Collaborators - Olivier Theatre, National

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Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(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


A production that fist appeared at the Cottesloe National Theatre transfers to the larger Olivier stage in 2012 with stars Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale in tow. “Collaborators” is a play from the screenwriter John Hodge, best known for adapting the likes of “Trainspotting” and “The Beach”, which takes on a historical event from Soviet Russia and portrays it in a compelling, energetic and surprisingly humorous light. With a positive reception from critics already and a screening as part of National Theatre Live in December it has already made a mark but now it starts the next leg of its journey at the Olivier National Theatre.

The plot sees Alex Jennings portray Mikhail Bulgakov to Simon Russell Beale’s Joseph Stalin. The former is commissioned to put together a new play for the Soviet leader to mark his 60th birthday and this could complicate an already dangerous matter for the playwright. He is already wanted by the secret police, who stalk him due to his life lived amongst dissidents, so this new opportunity to pen such a high profile play could has the potential for disaster. It is based on a true story and takes audiences back in time to Moscow in 1938.

Alex Jennings is an actor whose credits have spanned the stage and the screen, landing him with numerous Laurence Olivier Awards. Examples of his theatre credits include “My Fair Lady” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, “The Winter’s Tale” at the National Theatre and numerous appearances for the Royal Shakespeare Company such as “Richard II” and “Peer Gynt”. Meanwhile, for the screen, he is best known for his portrayal of Prince Charles in “The Queen”, though he has also appeared in “Inspector Morse”, “Dead Poets Society” and “The State Within”.

Simon Russell Beale will also be recognisable to London theatre audiences, having appeared in numerous National Theatre productions like “Candide” and “Volpone”, both of which earned him Laurence Olivier Awards. His other credits include “The Man of Mode” and “Richard III”, among others, for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“Collaborators” runs at the Olivier National Theatre from Monday 30th April 2012 to Saturday 23rd June 2012.

Show Information
Booking From: Monday, 30th April 2012
Booking Until: Saturday, 23rd June 2012
Matinees: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 2pm, Sunday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Show Status: production_closed
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