Theatre Royal Haymarket

Trevor Nunn Season 2011 – 2012

In Terence Rattigan’s Centenary Year Trevor Nunn will direct Sienna Miller, Sheridan Smith and James Purefoy in

FLARE PATH

Trevor Nunn is to direct Sienna Miller, Sheridan Smith and James Purefoy in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path in the first of a series of productions he will present as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company.  Opening on 10 March 2011 with previews from 4 March 2011 Flare Path is booking until 4 June 2011.  Set and costumes are by Stephen Brimson Lewis.  Flare Path is produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Tom McKitterick and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company in association with Act Productions Ltd.  Further casting will be announced shortly as well as details of Trevor Nunn’s other productions.

It is 1942. At the Falcon Hotel, on the edge of an airfield in Lincolnshire, Teddy, a young bomber pilot is celebrating a reunion with his actress wife Patricia. Events take an unexpected turn, when Peter a famous heartthrob film star arrives, and an urgent bombing mission over Germany is ordered. As the night gives way to dawn, Patricia finds herself at the centre of a passionate conflict of love and loyalty as unpredictable as the war in the skies.

Flare Path was first performed in the West End at the Apollo Theatre in 1942.  It is based on Rattigan’s own Bomber Command experiences when he served as a tail gunner during the Second World War.  He later reworked Flare Path into a screenplay and in 1945 the re-titled The Way to the Stars starring Michael Redgrave was successfully released.

Trevor Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986). During that time he directed most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables. He returned to the RSC to direct King Lear and The Seagull. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the National Theatre where his 21 productions included award-winning revivals of Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk and The Cherry Orchard, as well as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, and Anything Goes. He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia and Rock ‘n’ Roll, and of Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  His more recent theatre work includes Hamlet and Richard II at the Old Vic, Timon of Athens and Skellig for the Young Vic, The Lady From the Sea for the Almeida, Scenes from a Marriage for the Belgrade, Coventry, A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on Broadway, Cyrano de Bergerac for Chichester Festival Theatre, Inherit the Wind for the Old Vic and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre.

Born in 1911 Terence Rattigan became one of Britain’s most important dramatists.  His first play French Without Tears was a critical success and was soon followed by titles such as After the Dance, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea and Separate Tables.  Several of his plays were adapted for film and television.  He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of June 1971 for services to the theatre.   2011 marks the centenary of the birth of Terence Rattigan.  As well as Flare Path, celebrations for Rattigan’s centenary year will include several major revivals of his plays in London and beyond, including Cause Célèbre at The Old Vic, a new film of The Deep Blue Sea, a season of his films at the BFI, a special display at the British Library, BBC radio productions and the publication of new editions of his work.

Bomber Command

A campaign to create a memorial to the achievements of Bomber Command in the Second World War is now reaching its climax, having gained the approval of the Royal Family and Government.  Although there remains opposition to the erection of the memorial on moral grounds, the unimaginable bravery of the bomber crews is undeniable, as evidenced in the play.

 

The Theatre Royal Haymarket Company

In an initiative pioneered by the theatre’s producers, Arnold M. Crook and Nigel Everett, the newly created Theatre Royal Haymarket Company presented their first season of work in 2007/08 under the direction of Jonathan Kent.  The season comprised The Country Wife, The Sea and Marguerite.  This was followed by Waiting for Godot and Breakfast at Tiffany’s directed by Sean Mathias, Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company in 2009.  Now Trevor Nunn will direct a season of work throughout 2011.

The historic Theatre Royal Haymarket, a Grade 1 listed building built in 1821 by John Nash, was erected on The Haymarket a short distance from the original site which dates back to 1720.   In 1994, under the direction of Chairman Arnold M. Crook and the Board of Directors, a £1.3 million investment saw a major overhaul and refurbishment of the theatre, restoring the building to its original glory as well as the modernisation of facilities for both theatregoers and theatre practitioners alike.

 

Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions

Matthew Byam Shaw has produced new work with the Donmar Warehouse, Almeida, Bush, Lyric Hammersmith, Liverpool Playhouse, Chichester Festival Theatres, Sheffield Theatres, Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Court and the National Theatre.  His West End productions include Don Carlos, Humble Boy, Mary Stuart, Boeing-Boeing, Frost/Nixon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Spring Awakening, Enron, Krapp’s Last Tape and currently Legally Blonde and Yes, Prime Minister.  On Broadway he has produced Frost/Nixon (he was also a producer of the Universal/Working Title film), Boeing-Boeing, Mary Stuart, Jude Law’s Hamlet, Enron and most recently Red.

Playful Productions is led by Nia Janis, Nick Salmon and Matthew Byam Shaw.  Playful’s team of 18 produces and general manages plays and musicals in the West End, on Broadway, and on tour in the UK and internationally.  Productions currently managed by the partnership include Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych), Shrek, the Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Million Dollar Quartet (Noël Coward) and Clybourne Park (Wyndhams).

