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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time schools tour to visit 60 secondary schools across the UK

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

A specially staged production of the National Theatre’s award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will begin a 12-week tour to 60 schools across the UK in September 2018.

The production will visit five selected secondary schools each week across London and the UK, touring to the National Theatre’s six Theatre Nation partner areas: Outer East London in partnership with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch; Wakefield, in partnership with the Theatre Royal; Doncaster, in partnership with Cast; Sunderland in partnership with Sunderland Empire and Sunderland Culture; Wolverhampton, in partnership with the Grand Theatre; and the Greater Manchester area in partnership with The Lowry, Salford.

The schools tour is a 90-minute version of the play performed in the round and will be followed by a Q&A session for students with the company. The tour is accompanied by a learning programme which includes professional development for teachers led by the NT and Curious Incident movement directors Frantic Assembly, as well as curriculum-based resources and workshops.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®‑winning director Marianne Elliott. The novel has won more than 17 literary awards and is widely studied in schools. Simon Stephens’ adaptation is a set text for GCSE English Literature.

The play tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old.  He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington.  He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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

Alice King-Farlow, Director of Learning at the National Theatre said, “At the National Theatre we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to experience and participate in drama no matter where they are in the UK. We’re delighted to be touring this award-winning play to schools, and via our Theatre Nation Partnerships, we hope that bringing Simon Stephen’s brilliant Curious Incident to young audiences across the country will help to spark imaginations and encourage participation in theatre”.

The production is designed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Bunny Christie and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable. Movement is by Scott Graham and Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton (who also composed music for War Horse) and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.  The Associate Director is Anna Marsland. Casting to be announced.

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

Schools Touring is supported by: The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, Jill and David Leuw, Mulberry Trust and The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Applications open for National Theatre Young Technicians 2018

Applications are now open for National Theatre Young Technicians, a free programme offering an exciting opportunity for young people to develop their skills and learn about a variety of backstage and off-stage roles from top industry professionals.

The programme is open to 14-18-year-olds and participants will have the opportunity to take part in technical theatre workshops from a range of departments including lighting, sound, video and automation.

The programme will run for 10 Wednesday evening sessions between October and December 2018 and will introduce the group to the basics of technical theatre including lighting, sound and video. All participants will then be given the option to continue into term two (January–March) where they can develop their skills further. In the Easter and Summer holidays, participants will then have the opportunity to shadow NT professionals and provide technical support to the National Theatre youth programme.

A participant from last year’s programme said: “This programme is the most interesting and exciting thing I have ever taken part in.  I have learned so much, met so many amazing people, and made friends for life.  Everyone who helped out was so friendly and helpful, and every week was different and there was always so much to look forward to.”

Applications are open until 7 September 2018. To apply, visit the NT website: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/content/young-technicians-2018

The National Theatre is an equal opportunities organisation, committed to diversity.  We actively encourage applications from young BAME candidates and young women as we recognise these groups are currently under-represented in the field of technical theatre.

Workshop Dates:

Wednesday evenings 5-8pm

Term 1:

3, 10, 17, 31 October
7, 4, 14, 21, 28 November
5, 12 December

Term 2:

16, 23, 30 January
6, 20, 27 February
6, 13, 20, 27 March

The Jungle Holds Performance in Recognition of World Refugee Day

Nahel Tzegai Helene and Sara Mokonen Rahel in The Jungle West End. C
Nahel Tzegai Helene and Sara Mokonen Rahel in The Jungle West End. C

Nahel Tzegai Helene and Sara Mokonen Rahel in The Jungle West End. Credit Marc Brenner

The Jungle, currently in previews at the Playhouse Theatre, will today recognise World Refugee Day with all tickets to the evening performance offered to refugee charities, arts partners and guests from the cultural sphere. 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. A National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre, The Jungle is written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson and directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin. It transfers to the West End, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold following a sell-out run at the Young Vic in December 2017.

Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and celebrates its 20th anniversary between 18 and 24 June 2018. For two decades, the festival has brought together people of all backgrounds to celebrate the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and the welcome offered to them by British communities.  For this year’s World Refuge Week people are invited to celebrate Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary by doing one of 20 Simple Acts, which are simple actions everyone can do to stand with refugees and bring people together in their communities.   Thousands of people are expected to join Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary celebrations at hundreds of arts, cultural and educational activities across the UK.

The first footage was today released of the newly revamped Playhouse Theatre, where the traditional proscenium theatre has undergone an unprecedented transformation, unlike anything seen in a West End venue before. The stalls have been reconfigured to house Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed set design as seen at the Young Vic, where audiences are invited to sit at the benches and tables of the Afghan café in the Calais camp. The Playhouse Theatre also offers the new experience of watching from the Dress Circle, which has been renamed “Cliffs of Dover”. Whilst the circle will retain its traditional theatre seating, the unique and intimate experience is unlike anything regular Playhouse Theatre attenders have had before, with views over the dramatically transformed performance space below, which extends beyond the proscenium arch and over the stalls, enhanced by accompanying video screens, relaying close-up ‘live news broadcast’ style footage of some of the action. The in-the-round transformation reduces the capacity of the theatre to under 450 seats. Top price tickets are directly enabling 40% 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. Bucket collections and donation stations are available at every single performance of the show.

This is the place where people suffered and dreamed.  Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. 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.

Official charity partner, Help Refugees, which was established alongside the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais Jungle in 2015, and is now the leading UK NGO in a new movement of International humanitarian aid, is supported by the production.

