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



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.

First Look: Production images: The Great Wave at the National Theatre

National Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions transfer Consent for strictly limited 12-week West End run



Sonia Friedman Productions and the National Theatre today (12 March 2018) announce the West End production of Nina Raine’s Consent following the 2017 critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre.  Directed by Roger Michell and originally co-produced and commissioned by Out of JointConsent will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 18 May for a strictly limited 12-week run.  Opening night will take place on 29 May with booking through to 11 August 2018.  Tickets for this West End transfer – with over 14,000 priced at £25 or under – will go on public sale on Thursday 15 March 2018 at 10am.

The cast includes Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Heather Craney and Adam James with further casting to be announced. Set is by Hildegard Bechtler, with costumes by Dinah Collin, lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Kate Whitley, sound by John Leonard and casting by Amy Ball CDG.

Nina Raine’s ‘blistering new play’ (New York Times), directed by Roger Michell, makes a triumphant and timely transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre this May, following a sold out season at the National Theatre.

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.

Nina Raine’s other plays include Tiger Country, Rabbit and Tribes as well as an adaptation of The Drunks by the Durnenkov Brothers.  She was shortlisted for the 2004 Verity Bargate Award and awarded the 2006 Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play Rabbit.  Tribes won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play and has been performed in eighteen different countries. Nina has been nominated for a Susan Blackburn Smith Award for Consent.

Roger Michell’s many productions include WasteLandscape with Weapon, Honour, Blue/Orange, Under Milk WoodThe Homecoming and The Coup all for the National Theatre, Farewell to the Theatre and Some Sunny Day both for Hampstead Theatre, Rope for the Almeida Theatre, Tribes and Birthday both for the Royal Court, Betrayal, Old Times and My Night with Reg for the Donmar Warehouse, the latter transferring to the Apollo Theatre in the West End. Michell’s film credits include My Cousin Rachel, Le Week-End, Hyde Park on Hudson, Morning Glory, Venus, Enduring Love, The Mother, Changing Lanes, Persuasion, My Night With Reg, Titanic Town and Notting Hill.  On television his credits includeThe Buddha of Suburbia, Downtown Lagos, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Birthday, Ready When You Are, Mr Patel and Michael Redgrave – My Father.

 Claudie Blakley’s theatre credits include Once in a Lifetime for the Young Vic, The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre, Chimerica for the Almeida Theatre and in the West End, Rules for Living, The Cherry Orchard, Comedy of Errors,Attempts on Her Life and Rosencrantz & Guildernstern are Dead for the National Theatre, Macbeth and Lear for the Sheffield Crucible, Di and Viv and Rose and The Good Samaritan for the Hampstead Theatre, Love and Money for the Young Vic and Royal Exchange, All’s Well That Ends Well for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kosher Harry for the Royal Court, The Lady from the Sea for the Almeida and Billy & the Crab for Soho Theatre. Her television credits includeGrantchester, Silent WitnessThe Driver, What Remains, The Night Watch, New Tricks, Nativity, Blue GeraniumLark Rise to Candleford, Cranford Chronicles, Fallen Angel, Fear of Fanny, Vital Signs, Dirty Filthy Love and Inspector Linley Mysteries. Her film credits include Bright StarLondon to BrightonSeverancePride and PrejudiceGosford Park and The Cat’s Meow.

 Stephen Campbell Moore’s theatre credits include Photograph 51 at the Noël Coward Theatre, Chimerica for the Almeida and in the West End, Berenice for the Donmar Warehouse, Clybourne Park for the Royal Court and in the West End, All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre, The History Boys for the National Theatre and on Broadway, Much Ado About Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra both for the Royal Shakespeare Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Albery,Richard II and Coriolanus for the Almeida. His film credits include Goodbye Christopher RobinHow To Talk To Girls At PartiesThe Lady in the VanThe Ones BelowBurntMoonwalkersMan UpComplicitJohnny English RebornSeason of the WitchSea WolfThe ChildrenThe Bank JobAmazing GraceThe History BoysA Good Woman and Bright Young Things. His television credits include The Child in Time, The Last PostStag, The Wrong Mans, The Go Between, Our Zoo,Hunted, Just Henry, Titanic, Sleepyhead, Pulse, Ben Hur, Lark Rise to Candleford, A Short Stay in SwitzerlandAshes to Ashes, Rough Crossings, Hustle, Wallis and Edward, He Knew He Was Right and Byron.

