Rehearsal photos are released today of the National Theatre’s forthcoming 25th anniversary revival of Tony Kushner‘s two-part epic Angels in America, which opens at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on 4 May 2017, following previews from 11 April
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
Millennium Approaches, the first of Kushner’s two plays which form Angels in America, received its British premiere at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 1992, in Declan Donnellan’s original production, and was joined by Perestroika in a double-bill the following year.
Both plays are now presented together back at the NT to mark the 25th anniversary.The production is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse, Husbands & Sons). The cast includes: Stuart Angell, Mark Arnold, Arun Blair-Mangat, Susan Brown, Laura Caldow, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Kate Harper, John Hastings, Claire Lambert, Nathan Lane, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, Becky Namgauds, Mateo Oxley, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Russell Tovey, Paksie Vernon, Stan West and Lewis Wilkins.
Angels in America is designed by Ian MacNeil, with costume by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Paule Constable, choreography and movement by Robby Graham, music by Adrian Sutton, sound by Ian Dickinson, puppetry designers Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, puppetry director and movement Finn Caldwell, illusions by Chris Fisher, aerial direction by Gwen Hales and fight director Kate Waters.
The entire run at the National is now sold out but the NT offers a ballot for £20 tickets across the run as well as Day Seats available in person from the box office from 9.30am daily. The plays will also be broadcast via NT Live: Part One on 20 July, Part Two on 27 July.