13 - Olivier Theatre, National

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Venue Information
Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank
London
SE1 9PX

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

13

A unique and compelling new production heads to the stage of the Olivier National Theatre this October in the form of “13” from Mike Bartlett. Featuring the direction of the renowned Thea Sharrock and telling a story set in a London that is on the brink of apocalypse it will be something that few will forget in a hurry. We experience a London that is both familiar yet unsettling in “13” with themes that mirror reality and consequences that are deadly and this should make for an interesting showcase of Bartlett’s award-winning style and Sharrock’s ability to direct much-talked-about plays.

Bartlett is a well known playwright who has previously created work that has appeared all over London, from The National Theatre to the Royal Court Theatre and The Old Vic. His most famous pieces of work include “Cock”, which earned a Laurence Olivier Award when it was staged at the Royal Court in 2009, and “Earthquakes in London”, which appeared at the National theatre in 2010. He has also penned work for BBC Radio, including “Love Contract” and “Not Talking”, in addition to productions – such as “Love, Love, Love” - that has toured the country.

In “13” he has penned a play that takes gives London theatre audiences a glimpse at a London in the Autumn of 2011 that is both strangely similar yet strangely different as people across the city wakes up after experiencing the same dream. We focus in John who, after years away from home, returns to find a dark and desperate situation gripping the city, from the issues facing the economy to the Prime Minister that is intent on taking us into a another war in The Middle East. Ultimately we look at the nature of belief and of responsibility.

Director Thea Sharrock has been behind various high profile shows in recent years, all of which have received considerable attention. 2011 has seen her working with Ruby Wax on her show “Losing It” with musician Judith Owen, which appears at both the Menier Chocolate Factory and the Duchess Theatre, and earlier in the year she directed “Cause Celebre” at the Old Vic. Her other credits include “The Misanthrope” at the Comedy Theatre (with Keira Knightley) and “After the Dance” at the National Theatre.

“13” appears on the stage of the Olivier National theatre from Tuesday 25th October 2011 (previews from Tuesday 18th October 2011).

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 18th October 2011
Booking Until: Thursday, 3rd November 2011
Matinees: Various dates and times
Evenings: Various dates and times
Show Status: production_closed
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