Mitchell to Direct Pains of Youth and Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat for London's National

News   Mitchell to Direct Pains of Youth and Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat for London's National
 
Katie Mitchell will direct two completely different productions at the National Theatre: Ferdinand Bruckner's Pains of Youth, in a new version by Martin Crimp; and Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, adapted by Mitchell herself and intended for audiences of three-six year-olds. Both will open in the Cottesloe Theatre.

Mitchell, who is an associate director for the National, has directed ...some trace of her, Women of Troy, Attempts on her Life, Waves, The Seagull, Three Sisters, A Dream Play, Iphigenia at Aulis, Ivanov and The Oresteia at the theatre previously.

Pains of Youth will begin performances Oct. 21 prior to an official opening Oct. 28. Designed by Vicki Mortimer,with costumes by John Bright, lighting by Jon Clark, music by Paul Clark and sound by Gareth Fry, the cast includes Sian Clifford, Laura Elphinstone, Cara Horgan, Jonah Russell, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Lydia Wilson

Set in Vienna in 1923, a discontented post-war generation diagnose youth to be their sickness and do their best to destroy it. According to press materials, this shocking, erotically charged play revolves around six sexually entangled medical students who wander in and out of a boarding house, cramming, drinking, taunting and spying. Freder sets about savagely experimenting with the young, pretty maid, with half an eye on his former lover Desiree, a wild, disillusioned aristocrat. Petrell abandons Marie for the ruthless underdog Irene. Marie doesn't waste any time weeping – Desiree wants her.

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat begins performances Dec. 11 prior to an official opening Dec. 16; the running time is approximately 45 minutes. The production is designed by Vcki Mortimer with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Gareth Fry.

According to press materials, it is intended to provide a lively, engaging first theatre experience for three to six-year-olds. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home? Following its run at the National Theatre, the production will also play a season at the Young Vic's Maria Studio from Jan. 28-March 13, 2010.

Public booking, by phone and online, opens Sept. 2. To book tickets contact the box office at 020 7452 3000 or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.

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