Tiger Bay The Musical announces full casting for world premiere production

Tiger Bay The Musical
Tiger Bay The Musical

Tiger Bay The Musical

Wales Millennium Centre has announced the full cast for brand new production Tiger Bay the Musical which has its world premiere at the iconic venue from 13 – 25 November with opening night for press on Wednesday 15 November.

At the dawn of the 20th Century in the flamboyant multi-ethnic community of Cardiff’s Butetown, extreme poverty meets supreme wealth, gangs of street children roam the docks, coal is King, and in the notorious public houses and alleyways of the city’s underworld, a revolution is brewing.

Bringing to life on stage this epic story of romance, revenge, heartbreak and hope will be a 39-strong cast, led by the previously announced West End and Broadway star John Owen Jones (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera), as John Crichton-Stuart, Third Marquess of Bute, Hear’Say’s Noel Sullivan (BBC’s Ordinary Lives, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels UK Tour, We Will Rock You UK Touras harbour master, Séamus O’RourkeSuzanne Packer (Casualty, Stella) as landlady Marisha, recent graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Vikki Bebb as valley girl, Rowena with Ruby Llewellyn and Louise Harvey, two young girls from Cardiff sharing the role of Ianto.

They will be joined by Dom Hartley-Harris who will complete the principal cast as Themba, an African immigrant working the Cardiff docks to avenge his family. Dom most recently played Jagwire in the new musical Bat Out of Hell. His other theatre credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Accidental Brummie. 

Zolani Shangase (Disney’s The Lion King, West End and most recently Chico in the Fugard Theatre’s production of West Side Story) will travel from South Africa to reprise the role of Yusef, following previews of the musical in Cape Town earlier this year.

Also joining from Cape Town are Busisiwe Ngejane (Isango Ensemble’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Boheme, Carmen and A Man of Good hope) who will play lady of the night, Klondike Ellie and Luvo Rasemeni (Isango Ensemble’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Boheme, Carmen and A Man of Good hope) as Felize, as well as Ernestine Stuurman as part of the ensemble.

Liz May Brice (Torchwood: Children of EarthBad GirlsPeep ShowBlack Mirror) will play clairvoyant, Leonora Piper. Ian Virgo (The Bastard Executioner, Weapon, Before The Fall, Holby City, Spooks, The Bill), Adam Vaughan (The Wind in the Willows – London Palladium, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd) and Rhidian Marc (Les Misérables – West End, UK tour and film, Pippin, Scrooge) will play donkeymen, Bosun and Arwyn and First Mate/Locke, respectively.

Wales Millennium Centre has turned to Welsh performers to create the production’s ensemble including Zoe George(Wicked UK, Ireland and International tour as understudy for Elphaba and Nessarose), Lucy Elson in her career debut andElin Llwyd (S4C presenter, Welsh National Theatre’s Lady from the Sea and Spring Awakening) who will play shop girls of the famed David Morgan department store.

They will be joined by Jamal AndréasLee Dillon-StuartKit EsuruosoSoophia ForoughiDaniel GrahamCarl ManKayed Mohamed-MasonCilla SilviaJosh TonksEmma Warren and Stephanie Webber.

Ten boisterous young Welsh actors and actresses have been cast as the gang of water boys: Amaree Ali aged 12 from Grangetown, Lefi Jô Hughes aged 10 from Canton, Lowri Elin Hughes aged 14 from Caerphilly, Shakira Lorenza aged 12 from Butetown, Amelia Jenkins aged 14 from Bridgend, Mimi Nanud aged 13 from Barry, Lauren Price aged 11 fromRhiwbina, Mallers Saltus-Hendrickson aged 9 from Butetown, Cadi-Gwen Sandall, aged 10 from Whitchurch and Efan Williams aged 9 from Canton.

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre said: “This is the biggest production to come from the Centre to date and we are proud to give people a snapshot of the history of our home and celebrate all its richness, efforts and feats through music and performance. To capture the essence of the production, we were seeking a diverse cast so we are delighted to be able to announce that our full cast includes talent from across the world as well as right on our doorstep.”

Presented by Wales Millennium Centre in association with Cape Town OperaTiger Bay the Musical has book and lyrics by Michael Williams, an original score from award-winning Welsh composer Daf James and is directed by Melly Still whose credits include productions for Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Glyndebourne, Bristol Old Vic and on Broadway.

A fictional story of romance, revenge, heartbreak and hope, the world premiere production of Tiger Bay the Musical is on from Monday 13 to Saturday 25 November 2017 at Wales Millennium Centre. Tickets are on sale now at www.tigerbaythemusical.com


A Wales Millennium Centre Production
In association with Cape Town Opera
Music by Daf James
Book and Lyrics by Michael Williams
Directed by Melly Still
Co-directed by Max Barton
Designed by Anna Fleischle
Lighting designs by Joshua Carr
Sound designs by Christopher Shutt
Musical supervision and direction by David Mahoney

Wales Millennium Centre
Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

First performance: Monday 13 November 2017
Final performance: Saturday 25 November 2017
Opening Night: Wednesday 15 November 2017

Evening performances on Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinee performances on Saturdays and on Thursday 23 November at 2.30pm

Box office
Website: www.wmc.org.uk | Telephone: 029 2063 6464
Age recommendation 8+ (no under 2 yrs.)
Prices  from £7 – £39

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Full casting announced for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Apollo Theatre

Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, directed by Jonathan Butterell and written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, which will play a limited season at the Apollo Theatre from Monday 6 November following a critically acclaimed run at Sheffield Crucible.

As previously announced John McCrea will return to play the title role of Jamie alongside Josie Walker who reprises her role as his Mum, Margaret. They are joined by the following original cast members from the run in Sheffield Daniel Davids (Levi), Mina Anwar (Rayia ‘Ray’ Begum), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay),  Harriet Payne (Bex), Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki) along with Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Bayer, Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie’s Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Rebecca McKinnis, Phil Nichol (Hugo), Chloe Pole and Lauran Rae (Becca).

Fairy tales really do come true.

 Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.

Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.

Jamie is terrified about the future.

Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. This fabulous, funny, feelgood brand new musical sensation hits London with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

Watch the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie trailer here

Listen to the music here

Music by Dan Gillespie Sells

Book and Lyrics by Tom MacRae

From an idea by Jonathan Butterell

Directed by Jonathan Butterell

Design by Anna Fleischle

Choreography by Kate Prince

Lighting design by Lucy Carter

Sound design by Paul Groothuis

Video design by Luke Halls

Musical direction by Theo Jamieson

Casting by Will Burton


Alex Anstey plays Laika Virgin and is making his West End debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Previous theatre credits include Pageant (London Irish Centre) and Peter Pan (International tour). Alex performs around the UK as his drag alter ego Vileda Moppe, and won Drag Idol in 2016.

