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Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch unveils its autumn season highlights

Love Unspoken - Spare Tyre in association with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has today unveiled its newest additions to its energetic autumn season of produced work, including productions of Love Unspoken with Spare Tyre, Macbeth co-produced with Derby Theatre and Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop.

  • Spare Tyre’s Love Unspoken in association with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch ( 5 Oct) is a visually stunning, dynamic piece exploring love and the journeys it takes. Punctuated by movements of lucidity, the show navigates love stories and poetry through dance, movement, sound and light. The production is directed by Arti Prashar and developed in collaboration with people living with dementia from South Asian communities.
  •  The Queen’s Theatre is bringing back its charming festive adventure, Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop (– 24 Dec), which will be performed in a secret location in the Theatre. Suitable for accompanied 4 – 9 year olds, this engaging and interactive 45 minute show is guaranteed to get children excited for Santa’s visit.
  • In spring 2020, the Queen’s Theatre will be co-producing Shakespeare’s darkest thriller, Macbeth (7 – 29 Feb) with Derby Theatre. Priority tickets will be available to schools at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from Mon 13 May and will go on general sale from October 2019.
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First Look: Rehearsal Images: Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York

RSC Livestreams bring Macbeth to over 200,000 young people

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) production of Macbeth is reaching thousands of young people across the country through its free Live Lesson and Schools’ Broadcast, part of RSC Education’s online education programme.

35,000 young people registered to participate in the 45-minute Live Lesson for Macbeth, which took place on Friday 20 April. Students experienced a unique insight into the creative process and interpretive choices that directors and actors make as they prepare to stage a new production.  Actor, Niamh Cussack, who plays Lady Macbeth, explored some of the approaches to her character’s key speeches, working with the production’s Assistant Director, Peter Bradley.

On Thursday (26 April), Macbeth will be screened directly into schools around the country.  Over 260,000 students are registered to see the production, as part of the Company’s Free Schools’ Broadcasts, and they will get the opportunity to ask members of the cast and creative team questions as part of a live Q&A.

Jacqui O’Hanlon, Director of Education said:

“It’s fantastic that thousands of young people have registered to join us from their classrooms to experience our work in the rehearsal room, and to see our production of Macbeth.

“Rehearsals are traditionally a private space for actors and directors where they can experiment and try out different interpretations before performing their work in front of an audience. By offering this special access, schools across the UK get a unique insight into the process of bringing one of Shakespeare’s most studied plays to life.

“We know the impact that Shakespeare’s work and the theatre-making process can have on the life chances, attitudes and aspirations of young people.  Creating free digital opportunities for UK schools to access our productions and rehearsals means that we can reach more young people than ever before, helping them to experience the extraordinary power of Shakespeare’s language in their school and local community.”

The RSC’s next free Schools’ Broadcast is Erica Whyman’s production of Romeo and Juliet  on 21 November as part of the Free Schools’ Broadcast series.  For more information and registration details see www.rsc.org.uk/education/schools-broadcasts/

RSC Schools’ Broadcasts and Live Lessons are generously supported by Virgin Media as part of its commitment to make good things happen through digital.

Full details and cast and creative team announced for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York

Alex Vlahos
Alex Vlahos

Alex Vlahos

  • Details revealed for unique summer of Shakespeare in the historic city of York that will see four of the Bard’s greatest works performed in Europe’s first pop-up replica Shakespearean theatre.
  • Directors Lindsay Posner, Damian Cruden & Juliet Forster to lead two companies of actors performing Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III.
  • Versailles star Alexander Vlahos to play Romeo opposite The Musketeers’ Alexandra Dowling’s Juliet while Requiem’s Dyfan Dwyfor will play Richard III.
  • Yorkshire’s Richard Standing (Coronation Street, Mamma Mia!) to take the role of Macbeth with York’s Leandra Ashton (Coronation Street, Holby City) as Lady Macbeth, while a gender-swapping A Midsummer Night’s Dream will see Antony Bunsee (RSC, Eastenders) play Titania with Amanda Ryan(Shameless) taking the role of Oberon.
  • Visitors can also enjoy FREE ENTRY to Shakespeare’s Village which will offer the best of Yorkshire’s food and drink curated by television chef Brian Turner, as well as ‘wagon’ entertainment, an Elizabethan-style garden and more.

