Ralph Fiennes Opens in Shaw's Man and Superman at U.K.'s National Theatre Tonight

News   Ralph Fiennes Opens in Shaw's Man and Superman at U.K.'s National Theatre Tonight
Ralph Fiennes stars in a new production of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, officially opening Feb. 25 at the National's Lyttelton Theatre following previews that began Feb. 17, for  a run in rep through May 17. It will be broadcast as part of NT Live to cinemas around the U.K. and the world May 14.

Fiennes returns to the National, where he most recently was seen in the title role of Oedipus, to play Jack Tanner, a celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor. In the play, he seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

Simon Godwin's production also features Tim McMullan, Indira Varma, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Nicholas Bishop, Faye Castelow, Clare Gifford, Naomi Cransten, Henry Everett, Colin Haigh, Nick Hendrix, Corey Johnson, Christine Kavanagh, Mary Keegan, Ferdinand Kingsley, Nicholas le Prevost, Simon Markey and Arthur Wilson.

The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting by James Farncombe, video design by Luke Halls, music by Michael Bruce, movement direction by Jonathan Goddard, sound by Christopher Shutt and illusions by Daren Lang. 

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

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