Daniel Davids is returning to the role of Levi. Previous theatre credits include The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine (The Shakespeare Globe Theatre), Meet The Adebanjo’s (Broadway Theatre & The Hackney Empire), My Name is Tom (Dugdale Centre), A Harlem Story (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible).

Mina Anwar is returning to the role of Rayia ‘Ray’ Begum. Mina has previously appeared on stage in Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange), Everybodys Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), The Infidel – The Musical (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Hard Times (Library Theatre), Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Nottingham Playhouse), The Vagina Monologues (West End / Tour), Talent (UK Tour), King Lear (Sheffield Crucible), Skeleton (Soho Theatre), Too Much Too Young (London Bubble), The Iron Man (Young Vic), Hair (Broadway Musical Theatre Company, New York). Film credits include The Infidel and Maybe Baby. Television credits include The Worst Witch, Doctor Who, The A Word, In The Club, Upstart Crow, Marley’s Ghosts, Scott and Moving On, Remember Me, Happy Valley, House of Anubis, A Passionate Woman, The Sarah Jane Adventures 2-5, The Invisibles, Shameless, Birthday Girl, The Flint St. Nativity, The Thin Blue Line.

Luke Baker is returning to the role of Dean Paxton. Previous theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre), Link Larkin in Hairspray (Cork Opera House), I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium), Bare (Greenwich Theatre), Beautiful Thing (Arts Theatre & UK Tour), Aladdin with Paul O’Grady’s Lily Savage at the O2 (Michael Rose Productions), Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai), All The Fun of the Fair (UK Tour), Peter Pan (UK Tour), Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre) and Salad Days (Riverside Studios).

Courtney Bowman is returning to the role of Fatimah. Courtney’s theatre credits include Martha in Blondel (Union Theatre), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible) and The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour).

Tamsin Carroll is returning to the role of Miss Hedge. Tamsin’s numerous theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), Shirley in Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Global Creatures), Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playshouse), Chairy Barnu in Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rita in Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse), Ellen in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre), The Magistrate (National Theatre), Emma Goldman in Ragtime (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Nancy in Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (ATG and New Theatricals – Sydney and Melbourne), Martha in Company (Kookaburra), Dusty Springfield in Dusty (Dusty Productions), Isabella in Measure for Measure (Bell Shakespeare Co) Rizzo in Grease – The Arena Spectacular (SEL/GFO), Tracy Lord in High Society (The Production Company), Allie/Olivia on Harbour/The Republic of Myopia (STC), Rita in Side Show Alley (Workshop-Pratt Foundation), Rose in Bye Bye Birdie (The Production Company), Sheila in Hair (The Production Company), Nancy in Oliver! (IMG), Marianna Ranate in Shout, Vicki in Long Gone Lonesome Cowboys (Railway Street Theatre), Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods (MTC). Film credits include Goddess, Holy Smoke and Ms Understanding. Tamsin’s television credits include Nicole in Eastenders, A Difficult Woman, Above The Law, All Saints, Heartbreak High and The Three Stooges.

Ken Christiansen plays Jamie’s Dad. Ken’s theatre credits include A Jovial Crew, Anthony & Cleopatra, The School of Night and Misha’s Party (RSC), Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre) alongside Diana Rigg, and as Eric Birling in Stephen Daldry’s landmark production of An Inspector Calls (National Theatre/West End), Fool For Love (UK Tour), Handbag (UK Tour), An Absolute Turkey (West End), Unleashed and White Something (Arcola), Lord of the Flies (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Death Takes a Holiday (Charing Cross Theatre), Closer to Heaven (Union Theatre), Pacific Overtures (Union Theatre), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Union Theatre) and The Fix (Union Theatre). Television credits include Kingmakers, Picking Up The Pieces, Insiders, Coronation Street, Mrs Hartley And The Growth Centre, The History File: Germany, Cracker, Where The Heart Is, Casualty, Holby City, Dream Team, Peak Practice, Midsomer Murders, Hollyoaks, Doctors, 9/11:Voices From The Air, 50 Ways To Kill Your Lover, Fortitude and The Bill. Film credits include The Selfish Giant, Treacle, War Bride, Fish-Eye, First Love, Last Day on Earth, Gorka, The Obit Woman, Bug, The Resurrection, Cabrón, Empire, Chasing Robert Barker, The Black Prince, Slayers, Breathe Easy. Radio credits include David Grieg’s The Events.

Jordan Cunningham plays Sayid. Previous theatre credits include Ritchie Valens in The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour), West Side Story (Kilworth House Theatre), Stiles and Drewes Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure (Really Useful Theatres) and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Theatres).

James Gillan returns to the role of Tray Sophisticay.  Full theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), The Donkey Show (Camden Proud Galleries), The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (Rose Theatre Kingston), Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Theatre), The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse), Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Festival Hall), original Boq in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Assassins (Sheffield Crucible), Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria theatre and UK Tour), Taboo (UK Tour), Fame (Arena Tour of Sweden), Godspell (Chichester Festival Theatre), Anthony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pippin (The Bridewell Theatre), Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour) and James and the Giant Peach (UK Tour). Television credits include Doctors, ‘Orrible, Casualty, The Seven Industrial Wonders of the World, The Inbetweeners, The C Word, A Tale of Two Cities and Suspects.

 Ryan Hughes plays Mickey and is making his West End debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Ryan has performed in Groove on Down the Road, Into the Hoods: Remixed and The Mad Hatters Tea Party for ZooNation.

Daniel Jacob plays Sandra Bollock. Theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Ragtime (JWC Productions), Aladdin (Blue Genie Entertainment), Bugsy Malone (Future Cinema), Angelina Ballerina the Mousical (UK Tour), Charming Dick (Royal Vauxhall Tavern), The Macbeths (Ferodo Bridges CIC), Rent Party (Darren Pritchard Dance). Daniel also originated the role of The Diva in the award winning play, Testosterone by Rhum & Clay. Screen credits include Piss Off, I Love You and Queer Britain. Daniel is also known by his Drag Queen persona, Vinegar Strokes.

