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From Morning to Midnight at Lyttelton Theatre

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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It Only Takes a Day

For most of us a single day is not usually that significant. We go about our routine, do the same old same old, and then repeat the process tomorrow. But for some, twenty-four hours can completely change their lives.

A lottery win could make you poor to rich in the time it takes to call out a few numbers, and a bad storm could make you homeless in minutes.

Never underestimate the significance of a single day. Every moment is precious. Every second matters. It doesn't matter how ordinary you are. That's what one simple cashier finds out in From Morning to Midnight. The play was original written by the German dramatist in 1912 and first staged in 1917. Since then, it has become one of the most performed shows in Expressionist theatre.

A new version has now been written by Dennis Kelly and is currently being shown at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre until until the 26th January. Tickets cost between 12-50, and the performance is approximately two and a half hours, including the interval.

Directed by Melly Still, it tells the story of an average bank clerk who falls head over heels for an exotic woman from Florence. With a stolen fortune in his pocket, he leaves behind his humdrum life in a lustful pursuit, and between the hours of morning till midnight, destroys himself.

In addition to the play, you can also book a discussion between Kelly and Still as they talk about their collaboration. If you have an interest in German Expressionism, you might also be interested in a lecture that puts the play in context. This would be particularly useful for film students.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: Until 26th Jan 2014
Phone: 020 7452 3000
Where: National Theatre
Cost: 12-50
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