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The Red Barn at The National Theatre

The Red Barn at The National Theatre

order Soma WITHOUT SCRIPT One of the most influential British theatre figures of the past 40 years is collaborating with a man likely to be one of the most influential of the next 40 in the National Theatre’s upcoming production, Red Barn.

David Hare – winner of almost every stage award going, including a Bafta for his 1979 play for Licking Hitler and an Olivier in 1990 for Racing Demon – will work with wunderkind director Robert Icke – winner of an Oliver for last year’s Oresteia and named one of  The Stage‘s 100 most influential people in British theatre before he’d turned 30 – on an adaptation of Georges Simenon’s novel La Main.

A psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse, it follows two couples struggling home from a party through deep snow. Starring Mark Strong – winner of an Oliver for his portrayal of Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge – and Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor – and Emmy/Tony nominee Hope Davis, here making her UK stage debut, the play is running in the National’s Lyttelton Theatre until 17 January.



The Red Barn

The National Theatre

6 October – 17 January. 

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