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June 28th, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

Talks, Events and Exhibitions at the National Theatre: Highlights for 2017

Talks and events relating to Angels in America will begin with writer Tony Kushner, who will discuss the plays and his work in conversation with Ola Animashawun on 30 June. Andrew Garfield, who plays Prior Walter, and Denise Gough, who plays Harper Pitt, will then discuss their experiences of performing in the show in a talk chaired by Kate Bassett as well as award-winning director Marianne Elliot who will reflect on directing the show in conversation with Susannah Clapp, both on 3 July. Finally, Nathan Lane, who plays Roy Cohn, and Russell Tovey, who plays Joe Pitt, will talk about being part of the show with Matt Wolf on 17 July.

2017 highlights will also feature Follies related events including discussions with cast members Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett (18 December) and Philip Quast and Janie Dee (14 September) who will reflect on the challenges and rewards of performing in the show. Director Dominic Cooke will also discuss this new production on 18 October. Cooke is an Associate Director of the National Theatre and has previously directed August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which won the Olivier Award for Best Revival. Designer Vicki Mortimer will explain how the show’s set and costume design came together, from the initial concepts through to the designs that can be seen on stage and offer the opportunity to see the model of the Follies set on 12 December.

Talks and events related to the world premiere of Mosquitoes include Distrusting Science on 21 September, programmed in collaboration with CERN and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The talk will ask; ‘Do new discoveries make you fearful of the future of science?’ discussing the public perception of scientific research into areas such as radiation, genetics and particle physics. On 25 September, designer Katrina Lindsay will then explore her processes for the set and costume design of this new play.

The NT’s series of National Debates will continue with events relating to the Queer Theatre Event Series with LGBT+ Rights – sorted? on 6 July, which will explore UK and global issues for LGBT+ communities. Relating to Saint George and the Dragon, Class - an unequal nation? On 2 November will see a panel explore how class affects our chosen path in life and how easy it is it to break out of the social hierarchy. Is the class system still relevant in 21st century Britain?

Other Saint George and the Dragon related events include designer Rae Smith explaining how the production came together with an opportunity to see the set model on 20 November, followed by writer Rory Mullarkey and director Lyndsey Turner reflecting on the production on 23 November.

Events not related to the repertoire include a talk with comedian Matt Lucas, who will discuss his new memoir Little Me: The A-Z of Matt Lucas on 6 December. Other highlights include Russian Theatre on Stage on 9 November, which will explore the rich theatrical responses to the revolution in Russia throughout the years, as well as a talk by Steven Berkoff, who in his eightieth year will reflect on his career as playwright, actor and director on 2 October.

Upcoming exhibitions include National Theatre Posters which will explore the evolution of poster design at the National Theatre and showcase many classic examples from October –March. The Linbury Prize for Stage Design exhibition will showcase work by twelve emerging stage designers working with some of the UK’s leading theatre, opera and dance companies including Unicorn Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and Phoenix Dance Theatre between October and January.

For further information, for the full programme of talks and events, and to book, visit the NT website.

Listings

Tony Kushner on Angels in America Friday 30 June, 5.30pm, Lyttelton, £5/4

Andrew Garfield and Denise Gough on Angels in America Monday 3 July, 2pm, Lyttelton, £6/£5

Marianne Elliott on Angels in America Monday 3 July, 5.30pm, Lyttelton, £5/£4

Nathan Lane and Russell Tovey on Angels in America Monday 17 July, 2pm, Lyttelton, £6/£5

Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett on Follies 18 December, 3 – 4pm, Olivier, £7/£5

Dominic Cooke on Follies Wednesday 18 October, 6 – 6.45pm, Olivier, £7/£5

Philip Quast and Janie Dee on Follies Thursday 14 September, 3 – 4pm, Olivier, £7/£5

Designing Follies with Vicki Mortimer Tuesday 12 December, 5.30 – 7pm, Duffield Studio, £7/£5

Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Monday 25 September, 5.45 – 6.30pm, Dorfman Theatre, £7/£5

Distrusting Science Thursday 21 September, 6-7pm, Cottesloe Room, £7/£5

National Debate: LGBT+ Rights – sorted? Thursday 6 July, 6 – 7pm, Dorfman Theatre, £6/£5

National Debate: Class - an unequal nation? Thursday 2 November, 5.45 – 6.45pm, Dorfman, £7/£5

Designing Saint George with Rae Smith Monday 20 November, 5.30 – 7pm, Duffield Studio, £7/£5

Rory Mullarkey and Lyndsey Turner on Saint George and the Dragon Thursday 23 November, 6 – 6.45pm, Olivier, £7/£5

Little Me: The A-Z of Matt Lucas Wednesday 6 December, 5.45 – 6.45pm, Olivier, £7/£5

Russian Theatre on Stage Thursday 9 November, 5.45 – 6.45pm, Dorfman, £7/5

Steven Berkoff Monday 2 October, 5.30-6.15pm, Lyttelton, £7/£5

National Theatre Posters, Wolfson Gallery from October 17– March 18 

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design, Lyttelton Lounge from October 17- Jan 18