facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
Following official government advice theatres are currently closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus. For more information on cancelled performances click here.

Sher sets up NT duo

First Published 23 September 2011, Last Updated 23 September 2011

Sir Antony Sher, who won an Olivier Award for his performance in Stanley at the National Theatre, is to return to the venue to star in two productions over the next two years.

In January next year the actor will appear in a new play by Nicholas Wright, Travelling Light, directed by NT Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner, before returning in early 2013 to play the title role in Carl Zuckmayer’s The Captain Of Köpenick.

In Travelling Light, described as a “tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood’s golden age,” Sher plays Jacob, a timber merchant who encourages a young man’s enthusiasm for cinematography, leading to success far beyond their Eastern European village.

Wright’s previous work for the National includes The Reporter and the Olivier Award-winning Vincent In Brixton, while his latest play The Last Of The Duchess will premiere at Hampstead theatre in October.

In Zuckmayer’s 1931 satirical tale The Captain Of Köpenick, Sher takes on the role of impoverished ex-convict Wilhelm Voigt, who uses the power of a military uniform to assume command of his town and raid its treasury. The play, based on a true story, received its London premiere in the 1950s and was last produced by the National at the Old Vic in 1971.

Currently performing in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass in the West End, the multi-talented Sher is an actor, artist, novelist and playwright who has numerous credits with the Royal Shakespeare Company including Richard III, which, along with Torch Song Trilogy, won him his first Olivier Award in 1985. His previous work for the National includes Uncle Vanya, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, Stanley – for which he received his second Olivier in 1997 – and Primo, which he adapted from Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man. He also directed Breakfast With Mugabe for the RSC in Stratford and London.

Booking for Travelling Light opens in November.

CB

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.