Latest news  and updates from National Theatre

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Casting announced for STORIES, a new play written and directed by Nina Raine

Stories
Stories

Stories

Rehearsals began today for Nina Raine’s new play, STORIES, which previews in the Dorfman Theatre from 10 October, with a press night on 17 October. Joining the previously announced Claudie Blakeley as Anna will be Stephen Boxer, Beau Gadson, Thusitha Jayasundera, Margot Leicester, Molly Simm, Katie Simons, Sam Troughton and Brian Vernel.

How do you have a baby when you’re 39 and single?

This is the story of Anna. A story filled with many chapters, unexpected characters and curious plot twists.

Following the critically acclaimed Consent, which recently completed a West End run after debuting in the Dorfman Theatre in 2017, Nina Raine returns to the NT with this funny and touching new play about the fertilisation of an idea.

Directed by Nina Raine, design by Jeremy Herbert, lighting design by Bruno Poet, music and sound by Alex Baranowski.

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

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Full cast announced for Hadestown at the National Theatre

Hadestown
Hadestown

Hadestown

The NT today announced that Amber Gray and Patrick Page will reprise their original New York Theatre Workshop roles of Persephone and Hades in Hadestown. They will be joined by Reeve Carney as Orpheus, a role he performed alongside Gray and Page at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Canada). New cast members André De Shields and Eva Noblezada will take the roles of Hermes and Eurydice, with Rosie Fletcher, Carly Mercedes Dyer and Gloria Onitiri as the Fates. Completing the cast are Sharif Afifi, Beth Hinton-Lever, Seyi Omooba, Aiesha Pease, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw and Shaq Taylor.

Rachel Chavkin, director of Hadestown, said: ‘This company is an extraordinary mix of artists – each is wholly unique, and brings a depth of soul and craft to the project. We’re thrilled to have back Amber Gray and Patrick Page, who have been with the show since the beginning, and Reeve Carney who did extraordinary work on the Canadian premiere.André De Shields is a legend and brings heartbreaking, invaluable experience to the storytelling, and Eva Noblezada captures a combination of toughness and vulnerability… I cannot wait to be in the room with these actors and the whole ensemble.’

Celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust in each other is put to a final test.

‘Inventive. Beguiling. Luminous. Spellbinding.’ – New York Times

Directed by Rachel Chavkin, with set design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Nevin Steinberg andJessica Paz, choreography by David Neumann, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Liam Robinson, orchestrations and arrangements by Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, with Ken Cerniglia as dramaturg. Hadestown US casting by Stewart/Whitley, UK casting by Jacob Sparrow.

‘Hadestown will be your next musical theatre obsession’ – Vogue

Produced in association with Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy

Co-conceived by Ben t Matchstick

Hadestown Original Cast Recording, as recorded live from New York Theatre Workshop, is available to download nowHadestown received its world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop on 23 May 2016.

Hadestown will transfer to Broadway in 2019, with casting to be confirmed.

Talks and Events

Director Rachel Chavkin and Writer Anaïs Mitchell on Hadestown – Mon 12 November, 6pm

Histories of the American Musical – Fri 30 November, 7pm

The Heroine’s Descent with Marina Warner – Fri 14 December, 6pm (captioned)

Modern Myths: Orpheus, Eurydice and Us – Tue 22 January, 6pm

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page are appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between American Equity and UK Equity.

 

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The National Theatre production of Network will transfer to Broadway this November

Network
Network

Network

It was  announced today that the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of NETWORK, adapted by Lee Hall from the Academy-Award winning film by Paddy Chayefsky, directed by Ivo van Hove, and featuring Bryan Cranston as news anchor Howard Beale, will transfer to Broadway this autumn for a limited 18 week run.

NETWORK will begin performances at the Cort Theatre on Saturday 10 November 2018and officially open on Thursday 6 December. Further casting will be announced shortly.

NETWORK is produced on Broadway by David Binder, the National Theatre, Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies.

Howard Beale (Bryan Cranston, in the performance that won him the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor in Play), news anchor-man, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when ratings soar, the network seizes on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. NETWORKdepicts a media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Hilarious and hair-raising by turns, the iconic film by Paddy Chayefsky won four Academy Awards in 1976.

NETWORK received its world premiere at the National Theatre on 13 November 2017.The NT’s recent Broadway transfers include ANGELS IN AMERICA, winner of three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, which won five Tony Awards including Best Play, ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORSWAR HORSE, the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Play, and THE HISTORY BOYS, winner of six Tony Awards including Best Play. PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse for a limited run in October 2017. THE JUNGLE, a co-production with Good Chance Theatre and the Young Vic set in the sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France, will transfer to St Ann’s Warehouse in December 2018.

The original creative team will return for the Broadway run of NETWORK, with scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costume design by An D’Huys, and music and sound design by Eric Sleichim.

