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First Look: Rehearsal images: SALOMÉ – a new play by Yaël Farber

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Previews from 2 May, with Press Night 9 May. Continuing in the repertoire until 15 July. Broadcast to cinemas by NT Live on 22 June.

The story has been told before, but never like this.
An occupied desert nation.  A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike.  A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the Olivier stage.

Salomé is designed by Susan Hilferty with lighting design by Tim Lutkin, music and sound by Adam Cork, movement direction by Ami Shulman, fight direction by Kate Waters and dramaturgy by Drew Lichtenberg. Cast includes Philip Arditti, Paul Chahidi, Ramzi Choukair, Uriel Emil, Olwen Fouéré, Roseanna Frascona, Lloyd Hutchinson, Shahar Isaac,  Aidan Kelly, Yasmin Levy, Andrew Lewis, Anna Lindup, Theo T J Lowe, Isabella Nefar, Lubana al Quntar,and Raad Rawi

Hundreds of Travelex tickets at £15 available per performance.

National Theatre Platforms: Nicholas Hytner and Tracy Chevalier

Nicholas Hytner

An eclectic programme of talks, debates and events, Platforms reveal more about the National Theatre’s repertoire, artists and history.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit the NT Platforms page.

Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner © Hugo Glendinning

Nicholas Hytner: Balancing Acts

Monday 22 May, 6pm, Lyttelton Theatre
Running Time: 45 minutes approximately

Nicholas Hytner reveals the inside story of his 12 years at the helm of the National. This is a story about actors, writers and directors; about directing new plays including The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors; films including The Madness of King George; about probing Shakespeare from every angle and reinventing the classics; and about coming up time and again against the challenge of reconciling art and commerce.

With candour, intelligence, humour and insight borne from experience of extraordinary successes and lunatic failures, he explores the biggest questions facing the creative industries right now.

Live subtitling by STAGETEXT for deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing people.

Buy tickets £5 (£4 concessions)

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier

Shakespeare Retold with Tracy Chevalier

Friday 9 June, 6.30pm, Dorfman Theatre
Running Time: 45 minutes approximately

The author of Girl with the Pearl Earring discusses New Boy, her reworking of Othello, the latest in the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

The historical novelist transplants the story to the 1970s playground, where a young black boy arrives at an all-white school and finds himself at the centre of a vicious plot of jealousy, betrayal and revenge.

Buy tickets £5 (£4 concessions)


Linbury Prize 2017: Judges and Production Companies Announced

The Linbury Prize
The Linbury Prize

The Linbury Prize

The Linbury Prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for Stage Design, providing a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with some of the UK’s leading theatre, opera and dance companies. This year the members of the judging panel are renowned designers Tom Piper, Nicky Shaw and Rae Smith; the finalists will be designing for The Lyric Hammersmith; The Mercury Theatre Colchester; Phoenix Dance Theatre; and the Unicorn Theatre with English National Opera.

Twelve finalists will get the chance to work with the four production companies and exhibit their work at the National Theatre in November. Four of the twelve will win a commission to realise their designs with the participating companies, and one designer is awarded the overall winner’s title.

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design was founded by Lady Anya Sainsbury in 1987 as a springboard for recent graduates from theatre design courses around the UK, giving applicants an unparalleled opportunity to work with professional arts companies and to collaborate with writers, directors and technical teams at a crucial stage in their careers.

Previous winners of the Linbury Prize include some of the most important stage designers working today, including Tim Hatley, whose work includes Timon of Athens at the NT, and Spamalot and Shrek the Musical in the West End and on Broadway; Anthony Ward, whose credits include Sweeney Todd at Chichester and in the West End and Headlong’s Enron; and Vicki Mortimer, whose extensive work for the NT includes Othello and The Last of the Haussmans.

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design is sponsored by the Linbury Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. This year’s finalists will be announced in July, with the overall winner announced in November.

The Linbury Prize committee comprises; Jon Bausor, Sean Crowley, Sophie Jump, Philip Lawford, Katrina Lindsay, Caro Newling (Chair), Christopher Oram, Tom Piper, David Pritchard, Anya Sainsbury


Tom Piper’s most recent productions include The King’s Speech (Birmingham Rep, Chichester and UK tour); Mermaid (Shared Experience); Orfeo (Royal Opera House and Roundhouse); Tamburlaine The Great (Theatre For a New Audience, NY); The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle); Hamlet, The Libertine, King Lear (Citizens, Glasgow); Bakersfield Mist (West End); The Big Meal (Theatre Royal Bath and Hightide); and Red Velvet (Tricycle and NY). He has worked at the National Theatre, Donmar, Soho, Dundee Rep, Bush, Gate Dublin, Nottingham Playhouse, Hampstead and Sheffield Crucible. Tom Piper was the Associate Designer of the RSC for ten years; recent work there includes Love for Love;Christmas Truce; Antony and Cleopatra (RSC/Miami/NY); Boris Godunov; Much Ado About NothingMacbeth; City Madam, and the complete History Cycle, for which he won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for the Award for Best Set Design.

