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    September 3, 2013
  • National Theatre key players tell their stories

    To celebrate 50 years, the NT welcomes back actors, writers and directors and you have an opportunity to hear them talk.

    National Theatre key players tell their stories

    The National Theatre opened its doors in 1963 at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier. Eight hundred productions later, they are marking their half-century with a short season celebrating the remarkable people and plays that have made the NT one of the most cherished and creative of great British institutions: on screen, on stage and online.

    In the Platform series ‘National Histories’, some of the leading artists who have been part of the company tell very personal stories about the National. Ten simple questions, 50 years’ worth of possible answers: we ask key National Theatre figures – actors, writers, directors – the who, what, when, where and why of their recollections of the National.

    With the following artists, it’s sure to be a wonderful season of talks:

    Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
    Fri 4 October, 6pm, The Shed
    Jim Carter (Guys and Dolls, The Oresteia) and Imelda Staunton (Guys and Dolls, A Chorus of Disapproval).

    Anna Carteret and Edward Petherbridge
    Mon 7 October, 6pm, The Shed
    Anna Carteret (Never So Good, The National Health) and Edward Petherbridge (The Rivals, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead).

    Sara Kestelman and Adrian Lester
    Tue 8 October, 6pm,The Shed
    Sarah Kestelman (Hamlet, Copenhagen) Adrian Lester (Othello, Henry V).

    Marianne Elliott and Clive Rowe
    Fri 11 October, 6pm, The Shed
    Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse) and Clive Rowe (The Light Princess, Fuente Ovejuna)

    Patricia Hodge and Trevor Nunn
    Mon 14 October, 6pm, Olivier
    Patricia Hodge (His Dark Materials, A Little Night Music) Trevor Nunn (Director of the National Theatre 1997-2003,The Merchant of Venice, Oklahoma!).

    David Hare and Penelope Wilton
    Tue 15 October, 6pm, Olivier
    David Hare (Plenty, Pravda) and Penelope Wilton (Betrayal, Man and Superman).

    Gawn Grainger and Zoë Wanamaker
    Wed 16 October, 6pm, Olivier
    Gawn Grainger (A Woman Killed With Kindness, Saturday Sunday Monday) and Zoë Wanamaker (Much Ado About Nothing, His Girl Friday).

    Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre (2012) Credit: Johan Persson

    Nicholas Hytner and Rory Kinnear
    Fri 18 October, 6pm, Olivier
    Nicholas Hytner (Current Director of the National, Othello, Carousel) and Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, The Man of Mode).

    Kenneth Cranham and Lesley Manville
    Mon 21 October, 3pm, The Shed
    Kenneth Cranham (The UN Inspector, An Inspector Calls) and Lesley Manville (Grief, His Dark Materials).

    Charles Kay and Fiona Shaw
    Mon 21 October, 6pm, Olivier
    Charles Kay (The Madness of George III, As You Like It) and Fiona Shaw (Mother Courage, Machinal).

    Joan Plowright
    Tue 22 October, 6pm, Olivier
    Joan Plowright (Three Sisters, Saint Joan) wife of the NT’s first Director Laurence Olivier and one of the National’s first ‘leading ladies’, talks to the current Director, Nicholas Hytner.

    Alan Bennett and Frances de la Tour
    Wed 23 October, 6pm, Olivier
    Alan Bennett (The Habit of Art, The History Boys) and Frances de la Tour (People, Brighton Beach Memoirs).

    Richard Eyre and Julie Walters
    Thu 24 October, 6pm, Lyttelton
    Richard Eyre (Amy’s View, Guys and Dolls) and Julie Walters (The Last of the Haussmans, Fool for Love).

    Brenda Blethyn and Simon Russell Beale
    Fri 25 October, 6pm, Lyttelton
    Brenda Blethyn (Bedroom Farce, The Mysteries) and Simon Russell Beale (Humble Boy, Hamlet, Timon of Athens).


    Tickets £4/£3 concessions 6pm (talks last around 45 mins).
    Book tickets online at
    Box Office: 020 7452 3000

    Published on September 3, 2013 · Filed under: Featured, News;


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