Lisa Burger, NT Executive Director said: “We’re thrilled that NETWORK will transfer to Broadway in November, following its ground-breaking run here at the National Theatre. It’s particularly exciting for the NT to continue the theatrical dialogue with audiences in New York following Angels in America’s recent Broadway run. We look forward to the production – and Bryan’s incredible performance – astonishing and galvanising audiences in New York, just as it did in London this year.”

The producers of NETWORK at the Cort Theatre said: “We are excited as hell to bring Ivo van Hove’s brilliantly innovative and electrifying production of NETWORK to Broadway this fall. The incomparable Bryan Cranston brings Howard Beale to brilliant life and we are so thrilled for American audiences to have the opportunity to experience his masterful performance and this spectacular new play.”

Lee Hall’s credits include Billy ElliotOur Ladies of Perpetual Succour, and The Pitmen PaintersIvo van Hove is the Artistic Director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam. His credits include Hedda Gabler (National Theatre), LazarusA View From The Bridge and The Crucible on BroadwayBryan Cranston previously appeared on Broadway in All the Way, for which he won the Tony for Best Actor, on television in Breaking Bad and the filmTrumbo for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets from Wednesday 5 September at 10am (EST)

until Wednesday 12 September at 9.59am (EST) by visitingwww.Telecharge.com or calling (00) +1 212-239-6200. Presale tickets are available to Audience Rewards members from Wednesday 12 September at 10am (EST) to Friday 14 September at 9.59am (EST) www.audiencerewards.com.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday 14 September at 10am.

For more information visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or www.NetworkBroadway.com
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National Theatre: First look inside ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ rehearsal room

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National Theatre Season: July 2018 – January 2019

National Theatre
  • Nine Night, Natasha Gordon’s critically acclaimed debut play transfers to the West End following a sold-out run at the NT
  • Further cast announced for Antony and Cleopatra alongside Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, playing from September
  • Cast confirmed for world premiere of David Hare’s new play I’m Not Running, including Siân Brooke, Alex Hassell and Joshua McGuire
  • Peter Brook returns to direct at the National Theatre for the first time in 50 years with The Prisoner, co-directed with Marie-Hélène Estienne
  • Following the acclaimed Consent, Nina Raine returns to the NT with her new play Stories starring Claudie Blakley
  • Anthony Neilson makes his NT debut with new play The Tell-Tale Heart, based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding to join the cast of Follies alongside Janie Dee and Peter Forbes, returning to the Olivier Theatre in February 2019
  • War Horse returns to the NT marking the centenary of Armistice Day
  • Antony and Cleopatra and I’m Not Running to  broadcast to 65 countries worldwide as part of NT Live

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first women in the UK gaining the right to vote, the NT stages Courage Everywhere; a series of rehearsed readings, talks and screenings

Olivier Theatre

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

by William Shakespeare

Previews from 18 September, press night 26 September in repertoire until 19 January

Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love.

In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Politics and passion are violently intertwined in Shakespeare’s gripping tale of power.

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the famous fated couple. Simon Godwin (Twelfth Night) directs.

Cast also includes Fisayo AkinadeAlexander CobbTunji KasimGeorgia LandersNicholas Le PrevostTim McMullanHannah MorrishShazia NichollsGloria ObianyoNick SampsonKaty Stephens and Sargon Yelda with further cast to be announced.

Directed by Simon Godwin, set designs by Hildegard Bechtler, costume designs by Wojciech Dziedzic, lighting designs by Tim Lutkin, music by Michael Bruce, movement direction by Jonathan Goddard and Shelley Maxwell, sound design by Christopher Shutt, video design by Luke Halls and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

Production supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen, Mary M. Miner, Leila Maw Straus, Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly, Monica Gerard-Sharp, and the Antony & Cleopatra production appeal.

Official Hotel Partner Edwardian Hotels.

Broadcast live as part of NT Live to cinemas worldwide on 6 December

Lyttelton Theatre

I’M NOT RUNNING

a new play by David Hare

Previews from 2 October, press 9 October in repertoire until 31 January

Do I run? This is the question which is facing Pauline Gibson. She has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

David Hare’s explosive new play portrays the history of a twenty year intimate friendship and its public repercussions.

Cast includes Siân BrookeAlex HassellJoshua McGuireAmaka OkaforLiza Sadovy and Brigid Zengeni.

Directed by Neil Armfield, set design by Ralph Myers, costume design by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Paul Arditti and music by Alan John.

Production supported by Marcia Grand in loving memory of Richard Grand

Broadcast live as part of NT Live to cinemas worldwide on 31 January

WAR HORSE

based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo

adapted by Nick Stafford,

presented in association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company

Performances begin 8 November, playing in repertoire until  5 January 2019

Eleven years after its NT debut, and having played in eleven countries to over seven million people, War Horse returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

At the outbreak of World War One, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Though not yet old enough to enlist, Albert joins the army, and embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.

