London Press Releases
Tuesday, 5 May 2009  
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Romeo & Juliet now open
Romeo & Juliet now open
The Globe's summer theatre season is off to 'an absorbing start' (The Times) with Dominic Dromgoole's youthful and vibrant production of Romeo & Juliet. The show is 'blessed with a smashing pair of young lovers' (Daily Telegraph) in Adetomiwa Edun and Ellie Kendrick, and throughout the cast 'the performances shine' (Mail on Sunday).
To read more reviews and to book tickets please click here

Opening tonight we have the return of The Frontline (see below) and from 30 May Thea Sharrock's highly anticipated production of As You Like It. To read more about the theatre season please click here

The Frontline revived
The Frontline revived
Our 'exhilarating' (Daily Telegraph) production of The Frontline opens at Shakespeare's Globe tonight. Ché Walker's panorama of contemporary London was a great critical and popular success last summer, and is revived for 15 performances only.

Take a trip to the show's website where you can now create a personal tag on the street wall. The website also features exclusive videos, cast updates, a fantastic £15 ticket offer, and details on how to text for tickets. Get involved at

Shakespeare's Globe on Tour
Shakespeare's Globe on Tour
Shakespeare's Globe on Tour takes to the road again this summer with two delightful new outdoor productions - the anarchic The Comedy of Errors and the dazzling A Midsummer Night's Dream. Both will be visiting stunning open-air venues around the country and Europe until August, including four performances of The Comedy of Errors at the Globe from 26 May.

Join our travelling players at a beautiful location near you. Please click here for a full list of venues and dates.

Swan at the Globe Club Nights
Swan at the Globe Club Nights
This May Swan at the Globe are running two unique Club Nights in the spectacular Underglobe beneath the Globe theatre. Running on Saturday 16 and Friday 29 May, both evenings will feature live entertainment accompanied by a delicious three course dinner.
Tickets for each night are just £19.50 (or £5 for entertainment only). Those wishing to dine must book and pay in advance.
For more information click here or to book call 020 7928 9444 option 2.

Elsewhere in London...
The Bridge Project 23 May – 15 August
Directed by Sam Mendes
Some of the finest talents of New York and London theatre converge at The Old Vic to launch The Bridge Project, an unprecedented three-year transatlantic partnership. Academy Award-winner (American Beauty) Sam Mendes directs a formidable group of actors in Tom Stoppard's new version of Chekhov's classic The Cherry Orchard which plays in repertoire with Shakespeare’s rich tragicomedy The Winter’s Tale.
0870 060 6628

Much Ado About Nothing 25 May - 27 June
In the heart of one of the city's favourite parks, The Open Air Theatre is a much-loved summer tradition of London life. Starring Shakespeare's=2 0most reluctant lovers played by Samantha Spiro (Olivier award-winning actress and National Theatre & Donmar regular) and Sean Campion (Olivier and Tony award nominee for Stones in his Pockets), Much Ado About Nothing is a joyous, wise-cracking comedy of love, honour and second chances.
0844 826 4242



Helen Mirren plays the title role in Racine’s PHEDRE, directed by Nicholas Hytner


Richard Eyre directs a new play by Matt Charman, THE OBSERVER


The Travelex £10 Tickets season continues with Shakespeare’s ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, directed by Marianne Elliott


Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS tours the UK


NT LIVE launches with a live broadcast of Phèdre into cinemas worldwide


NEW CONNECTIONS premieres new plays for young people by writers including William Boyd, Anthony Horowitz and David Mamet


Entry Pass offers free tickets for under 26s as part of ‘A Night Less Ordinary’


Watch This Space and Square2 return; Sunday performances resume from July; Platforms, Exhibitions and Discover



THE OBSERVER Cottesloe Theatre

Previews from 13 May, press night 20 May, continuing in repertoire


THE OBSERVER, a new play by Matt Charman, will open in the Cottesloe Theatre on 20 May, directed by Richard Eyre. The production will be designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Neil Austin, projection design by Jon Driscoll, music by Richard Hartley and sound by Rich Walsh. The cast is: Leo Bill, Daon Broni, Anna Chancellor, James Fleet, Peter Forbes, Lloyd Hutchinson, Chuk Iwuji, Aïcha Kossoko, Louis Mahoney, Cyril Nri, Isabel Pollen and Joy Richardson.