Today, on the birthday of William Shakespeare, full details have been announced for Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre – SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE – which makes its debut in the historic city of York in June.  Preparations are well underway for a ground-breaking ‘Summer of Shakespeare’.

Situated beside the iconic York landmark of Clifford’s Tower, SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will combine state-of-the-art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber with the historic 13-sided design of a 16th century Shakespearean theatre.  It will house an audience of 950, with 600 seated on three tiered balconies around an open-roofed courtyard and standing room for 350 ‘groundlings’.

Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, across the genres, will be performed in repertory by two companies of actors during the 10-week season, from Monday 25 June until Sunday 2 September 2018:

  • A tragedy – Macbeth
  • A comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • A tragic love story – Romeo and Juliet
  • A history – Richard III

The traditional setting will host new interpretations of these famous works, both challenging and entertaining.  Romeo and Juliet and Richard III will be directed by the award-winning Lindsay Posner, while York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award-winning Artistic Director Damian Cruden will direct Macbeth, and Associate Director Juliet Forster will be putting her stamp on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Making up the York company are Gareth Aled (Lennox/Starveling), Leandra Ashton (Lady Macbeth/Peaseblossom), Antony Bunsee (Siward/Theseus & Titania), Clare Corbett (Witch 3/Puck), Fine Time Fontayne (Duncan/Egeus), Maria Gray (Witch 2/1st Fairy), Paul Hawkyard (Macduff/Bottom), Mark Holgate (Banquo/Demetrius), Emilio Iannucci (Malcolm/Flute), Amy Lennox (Mentieth/Hermia), Rina Mahoney (Lady Macduff/Quince), Olivia Onyehara (Angus/Helena), Jordan Peters (Ross/Lysander), Amanda Ryan (Hecate/Hippolyta & Oberon), Robin Simpson (Witch 1/Snout) and Richard Standing (Macbeth/Snug).

The York company creative team will be led by directors Damian Cruden (Macbeth) and Juliet Forster (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with designer Sara Perks, choreographer Philippa Vafadari, composer Chris Madin, fight director Jonathan Holby, and voice coach Yvonne Morley.

Making up the London company are Emma Darlow (Dorset/Balthazar), Alexandra Dowling (Lady Anne/Juliet), Dyfan Dwyfor (Richard III/Sampson), Gabriel Fleary (Brackenbury/Escalus), David Fleeshman (Stanley/Friar Laurence), Charlyne Francis (Second Murderer/Gregory), Robert Gwilym (Hastings/Capulet), Julie Legrand (Margaret/Nurse), Tom Lorcan (Rivers/Benvolio), Joey Phillips (Lovell/Abram), Shanaya Rafaat (Buckingham/Mercutio), Dale Rapley (Lord Mayor/Lord Montague), Emily Raymond (Queen Elizabeth/Lady Capulet), Edward Sayer (Tyrell/Tybalt), Julia Swift (Duchess of York/Lady Montague), Richard Teverson (Clarence/Paris) and Alexander Vlahos (Catesby/Romeo).

The London company creative team will be led by director Lindsay Posner and associate director Martha Geelan, with choreographer Mike Ashcroft, designer Lee Newby, costume designer Sue Willmington, composer Olly Fox, fight director Kate Waters and voice coach Yvonne Morley.

Casting for SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE is by Ginny Schiller, lighting design by Paul Pyant and sound design by Harry Johnson.

A trial build of the theatre in an off-site location outside York has been completed with work set to begin on the actual structure at the foot of 13th century Clifford’s Tower within York’s ancient city walls at the end of May.

Outside SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will be ‘Shakespeare’s Village’, and exciting plans for this free-to-enter attraction have been revealed.  Yorkshire-born celebrity chef and food ambassador for the Village, Brian Turner (Ready Steady Cook, Saturday Kitchen, A Taste of Britain), is creating a special street food menu with leading Yorkshire street food vendors, showcasing some of the best fare the county has to offer.  In addition there will be locally-made ice cream and a fully licensed bar, all housed in traditional oak-framed and reed-thatched buildings.

