National Theatre, 2013 Season | Theatre reviews, news & interviews
National Theatre, 2013 Season
Updated listings for the winter and spring in London and on tour
The National Theatre’s highlights for the winter up until Easter 2013 include Antony Sher in The Captain of Köpenick, Marianne Elliott's revival of Simon Stephens’ Port, the transfer for This House to the Olivier and of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to the West End, while One Man, Two Guvnors continues its UK tour and three plays are shown as part of NT Live.
The Magistrate, Olivier Theatre. Timothy Sheader’s production of Pinero’s law-breaking farce set in Victorian London stars John Lithgow and Nancy Carroll and is designed by Katrina Lindsay. NT Live broadcast 17 Jan. Previews from 14 Nov, press night 21 Nov. Booking until 22 Jan.
Hansel and Gretel, Cottesloe Theatre. Katie Mitchell’s Christmas production is written by Lucy Kirkwood and devised by Mitchell and Kirkwood, based on the story by the Brothers Grimm. Previews from 7 Dec, press matinee 13 Dec. In repertoire until 26 Jan.
The Captain of Köpenick, Olivier Theatre. In Carl Zuckmayer's 1931 comedy Antony Sher plays a misfit who takes on the state as Germany heads blindly towards war in 1913. New English version by Ron Hutchinson, directed by Adrian Noble and designed by Anthony Ward. Previews from 29 Jan, press night 5 Feb. In repertoire until 4 Apr.
Port, Lyttelton Theatre. Revival of Simon Stephens’ 2002 play about two children growing up more or less abandoned in suburban Stockport, directed by Marianne Elliott, designed by Lizzie Clachan, music by Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy). Previews from 22 Jan, press night 28 Jan. In repertoire until 24 Mar.
TRANSFERS AND TOURING
This House, transferring to Olivier Theatre. NT Live broadcast 16 May. James Graham’s acclaimed play about the Labour minority government from 1974 to 1979, directed by Jeremy Herrin, designed by Rae Smith and featuring original cast members Phil Daniels and Charles Edwards. Previews from 23 Feb, press night 28 Feb. Continuing in repertoire.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, transferring to Apollo Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue. Acclaimed adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel by Simon Stephens, directed by Marianne Elliot, starring Luke Treadaway as autistic teenage hero Christopher Boone. From 1 Mar, press night 12 Mar. Booking until 25 May.
One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean's updated of Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, directed by Nicholas Hytner, is touring to Newcastle Theatre Royal (6 – 10 Nov), Glasgow Theatre Royal (13 – 17 Nov), Belfast Grand Opera (20 – 24 Nov), Blackpool Grand (27 Nov – 1 Dec), Norwich Theatre Royal (4 – 8 Dec), Leeds Grand (11 – 15 Dec), Venue Cymru, Llandudno (2 – 5 Jan), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (22 – 26 Jan), The Lowry, Salford (8 – 19 Jan) and Nottingham Theatre Royal (29 Jan – 2 Feb). UK tour will play alongside the show’s West End run at Theatre Royal, Haymarket, booking until Jan 2013.
NT Live broadcasts: The Magistrate (17 Jan); People (21 Mar); This House (16 May). Venue information and booking details
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