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Why you should visit the National Theatre this winter?

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

For the first time on stage, featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film, Pinocchio comes to life as never before. This spectacular new production brings together John Tiffany, the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Dennis Kelly, the writer of Matilda the Musical. Previews from1 December, press night 13 December, on sale until 7 April. Half-price tickets for under-18s are available for all performances (excluding £15 tickets).

Talk: Bob Crowley and Toby Olié on Pinocchio14 December, 5.30pm

Follies

Tracie BennettJanie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, the production is directed by Dominic Cooke for the first time at the NT.

Talk: Peter Forbes and Imelda Staunton on Follies11 December 3pm

Talk: Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett on Follies18 December, 3pm

Barber Shop Chronicles

Following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre and West Yorkshire PlayhouseInua Ellams’ dynamic new play Barber Shop Chroniclesreturns to the National Theatre this November. Previews from 20 November, playing until 9 January

Talk: Inua Ellams on Barber Shop Chronicles, 7 December, 6.15pm

FRIDAY RUSH

Every Friday at 1pm an allocation of £20 tickets is released to buy online for the following week’s performances at all three theatres at the NT, even for sold out shows.

The Jungle – Young Vic Theatre

Join refugees and volunteers from around the world over fresh-baked naan and milky chai at the Afghan Café. From Good Chance Theatre, a new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people. A Young Vic and National Theatre co-production. Previews from 7 Dec, until 6 January.

Enhance Your Visit

National Theatre Posters Exhibition

Curated by Rick Poynor, Professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading, this exhibition explores the evolution of poster design at the National Theatre from 1963 to the present day. Free entry. Wolfson Gallery, until 31 March 2018.

Gift-buying is made easy this Christmas thanks to the NT Bookshop. The NT’s Pinocchio-inspired range has arrived in-store alongside the landmark new production. Sunday 17 December is a special Christmas shopping day, with discounts in the NT Bookshop and festive treats in Kitchen cafe.

The NT’s unique afternoon tea experience inspired by Pinocchio includes a limited edition Hi-Diddle-Dee-Tea – specially created treats from Stromboli calzones to blue fairy cakes, as well as a welcome glass of fizz for grown-ups.

For the festive season, the Green Room has put a modern spin on holiday classics for their three-course Christmas menu with tasty items including buttermilk fried turkey burger and gingerbread French toast. Visit the Sipsmith Frost Fair to enjoy a specially curated menu of delicious hot gins, including Mulled Sloe Gin and Gin Hot Toddy.

The National Theatre on tour around the UK

The National Theatre’s acclaimed productions of War Horse and Hedda Gabler continue to tour the UK and Ireland. Visit warhorseonstage andheddagablerontour for more information.

At a cinema near you this winter

Young Marx NT Live

Rory Kinnear plays Marx and Oliver Chris plays Engels in Young Marx directed by Nicholas Hytner and broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre in London on 7 December.

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PINOCCHIO makes its world premiere at the National Theatre

Pinocchio
Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Visit the alpine forest this winter as Pinocchio makes its world premiere at the National Theatre

On a quest to be truly alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their electrifying adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean.

This spectacular new production is brought to the stage by an extraordinary team including John Tiffany, the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Dennis Kelly, the writer of Matilda the Musical.

Featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film including ‘I’ve Got No Strings’, ‘Give a Little Whistle’ and ‘When You Wish upon a Star’ in dazzling new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as never before.

Director John Tiffany said: “The story of Pinocchio sits in the European tradition of the Grimm Tales and Aesop’s fables. It is about a character who is on the cusp of something, a character who is frozen. It explores what it means to be real, to be a human being. It’s wonderful to be able to bring this story to life at the National Theatre and to bring Pinocchio to new audiences as a world-first in theatrical terms. ”

Joe Idris-Roberts will play the title role, with Aubrey Brisson as Jiminy Cricket and David Langham as the Fox.

Pinocchio is for brave 8-year-olds and above as certain themes, characters and events in the story may be a bit scary for children of eight and under. Tickets for families – Half-price tickets for under – 18s for all performances (excludes £15 tickets).

Previews start in the Lyttelton Theatre from 1 December with Press Night on 13 December, running until 10 April 2018.

