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Lee Hall returns to Live Theatre to share exclusive readings of five new screenplays

Lee Hall Live Screenplays Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm – Harold Larwood
Friday 24 January, 7.30pm – Down And Out In Paris And London
Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm – Rocket Man
Friday 14 March, 7.30pm – Victoria & Abdul
Thursday 19 & Friday 20 June, 7.30pm – For The End of Time
Lee Hall and Max Roberts are available for interview on request.

This week theatre goers and film fans will have the chance to hear exclusive readings of two new screenplays written by Newcastle writer Lee Hall (Cooking with Elvis, The Pitmen Painters, Billy Elliot) which will be directed by Max Roberts and presented as part of Live Screenings

On Thursday 23 January at 7.30pm Lee Hall will present the first reading his screenplay about cricketer Harold Larwood.  Larwood, who was born in Nottinghamshire in 1904, was considered to be the finest bowler of his generation.  The ex-miner became the world’s fastest bowler only to fall foul of the British Establishment during the Bodyline Test series eighty one years ago.

The brainchild of cricketer Douglas Jardine, Bodyline introduced a previously unspoken element into Test cricket – namely the physical intimidation of the batsman.  In order for this plan to work the right bowler was needed, step forward Larwood.  Although entirely legal at the time the Bodyline Test series threatened the code of sportsmanship within the world of cricket.

Lee Hall will join Live Theatre’s Artistic Director Max Roberts to introduce the event and share the story of the screenplay’s development.  This screenplay has been written in partnership with Simon Beaufoy who also wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and 127 Hours.  Simon also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for The Full Monty and in 2009 won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire as well as winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award.

On Friday 24 January at 7.30pm Lee will present his screen adaptation of George Orwell’s Down an Out in Paris and London.  Published in 1933 this was the English novelist, essayist, journalist and critics’ first full length work.  The screenplay charts Orwell’s emergence as a writer during a time when the Eton scholar roughed it as Europe suffered the ‘Crash’.

These two exclusive readings will be performed by some of Live Theatre’s most familiar faces.  Joe Caffrey and Riley Jones, who both recently took to the stage as part of Live Theatre’s 40th birthday celebrations in Wet House by Paddy Campbell and Cooking with Elvis by Lee Hall, will be joined by Hywel Morgan (A Walk on Part by Michael Chaplin), Nicholas Lumley, who will be joining the cast of Tyne by Michael Chaplin at Customs House and Theatre Royal Newcastle in 2014, and Phillippa Wilson, one of the original cast members of The Pitmen Painters.   They will be joined by Matt Jamie (Heart, Zendeh), Nicholas Khan (The Kite Runner, Nottingham Playhouse/Liverpool Playhouse) and Jamie Ballard (Scenes From An Execution, National Theatre) who will all be making their Live Theatre debuts.

These are the first of five Live Screenplays that will be performed by actors during Live Theatre’s January to June 2014 season.  On Thursday 13 March audiences will be treated to a reading of Rocket Man which chronicles the life of Elton John from birth to rehab told in an outrageous musical extravaganza.  Then, on Friday 14 March (in a change to the previously advertised event), theatre goers will be able to hear a fascinating story about Queen Victoria’s controversial relationship with her Indian manservant Abdul Karim in Victoria & Abdul.

Finally on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 June music lovers will be able to hear the true story of the great French composer Messiaen who, in 1941, created one of the masterpieces of the Twentieth Century music in a German prisoner of war camp in For The End of Time.  This evening about art, spirituality, war and resistance will be accompanied by a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet For The End of Time which will be performed by world-class musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Max Roberts, who will be directing the readings said:

“In 1998 we shared a selection of Lee Hall’s work for film, television and radio exclusively with our audiences while Lee was our writer-in-residence.  They included Dancer which went on to become the Oscar nominated film Billy Elliot

“This season we are delighted to welcome Lee back to Live Theatre to share his take on the astonishing true stories of these five eclectic characters.  This is a unique opportunity for audiences to hear five new projects as they are shared for the very first time.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Live Theatre will also be able to join House Manager Carole Wears on Friday 24 January at 5.30pm as she takes audiences behind the scenes before the 7.30pm Down And Out In Paris And London event. This is a chance to learn some fascinating facts about the building peppered with some tall tales and anecdotes from the company’s past. Tickets for the tour cost £5 per person.

Anyone interested in seeing all five events can receive 10% off.  This offer is only available via the box office either in person or over the phone on (0191) 232 1232.

For more information about what is coming up at Live Theatre between January and June 2014 or to buy tickets visit www.live.org.uk

Notes to Editors:
Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm
Live Screenplays: Harold Larwood
By Lee Hall & Simon Beaufoy
The extraordinary story of ex-miner Larwood who becomes the world’s fastest bowler only to fall foul of the British Establishment during the Bodyline Test series.

In 1998 a selection of Lee Hall’s work for film, television and radio were read exclusively for Live Theatre audiences. They included Dancer which went on to become the Oscar nominated film Billy Elliot. Now Lee Hall returns to Live Theatre to share readings of five new screenplays which are currently under development.