He was the designer for the critically acclaimed poppy installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, at the Tower of London. He received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours, 2015. He also received the ‘Contribution to London’s Cultural Excellence’ award at the London Awards and came first in The Telegraph’s Briton of the Year in early 2015.

Nicky Shaw is an international set and costume designer. She trained at West Sussex & West Surrey Colleges of Art & Design and designs primarily for opera, but also theatre, musical theatre, t.v. and short film. Nicky works in the UK, but more extensively in continental Europe, has designed in Russia and had 2 productions in Seoul, South Korea. She regularly collaborates with director and opera intendant Annilese Miskimmon and they have produced many critically acclaimed opera productions together including: La Traviata, Scottish Opera (joint winner The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre); Mignon, Buxton Opera Festival (nominated Best Opera, South Bank Sky Awards); The Magic Flute, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Coronation of Poppea, Opera Theatre Company, Dublin (all nominated for Best Opera, Irish Times). They have been interviewed together for a feature, ‘Women in Opera’ by Jane Garvey, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 and by Sean Rafferty, In Tune, Radio 3.

Nicky was production & costume designer on the short film Assessment (winner – Jury Award, Film London’s Best of Borough), written & directed by Mark Gutteridge and designed the musical Dancing Shadows (winner of 5 Korean Musical Awards), Opera Theatre, Seoul, directed by Paul Garrington.

Recent opera credits include: Jenufa, Royal Swedish Opera, Danish National Opera & Scottish Opera andMadama Butterfly, Glyndebourne on Tour, both directed by Annilese Miskimmon; Dead Man Walking, Royal Danish Opera, directed by Orpha Phelan and Peter Pan(costumes), Komische Oper & Welsh National Opera and Rossi’s Orpheo, Royal Opera House at Sam Wanamaker Theatre, both directed by Keith Warner.

Nicky has also worked as an interior/commercial designer for projects with fashion designer and businessman Jasper Conran and as an exhibition designer, collaborating with Tim Pyne playing a crucial role in his company Work winning Millennium Dome zone Living Island

Rae Smith’s designs at the NT include, The Light Princess and War Horse (Tony and Olivier Awards); The Goat at Theatre Royal Haymarket; This House at the Garrick and National Theatre; The Tempestat Birmingham Royal Ballet; Pelleas and Melisande for Scottish Opera; and Stella at Brighton Festival, Hoxton Hall and Holland Festival. Opera includes Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Met New York; Benvenuto Cellini at ENO; and The Ring Cycle which won the Grand Prix for outstanding achievement in Opera, at Opera Du Rhin. Dance includes Prince of the Pagodas at Birmingham Royal Ballet; and The Rite Of Spring andPetrushka for Fabulous Beast. Designs for forthcoming productions include Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic; Barber Shop Chronicles; Saint George and the Dragon at the National Theatre; and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Other work includes live drawing for War Horse in Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.


The Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. For more than one hundred and twenty years it has been responsible for creating some of the UK’s most adventurous and acclaimed theatrical work. It has gained a national reputation for its work with and for children and young people and creates pathways into the arts for young talent from all backgrounds, helping to diversify our industry. Recent productions include the smash hit Bugsy Malone, the international tour and co-production with Filter Theatre of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a new stage adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet.

The Lyric’s dual commitment to producing the highest quality contemporary theatre, alongside nurturing the creativity of young people is what makes it unique within the cultural ecology of the UK. It is a local theatre rooted in its community with a national and international reputation for the quality and innovation of its artistic work.

In April 2015 the Lyric reopened following a multi-million pound capital project, which saw the addition of the Reuben Foundation Wing housing state-of-the-art facilities for theatre, dance, film, music, digital and more. The ‘new’ Lyric is now the largest creative hub in West London and home to an innovative partnership of like-minded leading arts organisations who work together to deliver lifechanging creative opportunities for thousands of young West Londoners.

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is the most active producing theatre in East Anglia, and is a vital centre of excellence in the East’s growing creative economy. The Mercury exists to put theatre at the heart of the community it serves and to make work in Colchester that reaches audiences and generates critical attention regionally and nationally.

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Formed in 1981 in the Harehills area of Leeds, Phoenix Dance Theatre has become one of the UK’s most wellknown and respected contemporary dance companies. Touring to mid-scale venues internationally and across the UK, Phoenix presents a repertoire of work from both established and up-and-coming choreographers, focussing on producing compelling, entertaining and diverse mixed programmes. The work on stage is supported by a dedicated education programme which helps widen access to dance for people of all ages and abilities and provides world class training for young, aspiring contemporary dancers.

