News Published 23 February 2011

Casting Details for National’s Spring Season

Zoe Wanamaker to star in The Cherry Orchard.

Natasha Tripney

The National Theatre has announced casting details for their forthcoming spring season. New to the Olivier Theatre, opening on 17th May, is Howard Davies’s production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, starring Zoe Wanamaker as Madame Ranyevskaya as well as Mark Bonna, Pip Carter and Kenneth Cranham.

This will be followed by a production of Ibsen’s infrequently staged epic, Emperor and Galilean, in a new version by Ben Power. Directed buy Jonathan Kent, the cast will include Andrew Scott, as the Emperor Julian, and Ian McDiarmid. It will open on 15th June.

In the Lyttelton, opening on the 24th May, there will be a production of One Man, Two Guvnors, an update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, A Servant of Two Masters, by Richard Bean, whose play about climate change scepticism, The Heretic, recently opened at the Royal Court. The production will be directed by Nicholas Hytner and the cast will include James Corden and Oliver Chris.

In the Cottesloe, there will be a production of Alecky Blythe’s London Road, opening on the 14th April. Blythe’s previous work, which includes The Girlfriend Experience and most recently Do We Look Like Refugees?, uses extensive recorded interviews to capture the natural rhytms of people’s speech. In London Road, these recordings have been combined with music by Adam Cork to create an experimental piece that explores a community’s response to a series of murders of prostitutes. The production will be directed by Rufus Norris.

This will be followed by Katie Mitchell production of Thomas Heywood’s play of 1603, A Woman Killed with Kindness. The production will open on 19th July and casting has yet to be announced.

For further details and tickets, visit: National Theatre


Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.



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