Be the first to hear Lee’s take on the astonishing true stories of five eclectic characters as he and Max Roberts introduce each event and share the story of their development.

DATE: Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre 
DURA TION: 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
SUITABILITY: 14+
TICKETS: £14-£10, over 60s £12-£10, other concs £5
MULTIBUY: Book to see all five events and receive 10% off. This offer is only available via the box office either in person or over the phone on (0191) 232 1232.

Saturday 24 January, 7.30pm
Heritage Tour
Why not start your evening with a behind the scenes tour of Live Theatre's historic buildings lead by heritage guide Carole Wears? Learn factual history of the buildings and the theatre peppered with some tall tales and anecdotes from the company's past. 

DATE: Saturday 24 January, 7.30pm 
LOCATION: Throughout theatre 
DURATION: Approx 1 hour
SUITABILITY: All welcome
TICKETS: £5

Thursday 24 January, 7.30pm
Live Screenplays: Down And Out In Paris And London
By Lee Hall
A screen adaptation of Orwell’s first book which charts his emergence as a writer as the Eton scholar roughs it as Europe suffers the ‘Crash’.

In 1998 a selection of Lee Hall’s work for film, television and radio were read exclusively for Live Theatre audiences. They included Dancer which went on to become the Oscar nominated film Billy Elliot. Now Lee Hall returns to Live Theatre to share readings of five new screenplays which are currently under development.

Be the first to hear Lee’s take on the astonishing true stories of five eclectic characters as he and Max Roberts introduce each event and share the story of their development.

DATE: Thursday 24 January, 7.30pm 
LOCATION: Main Theatre 
DURA TION: 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
SUITABILITY: 14+
TICKETS: £14-£10, over 60s £12-£10, other concs £5

Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm
Live Screenplays: Rocket Man
By Lee Hall
The life of Elton John from birth to rehab – as told in an outrageous musical extravaganza.

In 1998 a selection of Lee Hall’s work for film, television and radio were read exclusively for Live Theatre audiences. They included Dancer which went on to become the Oscar nominated film Billy Elliot. Now Lee Hall returns to Live Theatre to share readings of five new screenplays which are currently under development.

Be the first to hear Lee’s take on the astonishing true stories of five eclectic characters as he and Max Roberts introduce each event and share the story of their development.

DATE: Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre 
DURA TION: 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
SUITABILITY: 14+
TICKETS: £14-£10, over 60s £12-£10, other concs £5

Friday 14 March, 7.30pm 
Live Screenplays: Victoria & Abdul
By Lee Hall
A fascinating story about Queen Victoria's controversial relationship with her Indian manservant, Abdul Karim. 
Abdul arrived in England when he was 24 from Agra to wait at table during Queen Victoria's golden jubilee in 1887. He was given to her as a "gift from India".  Within a year, the young Muslim was established as a powerful figure in court, becoming the queen's teacher - or munshi - and instructing her in Urdu and Indian affairs. His special position fell foul of the institutional racism of the Royal Household and resulted in a battle Royal between Victoria and her court.

DATE: Friday 14 March, 7.30pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre 
DURA TION: 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
SUITABILITY: 14+
TICKETS: £14-£10, over 60s £12-£10, other concs £5

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 June, 7.30pm
Live Screenplays: For the End of Time
By Lee Hall
In 1941 Messiaen, the great French composer, created one of the masterpieces of Twentieth Century music in a German camp. An extraordinary, true story about art, spirituality, war and resistance. The reading is accompanied by a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time played by world-class musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia.

In 1998 a selection of Lee Hall’s work for film, television and radio were read exclusively for Live Theatre audiences. They included Dancer which went on to become the Oscar nominated film Billy Elliot. Now Lee Hall returns to Live Theatre to share readings of five new screenplays which are currently under development.

Be the first to hear Lee’s take on the astonishing true stories of five eclectic characters as he and Max Roberts introduce each event and share the story of their development.

DATE: Thursday 19 June to Friday 20 June, 7.30pm
LOCATION: Main Theatre 
DURA TION: 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval
SUITABILITY: 14+
TICKETS: £18-£10, over 60s concs £16-£14, other concs £10

About Live Theatre

From its base on Newcastle’s quayside, Live Theatre produces work as varied and diverse as the audiences it engages with.  To do this it:

• Creates and performs new plays of world class quality
• Finds and develops creative talent
• Unlocks the potential of young people through theatre.

Founded in 1973, the theatre was transformed in 2007. The result is a beautifully restored and refurbished complex of five Grade II listed buildings with state-of-the-art facilities in a unique historical setting, including a 160 seat cabaret style theatre, a studio theatre, renovated rehearsal rooms, a series of dedicated writer’s rooms as well as a thriving café and bar. In 2013 Live Theatre celebrated 40 years of making plays.

Live Theatre is grateful for the support of Arts Council England and Newcastle City Council.

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