Tamsin Greig and Andrew Garfield at the National Theatre
The National Theatre enters the news this week as it reveals the line up of its upcoming season, including shows featuring well known performers like Tamsin Greig and Andrew Garfield on stages across the South Bank venue.
Greig has been announced for Twelfth Night at the Olivier National Theatre and that will open a year from now in February 2017. Andrew Garfield, meanwhile, will appear in Angels In America at the Lyttelton National Theatre from May 2017.
Greig is set to play Malvolia in the Shakespearean production under the direction of Simon Godwin (who, as the press release points out, also directs Antony And Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes a year later).
Twelfth Night is, of course, Shakespeare’s 1601 play that focuses on shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian as the former disguises her gender and works for Duke Orsino. Malvolia is a steward for the house of Olivia (Countess Olivia is in love with Duke Orsino).
Tamsin Greig is best known for her television comedy work, which includes the likes of Episodes, Black Books and Green Wing, amongst others, though she has also made her mark on the stage in London. Most recently she appeared in the musical Women On The Verge Of A nervous Breakdwon at the Playhouse Theatre in 2015 andprior to that she appeared in the likes of The Little Dog Laughed at the Garrick Theatre and Jumpy at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
The mentioned Angels In America, meanwhile, will feature the star of The Amazing Spider-Man film series Andrew Garfield, who has also previously appeared at the National Theatre in Burn / Chatroom / Citizenship in 2006. His other credits include Romeo & Juliet at the Manchester Royal Exchange and Death Of A Salesman on Broadway.
Angels In America is actually a play in two parts – Millenium Approaches and Perestoika – with the latter staged as part of its appearance at the Lyttelton National Theatre in May 2017.
Other shows appearing in the announced season include Amadeus and Peter Pan on the Olivier stage and The Red Barn and Hedda Gabler at the Lyttelton.