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|Nunn Sends for Indian Epic
- The story that shaped the Hindu faith transfers to the Royal National Theatre
THE RAMAYANA transfers to the Royal National Theatre following a sell-out run at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Artistic director Trevor Nunn was so impressed by the tale of one man's fight against evil that he has set the Olivier Theatre aside for the production in April.
This spiritual journey of a drama follows in the footsteps of Peter Brook's acclaimed Mahabharata. But at 160 minutes poet-playwright Peter Oswald's script is a merciful quarter of the length. In further contrast to Brook's bloody-minded odyssey, the armies of drinking monkeys and dancing men in Ramayana make for more of a family show.
Director Indhu Rubasingham draws on her background in new writing and on designer Ultz's knowledge of visual theatre to create an extravaganza of music, movement and spectacle. Rubasingham's first show at the National makes a refreshing alternative to Nunn's programming of more familiar crowd-pleasers like My Fair Lady and Singin' In The Rain.