Mark Ravenhill is to write another play for the National Theatre once it is under the directorship of Nicholas Hytner.
Confirming the arrangement, Ravenhill said that the play would probably be written in 2003 and performed in 2004, the gap between now and then being accounted for by a further commission to write a play for the Out of Joint theatre company, with whom he has been associated in the past.
Ravenhill has proved to be a popular and commercially successful playwright whose trademark is the explicit reference to — and often depiction of — gay sex on stage.
Ravenhill's Mother Clap's Molly House is to transfer from the National, where it has enjoyed very large audiences and critical praise, to the Aldwych for a six-week beginning on Feb. 6.
—by Paul Webb Theatrenow