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National Theatre LiveThe National Theatre has a full calendar for the forthcoming months with lots of exciting things to see. Here is just a taste of what’s on offer. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts King Lear, A Small Family Business and Medea and an encore screening of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

THE ROOF Playing from 30th May, press night 9th June
Fuel presents Requart & Rosenberg’s THE ROOF, a panoramic performance under the night sky in the Doon Street Car Park. Commissioned by LIFT and presented in association with the National Theatre, The Roof is conceived, directed and choreographed by David Rosenberg (co-founder of Shunt) and Frauke Requardt: their third collaboration following Electric Hotel (also a Fuel production) and Motor Show.

The Roof will take place in a purpose-built arena designed by Jon Bausor, set designer for the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. Standing throughout, audiences will experience the breathless mix of 360-degree hair-trigger movement, influenced by free running and set against the skyline of London, with intimate, three dimensional music and sound by Dave Price via individual headphones.

Richard Bean’s ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS embarks on a third UK tour to 37 cities from May 2014 until March 2015. After opening in Sheffield on 12 May, the tour will visit Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Woking, Hull, Glasgow, Plymouth, Bradford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Dartford, Aylesbury, Crawley, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Bath, Northampton, Canterbury, Leicester, Aberdeen, Truro, Leeds, Belfast, Dublin, Norwich, High Wycombe, Brighton, Salford, Sunderland, Nottingham, Bromley, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Oxford, Wimbledon, York and Wolverhampton.

WAR HORSE on tour
War Horse continues its tour of the UK until the autumn, with forthcoming visits to: Sunderland Empire Theatre (30 Apr – 17 May), Bradford  Alhambra (26 May – 14 Jun), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (18 Jun – 19 Jul), The Lowry, Salford (23 July – 20 Sept) and The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (24 Sept – 11 Oct).  The West End production continues at the New London Theatre, currently booking until February 2015. A new production in Dutch opens at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam as part of the Holland Festival in June.

THE ELEPHANTOM in the West End
The National Theatre’s hugely popular adaptation of Ross Collins’ much loved children’s picture book The Elephantom, about a little girl who is unexpectedly visited by a giant blue ghost-elephant, will play a strictly limited summer season at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane from 30 June to 6 September 2014 (press performance: 2 July at 2.30pm).  For children of 3+ and grown-ups of all ages, there will be daytime performances at 10am, 11.30am, and 2.30pm while War Horse continues its regular performance schedule.

The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – winner of seven Olivier Awards – will resume its West End run at the Gielgud Theatre from 24 June (opening night 8 July). The production will also receive its Broadway premiere at the Barrymore Theatre, New York this autumn.  Curious Incident… will tour the UK from December 2014 – June 2015, visiting The Lowry, Salford; New Theatre, Hull; Theatre Royal, Newcastle; Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Derngate, Northampton; Theatre Royal, Nottingham; Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff;  Festival Theatre, Edinburgh; Hippodrome, Birmingham; and Mayflower, Southampton.
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Sam Mendes’s production of Shakespear’s KING LEAR, with Simon Russell Beale in the title role, will be broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre on 1 May.  The cast also includes Stephen Boxer, Tom Brooke, Kate Fleetwood, Anna Maxwell Martin, Adrian Scarborough, Stanley Townsend, Sam Troughton and Olivia Vinall.

An encore screening of the National Theatre Live broadcast of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, filmed during the play’s original run in the Cottesloe Theatre, will be shown in UK and international cinemas on 22 May with further screenings in the following weeks.

Alan Ayckbourn’s A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS will be broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre on 12 June, with a cast led by Nigel Lindsay.

Carrie Cracknell’s production of MEDEA, with Helen McCrory in the title role, will be broadast live from the Olivier Theatre on 4 September (see page 1).

International dates for these screenings vary. For venue information and booking details, please visit www.ntlive.com

April de Angelis appointed Writer in Residence
The playwright April de Angelis will succeed Sam Holcroft as Writer in Residence at the National Theatre for a year from April 2014.

The post of Writer in Residence is based at the NT Studio, where April de Angelis will focus on her own work as well as offering support to other creative artists and theatre-makers developing work there, and also bring a writer’s perspective to the creative planning of the National Theatre.

April de Angelis’ theatre plays include Jumpy (Royal Court and Duke Of  Yorks Theatre), Hush, Havana and Wild East (Royal Court), Playhouse Creatures (Lyric Theatre 1993, Old Vic 1997, West Yorkshire Playhouse 2004, Chichester 2012),
The Positive Hour (Out of Joint), A Warwickshire Testimony (Royal Shakespeare Company), A Laughing Matter (Out of Joint/National Theatre), Headstrong (National Theatre Connections), Calais (Paines Plough/Oran Mor) and Gastronauts (Royal Court Upstairs).  She has written librettos for  Flight (Glyndebourne) and The Silent Twins (Almeida Opera).

April de Angelis has taught with the Royal Court international department and has also taught playwriting at East 15, The Arvon Foundation and Birmingham University. She has been on the script-reading panel at the Royal Court for five years.

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Thursday 3rd April 2014


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