Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings will play George W. Bush, with Nicholas Farrell as Tony Blair. About the war in Iraq, the title comes from a phrase in a Donald Rumsfeld/Dick Cheney letter to President Clinton in 1998, which urged America to adopt a new global strategy that should include the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
In a press conference earlier in 2004, NT boss Nick Hytner denied that the play would be explicitly against the war, saying, “It would be a very poor play that didn’t eloquently and passionately occupy both positions.” Hytner himself is to direct and, unlike Hare’s recent documentary-based The Permanent Way, Stuff Happens is fictional, though based on factual events.
Alongside Jennings and Farrell, the cast includes Adjoa Andoh (as Condoleeza Rice), Desmond Barritt, Isla Blair, Dermot Crowley, Raeda Ghazaleh, Ian Gelder, Ewan Hooper, Iain Mitchell, Philip Quast, Raad Rawi, Larrington Walker and Angus Wright. Christopher Oram designs, with lighting by Paul Anderson and sound by Paul Groothius.
The show is part of the Travelex £10 season, with two-thirds of tickets in the Olivier Theatre available for £10. Though the show opens on Sept. 10, previews start Sept. 1. The show plays in repertory until Nov. 6.
For further information, call (0)20 7452 3000, or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.