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National Theatre - Cottesloe Theatre

   
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
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t : 020 7452 3400
London
England

  The Cottesloe Theatre closed in February 2013 and will reopen as the Dorfman Theatre in 2014.

 
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Island
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2012
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Island, a new play for young audiences by children's novelist Nicky Singer, is set on the remote Herschel Island in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and raises questions about the effects of climate change.
    The play centres on a London schoolboy, Cameron, forced to spend his school holiday with his scientist mother on the island, and without computer, phone or Facebook. Cameron can either assist with his mother’s scientific research or leave camp and explore. Armed with dustbin lids to ward off any danger, he sets out, and encounters an indigenous girl whose stories open up a different world.
Island is a commission by the National Theatre's Learning programme for primary schools and families.

Photo above is by Clare Park, of Rebecca Boey (Inuluk) and James Cooney (Cameron).

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Earthquakes in London
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2010
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Earthquakes in London is a co-production between the National Theatre and Headlong Theatre.

An all-pervasive fear of the future and a guilty pleasure in the excesses of the present drive Mike Bartlett’s play from 1968 to 2525 and back again. A co-production with Headlong Theatre, Earthquakes in London is directed by Rupert Goold, with a set by Miriam Beuther in which the audience can sit on barstools around the curving stage.

Burlesque strip shows, bad dreams, social breakdown, population explosion, worldwide paranoia. A fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes and decades, as three sisters attempt to navigate their dislocated lives and loves, while their dysfunctional father, a brilliant scientist, predicts global catastrophe.

    'It’s Cabaret, we’ve got our heads down and we’re dancing and drinking as fast as we can. The enemy is on its way, but this time it doesn’t have guns and gas it has storms and earthquakes, fire and brimstone.
editors' note: See Robert Butler's blogs on the production on Ashdenizen: ten things you need to know about 'earthquakes in london'; four stars, preachy, or lightweight; when it's not either/or; guess who?.

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Earthquakes in London
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Why the Whales Came
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2008
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Greg Banks' adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1985 novel
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The play is set in the Scilly Isles during World War I. Two friends try to unravel the mysteries of an abandoned island and to discover why the whales came.

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Angels in America
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1992
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The two-part Angels in America by Tony Kushner is an epic drama set during the Reagan years in America. It was winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and is recognised as one of the major plays of the twentieth century.

Prior, visited by ghosts of his ancestors and abandoned by his lover after his diagnosis with AIDS, is wondering if he is still sane when the angels select him to be their prophet. Powerbroker Roy Cohn also has the virus - but he believes that only the powerless can have that particular illness, and so kicks back against his diagnosis.

Part one, The Millenium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992. Part two, Perestroika, was first performed at the National Theatre in 1993.

The Lyric Hammersmith theatre produced Angels in America in 2007.

It was originally produced by the Eureka Theatre Company, USA in 1991.

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