The cast is Marcus AdolphyAdam BarlowPeter BeckerJoëlle BrabbanLucas ButtonJasper William CartwrightJo Castleton,Chris CharlesJonathan CharlesSebastian CharlesAnna ChessherNicky CrossThomas DennisBob FoxMax GallagherChris GarnerAndrew HodgesLewis HowardWilliam IlkleyBen InglesBilly IrvingElan JamesKiran LandaGwilym LloydJack Lord,Stephen LoveToyin Omari-KinchSamuel ParkerTom QuinnDomonic RamsdenArinder SadhraTom StacyElizabeth Stretton, and Simon Victor.

War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designs and drawings by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, director of movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, puppetry direction by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, animation and projection design by Leo Warner andMark Grimmer for 59 Productions, music by Adrian Sutton, songmaker John Tams, and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Katie Henry is the revival director and Craig Leo is the associate puppetry director.  They are joined by resident puppetry director, Matthew Forbes and resident director, Charlotte Peters.

Half price tickets for under-18s.

Dorfman Theatre

THE PRISONER

text by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Previews from 12 September, press night 17 September, playing until 4 October

Somewhere in the world, a man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and why is he there? Is it a choice, or a punishment?

Asking profound questions about justice, guilt and redemption, The Prisoner brings together a cast of acclaimed actors from around the world to explore some of the most compelling issues of our time.

Peter Brook and his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne return to London with a provocative study of what it means to be free.

Cast includes Hiran AbeysekeraHervé GoffingsOmar SilvaKalieaswari Srinivasan and Donald Sumpter.

Directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, lighting design by Philippe Vialatte and stage elements by David Violi.

A co-production with C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord; The Grotowski Institute; Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen; Yale Repertory Theatre; Theatre For A New Audience – New York.

Sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

STORIES

a new play by Nina Raine

Previews from 10 October, press night 17 October, playing until 28 November

How do you have a baby when you’re 39 and single?

This is the story of Anna. A story filled with many chapters, unexpected characters and curious plot twists.

Following the critically acclaimed ConsentNina Raine returns to the NT with this funny and touching new play about the fertilisation of an idea. Claudie Blakley plays Anna with further cast to be announced.

Directed by Nina Raine, design by Jeremy Herbert, lighting design by Bruno Poet, music and sound by Alex Baranowski.

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

THE TELL-TALE HEART

a new play by Anthony Neilson

based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe

Previews from 5 December, press night 12 December, playing until 9 January

A young playwright rents an attic flat in Brighton, hoping it will break the writer’s block that’s preventing her from following up on her wildly successful debut. Whilst there, she forms a relationship with her landlady, a lonely young woman with a life-altering condition.

But pressure mounts on the writer, and her relationship with the landlady becomes ever-more suffocating. The Tell-Tale Heart is a twisted, graphic and darkly-comic treat.

Renowned for his ground-breaking work, Anthony Neilson (The PrudesUnreachableThe Wonderful World of Dissocia) makes his NT debut with this contemporary reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of a haunted conscience.

Cast includes David CarlyleImogen Doel and Tamara Lawrance.

Directed by Anthony Neilson, design by Francis O’Connor, lighting design by Chahine Yavrayan and music and sound Nick Powell.

Productions currently on sale

Olivier Theatre

TRANSLATIONS

by Brian Friel

In repertoire until 11 August

Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.

Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community. Cast includes Dermot Crowley, Aoife DuffinAdetomiwa EdunMichelle FoxCiarán Hinds, Laurence Kinlan,Colin MorganSeamus O’HaraJudith Roddy and Rufus Wright.

Directed by Ian Rickson, with design by Rae Smith, lighting design by Neil Austin and music by Stephen Warbeck, sound design by Ian Dickinson and movement Anna Morrissey.

Part of the Travelex Season with hundreds of tickets for every performance available at £15.

EXIT THE KING

by Eugène Ionesco

in a new version by Patrick Marber

Previews from 17 July, Press night 25 July, in repertoire until 6 October

Somewhere in Europe the kingdom is disintegrating. It’s the last day of King Bérenger’s life. Queen Marguerite is preparing for the end and Queen Marie is in denial. The King is 400 years old and dying, but he’s clinging on for dear life…

This great tragi-comedy is brought to life on the Olivier stage this summer, the first time Eugène Ionesco’s work has been performed at the National Theatre. Patrick Marber (Three Days in the CountryHedda Gabler) directs his new version of Exit the King with Rhys Ifans (A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic) in the title role and Indira Varma (Man and Superman) as his first Queen.

Cast also includes Debra GillettDerek GriffithsAmy Morgan and Adrian Scarborough with musician Sarah Campbell.

Directed by Patrick Marber, with design by Anthony Ward, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, music and sound by Adam Cork and movement by Emily-Jane Boyle.

Part of the Travelex Season with hundreds of tickets for every performance available at £15.

PERICLES

by William Shakespeare

in a new version by Chris Bush

with music by James Fortune

Performances on 26, 27, 28 August

Prince Pericles has everything but understands little. When a reckless act threatens his safety, he must flee his home and take to sea. Reliant on the whims of the fates and the kindness of strangers, Pericles is driven from shore to shore. Only by reaching the ends of the earth may he finally understand what it means to come home.

A huge company of all ages from across London join together with professional artists to breathe new life into this classic tale in a musical version on the Olivier stage.

