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Travelling Light

Travelling Light

Nicholas Wright

ISBN: 9781848422476

Nicholas Wright's new play is a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood's golden age. World Premiere at the National Theatre, 2012.

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In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father's cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of storytelling. Forty years on, Motl - now a famed American film director - looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams. How had a twenty-two-year - old pretentious layabout made a discovery that would elude every other cinematic pioneer for years to come? Nicholas Wright's (The Last of the Duchess, Mrs Klein, The Reporter, His Dark Materials) new play is as funny as it is fascinating - a tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood's golden age. It premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2012, in a production directed by Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, The Habit of Art), with Antony Sher in the title role of the timber merchant.
Nicholas Wright

Nicholas Wright

Plays include Treetops and One Fine Day (Riverside Studios), The Gorky Brigade (Royal Court), The Crimes of Vautrin (Joint Stock), The Custom of the Country and The Desert Air (RSC), Cressida (Almeida Theatre at the Albery), Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester), The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead), Travelling Light, Mrs. Klein, Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter (NT). He adapted His Dark Materials ... view full profile

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