Lyttelton Theatre, National
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A story of passion and escape comes to the Lyttelton stage of The National Theatre in 2011 as Clifford Odets’ Rocket to the Moon is revived once again with a cast that includes Jessica Raine, Keeley Hawes, Joseph Millson and Nicholas Woodeson. It will be a chance for London theatre audiences to witness a production that was first penned in the 1930s and was also adapted for the screen in the 1980s by the BBC. It will also be the second play from Clifford Odets to appear in the capital in recent times, with an ongoing production of The Country Girl continuing in the West End until February 2011.
In Rocket to the Moon we meet Ben Stark – a married dentist who lives a humdrum life – and Cleo Singer – a young woman who is about to turn his life upside down with the promise of passion and escape. However, the play does not only deal with Stark’s hidden desires and feelings of being trapped, it also delves into the lives of his co-workers; people who are also going through changes in their lives, with competition rife over a woman who is looking for the real deal.
Clifford Odets was an American playwright who penned a number of well-received pieces of work during his life and right up to his death in 1963. In addition to Rocket to the Moon and the mentioned The Country Girl he also worked on the likes of Awake and Sing! in 1935, Paradise Lost in 1935, The Big Knife in 1949 and screenplays such as The General Died at Dawn and Wild in the Country. His career was also defined by his status as a social protestor and as a result was called in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952, from which his testimony caused him enough guilt to stifle his future creativity.
With the revived Rocket to the Moon, those with theatre tickets will be able to witness a stand-out cast take to the stage and amongst them is a National Theatre regular in Jessica Raine who portrays Cleo Singer. Her credits include Earthquakes in London and Harper Regan, in addition to other London shows such as Punk Rock.
Rocket to the Moon appears at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Wednesday 30th March 2011 (previews from Wednesday 23rd March 2011) to Sunday 10th April 2011, with other plays appearing at the National in 2011 including Frankenstein and Greenland.
|Booking From:||Friday, 25th March 2011|
|Booking Until:||Tuesday, 21st June 2011|
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