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April de Angelis appointed NT writer in residence, more casting for Medea and Ballyturk

De Angelis, whose plays include ''Jumpy'', will be based in the NT Studio

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April de Angelis
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April de Angelis will succeed Sam Holcroft as writer in residence at the National Theatre from April 2014.

The year-long post is based at the NT Studio, where de Angelis will focus on her own work as well as offering support to other theatre-makers developing work there.

She will also, according to the National, "bring a writer's perspective to the creative planning" of the organisation.

April de Angelis' plays include Jumpy (Royal Court and West End), Hush, Havana and Wild East (Royal Court), A Laughing Matter (Out of Joint/National Theatre) and Gastronauts (Royal Court Upstairs).

The National has also today announced further details of its 2014 summer season:

  • Joining Helen McCrory in the cast of Medea in the Olivier (14 July-4 September) will be Michaela Coel, Danny Sapani and Cath Whitefield. The production will be directed by Carrie Cracknell and designed by Tom Scutt.
  • Cillian Murphy will be joined in the cast of Enda Walsh's Ballyturk by Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea. The play runs in the Lyttelton Theatre for a five-week season from 11 September to 11 October.
  • The cast of Polly Stenham's new play Hotel, which runs in the NT Shed from 31 May-2 August, will include Ntonga Mwanzi and Susan Wokoma. Directed by Maria Aberg, the "tropical thriller" sees a family retreat to a "perfect desert island escape", but storm clouds are gathering.
  • The National's latest season of Platform discussions includes Alan Ayckbourn (10 April), Alan Bennett (7 May), Sam Mendes (19 May), Michael Palin (2 June) and Enda Walsh (19 September).
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