Award-winning Yorkshire garden designer Sally Tierney has been engaged to design and create an Elizabethan garden, with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs.  Ms Tierney is the winner of a Silver-Gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s renowned Chelsea Flower Show, as well as ‘Best in Show’ and numerous gold medals at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

The production team are also busy sourcing performers for the Village.  During Elizabethan times, actors would often travel the country performing plays on farm wagons.  Shakespeare’s Village will feature a regular schedule of ‘wagon entertainment’ with sensational speeches, soulful sonnets and medieval music, as well as juggling jesters.

The original Rose Theatre was built in 1587 on the south bank of the River Thames in London. It was a slightly irregular 14-sided structure made of timber, with plaster exterior and a thatched roof, open in the centre to the elements.  The success of The Rose Theatre paved the way for other theatres to be built in the area, including The Swan in 1595, The Globe Theatre in 1599 and The Fortune in 1600.

Originator of the project and CEO of international theatre production company, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall said “More than 400 years ago, the first audiences for Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed an experience that was as intimate as it was exciting, crowded in close to the actors and the action, in a small theatre in the bustling city of London.

“In SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE an experience every bit as exciting, intimate and immersive will be offered to today’s audiences in a dramatic playhouse setting beside the iconic 13th century Clifford’s Tower in the heart of the historic city of York.

“The unique environment of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE connects actors and audience together in ways many people will never have encountered before.  While an interactive experience awaits those closest to the stage in the courtyard, no seat in the theatre will be more than 15m from the action, providing plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments!

Mr Cundall explained “One of our key aims is to offer comprehensive support for school groups, to encourage young people to see these plays, in this space.  As well as special schools performances and prices we have established the Rose Bursary Scheme whereby schools with limited resources can apply for free tickets.  I am delighted to say we have had great take-up from schools across the north of England.

“With dramatic sword-fights, bubbling cauldrons, wayward fairies, passionate love scenes, gruesome murders, grand poetry and no shortage of fake blood, audiences will experience the comic heights and tragic depths of Shakespearean theatre in a memorable setting,” said Mr Cundall.

SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE and Shakespeare’s Village will be created and managed by Yorkshire-based Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.

The title sponsor of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE is Grand Central Rail, an established train operator on the East Coast line linking York to London.  Other sponsors are Fenwick luxury department store; the Grand Hotel and Spa, York’s only five star hotel; the Helmsley Group, a York-based investment company in commercial and residential property; the York Business Improvement District (BID), a business-led partnership that invests in improvements and enhancements to the centre of York and its businesses; Welcome to Yorkshire, the official tourism agency for the county of Yorkshire; and Yorkshire’s daily national newspaper, the Yorkshire Post.

Supporters of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE include City of York Council, Cross Country Trains, English Heritage, First Group, Historic England, Make it York, University of York, York International Shakespeare Festival and York Museums Trust.

Donors to the Rose Bursary Scheme include The Holbeck Charitable Trust Foundation, Stephanie Overton and John Lindeman, Palace Capital and the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.

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Listing Information

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre

Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA

Monday 25 June – Sunday 2 September 2018.

Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth

Tickets from £12.50 (excluding booking/delivery fees)

For full performance schedule and ticket prices please visit www.shakespearesrosetheatre.com

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New casting announced for new National Theatre season

National Theatre
  • Full cast announced for Brian Friel’s Translations including Colin Morgan and Ciarán Hinds, part of the Travelex season with thousands of tickets available at £15
  • Eric Kofi Abrefa and Thalissa Teixeira join Vanessa Kirby in the cast of Julie, part of the Travelex season with thousands of tickets available at £15
  • Sam Mendes directs The Lehman Trilogy, a co-production with Neal Street Productions, cast includes Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale
  • Full cast announced for the award winning An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, transferring to the National Theatre in a co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre
  • The NT will tour to 30 venues in 27 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, for a total of 83 playing weeks over the next year
  • Rufus Norris’ Macbeth to tour to 18 venues across the UK and Ireland from autumn 2018
  • War Horse returns to the National Theatre marking the centenary of Armistice Day

Olivier Theatre

TRANSLATIONS

by Brian Friel

Previews from 22 May, Press night 30 May, on sale until 7 July with further performances to be announced

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 KinlanColin 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 and sound design by Ian Dickinson.

