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THIS EVENT ENDED ON THE 28TH MARCH 2010

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11th November 2009 until 28th March 2010
 
OPENING TIMES
Feb 2, 4, 9, 11, 18-20, 22 & 23, Mar 12 & 13, 16, 23-27, 7.30pm | Feb 3, 10, Mar 15, Apr 15, 6pm | mats Feb 2, 4, 11, 20, 23, Mar 13, 25, 27, 2pm | Feb 21, Mar 14, 28, 2.30pm
 
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£10-£42.50 (Adults), £10-£21.25 (Under 18s), £10-£22.50 (Concs)
 

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NationWith 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.

 

About Olivier Theatre

Named for Laurence Olivier, the first director of the National Theatre, the Olivier is the largest of the three theatres at the National. The space can hold up to 1150 people in its fan-shaped auditorium.The Man of Mode was a big hit here, as was Love's Labour's Lost with Joseph Fiennes . More about Olivier Theatre

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Union Car Park
 
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Library Street NCP
 
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Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Nation
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