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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 HallHall, Sir Peter Reginald Frederick,
1930–2017, British theatrical director, b. Bury St. Edmonds, grad. Cambridge, 1953. He directed several acclaimed plays at Cambridge, and one production was transferred to London's Arts Theater, where in 1955 Hall became artistic
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 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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What could the Royal National Theater possibly hope to bring to "Anything Goes," the classic piece of Cole Porter fluff that doesn't have a whisper of the subtext contained in the other Broadway musical treasures ("Oklahoma!," "Carousel," "My Fair Lady," etc.) toward which the National has tilted of late?
LONDON A Royal National Theater presentation of a dance theater piece in two acts, devised by Matthew Bourne.
The Royal National Theater was the year's big winner in the 2002 Berkeley Awards, taking five of the six categories in which prizes are handed out.
A lot, apparently, for the forthcoming Royal National Theater production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," which now has a Stanley, Iain Glen, to go with its Blanche, Glenn Close.
LONDON A Royal National Theater presentation of an RNT/Theatre National de Chaillot production of a play by Jeanette Winterson, Deborah Warner and Fiona Shaw, adapted from Winterson's novel.
Vincent van Gogh Jochum Ten Haaf Ursula Loyer Clare Higgins Sam Plowman Paul Nicholls Anna van Gogh Emma Handy Eugenic Loyer Emily Blunt One of the most chronicled of artists is put through the biographical mill once more in Nicholas Wright's decidedly interior Royal National Theater play, which doesn't demonstrate much of a lust for life.
LONDON A Royal National Theater presentation of the Moliere comedy in two acts in a new version by Ranjit Bolt.
But casting director David Grindrod, Really Useful exec Andre Ptaszynski and Royal National Theater literary manager Jack Bradley were among the many others (countless actors and critics included) along for the ride in order to judge for themselves the fastest-selling production in the Crucible's not unstarry history.
"My Fair Lady" has been a financial gusher ever since it opened as a Mackintosh coproduction at the Royal National Theater last spring, playing a sell-out straight run before transferring in July to the far larger commercial venue of Drury Lane.
We live in darkness," a Dominican cardinal (Malcolm Sinclair) says not long into the second act of "Luther," adding, as if he were writing about our own troubled age, "and it only grows bigger." That John Osborne did not live to see these calamitous times only adds an eerie resonance to the first London revival of his celebrated 1961 play, a sometimes rough slog that nonetheless mostly justifies the Royal National Theater's faith in it.
The project marks Nunn's first major freelance foray since taking over the Royal National Theater in 1997, a post he vacates in April 2003.

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