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

Lyttelton Theatre

JULIE

by Polly Stenham

after Strindberg

Previews from 31 May, Press night 7 June, on sale until 4 August with further performances to be announced

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 Thomasin GulgecDak MashavaBeatriz MeirelesMichela Meazza, Ashley Morgan-DaviesYuyu Rau and Petra Söör.

Design by Tom Scutt, with lighting design by Guy Hoare, movement direction by Ann Yee, music by Stuart Earl and sound design by Christopher Shutt.

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

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, on sale until 8 August with further performances to be announced

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, with video design by Luke Halls, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Jon Clark and music and sound design by Nick Powell.

WAR HORSE returns to the National Theatre marking the centenary of Armistice Day

War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, a remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, will return to the National Theatre 11 years after its NT debut for a limited run in November 2018. War Horse at the NT marks the centenary of the Armistice which brought World War I to an end.

War Horse is adapted by Nick Stafford, directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and features ground-breaking puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company which brings living, breathing horses to life on stage.

War Horse returns to the National Theatre with the current UK touring production, in repertoire from 8 November – 5 January 2019.

War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009, running for seven years.  War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands, Belgium and China.

Cast includes Marcus AdolphyAdam BarlowPeter BeckerJoëlle BrabbanLucas ButtonJasper William CartwrightJo CastletonChris CharlesJonathan CharlesSebastian CharlesAnna ChessherNicky Cross,Thomas DennisBob FoxMax GallagherChris GarnerAndrew HodgesLewis HowardWilliam IlkleyBen Ingles,Billy IrvingElan JamesKiran LandaGwilym LloydJack LordStephen LoveToyin Omari-KinchSamuel Parker,Tom QuinnDomonic RamsdenArinder SadhraTom StacyElizabeth Stretton, and Simon Victor.

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.

Tickets will go on sale later in the year.

Dorfman Theatre

AN OCTOROON

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

a co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre

Previews from 7 June, Press night 14 June 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, Vivan Oparah, Alistair Toovey and Kevin Trainor, and with cellist, James Douglas.

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

Productions currently on sale

Olivier Theatre

AMADEUS

by Peter Shaffer

In repertoire until 24 April

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

Michael Longhurst‘s acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer‘s iconic play features live orchestral accompaniment bySouthbank SinfoniaAdam Gillen and Lucian Msamati reprise the roles of Mozart and Salieri. Cast also includes Sarah AmankwahFleur de BrayWendy Dawn ThompsonCarleen EbbsNicholas Gerard-MartinChristopher Godwin,Matthew HargreavesCarla Harrison-HodgeAdelle LeonceMichael LyleAndrew MacbeanAlexandra Mathie,Eamonn MulhallEkow QuarteyHugh SachsMatthew SpencerEveral A Walsh and Peter Willcock.

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

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

MACBETH

by William Shakespeare

Previews from 26 February, Press night 6 March, on sale until 23 June

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris 25 years after his last Shakespeare production.

Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, The cast also includes Nadia AlbinaMichael BalogunStephen BoxerTrevor FoxAndrew FrameKevin HarveyHannah HutchNicholas KarimiJoshua Lacey,Penny Layden, Anna-Maria NabiryeAmaka Okafor, Patrick O’KaneHauk PattisonAlana RamseyBeatrice ScirocchiRakhee Sharma and Parth Thakerar.

Set design by Rae Smith, costume design by Moritz Junge, lighting design by James Farncombe, movement direction byImogen Knight, music by Orlando Gough, sound design by Paul Arditti and fight direction by Kev McCurdy and Jeremy Barlow.

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

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

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.

Lyttelton Theatre

NETWORK

adapted by Lee Hall

based on the Paddy Chayefsky film

In repertoire until 24 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

PINOCCHIO

by Dennis Kelly

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

adapted by Martin Lowe

In repertoire until 10 April

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

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

Cast includes Joe Idris-RobertsAudrey BrissonAnnette McLaughlinMark HadfieldDavid LanghamDavid KirkbrideDawn SievewrightGershwyn Eustache JnrStuart Angell, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Stephanie BronJames CharltonRebecca Jayne-DaviesSarah Kameela ImpeyAnabel Kutay, Michael LinJack North,Clemmie Sveaas, Michael Taibi, Scarlet Wilderink and Jack Wolfe.