An international group of observers arrives in a West African country to oversee and rubber stamp its first democratic election. New voters queue in their thousands, but a senior member of the observation team find herself both horrified by the President’s suppressive tactics and, for once, in a position to do something about it.


Yet as violence on the streets escalates and the country enters free fall, an increasingly angry young translator forces this well-meaning outsider to confront the impact of her intervention.


Matt Charman’s plays include The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder for the NT, and

A Night at the Dogs (Soho) which won him a Verity Bargate Award in 2004.

The Observer won the 2008 Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play, as part of the Pearson Playwrights' Scheme.


Anna Chancellor’s stage appearances include Never So Good and Stanley at the National; King Lear for the RSC (Stratford, London and Japan); and Creditors at the Donmar. She and James Fleet appeared in Richard Curtis’ Four Weddings and A Funeral.


James Fleet’s recent work in theatre includes Three Sisters and Art in the West End. He is perhaps best known to TV audiences for his role in the long-running BBC series, The Vicar of Dibley.


Chuk Iwuji’s theatre work includes the title role in Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3 for the RSC; and Christy in The Playboy of the Western World at the Abbey, Dublin. 


Richard Eyre was Director of the National from 1988 – 1997. His recent work includes The Reporter at the NT, Hedda Gabler (Almeida and West End), which won Olivier Awards for Best Director and Best Revival; Mary Poppins (West End and Broadway); and the films Iris, Stage Beauty and Notes on a Scandal.


THE OBSERVER is sponsored by Accenture, supporters of Innovation at the National Theatre.


Press night: Wednesday 20 May

Contact: Jennifer Reynolds on 020 7452 3233;




ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Travelex £10 Tickets, Olivier Theatre

Previews from 19 May, press night 28 May, continuing in repertoire


Marianne Elliott directs Shakespeare’s ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, continuing the Travelex £10 Tickets season in the Olivier Theatre, opening on 28 May. The cast includes Oliver Ford Davies, Clare Higgins (as the Countess of Rossillion), Janet Henfrey, Conleth Hill (Parolles), Sioned Jones, Elliot Levey, Brendan O’Hea, George Rainsford (Bertram), Michelle Terry (Helena) and Michael Thomas. The production will be designed by Rae Smith, with lighting by Peter Mumford, music by Adam Cork and sound by Ian Dickinson.


The feisty but lowly Helena falls in love with Bertram, a haughty count. To gain his hand she is set a string of impossible tasks. Even if accomplished, they can hardly guarantee his love. He refuses to bed her and yet says he’ll only be hers if she bears his child; and he lusts after another. Nevertheless, our heroine, whether wisely or no, refuses to give him up.


Set against a background of sexism, snobbery and a battle between the generations, All’s Well That Ends Well turns fairytale logic on its head in a bittersweet story; this is the first production of the play at the National.


Clare Higgins’ recent work at the National includes Jocasta in Oedipus, Harold Pinter’s Landscape and A Slight Ache, Major Barbara, and Vincent in Brixton, for which she won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress. Her recent theatre credits also include Hecuba (Olivier Award for Best Actress) and Phaedra at the Donmar Warehouse, and Death of a Salesman and The Night of the Iguana in the West End.


Conleth Hill has recently appeared at the National in Philistines, The Seafarer (also on Broadway) and Democracy; he won Olivier Awards for Stones in his Pockets and The Producers in the West End. George Rainsford previously appeared at the National in Chatroom/Citizenship; film and television includes Doctors, Waking the Dead and Wild Target. Michelle Terry is currently appearing in England People Very Nice at the Olivier; her stage credits also include The Crucible, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles and Days of Significance (RSC), Blithe Spirit (Peter Hall Company), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The Man Who Had All The Luck (Donmar Warehouse).


Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director at the National, where her productions include Harper Regan, Saint Joan, Pillars of the Community (for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Mrs Affleck and War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris); for the RSC, she directed Much Ado About Nothing.


Travelex continue their sponsorship of £10 Tickets for a seventh year. Half of all the tickets for the 2009 Travelex £10 shows in the Olivier Theatre are £10 (the rest are £15 and £30).



Media Partner of Travelex £10 Tickets: The Times

Television Media Partner of Travelex £10 Tickets: Sky Arts


Press night: Thursday 28 May

Contact: Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232;



PHEDRE Lyttelton Theatre

Previews from 4 June, press night 11 June, continuing in repertoire


Helen Mirren plays the title role in PHEDRE by Jean Racine, in a version by Ted Hughes, directed by Nicholas Hytner, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre on 11 June. The cast also includes Dominic Cooper as Hippolytus and Margaret Tyzack as Oenone. The production will be designed by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Paule Constable and music by Adam Cork.


Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, her absent husband, to be dead, Phèdre confesses her darkest desires and enters the world of nightmare. When Theseus returns alive and well, Phèdre fearing exposure, accuses her stepson of rape. The result is carnage.


Helen Mirren is an NT Associate. Her many stage appearances include Mourning Becomes Electra and Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre, Dance of Death (Broadway), Orpheus Descending (Donmar Warehouse) and A Month in the Country (West End and New York). Her extensive and multi award-winning screen work includes The Queen (Academy Award for Best Actress), Prime Suspect (three BAFTA and two Emmy Awards for Best Actress), Elizabeth I (Golden Globe for Best Actress), Ayn Rand (Emmy Award for Best Actress), Calendar Girls, The Last Station, State of Play and The Madness of King George.



Margaret Tyzack’s distinguished theatre career includes Southwark Fair, His Girl Friday, Tartuffe and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the National; several RSC seasons; and many West End appearances, most recently The Chalk Garden at the Donmar Warehouse, for which she won the Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress (the latter shared with Penelope Wilton).


Dominic Cooper last appeared at the National in The History Boys (also on Broadway, international tour and on screen) and in His Dark Materials. His recent screen credits include Sense and Sensibility, The Duchess and Mamma Mia.

Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Stephen Pimlott), Rafta, Rafta… , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara and England People Very Nice.


The production will also tour to Epidaurus, Greece on 10 and 11 July.


PHEDRE is sponsored by Coutts & Co.


Press night: Thursday 11 June

Contact: Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234



NEW CONNECTIONS 2009 Olivier & Cottesloe Theatres

Performances from 1 – 7 July


NEW CONNECTIONS commissions new plays for and about teenagers from some of the best contemporary playwrights, for performance by schools and youth theatres from all over the UK and Ireland, both in their home venues and at 15 regional partnership theatres. The NT Festival showcases an example of each play.


The 2009 portfolio features plays by: David Mamet, Anthony Horowitz, Anthony Neilson, William Boyd, Ben Power, Christopher William Hill, Conor Mitchell, Davey Anderson, Georgia Fitch, Lisa McGee, Michael Lesslie and Nick Drake. Tales of attraction, rejection, loyalty, loss, magic, mischief – plus the familiar ups and downs of first friendships – are at the heart of this year’s plays.


Produced by the National Theatre’s Discover Programme and supported for the second year running by Bank of America, New Connections is one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre.


As in past years, the plays will be published in an anthology by Faber & Faber, and a copy sent to every secondary school in the country.


Performances: 1 – 7 July (for details see

Contact: Jennifer Reynolds: 020 7452 3233 /






Following sell-out seasons at Live Theatre Newcastle and at the National Theatre, Lee Hall’s award-winning play THE PITMEN PAINTERS embarks on a 9-week UK tour this autumn, including visits to: Newcastle Theatre Royal (29 Sept – 3 Oct); Cardiff New Theatre (13 – 17 Oct); Milton Keynes Theatre (19 – 24 Oct); Salford Lyric Theatre (27 – 31 Oct); Sheffield Lyceum (3 – 7 Nov); Norwich Theatre Royal (10 – 14 Nov); and Plymouth Theatre Royal (24 – 28 Nov).


