Nicholas Hytner

Movie News: BBC Films announce The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith, London Road

BBC Films has announced its new slate for the Cannes Film Festival and it includes a new film adaptation of hit play The Lady In The Van. Maggie Smith will return to the role she immortalised on stage in 1999 as Miss Shepherd, alongside Alex Jennings – who is currently starring as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane – playing Alan Bennett. The movie will reunite the team behind The History Boys – Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner, who also directed the stage play of The Lady in the Van. Kevin Loader, Damian Jones …

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South Bank Show to return

The South Bank Show is to return to television with a new series on Sky Arts.

One Man, Two Guvnors celebrates milestone

National Theatre comedy One Man, Two Guvnors celebrates as it becomes the longest-running play ever at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre

Alex Jennings stars as Alan Bennett in Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre, featuring two autobiographical recollections by Alan Bennett – Hymn directed by Nadia Fall and Cocktail Sticks directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Storify: Watch out Broadway, the Brits are coming!

British Theatre is on a roll over in New York as a number of high-profile West End transfers make their way to Broadway this Spring, including Michael Grandage’s production of Evita starring Ricky Martin, Nicholas Hytner’s One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden, End of the Rainbow with Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland, and Ghost The Musical starring its London cast of Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy.

NATIONAL THEATRE September 2011 – January 2012

Dominic Cooke directs Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, with Lenny Henry making his NT debut in the Olivier Theatre
Sinéad Cusack and Ciarán Hinds lead the cast of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK by Sean O’Casey, directed by Howard Davies, in the Lyttelton
Nicholas Hytner directs Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale in COLLABORATORS, a new play by John Hodge in the Cottesloe
Visitors to the National include 1927’s THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS; Daniel Kitson; and Mark Thomas
Bristol Old Vic’s production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS comes to the West End
The third season of NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE includes One Man, Two Guvnors (prior to a UK tour and West End run), The Kitchen, Collaborators and The Comedy of Errors

James Corden Leads Original Cast In West End Transfer Of National Theatre’s Five Star One Man, Two Guvnors

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.

National Theatre: July – November 2011

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

Brian Cox to reveal Frankenstein science

The National Theatre is to run a series of talks in their Platform series this winter around the new production of Frankenstein.

Power couple top Stage poll

The Stage 100, the entertainment newspaper’s annual list of the 100 most powerful people in UK theatre, has placed Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, joint chief executives of Ambassador Theatre Group, in first place.

Mirren Stateside

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

Coming up in 2009: Phaedra at the National Theatre

Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!) star in a new National Theatre production of Jean Racine’s 1677 classic tragedy Phaedra, directed by Nicholas Hytner. The production will co-star Margaret Tyzack and open in June 2009. In a version by Ted Hughes, the story centres on a Greek myth about a queen who falls passionately in love with her stepson in her husband’s absence. Booking with westendtheatre.com opens soon Sign up to keep updated with news and booking information

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