Julian at the National - Landscape with Weapon

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Julian at the National - Landscape with Weapon

Postby Jools » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:23 pm

Roger Michell, director of Venus, The Mother and Notting Hill, is returning to his theatrical roots. He has signed up to direct two plays: a new work at the National Theatre in London, followed by Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Donmar Warehouse this summer. Michell has directed a number of Pinter plays, including Old Times at the Donmar in 2004, and has named the playwright as one of his creative heroes: "Pinter's sketches were the first thing I ever directed. In a way, he reinvented the way we listen to each other."

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Venus director lines up stellar cast for his return to the National Theatre

Francesca Martin
Wednesday January 31, 2007
The Guardian

Roger Michell, director of Venus, The Mother and Notting Hill, is returning to his theatrical roots. He has signed up to direct two plays: a new work at the National Theatre in London, followed by Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Donmar Warehouse this summer. Michell has directed a number of Pinter plays, including Old Times at the Donmar in 2004, and has named the playwright as one of his creative heroes: "Pinter's sketches were the first thing I ever directed. In a way, he reinvented the way we listen to each other."

The new work for the National, Landscape with Weapons, is written by Joe Penhall, and begins rehearsals in April. Penhall and Michell worked together on the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel, Enduring Love, as well as on the National's 2000 hit production, Blue/Orange, starring Bill Nighy. (William Dudley, who designed the original Blue/Orange set, and Rick Fisher, who did the lighting, will also work on the new play.)
Nearly all the roles have been cast, with two of the leads confirmed as Tom Hollander and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing). According to Penhall, "Tom and Julian are a double act to die for. Everybody signed up thrillingly quickly and willingly, so I have unusually high expectations.

"It felt like one of my heftier plays, requiring a heavyweight team, which is what we've got," he added. "I can't wait to get into rehearsals."

From http://arts.guardian.co.uk/theatre/dram ... 81,00.html

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Postby ducatilady » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:49 pm

That is fantastic news, Julian on stage!
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Postby grenniespex » Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:04 am

Not posted for a while but I have to say to this; YAY YAY and so much YAY!!!

Love theatre, love Julian (obviously) and glad hes being able to do the dramatic roles he likes so much.

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Postby Baggiebird » Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:36 pm

I can't wait for this

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Postby Baggiebird » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:52 pm

Apparantly this is going to be on at the Cottesloe theatre in April. Yayness not that long to wait then :D

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Postby ducatilady » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:40 pm

I thought it said rehearsals are starting in April?
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Postby faeriequeen » Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:32 pm

Well this site says the actual play is on in April:
http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/ ... ntId/92581

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Postby Baggiebird » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:15 pm

Yup that's where I got the infor about it being on in April too. I suppose it could be both, it just depends how long they are going to rehearse for :?:

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Postby Rosie » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:28 pm

Don't mind when it is as long as I get to go and see it! Brilliant news! :D

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Postby ducatilady » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:29 pm

Thanks girls! Thats great, the sooner the better!
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Postby chatterbox » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:38 pm

The next season starts in April, so it may be on straight away, or later on during the summer. I'm sure we'll know soon enough!

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Postby Baggiebird » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:42 pm

Oh yes and at least we now have something to look forward to. :D

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Postby f_d_p » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:34 pm

Yay, I'm even more excited now! :D
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Postby Baggiebird » Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:21 pm

Yes at this rate i'll have something good to look forward to for the next 4 months....fantastic :D

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Postby faeriequeen » Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:15 am

Someone on one of the Livejournal communities I'm on phoned up the National to ask when it would be on:

I do take my theatre trips seriously so today I called the NT and asked for dates (not with Tom and Julian although I would have gone for that!). According to the Information Desk Landscape with Weapons will start on March 30 and will typically run about 3 months (note: in rep!).


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Postby ducatilady » Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:15 am

You think it will run for three months...wow! lots of Julian seeing opportunities then!
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Postby Baggiebird » Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:43 pm

I see an opportunity for the odd midweek matinee visit here :D

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Postby ducatilady » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:27 pm

I've been looking at the National Theatre website & according to that the play 'The caucasian chalk circle' finishes in the Cottesloe theatre on the 14th April, so Julian's play presumably starts after that. It appears that some of the plays go on tour either before or after their stint at the National, so maybe he will come to a theatre near you!
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Postby chatterbox » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:47 pm

That is true ducatilady - usually the most popular/successful ones, so who knows!!

There are usually about 4 or 5 main plays in a season, so any one play won't be on all the time, but I often go to plays a couple of times anyway, particularly if there are tenner tickets, so I suspect I may be doing that for Landscape with Weapons somehow! :D


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