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National Theater unveils lineup

Highlights include 'Burnt,' Daldry play

Thesp Ciaran Hinds, high-profile Brit helmers Stephen Daldry, Rupert Goold, Nicholas Hytner and James Macdonald plus a new legit adaptation of 1994 Russian pic “Burnt by the Sun” are all on the slate of the 2009 spring season at London’s National Theater.

Daldry (“Billy Elliot”) directs David Hare (whose play “Gethsemane” is running at the National’s Cottesloe Theater) performing a reading of Hare’s new monologue about the German capital, “Berlin.” Writer-performer will play eight perfs beginning Feb. 10.

Also that month, Hinds toplines Peter Flannery’s stage version of “Burnt by the Sun,” based on the screenplay by scribe-helmer Nikita Mikhalkov and co-writer Rustam Ilbragimbekov. Plot follows a Russian colonel (Hinds) and his family on the cusp of Stalin’s Great Terror. National associate director Howard Davies helms the show, beginning perfs Feb. 24 and continuing in rep throughout the season.

Hytner (“The History Boys”) directs a new comedy by Richard Bean, “England People Very Nice” (beginning Feb. 4), about immigration in the U.K. from the 17th century to the present day.

Also on the bill are Macdonald (“Top Girls”) directing Marlowe’s “Dido, Queen of Carthage” (starting March 17); Norris (“Festen”) helming Wole Soyinka’s “Death and the King’s Horseman” (bowing April 1); and Goold (“Macbeth”) directing J.B. Priestley’s “Time and the Conways” (opening April 28).

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