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Welcome to our collection of conversations recorded live from the National Theatre stages, including interviews with actors, directors and playwrights.

Welcome to our collection of conversations recorded live from the National Theatre stages, including interviews with actors, directors and playwrights.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Welcome to our collection of conversations recorded live from the National Theatre stages, including interviews with actors, directors and playwrights.

Language:

English

Contact:

020 7452 3638


Episodes

Michael Billington on Stage

3/6/2020
Michael Billington reflects on almost 50 years and some 10,000 reviews as he steps down as the Guardian's chief theatre critic. Michael is introduced by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. A number of guests including actors Penelope Wilton, Simon Russell Beale, Aisling Loftus and Oliver Ford Davies read from some of Michael's favourite plays.

Duration:00:49:44

Director Katy Rudd and Adapter Joel Horwood on The Ocean at the End of the Lane

2/28/2020
Katy Rudd (The Almighty, Royal Exchange; Associate Artist, Elliott & Harper Productions) and Joel Horwood (I Want My Hat Back, National Theatre; The Little Mermaid, Bristol Old Vic) discuss their new production of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Chaired by playwright and academic, Dan Rebellato.

Duration:00:29:20

Writer Inua Ellams and Director Nadia Fall on Three Sisters

2/21/2020
Writer Inua Ellams and Director Nadia Fall discuss their new production of Three Sisters. Chaired by Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Lecturer in English at City, University of London, Curator of the Legacies of Biafra touring exhibition and Co-Convenor of the Annual Igbo Conference.

Duration:00:27:29

Neil Gaiman on The Ocean at the End of the Lane

2/7/2020
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the bestselling magical novel from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman. Join Gaiman as he chats to Lenny Henry about writing this modern myth, where his inspiration came from, and what it's like to have his novel adapted for the stage.

Duration:00:30:23

Actors Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings on Hansard

1/31/2020
Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings reflect on the challenges and rewards of performing in Hansard. Chaired by David Benedict.

Duration:00:38:24

Director Rufus Norris and Adapter Helen Edmundson on Small Island

1/17/2020
Director Rufus Norris and Adapter Helen Edmundson reflect on their production of Small Island. Chaired by Brenda Emmanus.

Duration:00:28:53

A Conversation with Peter Brook

1/10/2020
Join legendary theatre-maker Peter Brook (‘our greatest living director’, Independent) as he speaks to Mark Lawson to discuss his new book Playing by Ear: Reflections on Music and Sound, which explores the role of music in the theatre and revisits some of the best-known productions from his long and distinguished career.

Duration:00:28:52

Director Simon Godwin and Writer Simon Woods on Hansard

12/20/2019
Director Simon Godwin (Antony & Cleopatra, Man + Superman) and writer Simon Woods reflect on their new production of Hansard

Duration:00:22:32

Creating and Performing Peter Gynt (Part Two): David Hare and Jonathan Kent

12/13/2019
David Hare and Jonathan Kent (the partnership behind Young Chekhov) speak about the processes of making their new production. Hosted by Georgina Godwin

Duration:00:29:49

Creating and Performing Peter Gynt (Part One): James McArdle

12/13/2019
James McArdle (Platonov, Angels in America) reflects on the challenges and rewards of creating and playing Peter Gynt. Hosted by Georgina Godwin.

Duration:00:32:04

Polly Findlay on Rutherford and Son

12/13/2019
Director Polly Findlay (Beginning, As You Like It, Treasure Island) discusses her new production of Rutherford and Son with Fiona Mountford.

Duration:00:31:31

Roger Allam on Rutherford and Son

12/2/2019
Actor Roger Allam (Les Miserables, The Thick of It) reflects on the challenges and rewards of playing John Rutherford in the new production of Rutherford and Son.

Duration:00:36:54

Director Pam MacKinnon and Writer Bruce Norris on Downstate

4/3/2019
Join the director and writer as they reflect on their production of Downstate, with Rana Mitter.

Duration:00:32:22

Writer David Hare on I'm Not Running

1/16/2019
Writer David Hare reflects on his new play I’m Not Running, chaired by Helen Lewis. David Hare is a playwright and film-maker. Hare first worked at the National Theatre in 1971. Seventeen of his plays have since been presented there including Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, Skylight, Amy’s View, Stuff Happens, The Absence of War, Behind the Beautiful Forevers and The Red Barn. Film and TV includes Collateral, Licking Hitler, Dreams...

Duration:00:30:37

Director Rachel Chavkin and Writer Anaïs Mitchell on Hadestown

1/16/2019
Join the director and writer as they reflect on their production of Hadestown. Rachel Chavkin is a director, dramaturg and sometime writer, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM (teamplays.org). Anaïs Mitchell is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Mitchell has released six albums including Hadestown (2010), Young Man in America (2012) and Child Ballads (2013).

Duration:00:29:40

Playwriting Then and Now

12/10/2018
Join renowned playwrights Alecky Blythe (London Road, Little Revolution), Howard Brenton (Pravda, Never So Good), Natasha Gordon (Nine Night), and Conor McPherson (The Weir, Girl from the North Country) and publisher Nick Hern, to explore how playwriting has – and hasn’t – changed over the past 30 years. Chaired by Emily McLaughlin (Head of New Work, National Theatre). What new trends and themes have emerged in the last three decades? What changes have occurred in the way plays reach the...

Duration:00:25:12

The Influence of Lecoq on UK Theatre

12/10/2018
Jacques Lecoq was one of the major figures of Western theatre in the second half of the 20th century, known especially for his teaching of movement, play, improvisation, masks, language, comedy, and tragedy. This event explores this legacy with an overview and analysis of Lecoq's life, work and philosophy of theatre, and looks at Lecoq’s influence on prominent performers and directors currently working in contemporary theatre in the UK. With contributions from Mark Evans, author and...

Duration:01:00:16

Dramatic Exchanges: the Lives and Letters of the NT

12/10/2018
An event to celebrate the publication of Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre selected and edited by Daniel Rosenthal. With contributions from the author and readings from actors with the NT company including Tim McMullan, Gloria Obianyo, Nadia Williams and Owen Findlay.

Duration:00:41:09

Three Perspectives on Dying

12/3/2018
Dying and death is something we will all experience in our lifetime: the loss of a loved one, fear of dying or perhaps trying to extend our lives. Malika Booker, Rachel Clarke and Tony Walter explore different perspectives on dying. Malika Booker is a British Caribbean writer, Her collection Pepper Seed was published by Peepal Tree Press in 2013 and The Penguin Modern Poets Series 3 in 2017. She is currently a LHRI Fellow at Leeds University where she is conducting a creative research...

Duration:00:41:22

Patrick Marber on Exit the King

12/3/2018
Patrick Marber talks about his new production, Exit the King, with Rachel Cooke. Patrick Marber’s plays for the National Theatre include Dealer’s Choice, Closer, The Red Lion, Three Days in the Country, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Hedda Gabler.

Duration:00:28:25