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Royal National Theatre

a government-funded repertory company based in London. Although the idea for such a company originated in the 19th cent., the National Theatre was not finally established until 1963, with Laurence OlivierOlivier, Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier of Brighton
, 1907–89, English actor, director, and producer. He made his stage debut at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1922 and soon achieved renown through his work with the Old Vic company.
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 appointed as director. Temporarily housed at first in the Old VicOld Vic,
London repertory company and theater. The Old Vic theater opened in 1818 as the Coburg, and was renamed the Royal Victoria in 1833, soon familiarized to the Old Vic.
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 theater, the company opened with Hamlet in 1963. Peter Hall took over the directorship in 1973, and the National Theatre complex opened in 1976–77 in its new building on the south bank of the Thames. In 1988 the name of the company was changed to the Royal National Theatre, and Richard Eyre took over as director. Eyre was succeeded by Trevor Nunn in 1997 and Nicholas Hytner in 2003. The National Theatre engages many of England's most talented actors, directors, and designers to produce its repertory of classic and modern plays.
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But every single one of them has worked so hard to get this show ready and they have been rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at the Cottesloe Theatre.
Some of their audience failed to show up as public transport ground to a halt, while David Hare's Gethsemane in the Cottesloe theatre, also under the National's roof, had to be cancelled when one of its south-based cast failed to make it in.
But Hytner's reward for his confidence has gone down in theatre history: Two Thousand Years sold out for its entire run at the National's small Cottesloe Theatre weeks before it had a title or before anyone knew what it was about, purely on the strength of Leigh's reputation.
Other winners included Eileen Atkins, best actress for her role in Honour at the Cottesloe Theatre, and Michael Grandage, best director for Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse.
The school will stage the play in the Cottesloe Theatre at the National, a venue many of today's theatrical names would give their eye teeth to perform in.
Ralph Fiennes recently appeared on stage in London in Christopher Hampton's play The Talking Cure at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre from December to January.
The production continues on tour until the spring, when it moves to the National's Cottesloe Theatre in London.
Bill put a company together in the Cottesloe theatre with people like Mark McManus and Brian Glover," he recalls.
Then in early July he will start rehearsals for the Chekhov play Ivanov, which he will perform from September to November at the Cottesloe Theatre on London's South Bank.