National Theatre unveils London 2012 programme

The National Theatre has unveiled the productions it will be hosting this summer as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Several new plays will be put on by the theatre company as part of the festival, which comprises a number of cultural events in celebration of this year’s London Olympics.

Among the highlights is a new play entitled The Last of the Haussmans, written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Howard Davies,

Opening on June 19th at the Lyttelton Theatre, the play could make for an excellent evening’s entertainment for those booking stays at Mayfair hotels London whether for the Olympics, or just for a getaway in the capital this summer.

Starring Rory Kinnear, Matthew Marsh, Helen McCrory and Julie Walters, the play is set in the 1960s, the play “examines the fate of the revolutionary generation”.

Walters plays an anarchic, ageing high society drop out who holds court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon Coast.

She is joined by her family following an operation and together “they share a few sweltering months as they alternately cling to and flee this louche and chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure”.

Meanwhile, a number of other productions from the National Theatre will also be held as part of the London 2012 Festival.

These include Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, opening in the Olivier on July 17th, and a stage version of the Mark Haddon novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, opening at the Cottesloe Theatre on August 2nd.

Finally, the National Theatre will host Inside Out – a new programme of outdoor performances and activities taking place in the riverside terraces and squares surrounding the theatre company’s home on the South Bank.

Running from June 1st to September 9th, highlights will include a performance of Cesario, a new play for children written by Bryony Lavery, and a Making of War Horse exhibition.

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