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Olivier confirms 2012 line-up will include The Count of Monte Cristo

Story by Jack Foley

IN ANNOUNCING the Olivier’s line-up for the remainder of 2012 artistic director Nicholas Hytner was delighted to reveal that Travelex have renewed their sponsorship of the Travelex Tickets season for a further three years.

2012 marks the tenth season of Travelex at the National but today’s announcement means that it will continue from 2013 until 2015.

In 2012, almost half the tickets for five plays in the Olivier Theatre will again be offered at just £12 (the rest will be £22 and £32).

The first new production for the 2012 Travelex season will be Sophocles’ Antigone, directed by Polly Findlay from May 30.

It will be followed in July with Timon of Athens, directed by Hytner himself as part of the World Shakespeare Festival. Simon Russell Beale will take on the role of Timon.

The season will culminate in October with Tirso de Molina’s Damned for Despair, which will be directed by Bijan Sheibani.

Another of the keenly anticipated productions is Richard Bean’s new adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, which marks the NT debut of Open Air Theatre artistic director Timothy Sheader in November.

Bean’s previous National successes include The Mentalists and the multi award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors, which is currently running in the West End and will soon transfer to Broadway as well as embark on a second UK tour.

As previously announced, Jamie Lloyd’s production of Oliver Goldsmith’s classic English comedy She Stoops to Conquer opens at the Olivier on January 31.

It will be followed by the Olivier transfer of Hytner’s production of Collaborators with Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale recreate their roles as Bulgakov and Stalin.

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