Lyttelton Theatre, National
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With the world hurtling towards destruction, socialites in Mayfair party hard as oblivion calls in Terence Rattigan’s classic play “After the Dance”. The show appears on the Lyttelton stage of the prestigious National Theatre from June, demonstrating the lasting appeal of a play that first appeared in 1939.
The show is set to feature Nancy Carroll in a leading role with directing duties falling on Thea Sharrock, the National Theatre regular best known for helming productions such as “Happy Now?” and “The Emperor Jones” for the Southbank venue and West End shows such as “The Misanthrope” and “A Voyage Round My Father”.
In “After the Dance” the focus is on the hedonistic generations of the 20s during a time when the world is heading for certain catastrophe. Amongst all of this a group of Mayfair socialites party the night away as their own destruction lies in waiting. Amongst the characters is David, who wastes his time researching a book that will never reach completion and can only be saved by the beautiful Helen. The process could destroy his marriage and unearth some hidden truths. But all of this is nothing compared to the financial disaster on the horizon, the global conflicts set to tear the world apart and the party that continues to rage on around them.
Nancy Carroll appears once more on the stage of the National Theatre having served with them on productions such as “The Talking Cure”, “The Voysey Inheritance”, “The Enchantment”, “The Man of Mode” and “The False Servant”. She has also made a name for herself with performances in “Twelfth Night”, “As You Like It”, “The Winter’s Tale” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for the Royal Shakespeare Company and television shows like “Dalziel and Pascoe”, “Midsomer Murders” and “The Bill”.
Playwright Terence Rattigan was one of the most popular dramatists working in the United Kingdom during the twentieth century. “After the Dance” is often considered to be his masterpiece, but he is also responsible for works like “The Browning Version”, “Separate Tables”, “Flare Path”, “French without Tears” and “The Winslow Boy”, which regularly focus on the upper-middle classes.
“After the Party” appears on the Lyttelton stage of the National Theatre from Tuesday 8th June 2010 (previews from Tuesday 1st June 2010) to Sunday 20th June 2010.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 1st June 2010|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 20th June 2010|
|Evenings:||Various dates, check times.|
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