 

Tom McKitterick

As well as serving as a dramaturg for the production Tom McKitterick was credited as an Associate Producer on Period of Adjustment directed by Howard Davies at the Almeida Theatre.

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

FLARE PATH

Dates:                                       4 March – 4 June 2011

Press night:                             10 March 2011 at 7pm

Performances:                         Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

N.B. there are no matinees on Saturday 5or Wednesday 9 March

Ticket prices:                             £17 – £50 plus concessions

N.B. a £1 restoration levy will be added to all ticket prices

Day Seats – a number of top price tickets at £20 will go on sale at 10am on the day of each performance and can purchased from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Box Office in person

Address:                                     Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Box Office:                                 0845 481 1870

Website:                                    www.trh.co.uk

 

Theatre Royal Haymarket Company Artistic Director Trevor Nunn to direct Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker in Tom Stoppard’s  

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

and Ralph Fiennes in William Shakespeare’s

THE TEMPEST

as critically acclaimed production 

FLARE PATH

is extended until 11 June.

Following the opening of Terrence Rattigan’s Flare Path, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company today (1 April 2011) announce a further two productions to be directed by Trevor Nunn in his role as Artistic Director.  After a limited run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead comes to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in June, followed in September by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Further productions in the season will be announced shortly.

Trevor Nunn said:  “For my first season as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, I have chosen three very different projects.  Having begun with one of Rattigan’s first plays, the semi-autobiographical Flare Path  – last performed in the West End in 1943, I am then realizing a forty year old dream by at last directing Tom Stoppard’s first masterpiece Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Samuel Barnett as Rosencrantz and Jamie Parker as Guildenstern.  This will be followed by my first production of Shakespeare’s last play The Tempest, which will give me also my first opportunity to work with Ralph Fiennes, who will play Prospero.”

 

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Following a limited season at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Trevor Nunn will direct a company led by Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead which will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 16 June – 20 August, with press night on 21 June 2011.  Set design is by Simon Higlett, with costumes by Fotini Dimou, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Paul Groothuis and music by Steven Edis.  Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is produced by the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Triumph Entertainment Limited.

                                                                                  

Joining Samuel Barnett (Rosencrantz), Jamie Parker (Guildenstern) are Chris Andrew Mellon (The Player), Michael Benz (Horatio), Fiona Gillies (Gertrude), Tom Golding (Fortinbras), Charles Hamblett (Alfred), Jack Hawkins (Hamlet), Andrew Jarvis (Polonius/Ambassador), Katherine Press (Ophelia) and James Simmons (Claudius) as well as Trevor Allan Davies, Tomm Coles, Jody Elin Machin, Zac Fox, Elisabeth Hopper, Greg Last, James Northcote and Stephen Pallister.

 In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a verbally scintillating and richly inventive play, Stoppard retells Hamlet through the eyes of two of its minor characters.  Vaguely conscious that they are bit parts in a much bigger story of which they have no direct knowledge, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hilariously and poignantly inhabit a world completely beyond their grasp.

Samuel Barnett, who will play Rosencrantz, was last on stage as Leantio in Women Beware Women at the National Theatre.  He played Posner in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at the National Theatre, on Broadway, on film and on the radio.  His other theatre credits include His Dark Materials for the National Theatre, The Whisky Taster and When You Cure Me for the Bush Theatre, Dealers Choice for the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Marriage of Figaro for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Accrington Pals for Chichester Festival Theatre and Frankenstein for the Open Air Theatre Regents ParkOn television his credits include Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps, Miss Marple, Beautiful People, Desperate Romantics, Crooked House, John Adams and the title role in Wilfred Owen: A Tale of Remembrance.  His other film credits include Bright Star, Mrs Henderson Presents and Love tomorrow.

Jamie Parker, who will play Guildenstern, has recently completed a run at Sheffield Theatre’s as Tony Ferris in David Hare’s Racing Demon.  Previously he has been seen as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I and II; A New World-The Life of Thomas Payne and As You Like It at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as well as in roles in My Zinc Bed at the Theatre Royal Northampton, Singer at the Tricycle Theatre and The Revenger’s Tragedy for the National Theatre.  Parker also played Scripps in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at the National Theatre, on Broadway and on film.  His other film credits include Valkyrie.  His television credits include The Hour, Horne and Cordon, Silent Witness, Maxwell, Wire in the Blood and Foyles War.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  was first staged at the Edinburgh Festival in 1966 and at the National Theatre the following year.  Since then, it has been performed in many languages.  In 1990, the play was made into a film directed by the author.

