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National Theatre hosts Peru: The Land of the Inca

Preview by Jack Foley

THE National Theatre in London is playing host to a new exhibition from renowned photographer, James Sparshatt, entitled Peru – The Land of the Inca.

Running until June 17, 2006, the exhibition will feature Sparshatt’s stunning black and white images of the country’s soaring mountains and breathtaking temple ruins, as well as beautiful portraits of the modern day descendants of the Inca and their Spanish conquerors.

It will consist of approximately 40 limited edition prints, all of which are available to buy.

James Sparshatt’s photos of Peru were taken between 1997 and 2003 during which time he travelled the region, worked as a guide on the Inca trail and ran the English language newspaper in Le Paz, Bolivia.

He has walked the Inca trail 19 times and been to Machu Picchu over 30 times. He comments: “Peru is a magical place where soaring mountains, cascading rivers and impenetrable jungles are combined with stunning ruins of a once great empire and a descendant people with a growing pride in their heritage.”

The exhibition coincides with Trevor Nunn’s production of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, by Peter Shaffer, which forms part of the Travelex £10 Season.

The production tells of the intense battle of wills between the sun-god Atahuallpa and Pizarro his captor, as the Spaniards plunder for gold.

The National is on the South Bank, just minutes from Covent Garden and the West End. National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX.

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