National Theatre - January to April, 2007
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE NATIONAL Theatre which starts 2007 with three new productions – The Man of Mode, Happy Days and The Reporter – has extended its hugely successful Travelex £10 Season to include the Lyttelton Theatre.
Olivier Theatre – The Man of Mode: opens on February 6, 2007 (previews from January 29) and continues in repertoire.
George Etherege’s Restoration Comedy is set in a London obsessed with having it all, and takes a steely look at young people driven by the need to have the latest clothes, the latest gossip and each other’s bodies.
Dorimant, who can generally charm any woman in town back to his apartment, can’t persuade Belinda into his bed until he’s promised to dump Loveit, his current mistress. Mission accomplished, he turns his sights on Harriet, who is rich enough to solve his financial problems but smart enough not to play his game.
Nicholas Hytner will direct a cast that includes Amber Agah, Hayley Atwell, Nancy Carroll, Tom Hardy, Shelley King, Rory Kinnear and Amit Shah.
Atwell’s (Belinda) credits include The Line of Beauty (TV); the forthcoming Mansfield Park and an untitled Woody Allen feature (film); and Women Beware Women at the RSC.
Carroll (Loveit) was last seen at the National in The Voysey Inheritance and The False Servant, and recently appeared in the West End in See How They Run.
Hardy (Dorimant) won the Evening Standard award for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in Festen (Almeida). His screen credits include The Virgin Queen, Marie Antoinette and Black Hawk Down.
And Kinnear’s (Sir Fopling Flutter) theatre credits include Southwark Fair (NT), Mary Stuart (Donmar), Festen (Almeida) and Hamlet (Old Vic).
Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair and The Alchemist.
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