Tom Stoppard’s plays include The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night
and Day
, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Indian Ink, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and Rock ’n’ Roll.  The later two, and Arcadia and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1977) were directed by Trevor Nunn.  His translations and adaptations include works by Lorca, Nestroy, Schnitzler, Molnar, Pirandello and Chekhov.  Among his television credits are Professional Foul and Squaring the Circle.  Stoppard’s film work includes Billy Bathgate, Empire of the Sun, Enigma and Shakespeare in Love for which he was awarded an Oscar for Best Screenplay, together with co-writer Marc Norman.  Radio plays include If You’re Glad, I’ll Be Frank, Albert’s Bridge, In the Native State and On Dover Beach (2007).

 

THE TEMPEST

Ralph Fiennes will return to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to play Prospero in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Trevor NunnThe Tempest will run from 27 August – 29 October, with press night on 06 September 2011.  The Tempest is produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Triumph Entertainment Limited.

Almost certainly Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest can lay claim to being the first ever work of magic realism.  Marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero can command spirits, create apparitions and manipulate the elements.  By using his magic, he assembles his enemies to take revenge on them, and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love.  The theme of reconciliation gives immense emotional force to Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage.

Ralph Fiennes was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket playing the title role in Brand.  His extensive theatre credits include the title role in Oedipus and Jung in The Talking Cure for the National Theatre, Faith Healer at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and on Broadway, God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre, Julius Caesar at the Barbican and on tour as well as many productions for the Almeida Theatre including the title roles in Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus, and, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Edmund in King Lear, Henry VI in The Plantagenets, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida.  His multi award-winning film career includes The Constant Gardner, Sunshine and Schindler’s List, as well as the English Patient, The Duchess, End of the Affair, Quiz Show and The Reader.  More recently he made his mark as one of literature’s most terrifying villains, the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series of films and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s bio-pic Bernard and Doris.  In 2009 he filmed roles in Clash of the Titans, Cemetery Junction, Nanny McPhee 2 and the final instalments of the Harry Potter films.  In 2010 he directed and starred in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus which he also produced.  The film was invited to premiere In Competition at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and will open at the end of 2011.

Extended run for criticall acclaimed FLARE PATH

Trevor Nunn’s production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path extends its critically acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with performances now on sale until 11 June 2011.  Set and costumes are by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection design by Jack James.  Flare Path is produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, Act Productions Ltd and Tom McKitterick.

 

MASTERCLASS

Since Masterclass was created in 1998, it has established itself as the leading provider of free training for aspiring theatre makers.  Masterclass runs a year round programme of talks, workshops, special projects, career advice sessions, showcases and professionally staged theatre productions.  Its apprentice scheme gives anyone aged 14-30 unprecedented access to one of the West End’s most historic stages along with insight into all aspects of theatre from writing and acting to directing, producing or a career backstage, with masters of the craft.  2011 will see expansion of the programme with the addition of schools workshops led by skilled practitioners and the Haymarket Academy, presenting the opportunity for young people aged 14-18 to work with emerging theatre professionals in order to stage a youth production on the Theatre Royal Haymarket stage.

During the run of The Tempest, three apprentices from Masterclass will shadow members of the creative team.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDERSTERN ARE DEAD

Dates:                                       16 June – 20 August 2011

Press night:                             21 June 2011 at 7pm

Performances:                        Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Ticket prices:                           £17 – £50 plus concessions

N.B. a £1 restoration levy will be added to all ticket prices

Day Seats – a number of top price tickets at £20 will go on sale at 10am on the day of each performance and can purchased from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Box Office in person

Chichester Festival Theatre performances 20 May – 11 June 2011

THE TEMPEST

Dates:                                       27 August – 29 October 2011

Press night:                             06 September 2011 at 7pm

Performances:                        Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

On sale:                                     public booking from 21 April 2011

Ticket prices:                             £10 – £59 plus concessions

N.B. a £1 restoration levy will be added to all ticket prices

Day Seats – a number of top price tickets at £14 will go on sale at 10am on the day of each performance and can purchased from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Box Office in person

THE LION IN WINTER plus extra performance added 

Trevor Nunn’s production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter will complete its run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 28 January 2012 as previously announced.

An additional matinee performance has been scheduled for Tuesday 24 January at 2.30pm.

With a cast led by Robert Lindsay (Henry II) and Joanna Lumley (Eleanor of Aquitane) who are joined by Tom Bateman (Richard), Sonya Cassidy (Alais), Joseph Drake (John), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Philip) and James Norton (Geoffrey), set and costume designs are by Stephen Brimson Lewis with music by Steven Edis, sound by Paul Groothuis and video design by Ian William Galloway.

A family Christmas becomes a family at war.  Henry II, not so young as he was, invites his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitane, and his three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, to spend the festive season with him, his mistress Princess Alais, and her brother, the young King Philip of France.  Will Henry name who is to be his successor as King of England?  Their yuletide celebration turns into a combat zone of deceit, betrayal, bitter power games and scabrous wit.

Trevor Nunn’s opening production as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company was Flare Path.  This was followed by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadNunn’s production of The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes completed its run in October 2011.

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