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
Audiences arriving at the Lyttelton National Theatre during the Summer/Autumn season will be able to witness the latest offering from Conor McPherson from September, marking the latest occasion in which the work of the acclaimed Irish writer has been seen on Southbank. The show appears as part of a season that also sees “13” and “St Matthew Passion” appear on the Olivier stage of The National and in a year that sees the Lyttelton stage set the scene for “One Man, Two Guvnors”. The latter transfers to the West End later in the year and this demonstrates the wealth of talent and hard work that goes into presenting these productions at the National Theatre.
The latest Conor McPherson play is “The Veil”, which takes audiences back to rural Ireland in 1822, where a story unfolds against the backdrop of Ireland’s colonial history. We meet Reverend Berkeley (Jim Norton) as he arrives at Mount Prospect House so that he can help the young Hannah in her journey to England, where a marriage to a Marquis should put to rest the ghosts of her family’s debt. But these aren’t the only ghosts around the house – from the strange voices to the psychic current that pervades it – and that’s when a séance is suggested; a séance that has dramatic effects.
Playwright McPherson has been behind a wealth of shows during his career and these have been staged in Dublin, New York and in London, with Laurence Olivier Awards and other accolades handed to him along the way. His Olivier Award was for “The Weir” in 1999 (Royal Court and West End) and he also received a nomination for “The Seafarer” (Cottesloe National Theatre). Meanwhile, his other credits include “The Birds” at The Gate Theatre, Dublin and the movies “The Eclipse”, “The Actors” and “I Went Down”.
Actor Jim Norton is no stranger to the work of McPherson, having previously appeared in “The Seafarer” when it appeared at the National Theatre in 2006, earning him a Laurence Olivier Award. His other credits include “The Comedians” for the National and movies such as “Straw Dogs” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.
London theatre audiences can catch “The Veil” when it runs at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Tuesday 4th October 2011 (with previews from Tuesday 27th September 2011).
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 27th September 2011|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 2nd November 2011|
|Matinees:||Various dates and times|
|Evenings:||Various dates and times|
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