National Theatre - 50th Anniversary Platforms
THE NATIONAL Theatre opened its doors in 1963 at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier. Eight hundred productions later, the theatre is marking its half-century with a short season celebrating the remarkable people and plays that made the NT one of the most cherished and creative of great British institutions: on screen, on stage and online.
In the Platform series National Histories, some of the leading artists who have been part of the company tell very personal stories about the theatre. Ten simple questions, 50 years’ worth of possible answers: key National Theatre figures – actors, writers, directors – divulge their recollections of the National.
Those taking part include:
Nancy Carroll (The Magistrate, After the Dance) and Alex Jennings (Collaborators, The Habit of Art, Ghetto) – Tuesday, October 1 at 6pm (The Shed).
David Bradley (Henry IV, The Mysteries) and Juliet Stevenson (Private Lives, Hedda Gabler) – Wednesday, October 2 at 6pm (The Shed).
Jim Carter (Guys and Dolls, The Oresteia) and Imelda Staunton (Guys and Dolls, A Chorus of Disapproval) – Friday, October 4 at 6pm (The Shed).
Anna Carteret (Never So Good, The National Health) and Edward Petherbridge (The Rivals, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Monday, October 7 at 6pm (The Shed).
Adrian Lester (Othello, Henry V), second guest tba – Tuesday, October 8 at 6pm (The Shed).
Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse) and Clive Rowe (The Light Princess, Fuente Ovejuna) – Friday, October 11 at 6pm (The Shed).
Trevor Nunn (Director of the National Theatre 1997-2003, The Merchant of Venice, Oklahoma!), second guest tba – Monday, October 14 at 6pm (Olivier).
David Hare (Plenty, Pravda) and Penelope Wilton (Betrayal, Man and Superman) – Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm (Olivier).
Gawn Grainger (A Woman Killed With Kindness, Saturday Sunday Monday) and Zoë Wanamaker (Much Ado About Nothing, His Girl Friday) – Wednesday, October 16 at 6pm (Olivier).
Nicholas Hytner (Current Director of the National, Othello, Carousel) and Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, The Man of Mode) – Friday, October 18 at 6pm (Olivier).
Kenneth Cranham (The UN Inspector, An Inspector Calls) and Lesley Manville (Grief, His Dark Materials) – Monday, October 21 at 3pm (The Shed).
Charles Kay (The Madness of George III, As You Like It) and Fiona Shaw (Mother Courage, Machinal) – Monday, October 21 at 6pm (Olivier).
Joan Plowright – Tuesday, October 22 at 6pm (Olivier).
Joan Plowright (Three Sisters, Saint Joan) wife of the NT’s first Director Laurence Olivier and one of the National’s first ‘leading ladies’, talks to the current Director, Nicholas Hytner.
Alan Bennett (The Habit of Art, The History Boys) and Frances de la Tour (People, Brighton Beach Memoirs) – Wednesday, October 23 at 6pm (Olivier).
Richard Eyre (Amy’s View, Guys and Dolls) and Julie Walters (The Last of the Haussmans, Fool for Love) – Thursday, October 24 at 6pm (Lyttelton).
Brenda Blethyn (Bedroom Farce, The Mysteries) and Simon Russell Beale (Humble Boy, Hamlet, Timon of Athens) – Friday, October 25 at 6pm (Lyttelton).
Tickets: £4/£3 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7452 3000 or online at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/.
Running Time: 45 minutes.