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England People Very Nice

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A riotous journey through four waves of immigration from the 17th century to today. Read More >

Richard Bean’s new play England People Very Nice is a riotous journey through four waves of immigration from the 17th century to today.

As the French Huguenots, the Irish, the Jews and the Bangladeshis in turn enter the chaotic world of Bethnal Green, each new influx provokes a surge of violent protest over housing, jobs, religion and culture. And the emerging pattern shows that white flight and anxiety over integration is anything but new.

England People Very Nice follows a pair of star-crossed lovers amid cutters’ mobs, Papists, Jewish anarchists and radical Islamists across four tempestuous centuries.

The cast of England People Very Nice features actress Olivia Colman making her National Theatre debut. Colman is best known for her appearances in television comedies including Peep Show, That Mitchell And Webb Look, Look Around You and Beautiful People.

National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner directs England People Very Nice. Hytner’s previous productions include Major Barbara, The Alchemist and The History Boys, for which he won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director.

In addition to England People Very Nice, Bean’s plays also include The English Game, The God Botherers, Honeymoon Suite, In The Club, Under The Whaleback and Harvest, which was nominated for the Best New Play Laurence Olivier Award in 2006.

England People Very Nice plays at the National Theatre Olivier as part of the Travelex £10 season.

For more about England People Very Nice, read the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 04/02/2009

Opening Night: 11/02/2009

Closing Night: 09/08/2009

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Philip Arditti, Jamie Beamish, Paul Chequer, Olivia Colman, Rudi Dharmalingham, Sacha Dhawan, Hasina Haque, Tony Jayawardena, Trevor Laird, Elliot Levey, Siobhan McSweeney, Neet Mohan, Aaron Neil, Sophia Nomvete, Claire Prempeh, Fred Ridgeway, Avin Shah, Sophie Stanton, Michelle Terry, Harvey Virdi, Howard Ward


Director - Nicholas Hytner

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Mark Thompson

Lighting Designer - Neil Austin

Sound - John Leonard

Author - Richard Bean

Music By - Grant Oldin

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