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Luther

Royal National Theatre
London -  through November 14, 2001

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/home.html

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Luther
John Osborne (1961)
Director
Peter Gill
Designer
Alison Chitty
Lighting Designer
Peter Mumford
Music
Terry Davis
Music Director
Ian Macpherson
Sound Designer
Paul Groothuis
Assistant Director
Josie Rourke

Cast includes
Richard Griffiths
Geoffrey Hutchings
Maxine Peake
Rufus Sewell
Malcolm Sinclair
Timothy West

Olivier Theatre
Peter Gill directs the first London production of Luther since it was premièred by the Royal Court 30 years ago.

In Luther John Osborne returns to the central concern of all his major works. Like Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer this play is an intense psychological study of a flawed anti-hero, pitted against his world.

This time, Osborne's central figure is one of history's greatest religious thinkers and revolutionaries, Martin Luther, whose personal struggle with God led, inevitably, to a battle with the Church that set in motion the
Protestant Reformation.

This private and public epic unfolds through a series of portraits of 16th-century Europe, showing the Catholic Church in all its wisdom,
corruption and glory failing to embrace one of its most astonishing sons.

Martin Luther is played by Rufus Sewell, who last appeared at the National in Arcadia, 1993.

30 performances only, ends 14 November

photo of Rufus Sewell by Mike Smallcombe

 

Albemarle's of London - The West End Theatre Guide
thanks, Nadine!

Luther

Play by John Osborne (1961). Directed by Peter Gill. Designed by Alison Chitty. Lighting Designed by Peter M Mumford.
Music by Terry Davis. Music Director Ian Macpherson. Sound Designed by Paul Groothuis. Assistant Director Josie Rourke.

Peter Gill directs the first London production of Luther since it was premiered by the Royal Court 30 years ago.

In Luther John Osborne returns to the central concern of all his major works. Like Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer this play
is an intense psychological study of a flawed anti-hero, pitted against his world.

This time, Osborne's central figure is one of history's greatest religious thinkers and revolutionaries, Martin Luther, whose personal
struggle with God led, inevitably, to a battle with the Church that set in motion the Protestant Reformation.

This private and public epic unfolds through a series of portraits of 16th-century Europe, showing the Catholic Church in all its wisdom,
corruption and glory failing to embrace one of its most astonishing sons.

Martin Luther is played by Rufus Sewell, who last appeared at the National in Arcadia, 1993

Cast includes Richard Griffiths, Geoffrey Hutchings, Maxine

Peake, Rufus Sewell, Malcolm Sinclair and Timothy West.
http://www.albemarle-london.com/rnt-luther.html


From TheatreNow - the home of theatre on the internet


graphic Rufus Sewell In Luther 09/07/2001


Although the Royal National Theatre is not announcing its autumn schedule until early August, exciting production news has already leaked. Rufus Sewell will star as the religious reformer Martin Luther in a production of John Osborne’s Luther
Rufus Sewell has extensive theatre credits, including the role of Septimus Hodge in the National Theatre’s 1993 production of Arcadia, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination.

Full information concerning the National’s upcoming productions is not yet available, but we are looking forward to more news of the autumn line-up in August.

http://www.theatremail.com/site/news.asp?art=729&cat=1
thanks, Nadine!

 

Press Notices:

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON)

HEADLINE: National Theatre shake-up to pull in young people

BYLINE: By Nigel Reynolds Arts Correspondent

THE National Theatre, concerned that its audience is ageing and middle class, will spend pounds 1.5 million to slice its
Lyttelton auditorium into two smaller theatres staging cutting-edge drama aimed at younger theatregoers.

The National also announced yesterday that Glenn Close, the Hollywood star, Martin Clunes, best known for his part in the
television series Men Behaving Badly, and Rufus Sewell, the young British screen and stage actor, will appear in forthcoming
productions.

It also unveiled plans to stage a new trilogy, set in 19th century Russia, by Sir Tom Stoppard.

He is one of Britain's most popular playwrights, but has not produced a new stage work for nearly five years. The unnamed trilogy,
running at more than seven hours, is expected to be in repertory for several months next year.

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The Times (London)

HEADLINE: National turns to DJs to attract younger audience

BYLINE: Paul McCann and Adam Sherwin

CHEAP beer and cutting-edge disc jockeys will be offered by the National Theatre in an initiative to attract young people to the
South Bank. An atmosphere more akin to a nightclub will be created to try to attract a "hip" audience to productions that will
feature well-known comedy stars and film actors.
Trevor Nunn, the NT's artistic director, yesterday announced his new season, which will feature a new version of South Pacific,
plays starring Martin Clunes and Rufus Sewell and a Pounds 1.5 million redevelopment of one of its theatres.

Mick Gordon, the Belfast-born director who has been given the task of attracting theatregoers under the age of 24, said: "I want
people to stay and chill with DJs, late-night unplugged sessions and barbecues overlooking the Thames. The beer will be cheaper, too."

Clunes, famous from the BBC's Men Behaving Badly sitcom, will make his National debut in Moliere's classic comedy Tartuffe.
Sewell, a star of the 1998 film Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, and Cold Comfort Farm, will appear in John
Osborne's Luther.

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The Evening Standard (London)

Martin and Rufus signed up for National;
Nunn unveils his stars and a £1.5m plan for Lyttelton
Luke Leitch

IN AN audacious bid to attract younger audiences the National Theatre today unveiled a £1.5 million redevelopment of the Lyttelton
Theatre, some star names for the coming season, and new drama which would "surprise and challenge".

Among the acting heavyweights to appear will be Rufus Sewell, in John Osborne's Luther; Corin Redgrave and John Wood in No Man's
Land by Harold Pinter; and Martin Clunes, of Men Behaving Badly fame, will make his National debut in Moliere's classic comedy Tartuffe.

thanks, Rai

 

RUFUS SEWELL returns to the stage to play the religious reformer Martin Luther in John Osborne's play Luther, which Peter
Gill will put on at the National Theatre in the late autumn.  Sewell is wonderfully beastly in the spoof medieval film A Knight's Tale,
in which he appears opposite Heath Ledger, Mark Addey, James Purefoy and Paul Bettany (who has just finished working with
Russell Crowe on A Beautiful Mind).
The Daily Mail
thanks, Marina!


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