Pericles launches Public Acts, our new initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community. The production marks the centre point of a two-year partnership, building in-depth relationships with eight organisations who deliver visionary work in their communities, together with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

The cast includes Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Audrey BrissonAyesha DharkerKevin Harvey, Garry RobsonAshley Zhangazha,performers recruited through our community partners and seven cameo performance groups who represent the cultural diversity of London:Ascension EaglesFaithworks Gospel ChoirLondon Bulgarian ChoirManifest NationThe Archetype Dance TeamThe Bhavan andThe Youthsayers.

Directed by Emily Lim, designed by Fly Davis, choreographed by Robby Graham, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design byPaul Arditti, music director Tarek Merchant.

Partners: Body & SoulThe Bromley by Bow CentreCoramDABDHavering Asian Social Welfare Association (HASWA)Open Age,Thames Reach3FF and Theatre Partner Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

Public Acts is inspired by Public Works, the Public Theater’s ground-breaking programme in New York. Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Hertz, The Sackler Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.

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

HADESTOWN

music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell

developed with Rachel Chavkin

Previews from 2 November, press night 13 November, in repertoire until 26 January

Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown comes to the National Theatre prior to a Broadway run in 2019.

In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test.

Celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale. Cast to be announced.

Directed by Rachel Chavkin, with set design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, choreography by David Neumann, musical direction by Liam Robinson, arrangements and orchestrations byMichael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose.

Produced in association with Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy Co-conceived by Ben t Matchstick.

FOLLIES

book by James Goldman

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Previews and press night in February 2019, on sale until 26 March with further performances to be announced

After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019.

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.

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical includes such classic songs as ‘Broadway Baby’, ‘I’m Still Here’ and ‘Losing My Mind’. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, Follies is directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). Janie Dee and Peter Forbes return to reprise their roles, Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding join the cast as Ben and Sally with further casting to be announced.

With designs by Vicki Mortimer, winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for best costume design, choreography by Bill Deamer, music supervisorNicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick with Josh Clayton, music director Nigel Lilley, lighting design by Paule Constableand sound design by Paul Groothuis.

Exclusive Crystal Provider: Swarovski. Supported by the Follies production syndicate.

Lyttelton Theatre

JULIE

by Polly Stenham

after Strindberg

In repertoire until 8 September

Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London.

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristen clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival.

Fuelled by social division, Strindberg’s masterpiece remains shocking and fiercely relevant in this new adaptation by Polly Stenham (That FaceNeon Demon). Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea) directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby (The Crown), Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) and Thalissa Teixeira (Yerma, Young Vic).

Cast also includes Temitope Ajose-Cutting, El AnthonyThomasin GülgecFrancesca KnightDak MashavaMichela Meazza, AnaBeatriz MeirelesAshley Morgan-DaviesRebecca OmogbehinYuyu Rau and Petra Söör.

Design by Tom Scutt, with lighting design by Guy Hoare, movement direction by Ann Yee, music by Stuart Earl, sound design byChristopher Shutt, fight direction by Owain Gwynn, illusions by Chris Fisher and video design by Mogzi Bromley-Morgans.

Part of the Travelex Season with hundreds of tickets for every performance available at £15

Broadcast live as part of NT Live to cinemas worldwide on 6 September.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

by Stefano Massini

adapted by Ben Power

a co-production with Neal Street Productions

Previews from 4 July, press night 12 July, in repertoire until 20 October

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

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 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.

Sam Mendes returns to the National to direct Ben Power‘s English version of Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play, a hit across Europe.

Adam GodleyBen Miles and Simon Russell Beale play the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons.

Set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, with video design by Luke Halls, lighting design by Jon Clark, music and sound design by Nick Powell, music director Candida Caldicot and movement by Polly Bennett.

Media Partners: Wall Street Journal and Financial News.

Dorfman Theatre

AN OCTOROON

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

a co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre

Playing until 18 July

Described by the New York Times as ‘this decade’s most eloquent statement on race in America today’, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ extraordinary and provocative play comes to the National Theatre after a sold out run at the Orange Tree Theatre. In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same.

Cast includes Cassie ClareEmmanuella ColeCeleste Dodwell, Iola Evans, Ken Nwosu, Vivian Oparah, Alistair Toovey and Kevin Trainor, and with cellist, Kwêsi Edman.

Directed by Ned Bennett, with design by Georgia Lowe, lighting design by Elliot Griggs, movement director Ivan Blackstock, music byTheo Vidgen, sound design by George Dennis, puppetry Jimmy Grimes, music director Michael Henry and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

For sold out performances, Day Tickets are available to purchase in person at the ground floor box office from 9.30am on the day of performance. Tickets are £15/£18 and are limited to two per customer.

Tickets are also available through Friday Rush, where every Friday at 1pm an allocation of £20 tickets for shows are released to buy online, for the following week’s performances. Friday Rush tickets are only available to book online and limited to 2 per customer for each show.

