Tamsin Oglesby's Really Old, Like Forty Five Opens at London's National Theatre

News   Tamsin Oglesby's Really Old, Like Forty Five Opens at London's National Theatre
 
Really Old, Like Forty Five, a new play by Tamsin Oglesby, opens in its world-premiere run at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Feb. 3 following previews from Jan. 27. The comedy confronts our embarrassment and fear about old age.
Really Old, Like Forty Five stars Gawn Grainger and Judy Parfitt in rehearsal
Really Old, Like Forty Five stars Gawn Grainger and Judy Parfitt in rehearsal Photo by Johan Persson

Anna Mackmin directs. In the play, a government research body seeks to deal with the problems of a maturing population, and a family addresses its own. Lyn's memory starts to go, Alice takes a fall and even Robbie has to face the signs of aging. Relations are put to the test across three generations – as are those who enter the increasingly sinister world of state care. The play exposes a society in which compassion vies with pragmatism, and by asking unequivocal questions, comes up with some extraordinary answers. The production is designed by Lez Brotherston, with lighting by Mark Henderson, video design by Mark Grimmer with Lysander Ashton, choreography by Scarlett Mackmin and sound by Christopher Shutt. The cast comprises Lucy May Barker, Paul Bazely, Amelia Bullmore, Tanya Franks, Gawn Grainger, Thomas Jordan, Michela Meazza, Judy Parfitt, Paul Ritter and Marcia Warren.

Tamsin Oglesby
photo by Johan Persson

Oglesby's previous plays include Olive for the NT's New Connections, The War Next Door at the Tricycle, US and Them and My Best Friend (both at Hampstead Theatre) and Two Lips Indifferent Red at the Bush Theatre. Mackmin has previously directed Burn, Chatroom and Citizenship at the National Theatre, Dancing at Lughnasa at the Old Vic, Under the Blue Sky and In Celebration both at the West End's Duke of York's, Dying for It and The Lightning Play, both at the Almeida; and The Dark at the Donmar Warehouse.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.

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