Tori Amos musical Light Princess premieres in new NT seasonDate: 30 January 2013
Artistic director Nicholas Hytner has today (30 January 2013) announced plans for the National Theatre's 2013 season and beyond.
Other major new productions include a staging of James Baldwin's rarely-seen play The Amen Corner, directed by Rufus Norris and starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Sharon D Clarke, which will open in the Olivier in June. And staying in the Olivier, in November Bijan Sheibani will direct the annual Christmas show, a production of children's adventure Emil & The Detectives adapted by Carl Miller.
Mendes returns for Lear, Anne-Marie Duff in O'Neill epic
Meanwhile in the Lyttelton, Anne-Marie Duff and Charles Edwards will star in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's epic experimental play Strange Interlude, which will be directed by Simon Godwin (making his NT debut) and open in June. Hytner described the production, which will cut the play down to under four hours, as a "major event".
"It's a very long and groundbreaking play, extraordinarily influential in its time, and it contains a huge part for Anne-Marie Duff... If it works, it's absolutely exhilarating," he added.
Also in the Lyttelton, former artistic director Richard Eyre will return to direct Pirandello's Liola in August and Melly Still (Coram Boy) will direct From Morning to Midnight in a new version by Dennis Kelly in November. And Lucy Black, Paul Higgins, Gerald Kyd, Emma Lowndes, Justine Mitchell and Geoffrey Streatfield will feature in Howard Davies' production of Maxim Gorky's 1905 play Children of the Sun, in a new version by Andrew Upton, which opens on 16 April.
"Encouraging risk" in The Shed
Architects' impression of The Shed
Presenting new work by theatremakers familiar to the NT as well as emerging voices, it will host a transfer of Edinburgh Fringe hit show Bullet Catch, as well as several pieces forged in the NT Studio. Artists involved will include Carrie Cracknell, Matthew Herbert, Nick Payne Marianne Elliott, Polly Findlay and Rufus Norris.
The Shed will host shows including Table, Mission Drift and Home, as well as family Christmas show The Elaphantom, directed by Marianne Elliott. The winning entry from New Views, the NT’s national playwriting programme for 15-to-19 year-olds, will also be performed in The Shed in July.
All tickets in The Shed will be priced at 12 or 20 pounds. Literary associate Ben Power, who is programming the season, said at today's briefing that the temporary venue, which cost £1.8 million and was funded by profits from the Broadway run of War Horse, is "all about encouraging risk".
Hytner confirmed there will be no outdoor Watch This Space season while The Shed is in operation. The Dorfman Theatre is due to open in 2014.
"I hope it will involve as many as possible of the great performers of the last 50 years who are still alive," he added.
The anniversary will also be marked by a unique performance broadcast from the Olivier Theatre on BBC2 and two Arena documentaries on BBC4, as well as the publication of a book, The National Theatre Story by Daniel Rosenthal.
- by Theo Bosanquet & Rosie Bannister