May 18, 2014
Britain’s National Theatre is currently promoting tours of three of its most successful productions: War Horse, adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s First World War novel by Nick Stafford, Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors, an updated version of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters set in 1960s Brighton, and an adaptation by Simon Stephens of Mark Haddon’s much-loved novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The title character of War Horse is Joey, created on stage by the puppetry of South African company Handspring. We speak to the three performers currently playing the part of the adult Joey, Dave Emmings, Stuart Angell and Mikey Brett, who play Joey’s head, heart and hind respectively
The lead character in One Man, Two Guvnors was originally played by James Corden, but the latest tour will feature Gavin Spokes in the exhausting role of Francis Henshall, who tells us all about playing the role.
We also speak to National Theatre associate director Marianne Elliott, co-director of War Horse with Tom Morris and director of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, about both of her productions and also about her personal and professional history with Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre and how that shaped her career as a director.
For more information, go to www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on and scroll down to the “Other Venues” section.