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

Sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

HOME, I’M DARLING

a new play by Laura Wade

a co-production with Theatr Clwyd

Previews from 24 July, press night 31 July in repertoire until 5 September

Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, things start to unravel, and being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it seems.

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) plays Judy in this unsettling new comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife, written by Laura Wade (Posh).

Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd Tamara Harvey, will direct this co-production which opens in the Emlyn Williams Theatre on the 3 July ahead of transferring to the Dorfman Theatre.

Cast also includes Kathryn DrysdaleSara GregoryRichard HarringtonBarnaby Kay and Sian Thomas.

Design by Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Lucy Carter, choreography by Charlotte Broom and sound design by Tom Gibbons.

Sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

THE STAR SEEKERS

by the Wardrobe Ensemble

A Wardrobe Ensemble and Wardrobe Theatre Production

Performances from 8 August until 1 September

Do you want to fly to the moon? Visit a space station? Become an astronaut? Star Seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo need your help to save their space station, collect all the orbs and delve into the great unanswered question of the universe: what do astronauts really have for tea?

In this interactive family show you take the steering wheel to shape the story and the actors improvise the rest. Discover strange worlds, create solar system soundscapes, decide the noises of the aliens and even fire asteroids through space!

Visit the NT space station one hour before every performance to take part in free family activities, or book for a family workshop to take your space adventure out of this world.

Suitable for 3-8 years

Sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

COURAGE EVERYWHERE

Rehearsed readings celebrating the fight for political equality

15 – 18 November

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first women in the UK gaining the right to vote, the NT marks this historic moment through a series of rehearsed readings, talks and screenings.

World-class directors will bring these seminal plays to life on themes of suffrage and courage in order to recognise the fight for political equality in the UK and around the world.

Thursday 15th November 7.30pm

AND OTHERS written and directed by Jenny Sealey

A testimony to the women who have been lost to history, who fought for suffrage but whose stories have been left untold. Graeae Theatre’s Artistic Director draws together the words of forgotten women to mark the reach of Suffrage.

Friday 16th November 7.30pm

IN THE PARLOUR by Judy Tate, directed by Dawn Walton

March 1913: On the eve of the most historic Women’s Suffrage Marches two women, divided by race, battle for their right to be united and to fight in this movement.

MAGDA, JO, ISABELLA by Saviana StanescuAoise StratfordLyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, directed by Dawn Walton

Three brilliant new monologues from US writers tackling race, class and belonging in the Suffrage movement.

Saturday 17th November 3pm

HER NAKED SKIN by Rebecca Lenckiewicz, directed by Nadia Fall

Depicting a love-affair which crosses fraught class lines against the backdrop of the violent struggle for Suffrage, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s historic play premiered in the Olivier Theatre in 2008

Saturday 17th November 7.30pm

BULL IN A CHINA SHOP by Bryna Turner, directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Two lovers in a Massachusetts seminary find their lives upturned by revolution, fan-adoration and the price of joining the establishment. A fierce new comedy by US writer Bryna Turner, this is a dynamic queering of history, that traverses the generations

Sunday 18th November, 3pm

VOTES FOR WOMEN by Elizabeth Robins, directed Lyndsey Turner

Elizabeth Robins’ genre-defining 1907 play dramatises the moment in which the Suffragette movement was born; as polite political discourse reached breaking point and women across the UK stood up to be counted.

RIVER STAGE

Festival weekends: 13 July – 12 Aug

London’s largest outdoor arts festival returns this summer with an exciting and eclectic mix of weekend takeovers. There’s something for everyone including live music, dance, DJs, family workshops, club nights and theatre – and it’s all free!

Join the party atmosphere and get your hands on tasty street food including cheese toasties, wood-fired pizza and gelato ice cream or try our local craft beers and summer cocktails.

13 – 15 July: The Glory

East London’s alternative cabaret mecca brings a drag-packed tour-de-force of shows, DJs and outrageous fun.

20 – 22 July: HOME Manchester

An eclectic line-up of the best in contemporary international performance – with dance, theatre and DJs.

27 – 29 July: Sadler’s Wells

Dedicated to dance in all its forms, Sadler’s Wells present a weekend of choreography, live music and dance workshops.

3 – 5 August: Nonclassical

Turning classical music on its head and redefining the rules, Nonclassical bring their vibrant club nights to the river front.

10 – 12 August: National Theatre

The closing party weekend of family theatre, contemporary circus, music and dance and a screening of the NT’s award winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Follies, originally broadcast to cinemas with National Theatre Live last November.

River Stage is supported by Delta Air Lines (Official Airline Partner), Hertz (Official Transport Provider) and Lighting is sponsored by Vari-lite and Showline. Sound is sponsored by SSS (Stage Sound Services Ltd).

nationaltheatre.org.uk/riverstage

In the West End

NINE NIGHT

by Natasha Gordon

Trafalgar Studios

1 December 2018 – 9 February 2019, Press night 6 December

Following a sold out run at the National Theatre, Natasha Gordon’s critically acclaimed debut play, Nine Night, will transfer to Trafalgar Studios in a co-production with Trafalgar Theatre Productions.