The Unicorn Theatre, London

The Unicorn Theatre, based in a specially-commissioned building at London Bridge since 2005, is the UK’s leading professional theatre for young audiences, empowering them to explore the world through theatre.

Described as ‘one of the most exciting places to see theatre in the UK…’ (winner of the Peter Brook Award, 2014) and with 20 awards and nominations to its name over the last four years, the Unicorn strives to push the boundaries of imagination in everything that it does, welcoming families, schools, and young people for unforgettable theatrical experiences that will expand horizons, change perspectives and challenge how we all see and understand each other.

Year-round, the Unicorn works with some of the world’s most exciting theatre-makers to produce, present and tour a surprising, innovative and broad range of work that is honest, refreshing and international in outlook. The Unicorn aims to change the perception of UK children’s theatre for ever.

The Unicorn Theatre is developing a long term partnership with English National Opera to produce operas for young people.


National Theatre presents the UK premiere of OSLO at the Lyttelton Theatre transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre, in the West End


The National Theatre today (6 April 2017) announced the UK premiere of Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of OSLO, a gripping new play by J T Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher which is currently in previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway. OSLO has a strictly limited run at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from 5 to 23 September, and will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End from 30 September to 30 December 2017, in association with ATG.

OSLO tells the true story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, OSLO is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together – and fighting each other – as they seek to change the world. (Mona Juul is currently the Norwegian Ambassador to the UK – the first woman to occupy the role.)

J.T. Rogers (Color)

J.T. Rogers (Color) by Rebecca Ashley

NT Director Rufus Norris said: ‘The National Theatre is privileged to have the opportunity to present Lincoln Center Theater’s production of J T Rogers’ extraordinary play, told with passion and humour, about a significant period in our recent political history. We are delighted to be able to share it with our audiences here at the National Theatre on the South Bank, and in the West End.’

Director Bartlett Sher added: ‘OSLO is an exploration of the power of responsible political discourse. As theatre, it brings impossible foes into direct contact with very high stakes. And as a history play, it gave us a chance to explore an important conflict between Israel and Palestine. We can’t imagine a better place to engage in this conversation than the National Theatre.’

Playwright JT Rodgers said: ‘I’m thrilled to return again to the National Theatre, which launched my playwriting career. It’s a privilege to be bringing OSLO to this powerhouse of UK creativity, and direct into London’s West End.’

Lincoln Center Theater’s world premiere production of OSLO played to sell-out houses at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater in New York in 2016, and is currently in previews for its Broadway opening on 13 April at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.

OSLO is written by J T Rogers and directed by Bartlett Sher, with sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes byCatherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Peter John Still and projections by 59 Productions.

Bartlett Sher

JT Rogers’ previous plays for the National Theatre are Blood and Gifts, which premiered at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2010 and The Overwhelming, a co-production between the National Theatre and Out of Joint. His other plays include Madagascar (Theatre503 in London and Melbourne Theatre Company) and White People (Off-Broadway; Starry Night Productions). He was one of the authors of the Olivier-nominated The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre. His plays have been seen across the US, and in Canada, Germany and Israel.

Bartlett Sher makes his directorial debut for the National Theatre with OSLO. His previous work in the UK includesWomen on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse in 2015, Two Boys for the ENO and South Pacificfor the Barbican in 2011, and TFANA’s Cymbeline at the RSC’s The Other Place in 2001. His previous work for Lincoln Center Theater includes The King and I, Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza (Tony nominations); South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards; also London, Australia); Blood and Gifts, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (London). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County (Schoenfeld). Off-Broadway: Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons), Waste (Best Play Obie Award), Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Upcoming productions include Adam Guettel’s new musical Millions and My Fair Lady for LCT.

The New York press on OSLO at Lincoln Center Theater:

Crackling theater. A vivid, thoughtful and astonishingly lucid account of a byzantine chapter in international poltics.’ – Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘A fascinating true story. This riveting production is alive with intrigue, humor, and bristling intelligence.’ – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

OSLO Listings Information

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX

Dates: 5 – 26 September 2017

Performances: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2pm

Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN

Dates: 30 September 2017 – 6 January 2018

Performances: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2pm

Tickets for the National Theatre performances can be purchased from the NT Box Office.

Tickets for the Harold Pinter Theatre performances can be purchased from the NT and Harold Pinter box offices.

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Award-winning creative team of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time reunite for a final farewell to the West End

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre London Gielgud Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre London Gielgud Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre London, Gielgud Theatre, Cast 2016/2017 _

The National Theatre hosts a special platform with the original creative team of its award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Thursday 1 June at 5.15pm, following the matinee performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London.  The discussion will be chaired by ITV’s Arts Editor, Nina Nannar.  Tickets for the platform are £5.