Inspired by a book by William Feaver, the play brings to life the story of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.


A co-production between Live Theatre, Newcastle and the National Theatre, the production is directed by Max Roberts and designed by Gary McCann, with lighting by Douglas Kuhrt and sound by Martin Hodgson.


Contact: Jennifer Reynolds: 020 7452 3233 /





NT Live is a new initiative to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens worldwide. The pilot season launches with Nicholas Hytner’s production of PHEDRE with Helen Mirren, Dominic Cooper and Margaret Tyzack.


On 25 June, the performance will be filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to approximately 50 cinemas, reaching a widespread audience live across the UK. The National will work with the Picturehouse, Odeon and Cineworld chains and a range of independent cinemas and arts centres. Over 100 venues around the world will also screen the performance on the same day.


Three further live broadcasts of NT productions are planned during the pilot season.

The performances will be nominated in advance to allow cameras greater freedom in the auditorium; ticket prices for what will, in effect, be a studio audience, will be adjusted accordingly.


NT Live is funded in partnership with Arts Council England and NESTA.

For a list of participating UK cinemas, visit






BURNT BY THE SUN by Peter Flannery, from the screenplay by Nikita Mikhalkov and Rustam Ibragimbekov, opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 3 March, directed by Howard Davies. The cast is led by Michelle Dockery, Ciarán Hinds and Rory Kinnear, with: Duncan Bell, Skye Bennett, Anna Burnett, Anna Carteret, Rowena Cooper, Marcus Cunningham, Holly Gibbs, Michael Grady-Hall, Colin Haigh, Harry Hepple, Floss Hoffmann, Stephanie Jacob, Anne Kavanagh, Victoria Lennox, Tim McMullan, Stuart Martin, Pamela Merrick, Charlotte Pyke, Roger Ringrose, Tony Turner and Hattie Webb.



The full cast for James Macdonald’s production of DIDO, QUEEN OF CARTHAGE by Christopher Marlowe, playing in the Cottesloe from 24 March, is: Obi Abili, Jake Arditti, Mark Bonnar (as Aeneas), Sian Brooke, Gary Carr, Alan David, Susan Engel, Freddie Hill, Anastasia Hille (as Dido), Stephen Kennedy, Kyle McPhail, Thomas Patten, Siobhan Redmond (as Venus), Ryan Sampson, Ceallach Spellman and Theo Stevenson.



Nonso Anozie plays Elesin, the King’s horseman, in Rufus Norris’s production of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, playing in the Olivier from 24 March until 13 June, part of the Travelex £10 Tickets season. He is joined by: David Ajala, Medina Ajikawo, Sarah Amankwah, Claire Benedict, Robert Eugene, Derek Ezenagu, Karlina Grace, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Hazel Holder, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Tony James-Andersson, Jenny Jules, Gemma McFarlane-Edmond, Coral Messam, Lucian Msamati, Rex Obano, Anthony Ofoegbu, Demi Oyediran, Daniel Poyser, Jason Rowe, Seun Shote, Giles Terera and David Webber.



The cast for Rupert Goold’s production of TIME AND THE CONWAYS by J B Priestley, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre on 5 May, includes Francesca Annis as Mrs Conway, Mark Dexter, Lisa Jackson, Lydia Leonard, Hattie Morahan, Alistair Petrie, Paul Ready, Adrian Scarborough and Fenella Woolgar.





ENGLAND by Tim Crouch receives its London premiere at the Whitechapel Gallery, in association with the National Theatre, running from 8 May – 16 June (press performances: 12 May at 7pm & 9pm). Performed by Tim Crouch and Hannah Ringham, the co-directors are Dan Smith and a smith [sic], with sound design by Dan Jones, technical management by Schrader-Umney and administrative production by Lisa Smith.