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise (The Mountaintop), Nine Night is a touching and exuberantly funny exploration of the rituals of family. 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 rum-fuelled nights of music, food, storytelling and laughter – and an endless parade of mourners.

Original NT production design by Rajha Shakiry, with lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by George Dennis, movement direction by Shelley Maxwell, fight direction by Bret Yount, company voice work by Rebecca Cuthbertson, dialect coaching by Hazel Holder, and staff direction by Jade Lewis. Casting for the West End transfer to be announced.

nationaltheatre.org.uk

CONSENT

by Nina Raine

Following the 2017 critically acclaimed sell-out run in the Dorfman Theatre, Consent, Nina Raine’s ‘blistering new play’ (New York Times), directed by Roger Michell is now playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited run until 11 August.

Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered?  Friends take opposing briefs in a contentious legal case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.

This ‘tense, entertaining modern-day tragi-comedy’ (Daily Telegraph) takes a searing look at the law whilst putting modern relationships into the dock.

The cast is Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Sian Clifford, Heather CraneyClare FosterLee Ingleby and Adam James. Set design is by Hildegard Bechtler, with costumes by Dinah Collin, lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Kate Whitley, and sound by John Leonard. Consent was originally co-produced and commissioned by Out of Joint and is produced in the West End by the National Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions.

For more information visit consentwestend.com

Consent is supported by American Express, the National Theatre preferred card partner.

THE JUNGLE

by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson

A National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre

Following critical acclaim, and a sold-out run at the Young Vic, The Jungle, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin is now in previews at the Playhouse Theatre until 3 November, with an opening night on 5 July.

The production is set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.

The auditorium stalls will be completely reconfigured to house Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design as seen at the Young Vic, where audiences were invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp40% of the house to be priced at £25 and under, and a proportion of tickets will be held off sale to be offered to refugees and targeted groups in order to maximise diversity and accessibility.

Cast transferring from the Young Vic include Mohammad Amiri, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Moein Ghobsheh, Ammar Haj Ahmad, Alex Lawther, Jo McInnes, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed SarrarBen Turner and Nahel Tzegai. New cast members include Tiran Aakel, Gerard Carey, Alexander Devrient, Cherno Jagne, Kiki Kendrick, Freddie Meredith, Sara Mokonen, Yasin Moradi, Jonathan Nyati, Dominic Rowan and Eric Sirakian.

Costumes by Catherine Kodicek, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti, musical direction / composition by John PfumojenaThe Jungle is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold.

Official charity partner, Help Refugees, will be supported by the production, with fundraising efforts taking place at the venue throughout the entire run.

Original production supported by Glenn and Phyllida Earle and Clive and Sally Sherling.

For more information visit TheJunglePlay.co.uk 

The National Theatre on tour

LOVE

by Alexander Zeldin 
The National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production

LOVE, a play about the housing crisis written and directed by Alexander Zeldin, which premiered at the National Theatre to critical acclaim in late 2016, will transfer to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 25 – 27 October 2018, followed by L’Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris from 5 – 10 November 2018. Further tour dates to be announced.

It’s the run up to Christmas. In a city where over 50,000 households are living in temporary accommodation, three families find themselves without a home. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a woman newly arrived from Sudan. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal. This piercing play is a timely reflection on an often overlooked crisis and an intimate story of family love for our times.

LOVE will continue the NT’s partnership with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch established with Public Acts: a nationwide initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community. The NT is currently working with the Queen’s Theatre and a number of community organisations across Greater London that share the NT’s vision for theatre as a force for change.

LOVE is designed by Natasha Jenkins, lighting by Marc Williams, sound design by Josh Anio Grigg and movement by Marcin Rudy. Casting to be announced.

For further information visit the NT website.

MACBETH
by William Shakespeare

Macbeth will embark on an 18-venue tour of the UK and Ireland from September 2018 – March 2019, opening at The Lowry, Salford with a press night on Thursday 4 October.

Directed by Rufus Norris with set designs by Rae Smith, this epic new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty. Tour casting to be announced.

The tour will open at The Lowry, Salford (29 September – 6 October 2018), and visit the Theatre Royal, Plymouth (16 – 20 October 2018), Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (23 – 27 October 2018), Theatre Royal, Norwich (30 October – 3 November 2018), His Majesty’s Theatre,Aberdeen (7 – 10 November 2018), Theatre Royal, Newcastle (13 – 17 November 2018), Lyceum, Sheffield (21 – 24 November 2018), Theatre Royal, Bath (27 November – 8 December 2018), New Theatre, Oxford (8 – 12 January 2019), Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (15 – 19 January 2019), Theatre Royal, Nottingham (22 – 26 January 2019), New Theatre, Hull (5 – 9 February 2019), Marlowe Theatre,Canterbury (12 – 16 February 2019), Theatre Royal, Glasgow (19 – 23 February 2019), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (26 February – 2 March 2019), Grand Opera House, Belfast (5 – 9 March 2019), Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (12 – 16 March 2019) and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (19 – 23 March 2019).