Pinocchio is presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

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First Look: Stunning behind the scenes images released to mark live cinema broadcast of National Theatre production of classic musical Follies this Thursday

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The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Beginning will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End for a limited 10-week season from 15 January 2018

BEGINNING by Eldridge, , Writer – David Eldridge, Director – Poly Findley, Designer – Fly Davis, The National Theatre, 2017, credit: Johan Persson/

The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed, sold-out production of BEGINNING‘the (anti) romance for 21st-century London life’ (Evening Standard), will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre for a strictly limited 10-week run from 15 January 2018, with a press night on Tuesday 23 January.

BEGINNING is a tender and funny look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance. Reprising their highly praised roles as Laura and Danny, Justine Mitchell (Bodies, Royal Court; Mr Burns, Almeida Theatre) and Sam Troughton (King Lear, National Theatre; The Hollow Crown, BBC; and The Ritual), are directed by Polly Findlay (Limehouse, Donmar Warehouse; As You Like ItProtest Song and Antigone, National Theatre) in this season’s must-see hit by David Eldridge (Festen, Market BoyUnder the Blue SkyIn Basildon).

Every story starts somewhere. It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny’s the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink? 

Acclaimed by critics and audiences during its sold-out run, BEGINNING received its world premiere on 12 October 2017 in the NT’s Dorfman Theatre.

With design by Fly Davis, lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound design by Paul Arditti and movement by Naomi SaidBEGINNING is produced in the West End by the National Theatre.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday 20 November at 10am, with a priority booking period for NT members from Friday 10 November.

BEGINNING is supported by the NT’s Official Card Partner, American Express.

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LINBURY PRIZE 2017 Winners Announced and Exhibition Opens at the National Theatre

National Theatre

The winners of the prestigious Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017 were announced at a ceremony at the National Theatre on 1 November. The winners include Khadija Raza designing Dido, a co-production between the Unicorn Theatre and ENO, Eleanor Bull designing Windrush: Movement of the People for Phoenix Dance Theatre and Fin Redshaw designing Pieces of String for Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

At the same ceremony the judges also announced this year’s overall winner of the Linbury Prize 2017, Basia Binkowska who will be designingOthello / Macbeth for the Lyric Hammersmith.

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design is a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with leading directors and gain a professional commission with four major companies. The winners for the Linbury Prize 2017 were decided by the judging panel which this year was made up of renowned designers Tom Piper, Nicky Shaw and Rae Smith.

Speaking about this year’s competition, judge Tom Piper said:

“The Linbury Prize remains the most important theatre prize open to recent graduates of UK Design schools. We get over 90 applicants and it is a testament to the depth of talent in the students and the extraordinarily dedicated teaching abilities of colleges that the judges have such a tough time selecting the final 12.

We are really excited this year to have a range of different performance forms in the commissioning companies, which we hope will demonstrate the deep range of skills and ground breaking ideas which the young designers bring to bear on their projects.”

All 12 finalists work can now be seen in a new exhibition, including their final models, held in the Lyttelton Lounge at the National Theatre until 2 January, giving visitors a unique glimpse of the behind-the-scenes process of set designers.

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 was founded by Anya Sainsbury in 1987. The award is sponsored by the Linbury Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

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Talks and events for FOLLIES at the National Theatre

FOLLIES © Johan Persson

Join the cast of Follies as they discuss appearing in the sold-out National Theatre production, directed by Dominic CookePeter Forbes and Imelda Staunton will be in conversation with director Paulette Randall, and Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett with singer-songwriter and actor Will Young.

There is now limited ticket availability for Follies with tickets available to buy through Friday Rush purchasable online every Friday from 1pm for the following week’s performances. Day tickets are also available in person from the NT box office. The production will be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide as part of NT Live on Thursday 16 NovemberFind your nearest venue here.

Peter Forbes and Imelda StauntonMon 11 Dec, 3pm

The actors reflect on the challenges and rewards of playing Buddy and Sally in Follies, chaired by Paulette Randall.

Peter Forbes’ theatre credits include Mamma Mia! (West End), Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland), and for NT, Never So GoodThe James PlaysOur Country’s GoodAfterlife and The Observer. Multi award-winning actor Imelda Staunton was seen on screen as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, and has a long performance history at the National Theatre including The Beggar’s OperaGuys and Dolls, and A Chorus of Disapproval.