Performed by two guides within an exhibition, ENGLAND is a play about a sickness and the search for health at any cost.  It is the story of a transplant – a heart inside another person’s body, a culture inside another country’s culture, theatre inside a gallery. It is an imagined tour through space and across borders: arriving at a place of urgency about the values we place on human life and art. 


ENGLAND was commissioned by the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and premiered at the Fruitmarket Gallery in 2007 where it won a Fringe First, A Herald Angel and a Total Theatre Award. It is produced by news from nowhere, with Culturgest, Lisbon, and Warwick Arts Centre, UK.


Press contact: Elizabeth Flanagan, Whitechapel Gallery on 020 7522 7871 /





Entry Pass, the NT’s free membership scheme offering £5 tickets to 15-19 year olds for all NT productions, has extended its membership to 15-25 year olds as part of the NT’s involvement in A Night Less Ordinary. The first ticket booked by members is free; each subsequent ticket will cost just £5.


A Night Less Ordinary is an Arts Council England scheme, supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to get more young people into theatres across the country. The £2.5 million scheme will provide 618,000 free theatre tickets to anyone under 26 in more than 200 venues across England, between February 2009 and March 2011.


Entry Pass offers members much more than just £5 tickets: there are a range of workshops throughout the year and the opportunity to join the professional critics at NT press nights to review the shows. Reviews are posted on the dedicated Entry Pass website, which also features information on every production at the NT, staff insights and a members’ discussion board.


For more information please visit:


Contact: Jennifer Reynolds on 020 7452 3233;




1 July – 27 September, Theatre Square


After last year’s summer washout, we brave the elements once again for Watch This Space, the National’s free festival of al fresco performance. Join us on the Astroturf three-piece suite for a rich variety of theatre, circus, dance, music and spectacle under a (hopefully) sunny sky.


The National’s free outdoor summer festival runs from 1 July to 27 September, offering plenty of exhilarating world-class entertainment. A full schedule will be available from early May.



Following 2008’s sell-out performances, we open up Square2 again for more outdoor theatre, including the outstanding Polish company Teatr Biuro Podròzy with the return of their hugely successful Macbeth: Who is That Bloodied Man?, and the premiere of their latest production.


Contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7452 3231 /




6pm (45 mins), £3·50/£2·50 unless stated


Ten Years of the Children’s Laureate 27 April, Olivier

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen look back at their experiences of being Laureate and talk to John Mullan about the current trend of dramatic adaptations of children’s novels.


Virginia McKenna 28 April, Cottesloe

Virginia McKenna’s autobiography, The Life in My Years, reflects on a career which includes performances in The Cruel Sea and A Town Like Alice and her role in the conservation and animal welfare movement as founder of The Born Free Foundation.


Rupert Goold on Time and the Conways 14 May, Lyttelton

The director talks about his new production of Priestley’s time play.


Frantic Assembly: Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett 28 May, Cottesloe

In their practical book on devising, the artistic directors of Frantic Assembly reflect on the history and practice of their innovative company.


The Marlowe Legacy 29 May, Cottesloe

A wide-ranging look at a life rich with drama, poetry and intrigue; Lisa Hopkins discusses Marlowe’s literary legacy, Ged Parsons his frequent fictional appearances, and Simon Shepherd looks at affairs of state in turbulent times.


Matt Charman and Richard Eyre on The Observer 4 June, Cottesloe

Writer and director talk about this new play set during a West African election.


The Work of Wole Soyinka 12 June, Olivier

Maya Jaggi, Ben Okri and Jane Plastow examine the life and career of the Nobel prize-winning author of Death and the King’s Horseman.


Antony Sher 20 June, Lyttelton

As a new edition of his inspiring and revelatory memoir, Beside Myself, is published to mark his 60th birthday, alongside an exhibition, the actor, author and artist Antony Sher reflects on his career.


Shakespeare Blogged: Nick Asbury and Simon Reade 23 June, Cottesloe

Actor and RSC blogger Nick Asbury joins director and author Simon Reade for a light-hearted look at how Shakespeare the playwright would survive in today’s world of internet scrutiny and arts subsidy.