Set design by Rae Smith, associate set design by Aaron Marsden, costume design by Moritz Junge, tour lighting design by Paul Pyant, tour movement direction by Cydney Uffindell-Phillips, music by Orlando Gough and Marc Tritschler, sound design by Paul Arditti, associate sound design by Mike Winship, and fight direction by Kev McCurdy. The associate director is Liz Stevenson.

For more information visit the NT website.

Macbeth on tour in partnership with Lloyds Bank Private Banking. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s cross-border touring programme, The Thompson Family Charitable Trust and The Royal National Theatre Foundation.

WAR HORSE

based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo

adapted by Nick Stafford

War Horse continues its UK tour, currently playing at The Lowry, Salford until 30 June. A Relaxed Performance will take place on Thursday 28 June at 2pm.

War Horse will tour to Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (4 – 28 July 2018), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (1 – 18 August 2018), PlymouthTheatre Royal (29 August – 15 September 2018), Milton Keynes Theatre (19 September – 6 October 2018), Birmingham Hippodrome (10 October – 3 November 2018), Glasgow SEC (15 January – 2 February 2019), Sunderland Empire (6 February – 23 February 2019), the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (27 February – 16 March 2019) and the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (27 March – 6 April 2019).

War Horse will return to the National Theatre, playing in the Lyttelton Theatre from 8 November 2018 – 5 January 2019 to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

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 Shutt.

Katie Henry is the revival director and Craig Leo is the associate puppetry director.  They are joined by resident puppetry director, Matthew Forbes and resident director, Charlotte Peters. For the full cast, see the Lyttelton Theatre listing above.

For more information visit warhorseonstage.com

On Broadway

ANGELS IN AMERICA
A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

by Tony Kushner
Until 15 July  2018

The NT production of Tony Kushner’s epic masterwork, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes was awarded three 2018 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Play on B

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First Look: Production images released for Translations at the National Theatre

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National Theatre to premiere new plays staged by young people at 2018 Connections Festival

Connections 2018
Connections 2018

Connections 2018

Ten UK school and youth theatre companies will stage ten new plays at the 2018 National Theatre Connections Festival, which takes place in the Dorfman Theatre from 26-30 June.

Connections is the largest youth theatre festival in the UK which celebrates new writing for young people aged 13-19. Ten new plays by both established and emerging contemporary playwrights have been exclusively commissioned for young people to stage and perform at this year’s Festival.

With over 6,500 young people taking part in Connections this year, the plays have been premiered across the UK by 250 youth theatre companies and schools. All the companies had the opportunity to transfer their production to one of 28 leading regional Connections Partner Theatres across the UK, with ten companies selected to perform at the National Theatre between 26-30 June. Young people have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of creating and staging the play both on and offstage, from set design to costume, lighting and stage management.

Rufus Norris, National Theatre Director said, “I look forward to the Connections Festival every year as it is always such a joy to welcome young people from every corner of the UK to perform at the National Theatre. Programmes like Connections are more vital now than ever as they give young people the opportunity to experience and take part in theatre no matter where they are in the UK, and I can’t wait to see each of the ten companies’ productions in the Dorfman Theatre in June and celebrate another fantastic year of theatre-making.”

​The productions invited to appear at the NT in the final week of this year’s Festival are:

Tuesday 26 June the Dorfman Theatre

7pm – [ BLANK ] by Alice Birch performed by See&Eye Theatre, City and Islington College (London)

8.30pm – The Changing Room by Chris Bush performed by Cornwall College (St Austell, Cornwall)

 

Wednesday 27 June the Dorfman Theatre

7pm – Want by Barney Norris performed by St Brendan’s Sixth Form College (Bristol)

8.30pm – The Sweetness of a Sting by Chinonyerem Odimba performed by Haggerston School (Hackney, London)

 

Thursday 28 June the Dorfman Theatre

7pm – The Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle performed by Yew Tree Youth Theatre (Wakefield)

8.30pm – These Bridges by Phoebe Eclair-Powell performed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (Chichester)

 

Friday 29 June the Dorfman Theatre

7pm – The Free9 by In-Sook Chappell performed by TRANSMISSION, Jacksons Lane (London)

8.30pm – The Blue Electric Wind by Brad Birch performed by Collision (Central Scotland)

 

Saturday 30 June the Dorfman Theatre

7pm – When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell performed by CAPA College (Wakefield)

8.30pm – Dungeness by Chris Thompson performed by PACE Youth Theatre (Paisley, Scotland)

 

All performances will be captioned.

Tickets are on sale from Friday 25 May 2018. To book tickets, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections

 

Connections 2019

Applications are now open to take part in next year’s Connections Festival. The National Theatre is looking for 300 school and youth theatre companies across the UK to take part. For more information and to sign up, please visit nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections​​

 

Connections is supported by:

The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, The Peter Cundill Foundation, Mactaggart Third Fund, The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard Campbell-Breeden, The Garvey Family Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Anthony P. Skyrme, The Derrill Allatt Foundation, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal.

