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
Nicholas Wright’s new play “Travelling Light” lands on the stage of the Lyttelton National Theatre on London’s South Bank in 2012, giving audience a compelling and insightful look at one man’s journey from the beginning of cinema to his status as a famed director. The show features an array of well known actors, including the acclaimed Antony Sher alongside the likes of Mark Extance and Damien Molony, and also features a director in Nicolas Hytner, meaning that this is something of which to take notice as it lands at the London theatre. It will enjoy a brief run from January to March 2012.
The story of “Travelling Light” begins in Eastern Europe in 1900 where we meet a young, 22 year-old, man named Motl Mendl (Molony), who is awe-struck by the sight of moving images on his father’s cinematograph. Pretty soon he concocts a brand new way of storytelling via the Motion picture, all thanks to Jacob (Sher) who provides him with money, and Anna, the girl sent to help him.
It is forty years later and Motl is now a revolutionary and famous American film director looking back at his life and the price he has had to pay along the way in order to achieve his goals.
Actors Mark Extance and Damien Molony have both worked in various shows for the stage and the screen, with the former also appearing in a previous National Theatre production of “London Assurance” and the West End version of “Yes, Prime Minister”. Molony, meanwhile, may be recognisable to some with Theatre Tickets thanks to his appearances in television programmes like “Being Human” and “Me and Mrs Jones”, though he also appeared in the stage production “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” for the West Yorkshire Playhouse. They get to work alongside Antony Sher, known for the likes of “ID” at the Almeida Theatre and “Primo” at the Cottesloe National Theatre
Writer Nicholas Wright, meanwhile, has also made a name for himself thanks to the numerous shows that he has penned, including “Vincent in Brixton”, and with “Travelling Light” he is likely to turn heads again as he highlights the unlikely people behind the success of the silver screen.
“Travelling Light” is at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Wednesday 11th January 2012 to Tuesday 6th March 2012.
|Booking From:||Friday, 13th January 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 2nd June 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.15pm. Sunday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
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