National Theatre stages award-winning Oslo ahead of West End transfer

J T Rogers’ award-winning play, Oslo, officially opens at the National Theatre next week ahead of a West end transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre.

The Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production stars Toby Stephens as social-scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, Lydia Leonard as his wife, diplomat Mona Juul, and Peter Polycarpou as Ahmed Qurie, the former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.

This gripping new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, was awarded Best Play at the 2017 Tony Awards and was winner of every Best Play award on Broadway this season, including those given by New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle , Drama League, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards.

In 1993, in front of the world’s press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House.

Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo.

Oslo tells the true story of how one young Norwegian couple – Mona Juul (now the Norwegian Ambassador to the UK) and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen – planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords.

Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together – and fighting each other – as they seek to change the world.

The cast also includes Geraldine Alexander, Philip Arditti, Thomas Arnold, Nabil Elouahabi, Karoline Gable, Paul Herzberg, Jacob Krichefski, Yair Jonah Lotan, Anthony Shuster, Daniel Stewart and Howard Ward.

Oslo runs at the National Theatre until September 23 and the Harold Pinter Theatre from October 2 to December 30.

A gallery of production images now at StageReviewUK.

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