John McCrea returns to the role of Jamie New. His theatre credits include The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre), Peter Pan (Adelphi Theatre), Streets and RENT! (Cockpit Theatre), The Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Barney’s Colourful World and The King and I (National Tour).  John’s television credits include Documental, The Catherine Tate Show, New Tricks, Kerching! and Let’s Roll With Roland Butter.  Film credits include God’s Own Country (Sundance Film Festival 2017), Late Night With Albin, Balbita and The Cult (Shorts).  Workshops include Stella Boulton in Fanny & Stella, Jez in Philip Ridley’s Moonfleece and Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Phil Nichol plays Hugo. Theatre credits include The Machine (Manchester International Festival/ The Park Avenue Armory New York), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Gielgud), Twelve Angry Men (Assembly Rooms) and Taboo (Venue Theatre). Telvision and film credits include Man Down, Catastrophe, Siblings, Uncle, Holy Flying Circus, Confetti. Phil is Artistic Director of Comedians Theatre Company, and has produced and starred in over 15 shows in the past 12 years including True West, School for Scandal, Killer Joe, Gagarin Way and Talk Radio. Phil is also a stand-up comedian, and having been twice nominated previously, won the 2006 Edinburgh Comedy Award.

Harriet Payne returns to the role of Bex. Full theatre credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), Charlotte’s Web (Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage), Snow White (Southport Theatre and Grimsby Auditorium), Sleeping Beauty (Millfield Arts Centre London), The Little Mermaid (Dugdale Centre London), Beauty and the Beast (The Victoria Theatre Halifax), The Wizard of Oz (UK Tour) and Spring Awakening (The Bull Theatre Barnet).

Shiv Rabheru returns to the role of Cy. Shiv’s theatre credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Lazarus Theatre Company), Submission (The King’s Head Theatre and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), Prevent Tours (The Bunker Theatre), Cats (UK and European Tour), Sleeping Beauty (Millfield Arts Theatre), Celebrity Cruises (Celebrity Infinity) and Dick Whittington (Imagine Theatre).

Lauran Rae plays Becca. Her theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), Ghost (Asian Tour), Hairspray (Macau), Heathers (The Other Palace), Hairspray (Gordon Craig Theatre), Bare (Greenwich Theatre), Aladdin (Cambridge Arts Theatre) and Get Ready (Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells). Television credits include Ghetto Heaven (TV Pilot).

Lucie Shorthouse returns to the role of Pritti Pasha. Full theatre credits include Roller Diner (Soho Theatre), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), The House of In Between (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe). Television credits include Line of Duty, Doctors and The Sound of Music Live.

Kirstie Skivington returns to the role of Vicki. Full theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Sheffield Crucible), Side Show (Southwark Playhouse), West Side Story (Salzburg Festival), Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), I Can’t Sing (London Palladium), Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre) and Ghost (Piccadilly Theatre).

Josie Walker returns to the role of Margaret New. Her theatre credits include The Plough and the Stars, Husbands and Sons, 3 Winters, The Silver Tassie and War Horse for the National Theatre, Matilda The Musical (RSC and Cambridge Theatre), Enjoy (UK Tour, Gielgud Theatre), Corrie – the Play by Jonathan Harvey (The Lowry Manchester) and The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Television credits include Midwinter of the Spirit, Call the Midwife, Waterloo Road, Psychoville, Holby City, Eastenders, Blessed, and The Bill. Film credits include Where Hands Touch, Fishbowl and Sleeping Beauty.

Luke Bayer plays Swing. Theatre credits include Yank! The Musical (Hope Mill Theatre), The 12 Tenors (China Tour), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), Out There The Musical (Original YMT Cast). Luke was a finalist in The X Factor 2007.

Marvyn Charles plays Swing. Theatre credits include Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre and International Tours), Milkshake Live! The Magic Story Book (UK Tour), In The Night Garden Live! (UK Tour), Smurfs Live on Stage (Saudi Arabia), Dora the Explorer (International Tours), Red Show (Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi) and Robin Hood (Elgiva Theatre). Film and television credits include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Cherelle Jay plays Swing. Theatre credits include I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium) and Some Like It Hop Hop (UK Tour and West End) and Into The Hoods (The Peakcock Theatre and UK Tour) for ZooNation. Film and television credits include The Holiday.

Rebecca McKinnis plays Understudy Margaret New, Rayia ‘Ray’ Begum and Miss Hedge. Theatre credits include MAMMA MIA! (Novello Theatre and Prince of Wales Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), A Small Family Business (National Theatre), Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre), Les Miserables (25th Anniversary Tour), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Fat Pig (Trafalgar Studios), Three Hours After Marriage (Union Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew and Beggars’ Opera (both Changeling Theatre Company), Taboo (UK Tour), Starting Here Starting Now (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Half A Sixpence and Charley’s Aunt for CMC.

Chloe Pole plays Swing, and is making her West End debut in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.


Jonathan Butterell’s theatre credits include Love Musik (La Plaza, Buenos Aires), Second Chance (The Public Theatre, New York), Whida Peru, Resurrection Tangle and Tres Niñas (Inner Voices for Premier Stages New York), Giant (Signature Theatre), The Sound of Music (Opera Theatre, Buenos Aires), Orpheus Descending and Creditors (Theatre Project, Tokyo).  Broadway credits include Musical Staging for the 2005 Tony Award Winning NineFiddler On The Roof, Assassins, Light In The Piazza.

Further New York work includes Musical Staging for the original workshop of Sondheim’s Wise Guys (New York Theater workshop), A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theatre), and staged the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Public Theater titled Public Sings! (New York City Center).

UK theatre credits include Musical Staging and Movement direction for Donmar Warehouse productions of Company (West End Transfer), Habeas CorpusInto The Woods (co-directed with John Crowley), How I Learned To Drive, Electra (Broadway Transfer) and The Maids.  Jonathan also devised and directed Michael Ball; Alone Together – Divas at the Donmar (also at the Royal Haymarket Theatre, London). Co-directing credits include Sweeny Todd (Opera North/Sadlers Wells) and Peter Pan (Royal Festival Hall). Jonathan’s film credits include.

Dan Gillespie Sells is best known for being the lead vocalist and principal songwriter in The Feeling. Their debut album, Twelve Stops and Home sold over a million copies, whilst their second album, Join With Us reached the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts. The band’s 5th album was released in March 2016. Before The Feeling, Dan worked as a session musician. Dan’s additional theatre credits include The Bad, The Sad, and the Broken Hearted (Soho Theatre, The Steve Allen Theatre Los Angeles), which is currently being developed as a series in America and 3WITHD (Colosseum and the Stuttgart Ballet). Dan was the recipient of the 2015 Stonewall award for Entertainer of the Decade for his work in the LGBT community and the 2007 Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year. Dan most recently won the Best Composer award at The 2017 Stage Debut Awards, for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

 Tom MacRae has written extensively for television, with credits including Doctor Who, Mayo, Marple, Lewis, Bonekickers, Casualty and Fungus The Bogeyman. He wrote and created Comedy Central UK’s Threesome, and is currently working as a writer and producer on UK TV drama The Librarians. Tom is also a children’s author and has had three picture books published, including the award winning The Opposite. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie marks Tom’s debut as a playwright and lyricist.

