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American family life portrayed at the National Theatre

Published: Thursday 27th of November 2008

The latest production to open at the National Theatre has been greeted with rave reviews in the press.

Playing at the National's Lyttleton theatre, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts allows the audience access to a dinner party hosted by the Weston family of Oklahoma, in a warts-and-all expose of the complexities of contemporary American life.

In the Telegraph, theatre critic Charles Spencer called this "sprawling and ambitious" production "harrowing, richly comic and exhilaratingly well-acted".

Writing for the Guardian, Michael Billington says that the play "satisfies a palpable hunger for big theatrical experiences" and that the central family "symbolise[s] the collapse of American idealism".

Having enjoyed a successful run on Broadway, where it won five Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama, this London production by Chicago's Steppenwolf company looks set to entertain crowds throughout its run, which lasts until January 21st.

The National Theatre is a cornerstone of Britain's stage arts industry and houses three separate performance spaces which put on a range of productions throughout the year.

LondonPass holders can enjoy free admission to the National Theatre Backstage Tour, saving £5 for adults and £4 for children.

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