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The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other - NT

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JAMES Macdonald will direct Meredith Oakes’ translation of Peter Handke’s The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other which opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on February 13, 2008 (previews from February 6) before continuing in repertoire.

The full cast is Susan Brown, Jessie Burton, Pip Carter, Paul Chesterton, Lisa Dillon, Callum Dixon, Noma Dumezweni, Susan Engel, Susannah Fielding, Mark Hadfield, Amy Hall, Daniel Hawksford, Tom Hickey, Richard Hope, Mairead McKinley, Nick Malinowski, Shereen Martineau, Justine Mitchell, Daniel Poyser, Adrian Schiller, Amit Shah, Sara Stewart, Giles Terera, Jason Thorpe, Harry Towb, Simon Wilson and Sarah Woodward.

Twenty five actors, 450 characters and no dialogue – The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other is a play without words by the great experimental figure of European theatre, Peter Handke.

For a moment, the town square is empty. Then a figure darts across, and another, and another – business people, roller-bladers, a cowboy, several street-sweepers, a half-dressed bride, a film crew, a line of old men, a tourist, a beauty in a mirrored dress, Abraham and Isaac, a family of refugees, a fool – more and more people, the bizarre and the humdrum, fleetingly connected by proximity alone.

Last year, Macdonald directed James Joyce’s Exiles at the National. His productions for the Royal Court include Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough To Say I Love You (which he will also direct at New York’s Public Theater next spring); Christopher Shinn’s Dying City (also at Lincoln Center, New York); Sarah Kane’s Cleansed, Blasted and 4.48 Psychosis (also US tour); and Martin Crimp’s Fewer Emergencies.

His other recent work includes David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross which is currently playing at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, and the forthcoming HBO/BBC film of Caryl Churchill’s A Number.

The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other has sets by Hildegard Bechtler, costumes by Moritz Junge, lighting by Jean Kalman, music by Mel Mercier and sound by Christopher Shutt. Jonathan Burrows is Associate Director.

The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other is sponsored by Accenture, supporters of Innovation at the National Theatre.