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PREVIEWS FROM: Monday 6th November 2017

PRESS NIGHT: Wednesday 22 November 2017


Performances Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Matinees – Wednesday and Saturday at 2.3pm

Ticket prices – £10 to £65

Preview pricing 6th November to 23rd November £10 off all prices.




RTST Re-Names Director Award in honour of Sir Peter Hall

Sir Peter Hall
Sir Peter Hall

Sir Peter Hall

The Royal Theatrical Support Trust’s prestigious accolade, the RTST Director Award – which provides a rare opportunity for up-and-coming directors to make their mark in British theatre and provides grant support to British regional theatres – has been re-named, with immediate effect, the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award. This change to honour the late Sir Peter Hall – widely acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in British theatre for over half a century – has been made with the gracious endorsement of Sir Peter’s family.

Sir Peter was one of the founding spirits and a lifelong supporter of the RTST (formerly the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Trust), whose aims – to promote and encourage participation in the theatre, including regional theatre, and to support young talent – remained forever close to his heart.  The Award, conferred annually by a panel of highly distinguished theatre professionals at the end of a rigorous competitive process among directors, serves those aims both by recognising excellence in directing skills and by facilitating a career-breakthrough production directed by the winner at the participating regional theatre.  It is therefore poetically apt that this Award should now memorialise Sir Peter.

Chelsea Walker, the winner (announced earlier this year) of what is now the 2017 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award – run by the RTST with Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) ­­– will direct a play to be co-produced by NST, English Touring Theatre and Theatr Clwyd in 2018.

The RTST will re-double its efforts to raise funds in order to guarantee the long-term future of the Award.

Sir Geoffrey Cass, RTST Chairman, said “I knew Sir Peter Hall from our first meeting in the 1950s. Together with Sir Kenneth Cork, Peter and I founded what is now The Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST) in 1967.  Sir Peter stood for artistic vision and integrity and a passionate belief in the importance of theatre to our culture and civilisation. He was a fervent champion of rising talent. The re-naming as the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award of our prestigious award to promote brilliant directors and regional theatre seemed to us to be the perfect way for the RTST to pay tribute to the man. I shall miss him terribly. ”

More About The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award

The RTST operates an annual award scheme for up-and-coming theatre directors: the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme. The Scheme provides a rare opportunity for an up-and-coming director to direct a fully-funded production of a play as part of a main season of productions at a British regional theatre. The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme is designed for the benefit of directors who have already built up a track record of professional directing experience and who are ready for the opportunity provided by the Scheme to progress to directing a production in the main house, or a comparably high-profile auditorium, of a regional theatre.

 The Scheme involves a collaboration between the RTST and a regional theatre selected by the RTST. The RTST makes a significant grant to the participating regional theatre to be applied towards the costs of the Award winner’s production. It is a condition of the grant that the regional theatre facilitates the implementation of the Scheme and the realisation of that production.

The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award winner emerges from a rigorous competitive process among candidates. To enter for the Scheme, a candidate must be UK resident and be able to demonstrate a professional track record as a director and satisfy certain other criteria. Each candidate is required to submit, in writing, ideas for directing a play of their choosing at the participating regional theatre. Certain criteria for the play are specified each year. Shortlisted candidates are required to participate in directing workshops with actors in order to demonstrate their directorial skills.  Finalists are interviewed.

The Award winner is selected by a panel of distinguished theatre practitioners appointed by the RTST. There is an official runner-up.

The Scheme promotes the RTST’s charitable objects in two main ways: it supports emerging talent in the theatre; and it supports British regional theatres. The Scheme is intended to appeal to a diverse range of candidates, and to play a part in promoting diversity in the theatre, onstage and offstage, and among audiences.

The RTST’s intention is to run the Scheme annually, and to work with different regional theatres. The detailed terms of the Scheme in any given year will be published on the RTST’s website. The terms may vary from year to year.

The RTST ran the inaugural award (then called the RTST Director Award Scheme) in 2016 with Sheffield Theatres. The winner, Kate Hewitt, was selected by a Selection Panel comprising Daniel Evans (Chair), Robert Hastie, Ian McKellen, Dawn Walton, Richard Wilson and Penelope Wilton. Kate won the opportunity to direct the British regional premiere ofTribes by Nina Raine in the Crucible Studio Theatre.  Tribes ran from 30 June to 22 July 2017. The production costs were supported by a grant of £25,000 from the RTST to Sheffield Theatres.

For the 2017 Award, run by the RTST in conjunction with Nuffield Southampton Theatres, the Selection Panel comprised Sam Hodges (Chair), Howard Brenton, Tamara Harvey, Patrica Hodge, Danny Lee Wynter, Stephanie Street and Richard Twyman. The winner was Chelsea Walker, and runner up was Tinuke Craig. The remaining shortlist was: Rachel Bagshaw, Rebecca Frecknall, Max Gill, Becky Hope-Palmer and Antony Lau. The RTST is to make a grant of £50,000 to Nuffield Southampton Theatres to support the production costs of the play to be directed by Chelsea in the main house of NST City prior to its national tour.

About The Royal Theatrical Support Trust

The RTST is a charity whose mission is to promote the public’s knowledge, experience and appreciation of theatre and drama, and thereby play a part in securing the future of British theatre. The charity is supported by many of the leading names in British theatre.

The RTST aims to fulfil its mission by diverse means, including: supporting new and established theatre companies, including regional and repertory companies; supporting up-and-coming theatre practitioners; promoting the works of major internationally renowned dramatists; and encouraging theatre-going. Support is provided in the form of grants and in other forms including the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, profile-raising through some of the leading names associated with the RTST and awareness-building through its developing promotional channels. Visit www.rtst.org.uk.

 The RTST is registered as a charity in England and Wales with registered number 254671. The RTST is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 921909. Registered office: First Floor, 100 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DH.



Brighton Festival names visual artist David Shrigley as 2018 Guest Director

David Shrigley
David Shrigley

David Shrigley

Brighton Festival has announced that the 2018 Guest Director is the Brighton-based visual artist David Shrigley (b.1968).

Best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on the absurdity of 21st-century society, Shrigley’s darkly humorous compositions reflect the inconsequential, the bizarre, and the disquieting elements of daily life. While drawing is at the centre of his practice, his work spans an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music.

