Lyttelton Theatre, National
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This July the Lyttelton stage of the prestigious National Theatre will be welcoming the latest run of a show that was first seen by audiences over four hundred years ago as Thomas Heyward’s “A Woman Killed with Kindness” opens its doors. It will be the latest opportunity to witness a play that is considered the best in Heyward’s impressive catalogue with Katie Mitchell directing and designers including the likes of Lizzie Clachan and Vicki Mortimer. So for London theatre audiences it is likely to be a high quality and much-talked-about show when it makes its way to the Lyttelton alongside other productions such as “One Man, Two Guvnors”, which opens in May.
Heyward’s masterpiece is often regarded as one of the first ever tragedies to make it to the stage that dealt with the lives of real and ordinary people. The adulterous story focuses on Master Frankford and his wife Anne, the latter of whom is wooed by the character of Wendoll when Master Frankford invites him into his house. Having told Wendoll he could make himself at home, he is shocked by the turn of events and orders his wife to be ostracised. But she chooses a different form of punishment and time will tell if Frankford and his wife can reconcile their problems.
Thomas Heywood penned a great deal of plays during his career, which saw him present “A Woman Killed with Kindness” as part of the Queen Anne’s Men Company in the early 1600s. His other work included “The English Traveller” and “The Life of Merlin surnamed Ambrosius”, in addition to history plays such as “Edward IV” and “If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody, or, The Troubles of Queene Elizabeth”. As such he is held in high regard and is often compared to other historical playwrights such as William Shakespeare.
But his prose is not the only draw for those picking up theatre tickets to see this Jacobean tragedy; audiences will also witness a work directed by Kate Mitchell, a director who has presented an abundance of work for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and The National Theatre, of which she is an Associate. Her credits include “Clemency” at the Royal Opera House in 2011, “Pains of Youth” at the National Theatre in 2009 and “After Dido” at The Young Vic in 2009.
A Woman Killed with Kindness runs at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Tuesday 19th July 2011 (previews from Tuesday 12th July 2011) to Sunday 31st July 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 14th July 2011|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 11th September 2011|
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