Adrian Lester in Othello at the National Theatre

Adrian Lester, last seen at the National Theatre as Henry V, takes the title role, playing opposite Rory Kinnear (Iago), whose recent appearances at the National Theatre include Hamlet and The Last of the Haussmans.

Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks. Iago, his ensign, passed over for promotion in favour of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

Booking Period 12 July – 18 August 2013

Access Performances – Captioned performances: 14 & 23 July

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London Road at Olivier Theatre

London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

Adam Cork’s music uses the melodic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe’s recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work.

BEST MUSICAL – Critics’ Circle Award 2011

‘Captivating… A startling, magically original success.’ Evening Standard

‘Genuinely groundbreaking. Something very new for the musical form; raw humanity captured in music.’ Time Out

‘A quietly stunning achievement… The creative daring and needling intelligence of London Road returns the complex texture of human life to musical theatre.’ Sunday Times

Following a sell-out run in the Cottesloe last year, the award-winning production returns, this time to the Olivier Theatre.

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Fela! Transfers to Sadler’s Wells Theatre!

Musical Fela! winner of three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones) which is currently running at the National Theatre until 23 Jan 2011, will transfer to the Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 20 Jul to 28 Aug 2011.

A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

‘There should be dancing in the streets. There has never been anything like this.’ Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘An ecstatic phenomenon.’ Time Out, New York

‘Radiates joy.’ Entertainment Weekly

‘Top 10 Shows of 2009. It’s a work of total theatre and a party where the power of the people is unleashed with a contagious jiggle.’ Los Angeles Times

Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist.

Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’ visionary staging, FELA! – an original new creation – comes via Broadway to the National Theatre.

Danton’s Death by Georg Büchner in a new version by Howard Brenton

1794: the French Revolution reaches its climax. After a series of bloody purges the life-loving, volatile Danton is tormented by his part in the killing. His political rival, the driven, ascetic Robespierre, decides Danton’s fate. A titanic struggle begins. Once friends who wanted to change the world, now one stands for compromise the other for ideological purity as the guillotine awaits.

Why should an event that transforms the whole of humanity not advance through blood?

A revolutionary himself, George Büchner was 21 when he wrote the play in 1835, while hiding from the police. With its hair-raising on-rush of scenes and vivid dramatisation of complex, visionary characters, Danton’s Death has a claim to be the greatest political tragedy ever written. Howard Brenton captures Büchner’s exhilarating energy as Danton struggles to avoid his inexorable fall.

This is your rhetoric translated. These wretches, these executioners, the guillotine are your speeches come to life. You have built your doctrines out of human heads.

Assisted Performances

Captioned performance: Saturday 14 August at 2pm
Audio-Described performance: Saturday 21 August at 2pm (Touch Tour at 12.30pm)

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War Horse gone extended until 22 Oct 2011

War Horse at New London Theatre, confirmed their extension until 22nd of October, 2011.

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

The National’s epic is based on War Horse, the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo . Actors working with magnificent, life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company lead us on a gripping journey through history.

Presented by the National Theatre and National Angels.

‘So exhilarating it makes you rejoice to be alive. Its sheer skill and invention are awe-inspiring.’ The Times

‘War Horse only confirms the National’s extraordinary knack of turning children’s literature into the finest drama. Stunning.’ Sunday Times

‘An extraordinary piece of theatre which is both epic and intimate. Guaranteed to move the heart.’ Sunday Express

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The Broadway hit FELA! will be coming to the National Theatre this Autumn

The National Theatre has announced that it will produce the Broadway hit musical Fela!, which will start performances from 06 November 2010 and with an official opening from 16 November 2010. Fela! will run in repertory with Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

FELA! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, in which audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! explores Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s imaginative staging, this new show is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theater.

Sahr Nguajah in Fela! © Monique Carboni

FELA! uses stirring Afrobeat music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), to tell the story of Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s visionary staging.

Women Beware Women at Olivier Theatre!

Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton is directed by Marianne Elliot and music by Olly Fox will start its London run from 20 April 2010 until 08 June 2010 at Olivier Theatre.

In the Italian court, where wealth secures power and power serves lust, the lascivious Duke can play wherever he chooses. He catches the eye of another’s exquisite bride, Bianca. Can a glance secure her fate, a bribe appease her husband?

It’s a witty age,
Never were finer snares for women’s honesties
Than are devis’d in these days; no spider’s web
Made of a daintier thread than are now practis’d.

Isabella’s father would marry her off to a rich young idiot, while Hippolito has won her trust and desires her truly. But he’s her uncle. These are her choices. If twice-widowed Livia conspires against her sex to gain a little clout, she’s only fighting to survive.

O the deadly snares
That women set for women, without pity
Either to soul or honour!

Corruption will not go unpunished in Thomas Middleton’s blackly funny, fast and ferocious tragedy.

Sin tastes, at the first draught,
like wormwood water
But, drunk again, ’tis nectar ever after.

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Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance at Lyttelton Theatre

Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance will be directed by THEA Sharrock , which opens in the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on 8th June 2010 (previews start from 1st June 2010).

When you know something is going to happen, it makes it seem further off to joke about it.

As the world races towards catastrophe, a crowd of Mayfair socialites party their way to oblivion. At its centre is David, who idles away his sober moments researching a futile book until the beautiful Helen decides to save him, shattering his marriage and learning too late the depth of both David’s indolence and his wife’s undeclared love. But with finances about to crash and humanity on the brink of global conflict, the drink keeps flowing and the revellers dance on.

Why do you all talk of nothing but the old days and the old parties and the things you all used to do and say? Why?

First staged in 1939, After the Dance, now often thought to be Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece, offers a subtle, witty unmasking of the hedonistic 20s generation and a devastating study of repression and the human heart.

It’s the bright young people over again, only they never were bright and now they’re not even young.

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