Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor to star at National Theatre

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The Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor, will soon be treading the boards at the National Theatre as the lead role in Everyman.

The production, which has been adapted by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, will open for previews on Wednesday April 22nd and run up until Thursday July 16th, with a final performance being screened nationally as part of the National Theatre Live programme.

Ejiofor has long been in the industry, having appeared in films such as Love Actually, American Gangster and 2012. However, it was his role as Solomon Northup, who is abducted and sold into slavery in the 2013 Oscar-winning masterpiece, 12 Years a Slave, that really brought the acclaimed actor into the spotlight.

 

While Ejiofor just missed out on an Oscar, he did take home a coveted British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) award for his outstanding performance.Chiwetel Ejiofor

 

Tickets for Everyman go on sale to the public from 08.30GMT on Thursday February 12th. Starring alongside Ejiofor will be Paul Bullion, Adam Burton, Joshua Lacey, Ira Mandela Siobhan and Clemmie Sveaas.

The synopsis for the play is undeniably appealing, stating that: “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 defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.”

While Everyman has been a popular play since its creation in the 15th Century, there are high hopes for this new adaptation from Carol Ann Duffy which will also see Rufus Norris as director.

The news of Ejiofor joining the National Theatre comes following the creation of its new management team, which undoubtedly sets the precedence for what is to come in the future.

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