Josephine Barstow and Tracie BennettMon 18 Dec, 3pm

Will Young chairs a discussion with Tracie Bennett and Josephine Barstow about appearing in Follies.

Josephine Barstow has performed in opera houses across the world alongside artists such as Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, and under the baton of Georg Solti and Herbert von Karajan. Tracie Bennett originated the roles of Laura Henderson in Mrs Henderson Presents, Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow and has won Olivier awards for her performances in She Loves Me and Hairspray.

Tickets to both events are £7 (£5 concessions) and can be booked here.

Other upcoming talks and events relating to Follies include:

In Depth: The Works of Stephen Sondheim        Fri 3 and 24 November10.30am – 4.30pm

Staging Sondheim’s Follies                                   Tues 28 Nov, 10.30am – 3.30pm

History of the Ziegfeld Follies                                Fri 24 Nov, 6pm

National Theatre’s MACBETH to tour to primary schools in Doncaster, London Sunderland and Wakefield

Macbeth

Macbeth

Following a successful tour to schools and performances in the Dorfman theatre earlier this year, in which nearly 5000 students saw Macbeth,the production now begins a tour this week to a further 31 schools and colleges across Doncaster, London, Sunderland and Wakefield.

Macbeth is adapted and directed for teenage audiences by Justin Audibert and the production is a bold contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays. Amid bloody rebellion and the deafening drums of war, Macbeth and his wife will stop at nothing to fulfil their ambition. Witchcraft, murder, treason and treachery are all at play in this murky world. The cast includes Nana Amoo-GottfriedShazia NichollsGabby WongStephanie Levi JohnAdrian RichardsTamara CamachoJohndeep More and Kenton Thomas.

Speaking about the production director, Justin Audibert said ‘Macbeth is a tale of ambition, dark magic, violence and love; the perfect combination for an audience of young adults. We have made our version as exciting and visceral as possible, a truly sensory experience.’

The tour will begin by visiting 15 schools in London, followed by a further 16 schools across Doncaster, Sunderland and Wakefield, as part of the NT’s strategic touring programme.

Speaking about the schools tours the National Theatre’s Director of Learning, Alice King-Farlow said ‘At the NT we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to take part in theatre and drama while at school and so I am delighted that we’re touring Justin’s contemporary 90 minute adaptation of Macbeth to schools across London and in the North of England this year as part of our new national partnership programme.’

The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young peopleShakespeare for younger audiences is supported by The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, and Jill and David Leuw. The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Competition: – Win 2 x tickets to FOLLIES on Thurs 16 Nov 

Well, it’s that time of the year when I like to run a competition.

The prize in question is two tickets to the actual performance of FOLLIES at the National Theatre, London on Thursday 16 November

I repeat: the actual performance of the NT Live Broadcast of FOLLIES at our Royal National Theatre. Amazing.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre.

To win 2 x tickets to the performance on Thursday 16 November simply enter your name and email address in the sign up box below.

Closing date is Tuesday 14 November. And that is that.

Good luck.

Follies runs in the Olivier Theatre at the National until 3 January.

‘FYI’ Follies will be broadcast by NT Live to cinemas in the UK and internationally onThursday 16 November.

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Dates and casting announced for new National Theatre season

National Theatre

Tickets go on sale for Rufus Norris’ Macbeth, with Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff, part of the Travelex Season with thousands of tickets available at £15

Cast announced for world premiere of The Great Wave, a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre, directed by Indhu Rubasingham

Full cast announced for UK premiere of Annie Baker’s John, directed by James Macdonald

30 years after the play’s rediscovery, Absolute Hell returns to the National in a new production directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Further cast announced for the revival of Amadeus

Tickets on sale for Justin Audibert’s new production of The Winter’s Tale for primary schools

Olivier theatre

MACBETH by William Shakespeare

Previews from 26 February, press night 6 March, on sale until 12 May with further performances to be announced

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris 25 years after his last Shakespeare production. Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Set design by Rae Smith, costume design by Moritz Junge, lighting design byJames Farncombe and sound design by Paul Arditti.

Hundreds of Travelex tickets available for every performance at £15.

Broadcast live as part of NT Live to cinemas worldwide on 10 May.

Lyttelton theatre

ABSOLUTE HELL by Rodney Ackland

Previews from 18 April, press night 25 April, on sale until 23 May with further performances to be announced

Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night. Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.

