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Lyttelton's 2012 highlights include new play for Julie Walters

Julie Walters

NEW shows featuring Julie Walters and Cillian Murphy, as well as a new work by Alan Bennett, are among the highlights of the Lyttelton’s upcoming season at the National Theatre for the remainder of 2012.

Walters will be joined by Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory in Stephen Beresford’s new play, The Last of the Haussmans in June under the direction of Howard Davies, who recently helmed The National’s The Cherry Orchard.

Prior to that, Enda Walsh’s Misterman will receive its London premiere at the Lyttelton on April 18, 2012 for a limited season.

The production will see Cillian Murphy – famous for films such as Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later as well as Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and Inception – recreate his solo performance from the Landmark Productions/Galway Arts Festival production that previously played in Ireland and New York.

And in July, Nadia Fall will revive George Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma.

As previously announced, Alan Bennett’s new play People will open in late October under the direction of Hytner.

As yet, very few details have been released about the production but Hytner told this week’s press conference that the script made him “howl with laughter”. The play also features over 15 characters.

Hytner has previously directed premieres of Bennett’s The History Boys (for both the stage and big screen) and The Habit of Art.

Moving into 2013, Howard Davies will stage Maxim Gorky’s 1905 play Children of the Sun in March 2013.

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