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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS


Published January 15 2008

  Helen Mirren

The National Theatre has announced that its 2009 season will include a new play by Alan Bennett and the return of actress Helen Mirren who will play the title role in Racine's Phedre.

Both productions will be helmed by the National's artistic director Nicholas Hytner for the Lyttelton stage, which is also hosting Peter Flannery's adaptation of the 1994 Oscar-winning movie Burnt by the Sun.

The National also announced an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel Nation which will serve as the venue's third family epic during Hytner's regime following the hugely successful His Dark Materials and War Horse. Nation, which is scheduled to open in November on the Olivier stage, will be adapted by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Melly Still.

There is no word yet as to the title of Bennet's play or of casting, but his chosen subject is an imagined meeting between the poet W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Brittan. It will be Bennett's first stage offering since The History Boys, which was also directed by Hytner, as was the subsequent film version.

Other highlights include Deborah Warner directing Fiona Shaw in Brecht's Mother Courage, a revival of J. B. Priestley's Time and the Conways directed by Rupert Goold and in 2010 Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage will direct Georg Buchner's Danton's Death.

For more on the National's season please visit or call (0)20 7452 3000


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