Rodney Ackland’s extraordinarily provocative play was condemned as ‘a libel on the British people’ when first performed in 1952. Now it emerges as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing. Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct a large ensemble in this new production.

Set design by Lizzie Clachan, with costumes designed by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Jenny Ogilvie, sound by Paul Arditti and the music director is Harvey Brough.

Dorfman theatre

JOHN by Annie Baker

Previews from 17 January, press night 24 January in repertoire until 3 March

The week after Thanksgiving. A bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful host welcomes a young couple struggling to salvage their relationship, while thousands of inanimate objects look on.

An uncanny new play by Annie Baker, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning The Flick had a sold-out run at the National in 2016. James Macdonalddirects the European premiere. Full cast includes Marylouise Burke, Tom MothersdaleAnneika Rose and June Watson.

Design by Chloe Lamford, lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound design by Christopher Shutt.

Marylouise Burke is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between American Equity and UK Equity.

New American Work programme supported by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Lawton W Fitt & James I McLaren Foundation, Kathleen J Yoh and Time Warner Foundation, Inc.

THE GREAT WAVE a new play by Francis Turnly

a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre

Previews from 10 March, press night 19 March, playing until 14 April

On a Japanese beach, teenage sisters Hanako and Reiko are caught up in a storm. Reiko survives while Hanako is lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling that her missing daughter is still alive, and soon family tragedy takes on a global political dimension. Set in Japan and North Korea, Francis Turnly’s epic new thriller is directed by Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Indhu Rubasingham in a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre.

Cast includes Kae AlexanderRosalind ChaoTuyen DoVincent LaiKwong LokeFrances Mayli McCannKirsty RiderLeo Wan andDavid Yip. Design by Tom Piper, video design by Luke Halls, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, music by David Shrubsole, sound design byAlex Caplen, movement direction by Polly Bennett and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

Rosalind Chao is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between American Equity and UK Equity.

NINE NIGHT a new play by Natasha Gordon

Previews from 21 April, press night 30 April, playing until 25 May

Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories – and an endless parade of mourners.

Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night is a touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family. Roy Alexander Weise directs a cast including Franc AshmanOliver Alvin-Wilson, Rebekah Murrell and Cecilia Noble, with further casting to be announced. Design by Rajha Shakiry. Unallocated seating now available, more tickets released in January.

New productions on sale to public from 21 November

Updates on productions currently on sale

Olivier theatre

FOLLIES, book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

In the repertoire until 3 January 2018

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Including such classic songs as ‘Broadway Baby’, ‘I’m Still Here’ and ‘Losing My Mind’, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the NT. Tracie BennettJanie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, the production is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).

The cast includes Julie ArmstrongNorma Atallah, Josephine Barstow, Jeremy Batt, Tracie Bennett, Di BotcherBilly Boyle, Janie Dee,Anouska Eaton, Liz EwingGeraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Forbes, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Adrian GroveFred HaigAimee Hodnett, Dawn HopeLiz Izen, Alison LangerEmily Langham, Sarah-Marie MaxwellIan McLarnonLeisha Mollyneaux, Gemma PageKate Parr, Philip Quast, Edwin Ray, Gary RaymondAdam Rhys-Charles, Jordan ShawImelda StauntonZizi Strallen, Barnaby Thompson, Christine TuckerMichael Vinsen and Alex Young.

Design by Vicki Mortimer, choreography by Bill Deamer, music supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, additional orchestrations by Josh Clayton, music director Nigel Lilley, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound design by Paul Groothuis.

Follies is sold out but tickets are available via Friday RushDay Tickets and possible returns.

Follies is supported by Swarovski and by the Follies production syndicate.

Broadcast Live to cinemas worldwide on 16 November.

SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON a new play by Rory Mullarkey

In the repertoire until 2 December

A village. A dragon. A damsel in distress. Into the story walks George: wandering knight, freedom fighter, enemy of tyrants the world over. One epic battle later and a nation is born. As the village grows into a town, and the town into a city, the myth of Saint George, which once brought a people together, threatens to divide them.