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

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

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

Presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.

Sponsored by American Express.

ABSOLUTE HELL

by Rodney Ackland

Previews from 18 April, Press night 25 April, on sale until 16 June

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

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

Cast includes Esh AlladiElizabeth AndrewarthaAshley ByamJonathan CooteRachel Dale, Carole DanceJoanna DavidCharles EdwardsPatricia EnglandKate FleetwoodFrazer HadfieldSimon HepworthLloyd Hutchinson,Jenny GallowayAaron HeffernanMartins ImhangbeStephanie JacobFiz MarcusSinéad MatthewsConnor Mills,Prasanna PuwanarajahAnita ReynoldsJohn SackvilleLiza SadovyJonathan SlingerEileen WalshDanny Webband Jade Yourell.

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

Dorfman Theatre

JOHN

by Annie Baker

In repertoire until 3 March

The week after Thanksgiving. A bed & breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching.

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

Designer Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Peter Mumford and soundby Christopher Shutt.

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

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.

THE GREAT WAVE

a new play by Francis Turnly

a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre

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

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

Cast includes Kae AlexanderChike ChanRosalind ChaoTuyen DoVincent LaiKwong LokeFrances Mayli McCannKirsty RiderLeo Wan and David Yip.

Designed by Tom Piper, with video design by Luke Halls, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, music by David Shrubsole, sound design by Alex Caplen, movement direction by Polly Bennett and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

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

NINE NIGHT

a new play by Natasha Gordon

Previews from 21 April, Press night 30 April playing until 26 May

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

Roy Alexander Weise directs Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night is a touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family.

The cast includes Oliver Alvin-WilsonFranc AshmanRicky FearonMichelle GreenidgeHattie LadburyRebekah Murrell and Cecilia Noble.

Design by Rajha Shakiry, with lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by George Dennis and movement direction by Shelley Maxwell.

Shakespeare for Young Audiences

THE WINTER’S TALE

by William Shakespeare

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

Playing until 28 February

Justin Audibert directs a new production of The Winter’s Tale for primary schools and families, opening in the Dorfman theatre in February 2018 having toured to primary schools across London accompanied by a creative learning programme. This exciting new version of the play, adapted by Justin and the company, is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences, designed by Lucy Sierra with music by Jonathan Girling, sound by Mike Winship, puppets by Sam Wyer and lighting by Paul Knott. The cast includes: Nana Amoo-GottfriedTamara CamachoStephanie Levi-John,Johndeep MoreShazia NichollsAdrian RichardsKenton Thomas and Gabby Wong.

Shakespeare for young audiences is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, The Ernest Cook Trust, Jill and David Leuw, Mulberry Trust, Newcomen Collett Foundation, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, St Olave’s Foundation Fund, and The Topinambour Trust.

NEW VIEWS

Dorfman Theatre

11 – 13 July

The NT’s playwriting programme and competition for 14 – 19 year-olds.  Over 650 students from 74 schools and colleges all over the country are currently writing one act plays with support from professional playwrights. The 2018 winning play will be announced on 4 June and performed by a professional cast in the Dorfman Theatre on 11, 12 and 13 July. Rehearsed readings of shortlisted plays will take place during the week commencing 9 July.

Tickets for performances of the winning play will go on sale on 11 June.

For more information visit www.new-views.tv

New Views is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Old Possum’s Practical Trust, Chapman Charitable Trust, Golsoncott Foundation and The Steel Charitable Trust.

CONNECTIONS

Dorfman Theatre

26 – 30 June

Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

260 youth theatre companies and over 5,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year.10 companies will come to the National Theatre with their productions of plays by Alice Birch, Brad Birch, Chris Bush, In-Sook Chappell, Fiona Doyle, Phoebe Éclair Powell, Natalie Mitchell, Barney Norris, Chino Odimba and Chris Thompson.

Tickets on sale 25 May.

All performances will be captioned.

Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, 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 National Theatre on tour

The NT will tour to 30 venues in 27 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, for a total of 83 playing weeks over the next year

Rufus Norris’ production of MACBETH to tour the UK and Ireland from autumn 2018

Following a sold out run in London the National Theatre will tour Macbeth, Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy, from September 2018. This epic and visually daring production will embark on a 18-venue tour of the UK and Ireland until 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 new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty. 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 (20 – 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, lighting design byJames Farncombe, movement direction by Imogen Knight, music by Orlando Gough, sound design by Paul Arditti and fight direction by Kev McCurdy and Jeremy Barlow. The Associate Director is Liz Stevenson.

On sale from 6 March.

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

HEDDA GABLER

by Henrik Ibsen

in a new version by Patrick Marber

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre earlier this year, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, in a new version by Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove, is now touring the UK and Ireland, currently playing at the Grand Opera House Yorkbefore visiting Milton Keynes and Dublin. Set and lighting design for Hedda Gabler is by Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons. The associate directors are Jeff James and Rachel Lincoln. For remaining tour venues and dates, visit heddagableronstage.com

THIS HOUSE

by James Graham

Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong present the National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production ofThis 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. The tour begins in Leeds at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on 23 February 2018, with a press night on Wednesday 28 February, and then tours to, CambridgeBathEdinburghNottingham,BirminghamSalfordPlymouthNorwichMalvernGuildford and Sheffield for dates, visit the website.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

based on the novel by Mark Haddon

adapted by Simon Stephens

The NT’s Olivier and Tony Award®-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now on an international tour, currently playing to sold-out houses at the Arts Centre Melbourne until 25 February. It will then visit Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou before embarking on a nationwide Australian tour to Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time recently completed a North American tour which took in 30 cities across the USA and a 25-date UK and Ireland tour following five years in the West End.

The play is adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, and directed by Marianne Elliott. The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting design by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. For more information visit http://www.curiousonstage.com/global/

WAR HORSE

based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo

adapted by Nick Stafford

War Horse continues its 19 venue 10th Anniversary UK tour, currently playing at Bradford Alhambra Theatre until 10 March 2018, before visiting Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (14 March – 7 April 2018), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (18 April – 12 May 2018), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (16 May – 9 June 2018), The Lowry, Salford (13 – 30 June 2018), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (4 – 28 July 2018), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (1 – 18 August 2018), Plymouth Theatre Royal (29 August – 15 September 2018), Milton Keynes Theatre (19 September – 6 October 2018), BirminghamHippodrome (10 October – 3 November 2018), National Theatre, London (8 November 2018 – 5 January 2019), GlasgowSEC (15 January 2019 – 2 February 2019), Sunderland Empire (6 February 2019 – 23 February 2019), and returning to the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (27 February 2019 – 16 March 2019) following a sold-out run in September 2017.

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.

In the West End

BEGINNING

a new play by David Eldridge

Ambassadors Theatre, West End
until 24 March

Beginning, ‘the (anti) romance for 21st-century London life’ (Evening Standard), is now playing at the Ambassadors Theatre until Saturday 24 March.

Beginning is a tender and funny look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance. Reprising their highly praised roles as Laura and Danny, Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton are directed by Polly Findlay in this season’s must-see hit by David Eldridge.

Acclaimed by critics and audiences during its sold-out run, Beginning received its world premiere on 12 October 2017 in the NT’s Dorfman Theatre and opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 23 January 2018.

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

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

On Broadway

ANGELS IN AMERICA
A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

by Tony Kushner

The great work returns to Broadway from 23 February 2018Angels in America will open at the Neil Simon Theatre on 25 March. The NT production of Tony Kushner’s epic masterwork, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, returns to Broadway for the first time since its now-legendary original production opened in 1993.

Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane and Academy Award® and Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield, the cast of Angels in America will also feature Susan BrownDenise GoughAmanda Lawrence, James McArdleLee Pace and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Angels in America is directed by Marianne Elliott. Set design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Adrian Sutton, sound design by Ian Dickinson, puppetry design is by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell (also Puppetry Director and Movement), movement direction byRobby Graham, and illusions by Chris FisherAngels in America is produced by NT America, Jujamcyn Theaters andElliott & Harper Productions. For more information visit angelsbroadway.com

National Theatre Live

NT Live currently screens to 60 countries across the globe.