Marianne Elliott on All’s Well That Ends Well 24 June, Olivier

The director Marianne Elliott discusses her new production of Shakespeare’s “problem” play.


Lorna Luft 26 June, Olivier

The celebrated performer, actress and recording artist comes to the National to talk about her acclaimed career – most recently playing the Wicked Witch of the West – and living with the memory of her mother, the legendary Judy Garland.


Timeless Priestley: Roy Hattersley and Tom Priestley 29 June, Lyttelton

Playwright, broadcaster, campaigner and novelist J B Priestley left an indelible mark on our culture and society. Tom Priestley, his son, is joined by the politician Roy Hattersley to reflect on the legacy of a British legend.


Nicholas Hytner on Phèdre 2 July, Lyttelton

The director talks about his production of Racine’s verse masterpiece.


Shakespeare’s Soul: Jonathan Bate 3 July, Olivier

In his new biography, Soul of the Age, Jonathan Bate weaves an exhilarating tapestry of the Elizabethan beliefs and obsessions, private passions and political intrigues that shaped and informed Shakespeare’s mind.


New Connections Writers’ Forum 7 July, Cottesloe

As the annual season of new plays for young people ends its run at the National, the writers look back on their experiences of the programme.


Joan Bakewell 14 July, Lyttelton

In her first novel, All the Nice Girls, Joan Bakewell tells a stirring tale of living life to the full and the virtue of integrity and patriotism in a wartime Manchester girls’ school.


Helen Mirren 20 July, 9.30pm, Lyttelton

Currently playing the title role in Racine’s tragedy, Helen Mirren reflects on her hugely diverse career and returning to the National.


An Experiment with Time… and the Conways 24 July, Lyttelton

Time and the Conways was inspired by J W Dunne’s 1927 ‘An Experiment with Time’, which argues that our past, present and future exist concurrently. Physicist Jeff Forshaw and writer Anthony Peake discuss Dunne’s influence on Priestley’s work, and the latest in time theories.


In Conversation with… 3pm (1hr) £5/4, Cottesloe

The ongoing series of informal conversations with company members chatting about their work and answering audience questions. Chaired by Al Senter.

Anastasia Hille – Mon 1 June

Anna Chancellor – Fri 5 June

Francesca Annis – Tue 23 June


The Acting Series… revisited

The distinguished 1980s BBC series of acting masterclasses featured a stellar line-up of Maria Aitken, Michael Caine, Simon Callow, Brian Cox, Jonathan Miller and Janet Suzman, working with young actors on acting in particular genres. Twenty years later, the ‘masters’ revisit their topics and look back to see how their work and approach have changed – or not – and share their thoughts on contemporary acting with extracts from the original series.

Jonathan Miller: Acting in Opera – Fri 5 June, Olivier

Simon Callow: Acting in Restoration Comedy – Fri 19 June, Olivier

Maria Aitken: Acting in High Comedy – Wed 8 July, Lyttelton

Janet Suzman: Acting in Shakespearean Comedy – Fri 10 July, Lyttelton


Contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7452 3231 /




Stage by Stage, a permanent exhibition on the National’s history is in the Olivier Circle, plus a changing programme throughout the year.


Roxana Halls’ Tingle-Tangle

30 March – 30 May

A series of paintings on the theme of cabaret by prize-winning contemporary artist Roxana Halls. The painter as impresario invites you to be the audience for a show taking in burlesque, the heyday of Weimar, the current scene and a range of imaginary performances only to be witnessed on canvas.


Lasting Impressions – Greenwich Printmakers 30 Years On

25 May – 4 July

In this exciting exhibition of original prints, Greenwich Printmakers celebrate 30 years of successful association. The broad range of prints on display illustrates an equally wide diversity of print methods including lino-cuts, etchings, screen-prints, lithographs, monoprints, collographs and many others. The uniqueness of style and methodology of each Greenwich printmaker makes this a stunning selection of contemporary prints at affordable prices.