John Heffernan plays Saint George with Julian Bleach as the Dragon. The cast also includes Suzanne Ahmet, Jason Barnett, Luke Brady,Paul Brennen, Joe Caffrey, Paul Cawley, Richard Goulding, Gawn Grainger, Tamzin Griffin, Ravel Guzman, Stephanie Jacob, Lewin Lloyd, Olwen May, Victoria Moseley, Conor Neaves, Amaka Okafor, Sharita Oomeer, Jeff Rawle, Kirsty Rider and Grace Saif.

Rory Mullarkey creates a new folk tale for an uneasy nation. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (ChimericaLight Shining in Buckinghamshire), with design by Rae Smith, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting design by Bruno Poet, music by Grant Olding, sound design by Christopher Shutt, projection design by Betsy Dadd and fight direction by Bret Yount.

Hundreds of Travelex tickets at £15 available per performance.

This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.

AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer

Previews from 11 January, press night 18 January, playing until 24 April

Following a sell-out run last year, Amadeus returns to the Olivier in 2018.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

Michael Longhurst‘s acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer‘s iconic play features live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank SinfoniaAdam Gillen and Lucian Msamati reprise the roles of Mozart and Salieri. Cast also includes Sarah AmankwahFleur de BrayWendy Dawn ThompsonNicholas Gerard-MartinChristopher GodwinMatthew HargreavesAdelle LeonceMichael LyleAndrew Macbean,Alexandra MathieEamonn MulhallEkow QuarteyHugh SachsMatthew SpencerEveral A Walsh and Peter Willcock.

Amadeus is directed by Michael Longhurst with design by Chloe Lamford, music direction and additional music by Simon Slater, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting design by Jon Clark and sound design by Paul Arditti.

Amadeus is produced in association with Southbank Sinfonia, and supported by the Amadeus production syndicate.

Lyttelton

NETWORK, adapted by Lee Hall, based on the Paddy Chayefsky film

Previews from 4 November, press night 13 November, continuing in the repertoire until 24 March

Howard Beale, news anchor-man, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seizes on their new found populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV.

Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Hilarious and horrifying by turns, the iconic film by Paddy Chayefskywon four Academy Awards in 1976. Now, Lee Hall (Billy ElliotOur Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and director Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler) bring Chayefsky’s masterwork to the stage for the first time, with Bryan Cranston (All the Way, for which he won the Tony for Best Actor, Breaking Bad and Trumbo for which he was nominated for an Oscar) in the role of Howard Beale.

The cast also includes Charles BabalolaTobi BamtefaEd BegleyAlex BonneyTom Challenger, Richard CorderyIsabel Della-Porta,Michelle DockeryKit Downes, Ian DrysdaleMichael ElwynCaroline FaberRobert GilbertPete Harden, Douglas HenshallTom HodgkinsTunji KasimAndrew LewisBeverley LonghurstEvan MiltonStuart NunnRebecca OmogbehinPatrick PolettiDanny Szam,Paksie Vernon and Matthew Wright.

Set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costume design by An D’Huys, music and sound by Eric Sleichim and creative associate Krystian Lada.

A very limited number of additional on-stage seats are now available for Foodwork – an immersive on-stage dining experience.

Network is produced in association with Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies.

Production supported by Marcia Grand in memory of Richard Grand and by Kors Le Pere Theatricals LLC

PINOCCHIO by Dennis Kelly, adapted by Martin Lowe

With songs and score from the Walt Disney film by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington and Paul J Smith

Previews from 1 December, press night 13 December, on sale until 7 April

On a quest to be truly alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their electrifying adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean. This spectacular new production brings together the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical.

For the first time on stage, featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film including ‘I’ve Got No Strings’, ‘Give a Little Whistle’ and ‘When You Wish upon a Star’ in dazzling new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as never before.

Cast includes Joe Idris-Roberts (Pinocchio), Audrey Brisson (Jiminy Cricket), Annette McLaughlin (Blue Lady), Mark Hadfield (Gepetto),David Langham (The Fox), David Kirkbride (Coachman), Dawn Sievewright (Lampy), Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (Stromboli), together withStuart Angell, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Stephanie BronJames CharltonRebecca Jayne-DaviesSarah Kameela ImpeyAnabel Kutay, Michael LinJack NorthClemmie Sveaas, Michael Taibi, Scarlet Wilderink and Jack Wolfe.

