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National Theatre Platforms - December 2014 to May 2015

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE NATIONAL Theatre has a number of Platforms lined up for the coming months. They begin at 6pm, last for 45 minutes and cost £4/£3 unless otherwise stated.

An Evening with Private Eye – in the Lyttelton on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 5.45pm (1hour).

Ian Hislop is joined by Craig Brown, Harry Enfield, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens and John Sessions for a satirical round-up of the year’s people and events.
Book signing

Theatre Quiz – in the Olivier on Friday, December 19 at 5.30pm.

Emma Freud hosts the annual battle for theatrical knowledge between two competing NT teams.

Lloyd Newson – in the Lyttelton on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

The Director of DV8 talks to Nicholas Hytner about the company’s working methods, as his latest production, John, visits the National.

Polly Findlay and Bryony Lavery on Treasure Island – in the Olivier on Friday, January 16 at 5.30pm.

The director and playwright discuss their new version of the adventure story.

Andrew Motion – in the Olivier on Friday, January 23 at 5.30pm.

The former Poet Laureate looks at the work of Robert Louis Stevenson, whose Treasure Island inspired his own sequels, Silver and The New World.
Book signing

10 Years of Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – in the Temporary Theatre on Thursday, January 29.

A discussion to mark the tenth anniversary of the UK’s biggest playwriting competition; guests include Miranda Sawyer, Simon Stephens and previous winner Duncan Macmillan.

Tena Štivičić on 3 Winters – in the Lyttelton on Friday, January 30.

The playwright talks about her new play.

Joan Plowright – in the Dorfman on Monday, February 2 at 2.30pm (90 minutes).

Dame Joan Plowright is joined by director Richard Digby Day to talk about her long and distinguished career; including her work at the National Theatre, established by her husband Laurence Olivier.

Nicholas Hytner and Tom Stoppard on The Hard Problem – in the Olivier on Friday, February 6 at 5.30pm.

The director and playwright discuss this new play.

Michael Pennington – in the Dorfman on Monday, February 9.

Recently a triumphant King Lear in New York, Michael Pennington introduces Let Me Play the Lion Too, an idiosyncratic but practical guide on how to be an actor.
Book signing

The Hard Problem: Evolutionary Biology – in the Dorfman on Monday, February 16.

Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, talks about some of the themes surrounding Stoppard’s new play.

Simon Godwin on Man and Superman – in the Lyttelton on Thursday, February 26 at 5.30pm.

The director discusses his new production of Shaw’s play.

Antonia Fraser – in the Lyttelton on Thursday, March 12 at 5.30pm.

In her memoir My History, the writer reflects on the start of her lifelong love of history. Chaired by Mark Lawson.

Shaw and Superman – in the Lyttelton on Friday, March 13 at 5.30pm.

Philosopher Keith Ansell-Pearson and biographer Michael Holroyd discuss the Nietzschean concept of the ‘übermensch’ and its influence on Shaw’s writing.
Book signing

Nadia Fall and Tanya Ronder on Dara – in the Lyttelton on Wednesday, March 18.

The director and playwright discuss the production.

Marianne Elliott and Sam Holcroft on Rules for Living – in the Dorfman on Thursday, March 26 at 6.30pm.

The director and playwright discuss this new play.

Ralph Fiennes – in the Lyttelton on Friday, May 15 at 3pm (1 hour).

The actor talks about the challenges and rewards of playing Jack Tanner in Man and Superman.