Antony Sher

8 June – 27 June

Antony Sher’s latest oil painting is an enormous autobiographical work called ‘The Audience’. It’s a composition of 130 portraits of people who have influenced his life: iconic heroes and villains (Mandela and Hitler), great actors (Olivier, Brando), members of his family, or friends, characters he’s played (Richard III, Primo Levi, Stanley Spencer) or characters from his novels and plays. To coincide with his 60th birthday, and the new edition of his autobiography, Beside Myself, Antony Sher will exhibit ‘The Audience’ alongside other paintings and drawings. The new edition of his autobiography will be available from May at the NT bookshop.


The Press Photographer’s Year 09

4 July – 31 August

The Press Photographer’s Year is the only competition that showcases the outstanding press photography taken for and used by the UK media. This exhibition documents the world in 2009 and proves once again that even in a world of instant communication, the traditional still image burns the keenest, fastest impression on the public conscience. Returning to the NT for a fourth successive year, the Press Photographer’s Year is held in association with The British Press Photographers’ Association and sponsored by Canon cameras. The accompanying book containing all the photographs from The Press Photographer’s Year 2009 will be available from the NT bookshop.


Contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7452 3231 /



Discover: National Theatre


Young people:

Theatrecraft workshops

A range of technical workshops for 15-19 year olds, exploring lighting, sound, props and costume, delivered by experienced National Theatre staff. Visit for more information.



Discover: Playwriting

Aspiring playwrights who are over 55 are invited to submit ideas for a new play based on a favourite classic (the ‘classic’ could be a play, a novel or a film). Twelve applicant writers will be selected to work with playwright Samuel Adamson and the NT’s Discover and Literary departments on developing the first scene of their play during April. For further information visit:


Discover: Playwriting is supported by Prudential.


Secondary & Further Education:


Lucinda Coxon’s new play is a darkly comic companion to Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well. Helena has a gift for patience. Bertram wants to disappear for ever.

Olivier Theatre Foyer, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 June, 5pm (running time 30 mins).

Free to schools and colleges making a group booking for All’s Well That Ends Well.


Contact: Caroline Ansdell on 020 7452 3231 /




27 February 2009





Public Information:

Public phone/online booking for new productions in the May-July season opens on 13 March.

Book tickets online at

Box Office: 020 7452 3000, open 9.30am – 8pm Fax: 020 7452 3030

Information: 020 7452 3400





The National offers a free touch tour for every audio-described production: a chance to visit the set, feel the props, meet members of the company, and to enhance enjoyment of the show. Tours must be booked in advance by calling the Box Office: 020 7452 3000.


Dido, Queen of Carthage Friday 24 April at 7.30pm, Saturday 25 April at 2.30pm


Death and the King’s Horseman Friday 8 May at 7.30pm, Saturday 9 May at 2pm


The Observer Friday 26 June at 7pm, Saturday 27 June at 2.30pm


Phèdre Friday 3 July at 8pm, Saturday 4 July at 3pm,

Saturday 1 August at 3pm


Time and the Conways Friday 24 July at 7.30pm, Saturday 25 July at 2.15pm






Dido, Queen of Carthage Tuesday 5 May at 7.30pm


England People Very Nice Monday 1 June at 7.30pm


Death and the King’s Horseman Saturday 13 June at 2pm


All’s Well That Ends Well Saturday 11 July at 2pm


Phèdre Wednesday 22 July at 8pm


Time and the Conways Monday 27 July at 7.30pm


Travelex £10 Tickets

The National Theatre would appreciate an acknowledgement in the body of the text and/or as a separate footnote following editorial copy, for example:


All’s Well That Ends Well, a Travelex £10 Ticket show’


Media Partner of Travelex £10 Tickets



Television Media Partner of Travelex £10 Tickets


Matinees at the National Theatre, Discover for Life and Discover: Playwriting

are sponsored by Prudential


Innovation at the National Theatre, including the production of The Observer, is sponsored by Accenture


Philips and the National Theatre are working in partnership to reduce energy consumption


New Connections is supported by Bank of America


The National Theatre is working in partnership with Corbis on photographs

for its 2008/09 season.