John Tiffany directs Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly, with songs and score from the Walt Disney film by Leigh HarlineNed Washington and Paul J Smith newly adapted by Martin Lowe. Design and puppet co-design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Paule Constable, music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe, music direction by Tom Brady, movement direction by Steven Hoggett, puppetry and puppet co-design by TobyOlié, sound design by Simon Baker and illusions by Jamie Harrison.

Half-price tickets for under-18s are available for all performances (excluding £15 tickets).

There will be a relaxed performance of Pinocchio on 17 March at 1.30pm

Presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.

Sponsored by American Express.

Dorfman theatre

BEGINNING a new play by David Eldridge

Playing until 14 November

It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny’s the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink? Polly Findlay directs this new play by David Eldridge (Market BoyUnder the Blue SkyIn Basildon). Tender and funny, it’s an intimate look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance. Justine Mitchell plays Laura, Sam Troughton plays Danny.

Design by Fly Davis, lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound design by Paul Arditti and movement direction by Naomi Said.

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES by Inua Ellams

a co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse

Previews from 20 November, playing until the 9 January

Following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Barber Shop Chronicles returns to the National Theatre this November.

Inua Ellams’ dynamic new play leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. Newsroom, political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium.

For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

The cast includes Fisayo AkinadeHammed AnimashaunPeter BankoléMaynard EziashiSimon ManyondaPatrice NaiambanaCyril NriKwami OdoomSule RimiAbdul SalisDavid Webber, and Anthony Welsh all returning to reprise their roles.

Directed by Bijan Sheibani, with design by Rae Smith, lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David sound design byGareth Fry, music direction by Michael Henry and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

Barber Shop Chronicles is a co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Barber Shop Chronicles is co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre.  Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Òran Mór and A Play, a Pie and a Pint.

At the Young Vic

THE JUNGLE by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson

a Young Vic and National Theatre co-production with Good Chance Theatre, commissioned by the National Theatre

Previews from 7 December, press night 15 December playing until 6 January 2018

This is the place people suffered and dreamed. Okot wants nothing more than to get to the UK. Beth, wants nothing more than to help him. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of ‘The Jungle’ – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. Join refugees and volunteers from around the world over fresh-baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café.

From Good Chance Theatre, a new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people.

The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson of Good Chance Theatre tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope. Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais ‘Jungle’ became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people at its peak – many desperate to find a way to enter the UK.

Commissioned by the NT in a co-production with the Young Vic The Jungle is directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, set design byMiriam Buether, costume design by Catherine Kodicek, sound design by Paul Arditti and lighting by Jon Clark. Opening at the Young Vic in December, cast to be announced.

Generously supported by Glenn and Phyllida Earle, Clive and Sally Sherling, and The Aziz Foundation

Shakespeare for younger audiences

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

a new version for young audiences by Justin Audibert and the company

Opening 14 February 2018

Justin Audibert directs a new production of The Winter’s Tale for primary schools and families, opening in the Dorfman theatre in February 2018 and touring to primary schools across London accompanied by a creative learning programme. This exciting new version of the play, adapted by Justin and the company, is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences, designed by Lucy Sierra with music by Jonathan Girling. Family workshops are available in February half-term.

Supported by The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Jill and David Leuw, St Olave’s Foundation Fund

The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

In the West End

OSLO a new play by J. T. Rogers

The Lincoln Center Theatre Production at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Direct from a multi-award-winning season on Broadway and a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the National Theatre, Bartlett Sher’s production of J.T. Rogers’ gripping political thriller Oslo in now playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 30 December 2017.

Oslo tells the true story of how two maverick Norwegian diplomats Terje Rød-Larsen, (Toby Stephens – Black SailsPrivate Lives) and Mona Juul, (Lydia Leonard – Wolf HallLife in Squares) 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. OsloThePlay.com 

In association with Ambassador Theatre Group / Gavin Kalin Productions / Glass Half Full Productions.

The National Theatre on tour

The NT will tour to 40 venues in 36 towns and cities across the UK, for a total of 115 playing weeks, until March 2019

WAR HORSE based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford, in association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company

The unforgettable theatrical event based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel is now on a 10th anniversary UK tour. Nick Stafford’s adaptation of this remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship features ground-breaking puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage. War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher ShuttKatie Henry is the revival director and Craig Leo is the associate puppetry director.  The resident puppetry director is Matthew Forbes and resident director, Charlotte Peters.

