Does the British theatre have a future? This discussion will focus on issues raised by Colin Chambers and Vera Gottlieb's book on the state of contemporary British theatre at the start of the 21st century - there will be a book signing afterwards.
Guests will include Colin Chambers, Vera Gottlieb and Genista McIntosh. Trevor Nunn paid an emotional and heartfelt tribute to Genista MacIntosh, one of his closest colleagues at the National, when receiving his Olivier for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 15.
Theatre in a Cool Climate (first published 1999) offers a unique insight from writers, actors, directors, designers, critics, producers, managers and literary agents, on what it is like to be a professional in the theatre today. Some of the leading names of our time (including Alison Chitty, Richard Eyre, Peter Hall, Genista McIntosh, Winsome Pinnock, Harold Pinter and Simon Russell Beale) express their hopes as well as their fears for the future. Their accounts analyse the recent and current theatrical situation from the viewpoint of their own discipline, and as people working in the theatre at large.
Issues raised include: the development of film, television and radio and the resulting crossover from one medium to another by theatre practitioners; the new emphasis on stars; the potential of bringing art to popular culture and of popular culture absorbing art.
Theatre In A Cool Climate is on Feb. 21 in the Cottesloe Theatre. The event runs for approximately forty-five minutes. Tickets: £3.50 / £2.50 concessions.
National Theatre box office: 020 7452 3000.