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National Theatre, 2011 Season

National Theatre, 2011 Season

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The National Theatre 2011 includes Mary Shelley, Clifford Odets, Shakespeare and a new collaboration on climate change

The National Theatre's 2011 season listings offer double Shakespeare rations in an eclectic schedule: as Nicholas Hytner's unfussy, modern Hamlet goes on tour round the UK with an authoritative Rory Kinnear as the Prince, a new Twelfth Night by octogenarian Sir Peter Hall stars his daughter. Two scientific men go astray - Mary Shelley's monster creator Dr Frankenstein, who hits the boards under the direction of Danny Boyle, a stage talent poached for film stardom, and the drab dentist in Clifford Odets's 1938 drama, Rocket to the Moon. New plays about Israel and its effect on London Jews (by Ryan Craig) and on climate change (by a group of contemporary playwrights) discuss turbulent modern issues.

Hamlet_NTHamlet, Lyttelton, till 23 April

Rory Kinnear's unfussy, battling Dane (Kinnear pictured right by Catherine Ashmole) returns for a brief second run to the National Theatre after a hugely successful UK tour.

War Horse, New London Theatre, Drury Lane, booking till Feb 2012

The National Theatre's smash hit is now playing at the New London Theatre in Drury Lane.

Frankenstein, Olivier, 5 Feb-2 May

Danny Boyle, once a Royal Court presence worth reckoning with before his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, gives Mary Shelley's novel - and the National - a go. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.

The Holy Rosenbergs, Cottesloe, from 8 Mar

As patriarch David clings to a deal that could save both his ailing catering firm and his cherished standing in the Edgware Jewish community, his children are at loggerheads about politics in Ryan Craig’s new play, which stars Henry Goodman.

Keeley_Hawes_NT_UDRocket to the Moon, Lyttelton, from 23 Mar

Keeley Hawes, star of TV's Upstairs Downstairs (pictured left) and Ashes to Ashes, makes her NT debut as an avid, sexually charged woman who visits a drab, repressed dentist in Clifford Odets' 1938 New York drama.

The King James Bible, Cottesloe, 17-25 Apr

The 400th anniversary of arguably the primary text of all time is celebrated with a series of readings from start to finish, daily between Palm Sunday and Easter Monday.

The Cherry Orchard, Olivier, from 10 May

Set at the start of the 20th century, Chekhov's play captures a poignant moment in Russia's history as the country rolls towards 1917. Zoe Wanamaker stars, Howard Davies directs.

Emperor and Galilean, Olivier, from 9 June

Ibsen’s lost masterpiece sweeps across Greece and the Middle-East from AD 351 covering 12 crucial years in the history of civilisation, focusing on Julian, the emperor who attempts to abolish Christianity and restore the old gods. But met with fierce resistance, this great free-thinker becomes a tyrant more hated than his brutal predecessor Constantius. Directed by Jonathan Kent, starring Andrew Scott and Ian McDiarmid.

A Woman Killed with Kindness, Lyttelton, from 12 July

Two women fight for their emotional survival in a rural wilderness dominated by men, money and an unbending morality. Thomas Heywood wrote this startling domestic thriller in 1603, one of the first tragedies to be written about ordinary people. Directed by Katie Mitchell

FELA!, Sadler's Wells, 20 July-28 Aug

Following a hit opening run at the NT, this provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music exploring the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has a summer run at Sadler's Wells Theatre

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