is returning to the stage this spring, to star in the Rufus Norris-directed take on a cornerstone of English dramaturgy, “Everyman,” adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role, opening in the Olivier Theatre as part of London’s National Theatre’s 2015 lineup.
And for those who can’t make it to the theatre, the performance will also be broadcast to cinemas by NT Live on July 16.
The story: “Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defense. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives.”
In short, the premise is that the good and evil deeds one does in life, will be examined by God after death. Of course, “Everyman” represents all of mankind.
Chiwetel Ejiofor last appeared at the National Theatre in 2000 as Romeo, when he received the Evening Standard “Best Newcomer” award. He most recently starred as Patrice Lumumba in a West End run of “A Season in the Congo.
Other theatre credits include “The Seagull,” and the title role in Othello at the Donmar Theatre, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Rufus Norris’ productions for the National include Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Amen Corner, Table, London Road, Death and the King’s Horseman and Market Boy. His other work includes Feast, Vernon God Little and Tintin for the Young Vic; the Olivier Award-winning Cabaret in the West End and on tour; Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway; and Festen at the Almeida, West End and New York. Screen work includes Broken, which won the British Independent Film Award for Best Film, and the film of London Road which will be released later this year.
“Everyman” previews from April 22, with the live theatrical broadcast on July 16.
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