Widely admired by the art world and public alike, David Shrigley was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013 for his solo show David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery. In September 2016, Really Good, a 7metre-high elongated bronze sculpture of a thumbs-up, was unveiled as the latest incumbent of Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth – described as the ‘tallest and most positive yet’. An active member of the Save the Arts campaign, Shrigley recently contributed a series of illustrations depicting the benefits of the arts to health and wellbeing to accompany a report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

On his appointment as Brighton Festival Guest Director David Shrigley says:

“The great thing about Brighton Festival is that you see things that are really thrilling and wonderful that you’ve never heard of before. What I’m looking forward to about the role of Guest Director is having the opportunity to not only see a lot of stuff and programme stuff but also make some artwork myself and have it presented in the place where I live. I think it’s a really nice way to communicate with people, to meet people and to invite people to come to Brighton.”

David Shrigley is the first visual artist to take on the role of Guest Director since the inaugural Guest Director, Anish Kapoor in 2009. Other previous Guest Directors include the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelistKate Tempest (2017), pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who led the 50th Brighton Festival in 2016, award-winning author Ali Smith (2015) and musician Brian Eno (2010) who have all taken turns shaping the three-week programme of cultural events.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Festival says: “Like Brighton Festival, David Shrigley’s work is for everyone. Both powerful and funny, his work manages to navigate ‘high’and ‘low’ art and speak to an incredibly wide audience. Alongside his own artwork, he has also joined in championing the power of the arts to help health and wellbeing. We are thrilled that David is bringing his distinctive take to the Festival and the city he has now made his home. We look forward to a programme that we hope will entertain and inspire.”

Brighton Festival 2018 (5-27 May 2018) will feature new work from David Shrigley alongside exclusives, world and UK premieres from a wide range of international, national and local artists and companies.

Full programme details will be announced in February but a handful of events that can be revealed now include the co-commission Grand Finale by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Associate Artist and Brighton Festival 2014 Guest Director Hofesh Shechter– a bold and powerful vision of a world in freefall, which has recently opened to glowing reviews at Sadler’s Wells; Calixto Bieito’s The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety, a remarkable new production from one of Europe’s most exciting theatre directors; and The Voice Project’s Arms of Sleep, an overnight choral sleepover experience in which audiences encounter a unique dream-like and immersive night of music and stories, sound and images.

Next year’s Festival will also continue its emphasis on programming work in the community with the return of Your Place– two weekends of free performances and arts activities in Hangleton and East Brighton. Delivered in partnership with Brighton People’s Theatre and community steering groups, both weekends will present international and national artists alongside local artists and community groups. Artists, community groups and an artist-in-residence are currently being sought to take part in Your Place 2018. To find out more please visit brightonfestival.org/about/your_place_call_out/

Following its successful trial last year, the Pay-it-Forward scheme will also return for 2018. Audiences are encouraged to donate £5 (or an amount of their choosing) on top of ticket prices as they complete their purchase, which is then match-funded by Brighton Festival to give a special £10 Pay-It-Forward Festival Ticket Voucher (valid for all Festival events) to someone unable to afford the opportunity. The response last year was phenomenal with over 1000 people choosing to pay tickets forward in the lead up to the Festival.

Full programme details will be announced on Thursday 15 February 2018.

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Hofesh Shechter: Grand Finale
Brighton Festival co-commission

This latest work from internationally-celebrated choreographer (and Brighton Festival 2014 Guest Director) Hofesh Shechter is a spectacularly bold and ambitious new piece featuring ten dancers. Designed by Tom Scutt with lighting by Tom Visser, Grand Finale is at once comic, bleak and beautiful, evoking a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. Filtering this irrepressible spirit, Shechter creates a vision of a world in freefall, part gig, part dance, part theatre and wholly original.
Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten. Commissioning partners are Sadler’s Wells, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / La Villette-Paris and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

The Voice Project: Arms of Sleep
Brighton Festival co-commission

An overnight choral sleepover experience created by directors Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker in which audiences encounter a unique dream-like and immersive night of music and stories, sound and images. Guests will be given a bed each and spend the night surrounded by sound and shadows, drifting between sleep and wakefulness. The ethereally beautiful music has been written by Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough and Jonathan Baker.
Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival. Co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and The Voice Project. The Arms of Sleep premiered at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

Calixto Bieito: The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety
The tempestuous relationship between sex, anxiety and music comes to a head in a remarkable new production from one of Europe’s most exciting theatre directors, Calixto Bieito. Music and drama collide as the award-winning string powerhouse The Heath Quartet performs alongside an equally stunning quartet of actors to deliver an unmissable montage of melody and madness. The eight artists will take you on a journey through time to explore how our innermost thoughts battle with our artistic impulses.
Presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in association with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Holland Festival

Your Place
19-20 May 2018, Hangleton Community Centre and Hangleton Park.
26-27 May 2018, Manor Gym, basketball court and playing fields
Two weekends of free performances and arts activities in Hangleton and East Brighton. Delivered in partnership with Brighton People’s Theatre and community steering groups, both weekends will present international and national artists alongside local artists and community groups. Artists, community groups and an artist-in-residence are currently being sought to take part in Your Place 2018. To find out more please visit brightonfestival.org/about/your_place_call_out/

About David Shrigley
• David Shrigley was born in Macclesfield in 1968 and grew up in Leicester. He studied Fine Art in the Department of Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art from 1988–91.
• Best known for his simple and direct drawings and animations that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions, Shrigley’s work, also spans photography, sculpture, animation, and painting.
• Since the early nineties, Shrigley has also produced a continuous flow of artist’s books. His cartoons have been published in publications such as The Guardian and New Statesman.
• In recent years, Shrigley has expanded his practice to include filmmaking. He directed the videos for Blur’s Good Song and indie-king Bonnie ‘Prince’Billy’s song Agnes, Queen of Sorrow and co-directed an animated film with award-winning director Chris Shepherd based on Shrigley’s book Who I Am and What I Want.
• He released his first spoken-word album Shrigley Forced to Speak With Others in 2006, which was followed by a double-CD of artists including David Byrne, Islands, and Grizzly Bear, who put Shrigley’s book Worried Noodles to music.
• Shrigley’s work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
• In 2013, Shrigley was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for his solo show David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery in London. In September 2016, Shrigley’s large scale sculpture Really Good was unveiled in Trafalgar Square, for the Fourth Plinth Commission.
• Shrigley’s works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Tate, London; and The British Council, London.





Girl From The North Country West End transfer announced

Girl From The North Country packshot

Due to phenomenal demand following a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at The Old Vic, Bob Dylan’s and Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country comes to the West End for a strictly limited season.

