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National Theatre's plans for 2013

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NICHOLAS Hytner has announced the National Theatre’s plans for 2013 – its 50th anniversary year – and beyond.

In the OLIVIER THEATRE, Nicholas Hytner will direct Shakespeare’s Othello, with Adrian Lester in the title role and Rory Kinnear as Iago. The cast will also include Jonathan Bailey as Cassio, Lyndsey Marshal as Emilia and Olivia Vinall as Desdemona. The production will open on April 23.

James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner will be directed by Rufus Norris, with Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Sharon D Clarke leading the cast. Part of the Travelex £12 Tickets season, it will open in June.

Edward II by Christopher Marlowe will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, with John Heffernan in the title role. Also part of the Travelex Tickets season, it will open in September.

In November, Bijan Sheibani will stage a new production of the classic children’s adventure Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner, adapted by Carl Miller.

Earlier in the year, James Graham’s much-acclaimed play This House will transfer to the Olivier following its sell-out Cottesloe run. Jeremy Herrin’s production will open on February 28 with Reece Dinsdale joining members of the original cast including Phil Daniels, Charles Edwards, Vincent Franklin and Julian Wadham.

Adrian Noble’s production of Carl Zuckmayer’s The Captain of Kopenick, in a new English version by Ron Hutchinson, with Antony Sher in the title role, will open on February 5.

And looking further ahead to 2014, Sam Mendes will direct Simon Russell Beale in King Lear, opening in January.

In the LYTTELTON THEATRE, Howard Davies’s production of Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky, in a new version by Andrew Upton, will be the first Travelex £12 Tickets show of 2013, opening on April 16. The cast will include Lucy Black, Paul Higgins, Gerald Kyd, Emma Lowndes, Justine Mitchell and Geoffrey Streatfeild.

Simon Godwin will make his National Theatre directorial debut in June with Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill. The cast will include Anne-Marie Duff and Charles Edwards.

Former National Theatre Director Richard Eyre will direct Liola by Luigi Pirandello, in a new version by Tanya Ronder. The second of this year’s Travelex £12 Tickets productions in the Lyttelton, it will open in August.

Suggested by a story by George MacDonald, and with music and lyrics by Tori Amos, and book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson, The Light Princess will open in October. Marianne Elliott will direct a cast that includes Rosalie Craig and Clive Rowe.

And in November, Melly Still will direct From Morning to Midnight by Georg Kaiser, in a new version by Dennis Kelly.

The programme for THE SHED, a temporary space in Theatre Square with 225 tickets at £12 and £20, will include:

Table, written by Tanya Ronder and directed by Rufus Norris, is a devised play developed at the National Theatre Studio. It will open in April.

Bullet Catch, written and performed by Rob Drummond, presented by Arches, Glasgow, will run for 13 performances in May, following its success at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012.

Mission Drift from New York ensemble company The TEAM in collaboration with Heather Christian and Sarah Gancher, will be directed by Rachel Chavkin and open in June.

A project exploring sound devised by the electronic musician Matthew Herbert, will open in July.

Home, a verbatim theatre piece with music exploring social housing in London, devised and directed by Nadia Fall, will open in August.

nut, a new play written and directed by debbie tucker green, will open in November.

The Elephantom, based on the book by Ross Collins, adapted by Ben Power, and directed by Finn Caldwell, Marianne Elliott and Toby Olié, will open in December. The Elephantom is a play with puppets for young audiences.

A new play by Tim Price about the Occupy Movement, directed by Polly Findlay, will also open in December.

And a new play by Nick Payne, directed by Carrie Cracknell, will open in early 2014.

The 50th anniversary of the National Theatre company’s first performance at the Old Vic in October 1963 will be marked in the autumn by a unique performance broadcast from the Olivier Theatre on BBC 2 and two Arena documentaries on BBC 4, as well as the publication of a book, The National Theatre Story by Daniel Rosenthal.

The first phase of construction work for the NT Future redevelopment project – a new production centre, the refurbishment of the COTTESLOE (which will close in February and re-open in April 2014 as the Dorfman) and the creation of the Clore Learning Centre – has begun. £9million remains to be raised for the project’s successful completion; an audience appeal has been launched.