For tour venues and dates, visit warhorseonstage.co.uk.

War Horse in Salford and Sunderland is supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation.

HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre earlier this year, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, in a new version by Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove, is now touring the UK and Ireland visiting Leicester, Salford, Norwich, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Woking, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York, Milton Keynes and Dublin. Set and lighting design for Hedda Gabler is by Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons. The associate directors are Jeff James and Rachel Lincoln. For tour venues and dates, visit heddagableronstage.com

Hedda Gabler in Salford and Wolverhampton is supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation.

PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS by Duncan Macmillan

a co-production with Headlong

Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, People, Places & Things is now on a major UK tour for Headlong in a co-production with the National Theatre, HOME and Exeter Northcott TheatrePeople, Places & Things is written byDuncan Macmillan, and directed by Jeremy Herrin with Holly Race Roughan. The play features set designs by Bunny Christie, costumes byChristina Cunningham, lighting by James Farncombe, music by Matthew Herbert, sound by Tom Gibbons and video design by Andrzej Goulding. Touring to Bristol, ExeterSouthamptonLiverpool and Cambridge for dates, visit the website.

THIS HOUSE by James Graham

Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong present the National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production of This House, produced in the West End by Nica Burns, Neal Street Productions and Headlong. James Graham’s smash-hit political drama examining the 1974 hung parliament tours the UK for the first time. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the production is designed by Rae Smith, with lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson. UK tour begins in February 2018 and tours to LeedsCambridgeBathEdinburghNottinghamBirminghamSalfordPlymouthNorwichMalvernGuildford and Sheffield for dates, visit the website.

International

PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS by Duncan Macmillan

produced in New York by the National Theatre, St Ann’s Warehouse, Bryan Singer Productions and Headlong

People, Places & Things is currently playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn until 3 December following a sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End. Denise Gough reprises her Olivier award-winning role in the American premiere of People, Places & Things at St. Ann’s Warehouse – a raw, heartbreaking and truthful performance about life spinning recklessly out of control. This American premiere marks the first collaboration between St. Ann’s Warehouse and the National Theatre.

For more information visit the website.

ANGELS IN AMERICA: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner

The great work returns to Broadway from February 2018. Angels in America will open at the Neil Simon Theater on 25 March. The NT production of Tony Kushner’s epic masterwork, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, returns to Broadway for the first time since its now-legendary original production opened in 1993. Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane and Academy Award® and Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield, the cast of Angels in America will also feature Susan BrownDenise GoughAmanda Lawrence, James McArdle,Lee Pace and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Angels in America is directed by Marianne Elliott. Set design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Adrian Sutton, sound design by Ian Dickinson, puppetry design is by Nick Barnes andFinn Caldwell (also Puppetry Director and Movement), movement direction by Robby Graham, and illusions by Chris FisherAngels in Americais produced by NT America, Jujamcyn Theaters and Elliott & Harper Productions. For more information visit angelsbroadway.com

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens

The NT’s Olivier and Tony Award®-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now on an international tour, visiting the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, with further international dates to be announced.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time recently completed a North American tour which took in 30 cities across the USA at a 25-date UK and Ireland tour.

The play is adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, and directed by Marianne Elliott. The production is designed byBunny Christie, with lighting design 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. For more information visit http://www.curiousonstage.com/global/

National Theatre Live

NT Live currently screens to 60 countries across the globe.

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies directed by Dominic Cooke features a cast of 37 including, Tracie BennettJanie Dee and Imelda Staunton. Broadcast live on 16 November.

Rory Kinnear plays Marx and Oliver Chris plays Engels in Young Marx directed by Nicholas Hytner and broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre on 7 December.

Benedict Andrews directs Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in The Young Vic production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Captured during its West End run and broadcast on 22 February 2018.

Nicholas Hytner directs Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder and David Morrissey in Julius Caesar. Broadcast from the Bridge Theatre on 22 March 2018.

Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff appear in a new production of Macbeth, directed by Rufus Norris. Broadcast live from the National Theatre on10 May.

Simon Godwin’s production of Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo will be broadcast live from the National Theatre. Date tbc.

Sky Arts is the sponsor of NT Live in the UK

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First Look: Production Images: Saint George and the Dragon