Brought to life by an exceptional company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul.

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse.

The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no one will account for. And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…

An instant classic’ The Times *****
Piercingly beautiful’ The Independent *****
Conor McPherson weaves magic with Bob Dylan’s songs’ The Observer *****
‘Dylan’s songs expand the emotional palette: direct and gnomic, raging and desiring’

The Sunday Times ****

Conor McPherson said:

“Working with this stunning cast and the incredible music of Bob Dylan at The Old Vic has been an amazing pleasure and privilege. I’m delighted that audiences will continue to have the opportunity to enjoy our show as we move into the West End. I’d like to thank everyone who has brought Girl from the North Country to life and I look forward hugely to our next steps in this intriguing journey.”

Conor McPherson is an acclaimed writer and director. He was born in Dublin in 1971 and attended University College Dublin where he began to write and direct.

Stage plays include Rum & VodkaThe Good ThiefThis Lime Tree BowerSt Nicholas, The Weir (Olivier, Evening Standard, and Critics Circle Awards), Dublin CarolPort AuthorityShining City (Tony Award nominated), The Seafarer (Tony, Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominated), The Veil, and The Night Alive (New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Olivier, Evening Standard and Lucille Lortel Award nominated). Adaptations include Franz Xaver Kroetz’s The Nest, and August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death.

Screen credits include the screenplay for the BBC series Paula, broadcast earlier this year.

Bob Dylan is one of our culture’s most influential and ground-breaking artists. Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941; self-taught on piano, guitar and harmonica, he travelled to New York City in 1961, quickly establishing himself as an explosive performer in the Greenwich Village music scene.

More than half a century later, Dylan continues to perform almost 100 concerts each year. He has released more than 50 albums and written over 600 songs. He’s sold more than 125 million records and is the holder of 11 Grammy Awards. His songs have been covered more than 6000 times by artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Adele. He is also an accomplished visual artist and author, and in 2016 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature – the first songwriter to receive such a distinction.

The Old Vic is London’s independent not-for-profit theatre, creating world class entertainment on an international scale. Through our eclectic and adventurous work on stage, projects with young people, employability programmes, digital outreach, all-day café and late night cocktail bar, The Old Vic under Artistic Director Matthew Warchus is an exciting and inviting place to be. We trade in creative imagination. It is the commodity that will be most prized tomorrow and the reason why The Old Vic is as vital today as it was in 1818 when it first opened its doors.

Writer & Director                                                                                      Conor McPherson

Music & Lyrics                                                                                            Bob Dylan

Designer                                                                                                        Rae Smith

Orchestrator, Arrangements & Musical Supervisor                    Simon Hale

Lighting                                                                                                          Mark Henderson

Sound                                                                                                             Simon Baker          

Movement Director                                                                                  Lucy Hind

Casting Director                                                                                         Jessica Ronane CDG

Casting to be announced soon.

Today, Sony Music also announce the vinyl release of The Original London Cast Recording of Girl from the North Country. Released on the Silvertone label, and already available on CD, download and streaming services, the double vinyl will be available from 15th December. It is available to pre-order on Amazon now.

The Old Vic’s production of Girl from the North Country is produced by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Steven Lappin, Sony Music Entertainment UK and David Mirvish.


Noël Coward Theatre

St Martin’s Lane

London WC2N 4AU

Box office number: 0844 482 5141

Website: www.girlfromthenorthcountry.london

Dates: Friday 29 December 2017 – Saturday 24 March 2018

Press Night: Thursday 11 January 2018

Performance Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: Prices are £12.50, £20.00, £30.00, £52.50 and £67.50

Over 150 tickets for each performance will be £20 or under

Social media handles:

Twitter @dylanmusical






Stars of stage and screen unite in gala event – Whither Would You Go? On 22 October at Harold Pinter Theatre


First Look: The Tin Drum


National Theatre 2018: Female directors take centre stage, Shakespeare in vogue, classics revived, diverse & inclusive. Basically, leading the pack, as you’d expect.

The National Theatre has announced details of several productions in 2018.

Sam Mendes directs the UK premiere of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy adapted by Ben Power.

There’s no dereliction of duty here, folks. 

A broad programme including three world premieres, and classics reimagined by Polly Stenham and Patrick Marber

Indhu Rubasingham directs the world premiere of Francis Turnly’s play The Great Wave, a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre

World premiere of David Hare’s new play I’m not Running, directed by Neil Armfield

Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night premieres at the National Theatre, directed by Roy Alexander Weise

Laura Wade makes her National Theatre debut with Home, I’m Darling, a co-production with Theatr Clwyd

Sophie Okonedo joins Ralph Fiennes in Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Simon Godwin

Leading actors returning to the NT include Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Kirby, Cecilia Noble, Katherine Parkinson and Indira Varma, with Colin Morgan making his NT debut

NT will be on tour for 115 weeks and will visit 40 venues and 36 towns and cities by March 2019

A new schools tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will begin in autumn 2018and be performed in schools across the UK

Public Acts – a new programme to create participatory theatre with local communities launches with a new production of Pericles in the Olivier theatre

The pilot of Open Access Smart Capture, new technology enabling access service users the ability to attend any National Theatre performance via always-on closed-captioning service

National Theatre and Spotlight launch ProFile – a resource for TV, film and theatre casting directors to address the underrepresentation of D/deaf and disabled actors

Olivier Theatre

Ian Rickson directs Brian Friel‘s Translations, a powerful account of language and nationhood. Set in rural Donegal, the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland plays out in one quiet community. Cast includes Colin Morgan with designs by Rae Smith, lighting by Neil Austin and music by Stephen WarbeckTranslations is a Travelex show with hundreds of tickets available at £15 for every performance, opening in May 2018.

Patrick Marber adapts and directs Ionesco‘s glorious dark comedy Exit the King. Surrounded by his court, an unpredictable, belligerent and magnetic king – once all powerful – rages against the inevitability of his own decline. Designed by Anthony Ward, lighting Hugh Vanstone and music and sound Adam Cork. Cast includes Rhys Ifans as the King and Indira Varma as his Queen. Exit the King is a Travelex show with hundreds of tickets available at £15 for every performance, opening in July 2018.

Simon Godwin directs Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the iconic lovers in a new production ofAntony and Cleopatra opening in September 2018. Set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design byWojciech Dziedzic, lighting by Tim Lutkin, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Christopher Shutt. The production will be broadcast worldwide as part of the NT Live season. Production supported by Mary M. Miner, Shawn M. Donnelley & Christopher M. Kelly and Monica G-S & Ali E Wambold.

