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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

National Theatre announces new season line-up

13th November 2013

The National Theatre is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, and anyone who saw the televised extravaganza that recently took place at the venue may well be thinking of taking a trip to the famous performance centre to catch a show for themselves.

Those intending on doing so will be delighted to hear that the theatre has an extremely strong line-up of new shows for the coming months - although this is no less than we have come to expect, with the venue having gained a reputation for staging some of the world's best plays.

Among the highlights is a brand new production of Shakespeare's King Lear, which will star well-known actors like Simon Russell Beale - who recently featured in Harold Pinter's The Hothouse at the Trafalgar Studios - as the eponymous character, as well as Stephen Boxer, Tom Brooke, Kate Fleetwood and Olivia VInall.

The show will be staged in the Olivier Theatre, opening on January 23rd with the booking period running until March 25th.

King Lear is directed by Hollywood superstar Sam Mendes, whose recent works include 2012's smash hit James Bond movie Skyfall.

Among the other new shows set to take place at the National Theatre is Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey, which was first performed back in 1958 and is still considered one of the most progressive and moving plays to have appeared in London's West End.

The current booking period is from February 18th to April 5th, with the show set to star Helen Sharp - who theatregoers may recognise from films like The Full Monty and From Hell - and Kate O'Flynn.

The National Theatre is located on the South Bank of the Thames and can be reached from a number of tube stations, including Waterloo and Embankment.

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