Sam Mendes, Tori Amos set for UK National Theatre

LONDON (AP) — The return of director Sam Mendes and a long-awaited musical by Tori Amos are among productions slated for the 50th anniversary season at Britain's National Theatre.

"Skyfall" filmmaker Mendes will direct a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear," starring Simon Russell Beale, opening next January. The 2013 season will see "The Light Princess," a musical adaptation of a 19th-century fairytale by Amos and playwright Samuel Adamson. First announced two years ago, it will finally open in October.

Artistic director Nicholas Hytner said Wednesday that "musicals just take a hell of a lot of writing and developing and testing out."

The season also includes two major American plays — James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner," set in a storefront church in Harlem, and Eugene O'Neill's monumental family drama "Strange Interlude."

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