THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 28TH MARCH 2010
With its puppets and projections, Nation is the play of choice for families looking for a little more sophistication from their night out. A Mark Ravenhill adaptation of Terry Pratchett's recent comedy-adventure book, Nation is suitable for anyone aged 10 and over. It's the third book adaptation in a row to grace the National Theatre filling the gap left by acclaimed versions of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. In 2006, Ravenhill staged a pantomime, Dick Whittington, at the Barbican and it was this experience that inspired him to approach the National. But the story had to be right and Pratchett's book was a natural fit. The tale begins when a tsunami brings together a native boy and a British Victorian girl on a South Sea island. We see them overcome their respective loss and, as their friendship develops, they eventually build a new nation together. There are big themes and issues raised - overcoming death, bravery and cultural sensibilities - but there's also a tremendous potential for fun that will appeal to younger visitors with music and War Horse-like puppets playing out battles with sharks, cannibal attacks and shipwrecked mutineers. If Nation follows past productions at the National at Christmas this will be a must-see for all the family.
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London > Events > Theatre Dates: 15th July 2016 to 7th January 2017
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Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, W12 | 1 minute from Nation
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
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London > Shopping > Delicatessens
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London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
287 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Nation
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London > Education > Universities and Colleges
UCL University, Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E | 1 minute from Nation
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London SW3 | 1 minute from Nation
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