Helen Mirren is Phèdre at London's National Theatre Beginning June 4

News   Helen Mirren is Phèdre at London's National Theatre Beginning June 4
Oscar winner Helen Mirren returns to the National Theatre stage June 4 to begin performances in the title role of Racine's Phèdre. The production will officially open June 11 and run in repertory through Aug. 27.

The cast also includes Mamma Mia! and original History Boys star Dominic Cooper as Hippolytus and Margaret Tyzack as Oenone. Also in the company are Portia Booroff, Chipo Chung, Alexander D'Andrea, Wendy Morgan, Ruth Negga, Elizabeth Nestor, John Shrapnel, Stanley Townsend and Tristram Wymark.

The production will also tour to Eupidaurus in Greece July 10-11, and visit Washington, D.C. (where it will run at the Sidney Harman Hall at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Harman Center for the Arts, Sept. 17-26). It will also launch NT Live, a new initiative to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens worldwide. The June 25 performance will be filmed live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to approximately 50 cinemas in the Picturehouse, Odeon and Cineworld chains and a range of independent cinemas and arts centres; a list of participating cinemas can be found by visiting www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ntlive. Over 100 venues around the world will also screen the performance on the same day.

Mirren, a NT associate, has previously appeared at the theatre in Mourning Becomes Electra and Antony and Celopatra; other stage appearances include Dance of Death on Broadway and A Month in the Country (West End and New York). Amongst her film and TV roles, she won the Oscar for playing the title role in "The Queen," the Golden Globe for "Elizabeth I" and three BAFTA and two Emmy Awards for Best Actress for "Prime Suspect."

Tyzack has previously appeared at the National in Southwark Fair, His Girl Friday, Tartuffe and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; she was most recently seen in the Donmar Warehouse production of The Chalk Garden, winning the Critics' Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress (sharing the latter with co-star Penelope Wilton).

Cooper last appeared at the National in The History Boys (also on Broadway, international tour and on screen) and in His Dark Materials. Recent film credits include "Sense and Sensibility," "The Duchess" and "Mamma Mia!" The production is directed by National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner, designed by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Paule Constable and music by Adam Cork.

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

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