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Jocelyn Herbert Lecture: Roy Williams

Fri 8 March 2019, 6pm
Running Time: 45 mins

Award-winning playwright, Roy Williams, looks at some of the most significant productions of his plays, including Lift Off (Royal Court, 1999) and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre, 2002/2004), and explores how their ground-breaking designs helped him to convey the complex world of multi-cultural Britain. 

This is one of a series of ten annual lectures, organised with University of the Arts London and supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation. The series is named after the seminal British designer Jocelyn Herbert, whose approach altered the way directors and audiences came to view stage design, and contributed to a fundamental shift in the relationship between writer, director and designer. Herbert was a member of the Building Committee for Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre, and went on to mount productions in all three auditoriums, being particularly renowned for her collaborations with the director, John Dexter, and with the poet, playwright and director, Tony Harrison. Her archive of over 6,000 drawings, note and sketchbooks, correspondence, masks, photographs, posters and programmes, research materials, diaries and ground plans now lives at the National Theatre’s Archive, and is open to all by appointment:;; 020 7452 3135.

Photograph by Daniel Farmer.

Tickets £7 (£5 concessions)

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