Hytner Highlights Hackney Crime in New NT Season???
Date: 20 January 2003
More details have been leaked about incoming artistic director Nicholas Hytner's inaugural season at the National Theatre. In addition to the premiere of the full length Jerry Springer - The Opera (See News, 4 Dec 2002), an Adrian Lester-led Henry V (See News, 18 Dec 2002), a revival of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers (See The Goss, 6 Dec 2002) a new David Hare satire on life under New Labour, tentatively titled The Permanent Way (See The Goss, 31 Dec 2002), the season will include the premiere in the NT Cottesloe of a new play by actor-playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah (best known for his role in TV's Casualty, author of Hold On called Elmina's Kitchen, about black-on-black crime in the east London borough of Hackney. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Hytner said "we'll programme as adventurously as we can" with more new works. He also confirmed that the National would be experimenting with slashing top-price seats in the NT Olivier to only £10. Hytner takes over from Trevor Nunn in April and officially announces his first season at a press conference to be held this Thursday, 23 January 2003.
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