Lyttelton Theatre, National
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The Lyttelton National Theatre welcomes a new play from the director Howard Davies this September, with politics and loyalties becoming the driving force in a story set within the Soviet-Afghan war in the early 1980s. It was a war that saw the Soviets, and the government of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, fight against the Mujahideen resistance and would lead to great unrest in the middle east, with the repercussions felt to this day. Now a part of the struggle is dramatised in Blood and Gifts, with the audience looking through the eyes of a CIA operative as they witness a compelling political thriller.
Though the war would go on for the decade between 1979 and 1989, the focus of Blood and Gifts is on the events of 1981, with the Soviets continuing their fight in Afghanistan and opponents watching in horror as they edge ever close to the border with Pakistan. We follow the CIA Operative Jim Warnock (Lloyd Owen) as he is dispatched in an effort to stop them in their efforts, leading what is a covert struggle alongside British and Pakistani secret services, as well as an Afghan Warlord.
So with London theatre tickets, audiences will be witnessing what is likely to be a compelling and often humorous insight into a difficult struggle in what is the latest play from J T Rogers, previously responsible for the likes of The Overwhelming in 2004. The writer is no stranger to the world of Afghanistan, having been involved in the Tricycle Theatre’s season of The Great Game: Afghanistan in 2009. His other show to appear in a London theatre includes Madagascar at the Theatre 503, in addition to US productions such as Murmuring in a Dead Tongue and Seeing the Elephant.
Meanwhile, the show is set to be directed by Howard Davies, who returns once again to The National Theatre having worked on numerous shows there early in his career. Over the years the British director has been behind a host of west end shows as well, including The Iceman Cometh, which earned him a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director. His other credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Almeida Theatre and After Aida at the Old Vic.
Blood and Gifts is set to appear on the Lyttelton stage of the National Theatre, much like Men Should Weep, from Tuesday 14th September 2010 (previews from Tuesday 7th September 2010) to Tuesday 2nd November 2010.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 15th September 2010|
|Booking Until:||Tuesday, 2nd November 2010|
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