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Landscape With Weapon - National (Cottesloe)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW play by Joe Penhall, Landscape With Weapon, directed by Roger Michell, opens in the National’s Cottesloe Theatre on April 5, 2007 (previews from March 29) and continues in repertoire.

To his family’s horror, Ned reveals he’s the brains behind a new military technology so sophisticated, so extraordinary, it will revolutionise the nature of warfare. It’s only when the Ministry of Defence demands intellectual ownership that Ned begins to question himself, resisting the might of the weapons industry with frightening consequences.

Landscape with Weapon will be performed by Pippa Haywood, Tom Hollander, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Jason Watkins.

Hollander’s theatre work includes The Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar Warehouse), and King Lear, Tartuffe and The Judas Kiss (Almeida – the latter also on Broadway).

His many film and television credits include Pirates of the Caribbean (II and III), Pride and Prejudice, Gosford Park, The Lost Prince and Cambridge Spies.

Rhind-Tutt was last seen at the National in The Madness of George III (also the film), Richard II and The Way of the World. His extensive screen credits include Green Wing, Stardust, Venus, Rabbit Fever and Notting Hill.

Michell also directed Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange at the NT and Dumb Show at the Royal Court. His other recent stage productions include Honour and The Homecoming (National) and Old Times (Donmar Warehouse). And his film credits include Venus, Enduring Love, The Mother, Notting Hill, and the BAFTA-winning Persuasion.

Penhall’s last play at the National was Blue/Orange, winner of the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards for Best New Play. His other theatre work includes Dumb Show, Pale Horse and Some Voices (Royal Court); while his screenplays and TV serials include Enduring Love, The Long Firm, The Last Refuge, Blue/Orange and Moodswings.

Landscape With Weapon will be designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Rick Fisher (the creative team responsible for Blue/Orange) and sound by Rich Walsh.