Shakespeare’s late romance Pericles is remixed in Chris Bush‘s vivid new adaptation. Directed by Emily Lim, choreographed by Imogen Knight with music composed by James FortunePericles marks the firstPublic Acts production featuring a large community ensemble and small cast of professional actors who will bring this epic story of love, loss, family and community to the Olivier theatre in August 2018.

Lyttelton Theatre

30 years after the rediscovery of Absolute Hell Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct Rodney Ackland‘s plunge into post-war Soho, full of despair, longing and a need to escape. Set design is by Lizzie Clachan with costumes designed by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti. Opening in April 2018, cast to be announced.

In Julie Polly Stenham updates Strindberg’s tragedy Miss Julie to contemporary London. Upstairs, the party is dying but still Julie dances. Downstairs, Jean and Kristin listen and wait. Carrie Cracknell directsVanessa Kirby in this new version designed by Tom Scutt, opening in June 2018. Julie is a Travelex show with hundreds of tickets available for every performance at £15.

The Lehman Trilogy, by Stefano Massini a hit across Europe, is staged at the NT in a new English adaptation by Ben Power, directed by Sam Mendes, a co-production with Neal Street Productions. On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world, he is soon joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later the firm they establish, Lehman Brothers, spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. This is the story of a family and a company that changed the world. Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play unfolds over three parts in a single evening, opening in July 2018, cast to be announced.

David Hare’s new play I’m not Running, directed by Neil Armfield opening in autumn 2018. Pauline Gibson has unintentionally become a national treasure by staying out of party politics, while one of her close friends from university, Jack Gould, is making his way to the top of the Labour Party. The 20 year span of their adult lives and their contrasting fortunes raise sharp questions about how to do good in the new century. After the world wide success of his production of Cloudstreet which visited the National in 1999 and 2001, Neil Armfield directs his first NT production, cast to be announced.

Dorfman Theatre

Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Indhu Rubasingham returns to the National Theatre to direct The Great Wave – in a co-production with the Tricycle, an epic play by Francis Turnly. Developed, while on a Channel 4 playwriting bursary at the Tricycle, the play is set in Japan and North Korea and tells the story of two sisters, Hanako and Reiko, who are struck by a gigantic wave. Reiko survives while Hanako is, seemingly, lost to the sea. Their mother, however, can’t shake the feeling her daughter is still alive. Designed by Tom Piper, video projection by Luke Halls, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, movement direction by Polly Bennett, music by David Shrubsole, and sound design by Alex Caplen. Opening at the NT in March 2018, cast to be announced.

Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night is a funny and touching exploration of the rituals of family. The nine nights extended wake is an important custom in West Indian families. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts a week and a half is a test that forces them to confront themselves and each other. Roy Alexander Weise directs, designed by Rajha Shakiry. Castincludes Cecilia Noble, opening in April 2018.

Ned Bennett’s highly praised production for the Orange Tree Theatre of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ provocative and hilarious satire An Octoroon transfers to the National Theatre in June 2018 in a co-productionCast to be announced.

Laura Wade makes her NT and Theatr Clwyd debuts with Home, I’m Darling, a new comedy about sex, cake and the quest to be a perfect 50s housewife. Cast includes Katherine Parkinson with further cast to be announced. A National Theatre co-production with Theatr Clwyd, directed by Clwyd artistic directorTamara Harvey, also making her NT debut, and designed by Anna Fleischle. The production opens at Theatr Clwyd in June and in the Dorfman theatre the following month.

Justin Audibert directs a new production of The Winter’s Tale for primary schools, opening in the Dorfman theatre in February 2018. 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 byJonathan Girling. Shakespeare for younger audiences is supported by: The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust. The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

At the Young Vic

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 Daldryand Justin Martin, set design Miriam Buether, costume design Catherine Kodicek, sound designer Paul Arditti and lighting Jon Clark. Opening at the Young Vic in December, cast to be announced. Generously supported by Glenn and Phyllida Earle and Clive and Sally Sherling.

Public Acts

Public Acts: a nationwide initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community. The programme builds on our experience of creating the award-winning we’re here because we’re here with volunteer performers and theatres across the UK.

Public Acts is inspired by Public Works, The Public Theater’s ground-breaking programme of participatory theatre in New York.

Public Acts will be built on sustained partnerships with organisations that share our vision for theatre as a force for change. Over the next two years we will work with the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch and a number of community organisations across Greater London. Through these partnerships we will invite members of London’s diverse communities to take part in regular creative activity and join us in the creation of theatre productions.

The first of these will be a new production of Pericles on the Olivier stage in August 2018. It will feature a small cast of professional actors together with a large number of non-professional actors who will be cast through their connection with our community partner organisations. The NT has commissioned Chris Bush, a writer with extensive experience working with large community ensembles, to adapt Shakespeare’s Pericles which will be directed by NT resident director Emily Lim. The production will also feature cameo performances from a diverse range of local performance groups.

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch will be the first theatre partner for Public Acts. The Queen’s Theatre is a vibrant regional theatre working in Outer East London, Essex and beyond. Over 200,000 people enjoy the programme each year, including the best in home grown theatre, visiting live entertainment and inspiring Learning and Participation projects including a wide range of life enhancing workshops and classes for people of all ages. Queen’s Theatre staff will work alongside NT staff on Pericles.

Our community partners for Public Acts over the next two years will include: Body & Soul, a charity dedicated to transforming the impact of childhood adversity; Open Age, a charity that works with older Londoners to create opportunities for them to connect, learn new skills and combat isolation; Thames Reach a London-based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives; The Havering Asian Social Welfare Association(HASWA) works with all sections of the local Havering community, particularly of Asian origin with specific emphasis on isolated and disadvantaged individuals; Bromley by Bow Centre supports vulnerable young people, adults and families to help create a cohesive, healthy, successful and vibrant east London community, Coram, the UK children’s charity that helps children and young people develop their skills and emotional health, finds adoptive parents and upholds children’s rights, creating a change that lasts a lifetime and Three Faiths Forum (3FF) who work to build good relations between people of all different faiths, beliefs and identities.

Future Public Acts productions will be developed in partnership with theatres and community groups outside London.

Generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Sackler Trust, founding supporters of Public Acts. The first 3 years of Public Acts is also supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.


D/deaf and disabled actors are currently under-represented on stage and screen in the UK. The National Theatre and Spotlight have created a new resource to champion this talent pool by offering industry professionals the opportunity to watch these actors in action on an online video database. It is a free service, both for performers and industry users, and is available for the use of film, theatre and television professionals across the UK. Its aim is to widen the pool from which casting directors and other industry professionals draw their talent, with a view to creating a more inclusive industry in the long term, and one that better represents the diversity of the nation.