Celebrating the final week of performances in the West End, this exclusive platform brings together the original Olivier and Tony Award®-winning creative team, including  the director Marianne Elliott, playwright, Simon Stephens, Lighting Designer, Paule Constable, Designer, Bunny Christie, Video Designer, Finn Ross, Movement directors:  Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, Sound Designer Ian Dickinson and composer Adrian Sutton.

At the time of its West End closing on 3 June 2017, Curious Incident will become the Gielgud Theatre’s longest running play in over 45 years.  It will have played over 1,600 performances and been seen by over 1 million people in London, and almost 2 and a half million people world-wide. The original production opened at the NT’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014.  Curious Incident ran at the Barrymore Theatre in New York from September 2014 until September 2016, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play and becoming the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade.


The show tells the story of 15 year old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. The role of Christopher has been played by 18 actors since the show originally opened in London. Luke Treadaway, who originated the role at the National Theatre, received a 2013 Olivier Award for Best Actor and Alex Sharp won the Tony Award® for Best Actor on Broadway.

As the National Theatre’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is about to close in the West End, it continues a second hugely successful tour of the UK and Ireland and a tour of North America.  Future international dates include its Canadian premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto from 10 October to 19 November 2017.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted from Mark Haddon’s book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

The West End cast comprises of:  Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant  as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones/Danielle Kassaraté, as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters, and nineteen year old Thomas Dennis is the alternate Christopher (the youngest actor ever to play Christopher). They are joined by Charleen Qwaye, Philip Stewart, Matt Wilman and Penelope McGhie.

Home presents the National Theatre’s My Country; A Work in Progress, directed by Rufus Norris, in the words of people across the UK and Poet Carol Ann Duffy

My Country a work in progress
My Country a work in progress

My Country a work in progress

★★★★★ “My Country therapeutically unkinks your brain and lets you hear at the end a more reverberant and ionised silent. It’s a political intervention; not a retreat into aesthetics. Roll on the next instalment.” – The Independent

★★★★ “Compassionate, funny, and insightful.” – What’s On Stage

The National Theatre has collaborated with eight UK arts organisations to create a new play inspired by the recent EU Referendum, presented on stage at HOME as part of a UK tour following its current run at the NT’s Dorfman Theatre in London.

Rufus Norris and Carol Ann Duffy

Rufus Norris and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

In the days following the Brexit vote, a team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow, aged 9 to 87, to hear their views. In a series of interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny and sometimes extreme.  These testimonials are interwoven with speeches from political leaders to create a new play by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris.

Britannia (played by Penny Layden) calls a meeting to listen to her people:  Caledonia (played by Stuart McQuarrie),  Cymru (played by Christian Patterson), East Midlands (played by Seema Bowri), North East (played by Laura Elphinstone),  Northern Ireland (played by Cavan Clarke), and South West (played by Adam Ewan).

Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, said: “One of my ambitions for the National Theatre is to make it truly national and through collaboration, embrace the creativity and opinion around the UK.  The Brexit vote unleashed a host of questions about our country, way beyond the issue of Britain’s role in Europe. It articulated a deep disaffection.  Those elements provoked a need and opportunity to create a piece of theatre that responds to that palpable sense of frustration and disillusionment.  Art has always responded to what is happening now and it’s what I hope we achieve with My Country.”

Walter Meierjohann, Artistic Director: Theatre, HOME, commented: “As someone who was born on the Continent and lived the majority of his life there, I was incredibly disappointed by the outcome of the referendum last June. I was delighted, however, how Rufus Norris and the National Theatre responded artistically – by actually creating a piece of theatre which listened to the voices of people from all around England. I am very proud to present My Country here at HOME – and I am sure that the play will initiate debate amongst audiences, something which is very much needed.”

HOME’s previous collaborations with the National Theatre includes the world premiere of A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, a Complicite Associates and National Theatre co-production in association with HOME, directed by Bryony Kimmings (September 2016). HOME have also been asked to curate a weekend of the National Theatre’s free outdoorRiver Stage festival between 4-6 August; and following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, HOME will present Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places & Things this September.

My Country: a work in progress is created in collaboration with; Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Curve, Leicester, Derry Playhouse, Live Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Sage Gateshead, Salisbury Playhouse and Strike A Light Festival in association with Cusack Projects Limited.

My Country; a work in progress: Performance Calendar

Tue 18 Apr                 19:30
Wed 19 Apr               14:00 / 19:30

Thu 20 Apr                 19:30
Fri 21 Apr                    19:30

Sat 22 Apr                  14:00 / 19:30

£24.00 – £10.00 (conc. available)


#My Country


Angels in America: Rehearsal images released / Ticket Ballot One now open

Full casting announced for ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ at the National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse