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John - National Theatre (Lyttelton)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JOHN, a co-production between the National Theatre and DV8 Physical Theatre, conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, runs in the Lyttelton Theatre from November 4, 2014 (previews from October 30) to January 13, 2015.

John is a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director of DV8 Physical Theatre. Newson interviewed more than 50 men, asking them frank questions initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most.

John authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word.

John is performed by Taylor Benjamin, Lee Boggess, Gabriel Castillo, Ian Garside, Ermira Goro, Garth Johnson, Hannes Langolf, Vivien Wood and Andi Xhuma.

DV8 Physical Theatre return to the National following their acclaimed productions To Be Straight With You, Can We Talk About This? and Just for Show. DV8 have made 18 works and won many awards since their inception in 1986, including a Grand Prix de Danse, an International Emmy for Performing Arts, a Rose d’Or and three Prix Italia.

The creative associate of John is Hannes Langolf, set design is by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Richard Godin and sound by Gareth Fry.

John will be broadcast to cinemas by NT Live on December 9, 2014.

NB: John contains adult themes, strong language and nudity and therefore is suitable for ages 16 years +.

Also at the National Theatre: the award-winning New York production of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical Here Lies Love, which opens the new Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe); and Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on the book by Katherine Boo and starring Meera Syal.