ProFile was created as part of the National Theatre’s Creative Diversity Project, a pilot project focusing on diversity and inclusion at the NT, one strand of which aims to address the under-representation of D/deaf and disabled actors on our stages.

The NT is committed to establishing a target to increase the representation of D/deaf and disabled actors on our stages. To do this, we are working with a range of artists from the D/deaf and disabled community, casting directors and some of the UK’s leading drama schools to ensure the target is meaningful and realistic.

Open Access Smart Capture

The National Theatre today announces the pilot launch of a brand new technological innovation, Open Access Smart Capture.

The NT and its partner for innovation, Accenture, have developed new technology, which will mean for the first-time access service users will be able to attend any performance thanks to a transformative, always-on closed captioning and audio-description service.

The smart glasses support the NT’s vision to ensure theatre access for all and have been designed and manufactured by Epson, with ease-of-use, durability and accessibility in mind. The glasses enable the user to discreetly see the captions for theatre performances on a screen directly in front of their eyes from any seat in the auditorium. At the heart of this advanced system is new technology which aims to achieve 97% accuracy of the timing of the captions and descriptions.

Captioned performances are currently restricted to selected performances at the National Theatre with the NT programming up to four captioned performances and up to three audio-described performances per production with captions and audio-description delivered live. Since its inception in 2014, the vision for Open Access Smart Capture has been to have always-on smart captioning systems in all three of the NT’s theatres by October 2018 with always-on audio description by April 2019, ensuring all performances will be fully accessible via this new technology.  Action on Hearing Loss estimated that by 2035, 1 in 5 people will be affected by hearing loss. This equates to 11 million potential customers who could benefit from an always-on service, with the freedom to attend any performance, seated anywhere in the auditorium, and have their access needs met.

Over the next year the pilot phase will rigorously test this unique access system and during this time the NT will evaluate the Open Access Smart Capture technology, initially in the Dorfman theatre, with the system being further developed on large scale shows in the Lyttelton and Olivier theatres to understand the scale and scope of the technology and ensure the system is adaptable for all service users. The National Theatre has had a close working relationship with StageText and VocalEyes throughout and will continue to work alongside them on this transformative project.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time schools tour

Today the NT announces a schools tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, in a specially staged production which will visit selected secondary schools from autumn 2018 targeting areas of the country with lower engagement with theatre. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time schools tour marks the NT’s desire to take more work into schools over the coming years. The novel is the winner of more than 17 literary awards and features on the national curriculum.

Winner of seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play’, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®‑winning director Marianne Elliott.

Simon Stephens’ said: ‘It means the world to me that Curious Incident will be touring schools around the country. I worked as a schoolteacher teaching kids in Dagenham in Essex 20 years ago. I loved it. I still think of myself as a teacher. I have seen firsthand how inspiring drama is to young people in schools. I believe the arts to be fundamental to our society. We can’t afford to lose them from our education system. I am delighted that our play will play its part in introducing young people to the theatre. I always hoped thatCurious Incident was a play that could be performed anywhere, by anyone. The play is designed to provoke and inspire imagination and interpretation in its staging and inspiration in its audience. The tour will, I hope, provide the same kind of imagination and inspiration throughout the country.’

Funded by the Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund

Schools touring is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation.

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

The UK tour of War Horse and a UK and Ireland tour of Hedda Gabler both open this week. The War Horse 10th Anniversary tour opens tonight (3 October) at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, and Hedda Gabler opens on Friday (6 October) at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Due to demand War Horse will return to the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury from 27 February – 16 March 2019, following its 17 venue UK tour, which coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War. The tour will also visit the Sunderland Empire from 6 – 23 February 2019. Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places and Things (a Headlong Production) and James Graham’s This House (co-produced by Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong), which both originated at the NT, will also visit numerous theatres across the country.

A 10th Anniversary tour of War Horse begins tonight at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to live 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, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with 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 andCraig 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.

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, begins a UK and Irelona tour this week at the Theatre RoyalPlymouth, continuing its journey across the UK to Edinburgh, 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, withcostume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.  The Associate Directors are Jeff James andRachel Lincoln. For tour venues and dates, visit heddagableronstage.com.

Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, People, Places & Things embarks on a major UK tour this autumn for Headlong in a co-production with the National Theatre, HOME and Exeter Northcott Theatre. People, Places & Things is written by Duncan Macmillan, and directed by Jeremy Herrin with Holly Race Roughan. The play features set designs byBunny Christie, costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by James Farncombe, music by Matthew Herbert, sound by Tom Gibbons and video design by Andrzej Goulding. For tour venues and dates, visit the website.
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. For tour venues and dates, visit the website.

NT international touring

The NT’s Olivier and Tony Award®-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tours the world, visiting the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong, 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.

The play is adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, and directed byMarianne Elliott. The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting design by Paule Constableand video design by Finn Ross.  Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton (who also composed music for Angels in America and War Horse) and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. For more information visit http://www.curiousonstage.com/global/

NT transfers

Internationally, People, Places & Things will transfer to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York later this month and Angels in America transfers to the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway in February 2018.

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. People, Places & Things is produced in New York by the National Theatre, St Ann’s Warehouse, Bryan Singer Productions and Headlong. For more information visit the website.

The great work returns to Broadway from February 2018. Angels in America will open at the Neil Simon Theater on 21 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 feature fellow original National Theatre cast members Susan BrownDenise GoughAmanda Lawrence, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Angels in America is directed by Marianne ElliottIan MacNeil is the Scenic Designer, Nicky Gillibrand is the Costume Designer, Paule Constable is the Lighting Designer, Adrian Sutton is the composer , Ian Dickinson is the Sound Designer. The Puppetry design is by Nick Barnesand Finn Caldwell (also Puppetry Director and Movement), Robby Graham is the Movement Director, and Illusions are by Chris Fisher. Angels in America is NT America, Jujamcyn Theaters and Elliott & Harper Productions. For more information visit angelsbroadway.com/

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National Theatre Live

NT Live currently screens to 60 countries across the globe.

Hamlet returns to cinemas on Thursday 5th OctoberLyndsey Turner’s production starring Benedict Cumberbatch was originally staged at the Barbican Theatre in August 2015 and broadcast live to cinemas later the same year.

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies directed by Dominic Cooke features a cast of 37 including Imelda Staunton,Janie Dee and Tracie Bennett. 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 on 10 May.

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

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