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.

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 to be announced.

Sky Arts is the sponsor of NT Live in the UK

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National Theatre to tour Macbeth

Macbeth

Macbeth

Following its sold-out London run, the National Theatre will tour Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy, Macbeth. This epic and visually daring production will embark on an 18-venue tour of the UK and Ireland and come to Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from 26 February – 2 March 2019.

Sleep no more…The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Directed by NT Artistic Director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, This House) this new production propels Shakespeare’s classic title into a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty.

Rufus Norris in rehearsal

Rufus Norris in rehearsal credit Richard Hubert Smith

Rufus Norris said, “I’m delighted that Macbeth will be touring the UK and Ireland following its run in the Olivier Theatre earlier in the year. We’re really excited by what is coming out of the rehearsal room and it’s particularly rewarding to be able to take this brilliant play to so many towns and cities. We fully intend to give audiences a fresh and dynamic view of this timeless classic.”

Set design by Rae Smith, associate set design by Aaron Marsden, costume design by Moritz Junge, lighting design by James Farncombe, movement direction by Imogen Knight, music by Orlando Gough, sound design by Paul Arditti and fight direction by Kev McCurdy and Jeremy Barlow. The Associate Director is Liz Stevenson.

Casting to be announced.

Macbeth is produced on tour by the NT, creators of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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

Tickets for Macbeth (Tuesday 26 February – Saturday 2 March 2019) are on General Sale Thursday 15 March via Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833

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

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Further performances and casting announced for Macbeth at the National Theatre

Macbeth
Macbeth

Macbeth © Jack Davison

Additional performances for Rufus Norris’ production of Macbeth will go on sale on to the public on 26 January. The production will now play until 23 June, with all performances currently on sale sold out.

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris 25 years after his last Shakespeare production.

The cast includes Rory Kinnear (Macbeth), Anne-Marie Duff (Lady Macbeth), Stephen Boxer (Duncan), Kevin Harvey(Banquo), Rakhee Sharma (Fleance), Patrick O’Kane (Macduff), Amaka Okafor (Lady Macduff), Penny Layden (Ross),Trevor Fox (Porter), Parth Thakerar (Malcolm), Beatrice Scirocchi (Witch), Anna-Maria Nabirye (Witch), Hannah Hutch(Witch), Nadia Albina (Gentlewoman), Joshua Lacey (Murderer), Andrew Frame (Siward), Nicholas Karimi (Lennox),Alana Ramsey (Murderer) and Michael Balogun (Doctor).

Set design by Rae Smith, costume design by Moritz Junge, lighting design by James Farncombe and sound design byPaul Arditti.

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

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

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.

Every Friday at 1pm an allocation of £20 tickets 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.

Full Casting announced for Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth

RSC

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Polly Findlay directs this contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller which runs in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 13 March until 18 September. Her production of David Eldridge’s play Beginning transfers from the National Theatre into the West End at the Ambassadors theatre from 15 January – 24 March 2018.

Joining Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are David Acton (Duncan);Afolabi Alli (Company); Donna Banya (Donalbain/Gentlewoman); Stevie Basaula (Bloody Captain/2nd Murderer);Edward Bennett (Macduff); Katy Brittain (Doctor); Raif Clarke (Boy); Paul Dodds (Chamberlain 1); Josh Finan(Company); Bally Gill (Ross); Mariam Haque (Lady MacDuff); Michael Hodgson (Porter); John Macaulay(Chamberlain/Lord); Luke Newberry (Malcolm); Tom Padley (1st Murderer); Tim Samuels (Lennox) and Raphael Sowole (Banquo).

The production is designed by Fly Davis with lighting by Lizzie Powell and music by Rupert Cross. Sound is by Christopher Shutt and movement is by Aline David with fights by Kate Waters and Illusions by Chris Fisher.

MACBETH
By William Shakespeare

Directed by Polly Findlay

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
13 March – 18 September 2018

Press night: Tuesday 20 March, 7pm

Broadcast live to cinemas on 11 April.
Followed by encore screenings and international screenings from the 4 May.

Tickets: 01789 403493 or www.rsc.org.uk

 

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

Macbeth

Macbeth

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

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

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

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

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

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