since actor Ian Charleson died on 6 January 1990 of AIDS-related causes, only eight weeks after playing Hamlet in Richard Eyre’s production at the National Theatre. He was an extremely accomplished actor, appearing in film (Chariots of Fire), TV (Oxbridge Blues) and numerous stage roles, both plays and musicals, including Guys and Dolls and Fool For Love. The …
Kevin Spacey pulls out the stops for his 7th year at the Old Vic with three heavy-weight directors
Don’t forget that the National Theatre’s London Assurance will be shown in selected cinemas tonight, 28 June, as part of the NT Live programme.
AFTER THE DANCE – Lyttleton Theatre (National Theatre) – Review
Our regular round-up of theatre names hitting town or making the news. This issue includes Alison Steadman, Jenny Galloway, Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Haid, Robert Lindsay and Anthony Sher.
June is proving to be a busy month for West End Theatre with a number of high-profile openings, including work from big name directors such as Sam Mendes, Richard Eyre and Matthew Warchus.
Save £18 on tickets to see Nation at the National Theatre in London
Nicholas Hytner and Patrick Stewart Knighted in New Year’s Honours List
Winter in the West End is always a vibrant time, with countless new shows opening throughout London. This year is no exception with a bewildering array of new and classic plays, hefty revivals, Broadway musicals and a high star count.
Review of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art at the National Theatre in London
Round-up of An Inspector Calls reviews at the Novello Theatre, London
Review of OUR CLASS at the Cottesloe, National Theatre
With the announcement that David Tennant’s Hamlet is to be televised for BBC2 we ponder the question: is televising theatre a good thing?
The National’s major new production of Burnt by the Sun – review
It’s all change in the West End as a number of shows close to make way for transfers from other theatres. In an increasingly risk-averse climate for producers, a hit in a small venue or success in a limited run could mean money if it transfers into the West End. The subsidised National Theatre and Almeida are bringing in War Horse and Duet for One respectively, Cameron Mackintosh decides to keep Avenue Q running and Carrie’s War and Saturday Night transfer from smaller venues. Duet For One The Almeida’s recently acclaimed production Duet for One will transfer to the West …
Review of England People very nice at the National Theatre
After Gareth Gates, do we have a new Joseph? Gareth Gates seems to be doing a fine job in Joseph at the Adelphi Theatre – at least if comments on the westendtheatre blog are anything to go by. Whilst musing on Spring Awakening’s demise on Broadway, we turn our attention to Hunter Parrish – pot smoking star of TV’s Weeds – who recently played the lead role of Melchior on Broadway. Well known for his love of all things theatrical, in a recent interview he said: “I want them to bring back Joseph [and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat]. If anyone …
Helen Mirren will take her starring role in Phedre, premiering at the National Theatre in June, to the USA. She will perform at Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theater Company. Directed by Nicholas Hytner and co-starring Dominic Cooper fresh from his Mamma Mia movie success, Jean Racine’s tragedy will also be broadcast in the UK on cinema screens in a new trial by the National to broaden its audience. BOOK TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL THEATRE & PLAYS IN THE WEST END
January means a host of special offers on London theatre tickets. This month westendtheatre.com features a range of discounted shows including £20 off Dirty Dancing, £16 off Joseph – featuring Gareth Gates, £20 off Sunset Boulevard, £26 off Carousel, £20 off Billy Elliot £26 off Woman in Mind starring Janie Dee – plus offers from the National Theatre. For the latest special offers visit: www.westendtheatre.com/offers
If theatre mirrors life then you would expect 2009 to be a bad year for the performing arts in London: economic downturns and credit crunches sound like gloomy news for our discretionary entertainment spending. But West End theatre box office figures have kept on going up in recent years, and the huge number of new productions sailing into town during 2009 could mean that Theatreland manages to buck the trend. THE GREAT REVIVAL The RSC, National Theatre, Donmar and Old Vic dominated straight drama in the West End in 2008, and they haven’t finished yet. Big hitters coming to …
The Walworth Farce at the National Theatre – review
August: Osage County at the National Theatre – review