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Update on talks, discussion, interviews, debates, screenings and events organised by National Theatre


An eclectic programme of talks, discussions and interviews, offering the chance to learn more about the National’s work and the arts in general.

14 Sept, 6.30pm – Sue Laurie and Alexander Technique in the Theatre, Dorfman

15 Sept, 6pm – Jonathan Kent in conversation, Olivier

21 Oct, 6pm – Jeremy Herrin and Sean McEvoy in conversation, Lyttelton

25 Oct, 6pm – NT: 40 Years as a Space for Plays, Lyttelton

27 Oct, 6pm – Bryony Kimmings in conversation, Dorfman

31 Oct, 6pm – Michael Longhurst in conversation, Olivier

1 Nov, 5.45pm – Staging Suez: The 60th Anniversary of the Suez Crisis, Lyttelton

7 Nov, 6pm – David Hare and John Simenon in conversation, Lyttelton

9 Nov, 6pm – The Nick Darke Writers’ Award Ceremony, Dorfman

22 Nov, 6pm – The Jocelyn Herbert Lecture – Rae Smith, 3D Imagination, Lyttelton

23 Nov, 6pm – Alan Bennett: Keeping on Keeping On, Lyttelton

25 Nov, 5.15pm – A Poem for Every Night of the Year with Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory and Allie Esiri, Olivier

13 Dec, 5.45pm – An Evening with Private Eye, Lyttelton

16 Dec, 5.30pm – The Theatre Quiz with Emma Freud, Lyttelton

4 Jan, 6pm – Alexander Zeldin in conversation, Dorfman

11 Jan, 5.45pm – Lucian Msamati in conversation, Olivier

20 Jan, 5.30pm – Sally Cookson in conversation, Olivier

23 Jan, 3pm – Ruth Wilson in conversation, Lyttelton

27 Jan, 5.45pm – Peter Pan – archetypal adolescent with Ann Yeoman

31 Jan, 6pm – Ivo van Hove and Patrick Marber in conversation, Lyttelton



Short debates, and in-depth explorations in the Clore Learning Centre:

12 Sep, 5.45 – 6.45pm – In Focus: Cult Fiction on Stage

15 Sep, 10.30am – 4.30pm – In Depth: Rattigan Returns

21 Sep, 6pm – In Focus: Theatre in Scotland – A Field of Dreams with Joyce McMillan

24 Sept, 10.30am – In Depth: The Dublin Plays, Clore Learning Centre

26 Sept, 2pm – In Context: Chekhov, the early work

6 Oct, 1pm – Lightbulb Walks with Artists Helen Stratford and Idit Nathan

2 Nov, 10.30am – 3.30pm – In Depth: Devising and Performance Explored

2 Nov, 10.30am – In Depth: Devising for Performance Explored

3 Nov, 5.30pm – In Focus: Amadeus, the music

10 Nov, 11.30am & 6.15pm – Sharp Shots: The State of the States

16 Jan, 2pm – In Context: Shaffer at the NT

16 Jan, 6pmIn Focus: Designing for The Red Barn

17 Nov, 7pm – Theatre Dialogue Club sparks up at the NT

15 Dec, 5.30pm – In Focus: Performing without a Home

27 Jan, 5.45pm – Peter Pan – archetypal adolescent

31 Jan, 10.30am – In Depth: Adapt or Die – adaptations from the NT

10 Feb, 2pm – In Context: Recreating Ibsen’s Women



A new series of panel discussions in the Dorfman Theatre responding to issues raised by the repertoire or affecting the nation as a whole:

29 Sep, 6pm – Youth – culture and identity

3 Nov, 5.45pm – Nationhood – Ireland and Scotland

24 Nov, 5.45pm – Death – final matters



In the Clore Learning Centre and linked to the programme on our stages:

12 Nov, 10.30am – Emil and the Detectives and Red Balloon

9 Dec, 5.30pm – Cathy Come Home

12 Dec, 5.30pm – Dark Days in collaboration with the Homeless Film Festival

19 Nov, 10.30am – The Wind in the Willows



Free, and open daily

Concrete Reality: Denys Lasdun and the Architecture of the NT – Olivier Circle Gallery

Adapt or Die – How adaptations have influenced programme at the NT – Lyttelton Lounge from 7 Oct

The Art of Make Believe: Staging Children’s Stories – Wolfson Gallery from 14 Nov

Exhibition Walk Around and Archive Handling Session – Lyttelton Lounge on 28 Oct, 25 Nov, 27 Jan, 24 Feb at 12.30pm

Further information on Learning at the National Theatre –


The National Theatre Live line up – No Man’s Land, Saint Joan and Hedda Gabler

Following a celebrated run on Broadway and a UK tour, No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be broadcast from Wyndham’s Theatre on 15 December.  Produced by Playful Productions.

Josie Rourke’s production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, with Gemma Arterton, will be broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse on 16 February.

Ivo van Hove’s production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber, and with Ruth Wilson in the title role, will be broadcast from the NT on 9 March.

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National Theatre Touring schedule

The North American tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time begins at Rochester’s Auditorium Theater on 27 September and will go on to play more than 30 cities in its first season, including Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time begins a second major tour of the UK and Ireland at The Lowry in Salford in January 2017 (with its national press night at the Lowry on Wednesday 25 January at 7.30pm), continuing its journey to Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Leeds, Canterbury, Bath, Southampton, Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Sheffield, Oxford, Newcastle, Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bradford, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Norwich and finishing in Milton Keynes on 16 September 2017.

Sally Cookson’s energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre, a co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic,  begins a tour of the UK at the Lowry in Salford on 8 April 2017 (with its press night on 12 April at 7.30pm), continuing its journey to Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Aberdeen, Birmingham, and finishing at the Theatre Royal in  Bath on 30 September 2017.

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris begins its second major tour of the UK on 15 September 2017 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, where it will run until 14 October 2017.   It continues its journey to the Bristol Hippodrome (18 October – 11 November 2017), the Empire Theatre, Liverpool (15 November – 2 December 2017), New Theatre, Oxford (13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018), Brighton Centre (25 January – 10 February 2018), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (14 February – 10 March 2018), the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (14 March – 7 April 2018) and the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (18 April – 12 May 2018).  Further dates and venues are yet to be announced.