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

The ten new plays for this year’s Festival are:

THE BLUE ELECTRIC WIND

Brad Birch

When people at school start forgetting things, Scott wonders if he’s the only one who’s noticed. It seems it’s only him and some of the school misfits who can see what is happening. Is it the weather? Is it a strange virus? They must join forces to try and work out what is causing everyone in town to lose all sense of who they are.

The Blue Electric Wind is a play about why we remember what we do, it is a play about bravery, it’s a play about growing up.

 

THE CHANGING ROOM

Chris Bush

Chris Bush writes a lyrical piece about existing on the cusp and all the inevitable questions and confusions that come with it. Are we teenagers? Are we children? Do are parents embarrass us? It’s about bodies in flux and perspectives shifting; knowing change is coming but not what that change will look like. Set in and around a swimming pool, it follows a group of teens full of excitement, impatience and uncertainty, each with their own secret worries and desires for what comes next.

 

THE FREE9

In-Sook Chappell

In-Sook took the tragic, true story of the Laos Nine as her starting point and used it to interrogate ideas of hope, escape and cultural difference.

Nine teenagers have fled North Korea and dream of their escape and a new life in the South. Their journey is far from over and with threats around every corner, perhaps the mysterious figure of The Big Brother can help them or is he the very person they’re running from. Their lives hang in the balance and could it all ultimately come down to a garish South Korean gameshow?

 

THE CEASEFIRE BABIES

Fiona Doyle

Fiona began by looking at the rise in the youth Republican movements across Ireland and in this found a story that looks at the relationship our identities and beliefs have with the past. Do we inherit our beliefs? Can a cycle of ideology and disagreement be broken and who can take the first step? In a city still divided by a crumbling wall, siblings Mikey and Jamie no longer see eye to eye. There’s change in the air and not everyone’s ready for it. Jamie wants to reignite the old conflicts of her father and uncle but Mikey and their friends must decide to either take hold of their own destinies, or allow the ghosts of the past to dictate their futures.

 

THESE BRIDGES

Phoebe Eclair-Powell

Proud Londoner, Phoebe imagines a community divided by politics and water. When the Thames burst its banks, the North and the South became separated. Myths abound about ‘the other side’ – is it really better? Four sets of teenagers ignore the risks of the treacherous crossing to find out whether the other side is all it’s cracked up to be. The drowned commuters of the Circle Line conjure memories of the past. These Bridges looks at a fearful future and seeks to show that if we stick together, we may just survive it all.

 

WHEN THEY GO LOW

Natalie Mitchell

Natalie began writing this play when the prospect of woman leading the free world seemed a sure thing – then things changed.

Social media goes into a frenzy over pictures of Sarah at a party on the weekend – no one knows quite what she got up to. When Miss Reef lectures the girls on taking more responsibility for their actions, Louise becomes enraged that the boys who took the pictures have nothing to answer for. She wages war on the misogyny but when she threatens school stalwart Scott and his claim to the School Captain title, things get very nasty. A website appears, rating the girls on their appearance and shaming them for their actions.

A play about everyday feminism and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. When they go low, we go high.

 

WANT
Barney Norris

Barney and his theatre company Up In Arms champion work that reaches out into forgotten rural communities. His play locates itself firmly in that world. Ross wants Jenny, but Jenny wants adventure. Heather wants Claire to get better and Claire wants a normal life. Gabby wants to go to uni but worries about her brother. Mark and Chris just want something to do. WANT tells the stories of a constellation of young people through a series of charged, longing exchanges. A cycle of characters try to decide what kind of life is waiting for them.

 

THE SWEETNESS OF A STING

Chinonyerem Odimba

Chino was inspired by the fables of West African storytelling, using nature to tell human stories.

Badger’s parents decide they want to return to their home country, so he is confronted with the possibility of leaving everything he knows and becoming a visitor in a strange world. Attempting to run away and escape his parent’s plans, Badger finds himself in a world full of insects, stories and Thunder – a land beneath our feet that he cannot escape from. This fantastical story looks at what it means to be young – disconnected from nature, and from your identity.

 

DUNGENESS
Chris Thompson

Fifty years on from the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England, Chris Thompson wanted to write a play about the struggles and the joy of being gay. In a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens, a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBT+ young people. While their shared home welcomes difference, it can be tricky for self-appointed group leader Birdie to keep the peace. The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to people like them in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration and protest.

 

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Alice Birch

A National Theatre/Clean Break co-commission

Alice Birch’s theatrical provocation is a co-commission between Connections and theatre company Clean Break. Clean Break work with women in the criminal justice system, inspiring playwrights and audiences with their ground-breaking work.

[ BLANK ] is no traditional play, it’s a series of 60 scenes – some of which may feel connected, others less so – about adults and children impacted by the criminal justice system. It’s about what life is like when adults feel absent from it. But it can be about whatever you like – you can choose as many or as few scenes in order to construct your own narratives.

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First Look: Rehearsal images released for JULIE at the National Theatre