PHEDRE is sponsored by Coutts & Co.


The National Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of US partner Bob Boyett.


The National Theatre receives funding from Arts Council England.


For further information, please contact the National’s Development Department on 020 7452 3225.


THE NATIONAL’S REPERTOIRE as of 27 February 2009


Tel: 020 7452 3235 Fax: 020 7452 3230 Email









New London Theatre



3 April

Mary Parker

020 7452 3234

Janine Shalom,

Premier PR

020 7292 8330


Cottesloe & tour

11 November

Lucinda Morrison

020 7452 3232



27 January

Mary Parker

020 7452 3234




from 27 January

Jennifer Reynolds

020 7452 3233


Schools tour

From 10 February

Caroline Ansdell

020 7452 3231



11 February

Lucinda Morrison

020 7452 3232



3 March

Mary Parker

020 7452 3234



24 March

Jennifer Reynolds

020 7452 3233



8 April

Jennifer Reynolds

020 7452 3233



5 May

Mary Parker

020 7452 3234



20 May

Jennifer Reynolds

020 7452 3233



28 May

Lucinda Morrison

020 7452 3232





Mary Parker

020 7452 3234




Jennifer Reynolds

020 7452 3233



From 3 March

David Bloom

020 7907 1777



12 May

Elizabeth Flanagan

020 7522 7871




Caroline Ansdell

020 7452 3231


Lucinda Morrison:

Mary Parker:

Jennifer Reynolds:

Caroline Ansdell:

Ben Clare (press tickets): or 020 7452 3236

Janine Shalom:

David Bloom, Target Live:

Elizabeth Flanagan, Whitechapel Gallery:







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Wednesday, 7 January 2009  
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

YOUNG HEARTS - 2009 Theatre Season
YOUNG HEARTS -202009 Theatre Season
Priority booking now open
Public booking opens 14 February
Season opens 23 April

The Globe Theatre's 2009 season of YOUNG HEARTS celebrates Shakespeare’s unmatched ability to remind us all of the incomparable joys, confusions and excitements of first and early love.
The season opens on 23 April with Romeo & Juliet and is followed by As You Like ItTroilus & Cressida and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

 are explored in the three new plays in 2009: Helen by Euripides in a new version by the acclaimed playwright Frank McGuinness; the premiere of Trevor GriffithsA New World: A Life of Thomas Paine; and the return of Ché Walker’s hit from last year, The Frontline.

For more information on the 2009 Theatre Season, including our two new national tours of The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream, please visit

Priority booking for the 2009 Theatre Season is now open to Friends of Shakespeare's Globe. Join now to take advantage of priority booking - this is the best way to secure the seats you want.

Other benefits enjoyed by Friends include free entry to the Globe Exhibition, free copies of Around the Globe magazine, and invitations to a year-round calendar of exclusive events.

The Globe receives no annual government subsidy. Your support is vital for our continued growth and success.

Spring Events at the Globe
Spring Events at the Globe
Public events at the Globe this Spring include family events for half term in the Globe Exhibition, free live music in the Swan at the Globe Bar, 'You Kiss by the Book' talks and lectures exploring the themes of love and desire, and an exclusive season preview for Friends of Shakespere's Globe.

For more details please click here.
For a full calendar of what's on at the Globe please click here.

At the Comedy Theatre
Sunset Boulevard 6 Jan-18 April

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stunning musical adaptation of Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film captures the haunting world of the Golden Age of Hollywood. With book and lyrics by the Oscar-winning partnership of Don Black (Born Free, Diamonds are Forever) and Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Atonement).
Globe ticket offer: top price tickets just £29.50 (usually up to £51.50, excludes Sat eves and 16-20 Feb). Click here and enter the promo code ATGGLOBE.
Comedy Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1Y

Welcome to the January issue of Shakespeare's Globe Newsletter.

In this Issue
YOUNG HEARTS - 2009 Theatre Season
Spring Events at the Globe
At the Comedy Theatre

Don't forget
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is open year round and includes a fascinating guided tour inside the theatre. Find out more here.

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