Heather Craney originated the roles of Gayle and Laura in Consent for the National Theatre. Her other theatre credits includeThe Vote and Passion Play both for the Donmar Warehouse, Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre,HandbaggedPink and You Me & Wii all for the Tricycle Theatre, I Like Mine with a Kiss at the Bush Theatre, Joe Guy at Soho Theatre, Sugar Mummies and Stoning Mary both for the Royal Court. For film, her recent credits include Child 44,Dangerous ParkingMark of Cain and Vera Drake which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. On television her credits include Line of DutyLife of RileyTorchwoodIn the DarkAhead of the ClassHolby City,DoctorsSilent WitnessEastenders.

Adam James is an award-winning actor who has worked extensively on stage and screen. Currently in Olivier nominated Girl from the North Country at the Noël Coward Theatre, Adam originated the role of Jake in Consent for the National Theatre, where his previous credits have included 13, Gethsemane and Blood and Gifts. He is recognisable on screen for his roles in Dr Foster, King Charles III, The Crimson Field, Hustle and Extras amongst others. Other theatre credits include An Enemy of the People for Chichester Festival Theatre, Bull for the Young Vic, Now or Later and My Child both for the Royal Court and King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre. His film credits include The Kill Team, Johnny English IIIHunter KillerA Little Chaos, Last Chance Harvey, Mother of Tears and Road To Guantanamo. His more recent television credits include Home From Home, Eric, Ernie and Me, Endeavour, Grantchester and Coalition.


Theatre:                           Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN

Dates:                              18 May – 11 August 2018

Press Night:                       29 May 2018 at 7pm

Running time:                    Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval

Box Office:                         ATG Tickets 0844 871 7622

National Theatre 020 7452 3000

Performances:                    Monday – Saturday at 7.30pmWednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Prices:                              From £15


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Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams on MOSQUITOES



Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams who are currently starring in the sold out production of Mosquitoes in the Dorfman Theatre will take part in a talk on 18 September reflecting on the challenges and rewards of performing in the new play by Lucy Kirkwood.

Tickets £7 (£5 concessions).

To book tickets, visit the NT website here.

Further Mosquitoes related talks and events include:

Lucy Kirkwood and Rufus Norris Thu 7 Sep, 6pm
On Screen: Particle Fever Mon 11 Sep, 5.30pm
Designing Mosquitoes Mon 25 Sep, 10.30am
Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Mon 25 Sep, 5.45pm
Distrusting Science Thu 21 Sep, 6pm
Theatre Dialogue Club: Mosquitoes Thu 28 Sep, 7.15pm

Mosquitoes, a new play by Lucy Kirkwood

Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.

Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.

When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams play the sisters in this new drama from Chimerica writer Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Rufus Norris.

Mosquitoes is sold out for the entire run, with the exception of good availability for the matinee performance on 20 September. It is also still possible to buy seats via day tickets and Friday Rush.

THE MAJORITY a new play by Rob Drummond at the Dorfman Theatre

The Majority

The MajorityFollowing the acclaimed Bullet Catch in The Shed, Rob Drummond returns to the National Theatre in August with a new show about democracy. The Majority charts Rob’s journey as he navigates the Scottish Independence Referendum, Brexit, Trump… and whatever today brings. Each audience member will be given a voting pad in order to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on questions posed throughout the play.  Every night will be different, depending on the majority.

Speaking about the play Rob Drummond said ‘I started work on this play three years ago as a reaction to the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 and it has gone through more drafts than any play I have ever worked on, largely because the world kept changing. The Majority is about ideas. How do we communicate our ideas effectively? How do we best decide what is right? And what happens when 49% of us disagree?’

Throughout The Majority the audience will be faced with a number of challenging dilemmas on narrative, ethics and morality. They will be asked to push a button to either vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ which will ultimately affect the way the performance unfolds.

David Overend (co-director Bullet Catch) director of The Majority said ‘Working on The Majority has made me think more theatrically about politics, and more politically about theatre. While The Majority is, of course, a show about political majorities, it is also about the power and potential of the theatre audience. It asks us to form a collective, but also to be aware of those close to us who may feel differently. It is about the need to argue better, to engage in difficult conversations, and avoid the impulse to lash out. The theatre is offered as a place to play with these relationships and dynamics, and to perform the role of a political community, with all the agency and responsibility that entails.’

The Majority is designed by Jemima Robinson, lighting design by Michael Harpur, music and sound by Scott Twynholm and video associate Mogzi Bromley-Morgans.

Originally co-commissioned with The Arches, Glasgow.

