Lyttelton Theatre, National
(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
The National Theatre gets ready to welcome a star cast to the Lyttelton stage in 2011 as Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss, Katherine Parkinson and others appear in a new production of Alack Ayckbourn’s classic play “Season’s Greetings”. Running at the Southbank venue from December 2010 to March 2011 it will be the latest in a long line of opportunities that London theatre audiences have had to revisit the work of one of Britain’s best loved playwrights. And with further cast members such as Jenna Russell, David Troughton, Nicolas Walker, Mark Wootton, Neil Stuke and Oliver Chris added to the mix it should add up to a stand out production.
It has been quite a year for the National Theatre, with its welcoming of shows such as “Men Should Weep” and the anticipated appearance of Rory Kinnear in “Hamlet” to the revelation that Danny Boyle would be returning to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in “Frankenstein”. As such it has maintained its place as the leading force in British theatre and with “Season’s Greeting” it continues this further, particularly with its strong cast and Marianne Elliot as director, allowing it to look further to another stand-out year in 2011.
Season’s Greetings, penned by Ayckbourn in the 1980s, tells the story of Belinda (Tate) who, along with her partner Neville (Stuke), is hoping to celebrate Christmas with style by throwing an annual party of friends and family members. But it soon becomes clear that things are not going to go according to plan as this perfectly planned evening is torn apart by her dysfunctional family, with competing personalities and Bernard (Gatiss) attempting to prepare a puppet show. So the evening becomes an unforgettable one for all the wrong reasons as Christmas descends into a miserable ordeal.
Tate, of course, is best known as the comedian and actress who appeared on our television screens in “The Catherine Tate Show” and “Doctor Who”. However, her career has also seen her appear on the stage on numerous occasions, from previous stints with the National Theatre in “The Way of the World” and “The Prince’s Play” to West End roles like “Under the Blue” at the Duke of York’s Theatre and additional appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Season’s Greeting runs at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Wednesday 8th December 2010 (with previews from Wednesday 1st December 2010) and theatre tickets can be booked up to its end date of Sunday 13th March 2011.
|Booking From:||Friday, 1st January 2010|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 13th March 2011|
|Matinees:||Various dates and times|
|Evenings:||Various dates and times|
|Running Time:||2 hours 35 minutes|
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