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New Mike Leigh play finally receives a title

12th September 2011

The mysterious new play from Mike Leigh has received a title, just two days before previews of the production begin at the National Theatre in London.

So far, little is known about the production, which will be called Grief, other than that it will be staged at the National's Cottesloe Theatre – the smallest of the three auditoriums at the venue.

It is Leigh's first play since 2005 and only his second in 28 years, with the plot details remaining shrouded in secrecy as rehearsals take place behind closed doors and National Theatre representatives stay tight-lipped.

The cast will include frequent Leigh collaborator Lesley Manville, who told the BBC that the finer points of the production would continue to be tweaked until the very last moment.

'You start with nothing. The title comes last, character will start to come on day one of rehearsal, but there's no premise,' she added.

Previews of Grief will be held from September 14th, with the play officially opening at the National on September 21st.

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