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From Morning To Midnight - NT (Lyttelton)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ADAM Godley will lead the cast in Dennis Kelly’s new version of Georg Kaiser’s From Morning To Midnight, which opens in the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on November 26, 2013 (previews from November 19) before continuing in repertoire until January 15, 2014.

Georg Kaiser’s 1912 German Expressionist masterpiece explores the tragedy of an ordinary man who steps outside his humdrum life and, over the course of one crazy, alienating day, destroys himself.

Knocked for six by his lust for an exotically perfumed woman from Florence, a trusted bank clerk of twenty-five years’ standing shoves a stolen fortune in his pocket and runs to her hotel, where his ludicrous advances are rejected.

But, he’s broken free and there’s no turning back. He ditches his family and their bourgeois existence to embark on a roller-coaster odyssey, scouring the city’s senseless entertainments in an increasingly disillusioned search for an experience worth buying and a reason for living.

Adam Godley’s previous appearances at the National Theatre include the title role of Howard Brenton’s Paul, Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years, Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman and Terry Johnson’s Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick. His other recent theatre work includes Anything Goes (New York) and Rain Man (West End).

His screen credits include The Special Relationship, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Nanny McPhee, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Love Actually, Mad Men, Case Histories, Breaking Bad and Nuremberg.

From Morning To Midnight will be directed by Melly Still, whose productions for the National Theatre include Coram Boy, The Revenger’s Tragedy and Nation. She also designed and co-devised Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Her directorial credits also include Rat’s Tales (Royal Exchange), Beasts and Beauties (Hampstead Theatre), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Bristol Old Vic), Midnight’s Children and Tales from Ovid (co-director) for the RSC, and The Cunning Little Vixen and Rusalka for Glyndebourne.

Dennis Kelly’s plays and adaptations include The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas (Royal Court Theatre), Matilda The Musical (RSC), The Prince of Homburg (Donmar Warehouse), Orphans (Traverse, Birmingham Rep and Soho/Paines Plough), DNA (NT Connections and Cottesloe), and Taking Care of Baby (Birmingham Rep and Hampstead Theatre). His screen work includes Utopia, Spooks and Pulling (co-written with Sharon Horgan).

From Morning To Midnight will be designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Bruno Poet, video and projection design by Andrzej Goulding, music by Dave Price, movement by Al Nedjari, fight direction by Kate Waters and sound design by Christopher Shutt.