Following Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter, Nicholas Wright's new play is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood's golden age.
Booking from: Friday, 13 January 2012
Booking until: Saturday, 2 June 2012
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.15pm. Sunday 3pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Playing at the Lyttelton - National Theatre.
Following Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter, Nicholas Wright's new play is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood's golden age. It returns to the National Theatre after a successful season earlier this year and a UK tour.
In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father's cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of story-telling. Forty years on, Motl, now a famed American film director, looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams.
How had a twenty-two-year old pretentious layabout made a discovery that would elude every other cinematic pioneer for years to come?
Please note: There are audio-described performances on Friday 2 March at 7.30pm andÂ Saturday 3 March at 2.15pm.
There is a captioned performance on WednesdayÂ 29 February at 7.30pm.
"A love-letter to the movies and an appealingly intelligent evocation of the Jewish folk culture that formed the basis of American cinema"
"Inventive and amusing"
"Enchanting. A golden-hearted tragicomic fable"
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