Two highly political plays based on real-life world affairs will come to the West End this year from New York, via the National Theatre. Later this month, for one night only, there’s a staged reading of All the President’s Men?, Nicolas Kent‘s edited transcripts from the Senate confirmation hearings for President Trump’s (highly controversial) Cabinet.
And in the autumn, JT Rogers‘ play about Oslo, about the Middle East peace accords signed in 1993, will run at the National from 5 to 23 September 2017, before transferring directly to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre from 30 September to 30 December 2017. Tickets are on public sale for the West End dates from 5 May.
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN?
Scenes from the US Senate’s confirmation hearings 2017 for President Trump’s Cabinet.
A staged reading edited and directed by Nicolas Kent.
Presented by the National Theatre, London and The Public Theater, New York.
24 April 2017 at 7.30pm at the Vaudeville Theatre
The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) will present a public staged reading of All The President’s Men? in New York in May.
In January, one week before the president’s inauguration a fierce fight erupted in the Senate between Republicans and Democrats over the confirmation of the key figures for President Trump’s cabinet.
These four powerful men lead the Trump administration’s policy on Russia, the Middle East, Iran and North Korea, on human rights worldwide, on the Paris Climate control agreement, as well as on the civil rights and the health of millions of Americans.
They are: Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon/Mobil, nominee for Secretary of State responsible for America’s foreign policy; Jeff Sessions, a leading campaigner for the President and now his chief law officer; Dr Tom Price, a strident critic of Obamacare and nominee for Health Secretary; and Scott Pruitt, a climate change sceptic nominated as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
In front of four separate Senate committees the nominees were subjected to tough and relentless cross-examination. They were questioned forensically about their ethics, beliefs and political philosophies. Each of them had to fend off accusations ranging from corruption to deceit or racism.
These gripping and dramatic verbatim Senate sessions probed their fitness for office, and give us a vital insight into the future policies and direction of a Trump Presidency.
a new play by J.T. Rogers
Opens 5 September (press night 12 September) until 23 September
Continues at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 30 September to 30 December
The Lincoln Center Theater production direct from Broadway for a limited season.
In 1993, in front of the world’s press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo.
OSLO tells the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats who coordinated top-secret talks and inspired seemingly impossible friendships. Their quiet heroics led to the ground-breaking Oslo Peace Accords.
Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed production of this new play by J.T. Rogers (Blood and Gifts, The Overwhelming, Madagascar, White People, The Great Game: Afghanistan) sets a deeply personal story against an epic historical landscape. A darkly funny political thriller, OSLO comes to the NT following a sell-out run in New York, and prior to a West End run at the Harold Pinter from 30 September in association with ATG.
Set design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg and projections by 59 Productions.
Cast to be announced.