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 Lyttelton National Theatre on South Bank welcomes Waste, a story of political scandal in 1920s Britain, from November 2015 and with it performances from actors like Charles Edwards, Olivia Williams and Michael Elwyn, amongst others.
The controversial play was penned by Harley Granville Barker in 1906 and was initially banned before a rewrite in 1927 led to it eventually being staged a decade later. Since then it has been revived on various occasions in recent years, with an Old Vic production appearing in 1997 and an Almeida Theatre version emerging in 2008.
The story takes us to Westminster, where a hung parliament has added prominence to Henry Trebell, an Independent MP. He is pushing a bill through parliament that will ruffle a lot of feathers as it disestablishes the Church of England. This promising politician is ultimately undone, however, as an affair becomes the source of scandal, worsened by an abortion.
Charles Edwards portrays Trebell in the National Theatre production. He is a well known actor whose credits range from well known west end shows to Downton Abbey. He played Bertie in The King’s Speech at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2012 and also appeared in Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe and The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre. His screen work, in addition to Downton Abbey, also includes Arthur & George and others.
He will be directed by Roger Michell, who also directed shows like The Homecoming for the National Theatre.
Waste heads to the Lyttelton National Theatre in November, following on from the production of Three Days In The Country with performers like Mark Gatiss. Harley Granville Barker’s controversial play runs from Tuesday 3rd November 2015.
|Booking From:||Friday, 18th March 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 19th March 2016|
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