This production of My Fair Lady opened at the National Theatre on the South Bank on 15 March 2001.
In its three theatres on the South Bank in London, the National Theatre presents a mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory at any one time. At its Studio, the National offers a space for research and development for the NT's stages and the theatre as a whole. Through NT Education, tomorrow's audiences are addressed. With an extensive programme of Platform performances, backstage tours, foyer music, exhibitions, and outdoor entertainment the National recognises that the theatre doesn't begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain. And by touring, it shares its work with audiences in the UK and abroad.
The current repertoire includes, in the Olivier Theatre, for the 2005 Travelex £10 Season: David Edgar's Playing With Fire; Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2; and David Farr's The UN Inspector. In the Lyttelton: Brian Friel's Aristocrats, Improbable's adaptation of the 1970s movie Theatre of Blood; and David Hare's new version of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (until 30 July). In the Cottesloe, three new plays: Steven Knight's The President of an Empty Room; a co-production with the Royal Exchange, Manchester, of Simon Stephens' On the Shore of the Wide World; and from September a new play by Mike Leigh, his first for the National.
The NT is also in New York with Antony Sher in Primo (until 7 August); and Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman. Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words is on international tour.
Alan Bennett's The History Boys tours the UK from October and internationally next year.back