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Rhys Ifans to star in one-man show Protest Song at National Theatre

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Preview by Jack Foley

RHYS Ifans is heading to the National Theatre as part of its forthcoming autumn season.

The actor, best known for roles in The Amazing Spider-Man and Notting Hill, will play a homeless man who accidentally ends up at the centre of a political protest in Protest Song.

Based on a true story, the one-man show is described as a “funny and savage monologue” that explores the reality of the Occupy movement.

Written by Tim Price, it is being directed by Polly Findlay and will run at the National from December 16, 2013, to January 11, 2014.

Ifans takes on the role of Danny, who sleeps rough on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral and wakes one morning to find protesters from the Occupy movement setting up camp.

The actor previously appeared in Under Milk Wood at The National.

Another highlight of the season promises to be a new play from Nick Payne, the creator of the award-winning Constellations.

The as-yet-unnamed play is described as a blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics.

It has been co-written by Carrie Cracknell, whose recent work includes A Doll’s House at the Young Vic, and will be staged in mid January at the Shed.

And George Kaiser’s From Morning to Midnight will be revisited in an adaptation by Dennis Kelly at the Lyttelton Theatre that stars Tony Award nominee Adam Godley, last seen as Raymond Babbitt in the 2008 West End production of Rain Man opposite Josh Hartnett.

Directed by Melly Still, the production explores the tragedy of an ordinary man who steps outside his ordinary life and destroys himself over the course of one day.

The National Theatre will mark its 50th anniversary with a series of performances, screenings and exhibitions in the autumn.