Talks and Events

Thursday 24 August, 9pm

Rob Drummond and David Overend on The Majority

Tickets £5 (£4 concessions) book here

Friday Rush tickets for Mosquitoes at the National Theatre

MOSQUITOES by Lucy Kirkwood is sold out for the entire run in the Dorfman Theatre. This Friday 14 July is the first opportunity to book £20 tickets through Friday Rush for the following weeks performances.

Previews from 18 July, press night 25 July, final performance 28 September.

Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.  Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.  When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens all with chaos.

Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood will have its world premiere in the Dorfman Theatre in July with Rufus Norris directing. The cast is Sofia Barclay, Amanda Boxer, Olivia Colman (Jenny), Cait Davis, Vanessa Emme, Yoli Fuller, Paul Hilton, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Joseph Quinn, and Olivia Williams (Alice).  Designed byKatrina Lindsay, lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Adam Cork, sound design by Paul Arditti and video design by Finn Ross & Ian William Galloway.

CERN films with be projected in the Dorfman foyer every day during the run of the play.

Related talks and events:

Semiconductor – creating scientific art Fri 21 July, 6pm
Lucy Kirkwood and Rufus Norris Thu 7 Sep, 6pm

On Screen: Particle Fever Mon 11 Sep, 5.30pm
Distrusting Science Thurs 21 Sept, 6pm

Designing Mosquitoes Mon 25 Sep, 10.30am
Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Mon 25 Sep, 5.45pm

Fuel announces Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles will Return to the National Theatre in November

Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre

Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre © Marc Brenner

Further to a hugely successful opening at the Dorfman Theatre on June 7th, Kate McGrath at Fuel today has confirmed that Barber Shop Chronicles will return to the National Theatre as part of its autumn season which was announced this morning. Dates will be announced in due course.

Newsroom, political platform, local hot-spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium – for generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world.

This dynamic new play journeys from a barber shop in London, to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

Kate McGrath, Director of Fuel, and Inua Ellams met in 2008, after Kate saw what became Inua’s first theatre show, The 14th Tale, at BAC. Fuel helped Inua develop his debut play and produced it, premiering it at the Edinburgh Festival, winning a Fringe First, touring it in the UK and internationally and presenting it at the National Theatre. Since that first meeting, Fuel has worked closely with Inua, producing Untitled, Knight Watch, Long Song Goodbye, Black T-shirt Collection, The Spalding Suite, and now Barber Shop Chronicles. Fuel is also currently touring Inua’s An Evening with an Immigrant where with poems, stories and extracts from his plays, he tells about his life through the lens of immigration.

Further details, including casting information about the autumn run of Barber Shop Chronicles will be announced in due course.

The production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David and sound design by Gareth Fry.

Full casting announced for the world premiere of Mosquitoes at the National Theatre



Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron particle collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.  Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.  When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens all with chaos.

Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood will have its world premiere in the Dorfman Theatre in July with Rufus Norris directing. The cast is Amanda Boxer, Olivia Colman (Jenny), Cait Davis, Vanessa Emme, Yoli Fuller, Paul Hilton, Joseph Quinn, Sofia Stuart and Olivia Williams (Alice).  Designed by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Adam Cork, sound design by Paul Arditti and video design by Finn Ross & Ian William Galloway.

MOSQUITOES by Lucy Kirkwood                                                                           

Directed by Rufus Norris

Dorfman Theatre

Previews from 18 July, press night 25 July, final performance 28 September.

Related talks and events:

Semiconductor – creating scientific art Fri 21 July, 6pm
Lucy Kirkwood and Rufus Norris Thu 7 Sep, 6pm

On Screen: Particle Fever Mon 11 Sep, 5.30pm
Designing Mosquitoes Mon 25 Sep, 10.30am
Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Mon 25 Sep, 5.45pm

National Theatre Platforms: Nicholas Hytner and Tracy Chevalier

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

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

Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner © Hugo Glendinning

Nicholas Hytner: Balancing Acts

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

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

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

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

Buy tickets £5 (£4 concessions)

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier

Shakespeare Retold with Tracy Chevalier

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

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

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

Buy tickets £5 (£4 concessions)

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

My Country a work in progress

My Country a work in progress

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

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

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

Rufus Norris and Carol Ann Duffy

Rufus Norris and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Country; a work in progress: Performance Calendar

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

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

Sat 22 Apr                  14:00 / 19:30

£24.00 – £10.00 (conc. available)


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