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The Reporter - National Cottesloe

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW play by Nicholas Wright, The Reporter, will open at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre on February 21, 2007 (previews from February 14).

Based on the remarkable life of the BBC correspondent James Mossman during his last years, 1963 to 1971, The Reporter searches for the truth behind his bewildering suicide.

Richard Eyre will direct a cast that includes Ben Chaplin, Paul Ritter and Angela Thorne.

Although Chaplin will be making his National Theatre debut as Mossman, he has appeared on stage in This Is How It Goes and The Glass Menagerie (Donmar Warehouse), and The Retreat from Moscow (Broadway).

And his extensive film and television credits include The Remains of the Day, Washington Square, The Thin Red Line and Stage Beauty.

Eyre was Director of the National Theatre from 1988 – 1997. His recent work includes Hedda Gabler (Almeida and West End), which won Olivier Awards for Best Director and Best Revival; Mary Poppins (West End and Broadway); and the films Iris, Stage Beauty and the forthcoming Notes on a Scandal.

Wright’s recent work at the National includes Vincent in Brixton (also directed by Richard Eyre, and subsequently seen on Broadway), and his adaptations of His Dark Materials, Three Sisters and Thérèse Raquin. His other plays include Cressida (Almeida/West End) and Mrs Klein (National/West End).

Also at the Cottesloe and following a UK tour, the NT Education Mobile production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle will have a limited run from March 7, 2007.

In the new version by Frank McGuinness, a servant girl sacrifices everything to protect a child abandoned in the heat of civil war. Order restored, she is made to confront the boy’s biological mother in a legal contest over who deserves to keep him. The comical judge calls on an ancient tradition – the chalk circle – to resolve the dispute…...

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