By Mark Shenton
22 Sep 2009
Michael Grandage, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse who is currently represented on Broadway by his production of Hamlet starring Jude Law, will make his National Theatre directing debut. Grandage will stage Georg Buchner's Danton's Death. It was originally intended to premiere in 2009, but Grandage had to bow out to take over directorial duties on Hamlet when Kenneth Branagh withdrew from that production.
Hytner will direct Rory Kinnear in the title role of a new production of Hamlet. Kinnear was last seen at the National in Peter Flannery's Burnt by the Sun in February 2009, and has previously been seen there as Vindice in The Revenger's Tragedy, Philistines, Southwark Fair and The Man of Mode, the last of which won him an Olivier Award and the 2007 Ian Charleson Award. He was seen in the new James Bond film "Quantum of Solace," playing Judi Dench's right-hand man Bill Tanner.
Marianne Elliott, an associate director of the National, will direct Thomas Middleton's Jacobean tragedy Women Beware Women. Elliott is currently represented in the West End by her co-direction of the National Theatre's production of War Horse, and at the National by her production of All's Well That Ends Well. She has also previously directed Pillars of the Community, Thérèse Raquin, Saint Joan, Harper Regan and Mrs. Affleck at the National.
Moira Buffini, whose new play Eurydice will premiere as part of the season, has previously written Dinner for the National, premiering there in 2003 before subsequently transferring to the West End's Wyndham's. She also wrote A Vampire Story, a play for young people seen as part of NT Connections in 2008. Other plays include Dying for It, a free adaptation of Nickolai Erdman's The Suicide, seen at the Almeida in 2007, and Marianne Dreams, a dance play with choreographer Will Tuckett, also seen at the Almeida in 2007.
No casting or dates are available yet. The box office has not yet opened.