The company is made up of actors from around the world, cast are from Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, England, Zimbabwe, Syria, Armenia, Congo, Wales, Scotland, The Gambia, Morocco, Lebanon and Germany.

Following its West End run at the Playhouse Theatre, The Jungle will have its American Premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, beginning December 4, 2018.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold present A National Theatre and Young Vic Co-Production with Good Chance Theatre.

LISTINGS

Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold

in association with Elizabeth Dewberry & Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Paula Marie Black, Michael Desantis, Tulchin Bartner Productions, 1001 Nights Productions, Rupert Gavin, Brenda Leff, Stephanie P. Mcclelland, Richard Winkler, Jane Cee & Glenn Redbord present

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

THE JUNGLE
by Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson
Directed by Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin
Set Miriam Buether
Costumes Catherine Kodicek
Lighting Jon Clark
Sound Paul Arditti

Musical Direction / Composition John Pfumojena
Video Duncan McLean and Tristan Shepard
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Executive Producer David Lan

The Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE

First performance: Saturday 16 June
Final performance: Saturday 3 November
Opening Night: Thursday 5 July

Monday to Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees, 2.30pm

Box office: 0844 871 7631 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge

Groups Bookings: 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971
www.thejungleplay.co.uk

Prices from £15

Twitter: @TheJungleLDN
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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).

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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.

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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

National Theatre announces Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane to perform in world premiere by Martin Crimp

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

A new play by Martin Crimp (Attempts on Her Life, In the Republic of Happiness). Directed by Katie Mitchell (Waves, Cleansed) with a cast including Cate Blanchettwho makes her National Theatre debut alongside Stephen Dillane returning to the National Theatre for the first time since The Coast of Utopia in 2002.

Martin Crimp’s play breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire, and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play.

Using Richardson’s novel as a provocation, five characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.

“Go on then: lock the doors and see what happens. Show me how much power you really have.”

Stephen Dillane

Stephen Dillane

Katie Mitchell returns to the National Theatre following a sold out production of Cleansed in 2016, Katie said: “It’s great to be working with Martin again on this powerful new text and to continue my special collaboration with Stephen Dillane. At the same time I’m delighted to welcome Cate Blanchett to the National, and look forward to developing a new working relationship with this extraordinary actor.”

More information will be announced in autumn 2018 when tickets will go on sale.

Cate Blanchett is a two-time Academy Award winner (The AviatorBlue Jasmine), Blanchett’s first major stage role was in 1992 in David Mamet’s Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company, where she later served as Co-Artistic Director. Numerous stage appearances in London and New York include Plenty (1999), Hedda Gabler (2006), A Streetcar Named Desire (2009), Gross und Klein (2012), Uncle Vanya (2012)The Maids (2014) and The Present (2017), for which she received her first Tony Award nomination. Her film roles include CarolTruth,CinderellaThe Monuments MenBlue JasmineOcean’s 8, Where’d You Go Bernadette, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyHannaRobin HoodThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullI’m Not ThereElizabeth: The Golden AgeThe Good GermanNotes on a ScandalBabelLittle FishThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouThe Aviator,Coffee and CigarettesThe MissingThe Lord of the Rings trilogy, Veronica GuerinHeavenThe Shipping NewsCharlotte GrayBanditsThe GiftThe Talented Mr RipleyPushing TinElizabethOscar and Lucinda.Theatre awards: Four Helpmann Awards for Best Female Actor in a Play (The MaidsGross und KleinUncle VanyaHedda Gabler), two Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Actress in a Lead Role (Gross und KleinA Streetcar Named Desire), two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production (Uncle VanyaA Streetcar Named Desire). Film awards: Three Best Actress BAFTAs (Blue JasmineElizabethThe Aviator), three AFI Awards (Little Fish,Thank God He Met LizzieOscar and Lucinda), three SAG Awards (Blue JasmineThe AviatorThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), three Golden Globe Awards (Blue JasmineElizabethI’m Not There), and the Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for Best Actress (I’m Not There).

Stephen Dillane has worked with Katie Mitchell in London on Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’, Anton Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’, DH Lawrence’s ‘The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd’ and ‘Four Quartets’ by TS Eliot. He’s worked in American theatre on Tom Stoppard’s ‘The Real Thing’, which started at the Donmar Warehouse and on a one-man version of ‘Macbeth’ directed by Travis Preston which also played in London and Australia. His most recent work in London was in Brian Friel’s ‘Faith Healer’ and Samuel Beckett’s ‘How It Is’( also in Ireland). Also a collaboration on two films by artist Tacita Dean. He has won awards for theatre and TV work including for ‘The Tunnel’, ‘The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall’ and ‘Kings in Grass Castles’. He was in ‘Game of Thrones’ for three seasons as Stannis Baratheon. His films include ‘Welcome to Sarajevo’‘The Hours’ and, most recently, ‘The Darkest Hour’ and ‘Outlaw King’ which is released in November 2018.

Natio​nal Theatre’s Public Acts initiative launches with Shakespeare’s Pericles in the Olivier Theatre

Members of the Pericles company
Members of the Pericles company

Members of the Pericles company joined by NT Artistic Director Rufus Norris and the Pericles creative team © James Bellorini

A company of over 200 people 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 National Theatre’s Olivier stage from 26 – 28 August 2018.

Pericles launches Public Acts, the National Theatre’s 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 community partners are Bromley by Bow Centre, Body & Soul, Coram, DABD, Havering Asian Social Welfare Association (HASWA), Open Age, Thames Reach and The Faith & Belief Forum.

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.

The cast includes Ashley Zhangazha, Audrey Brisson, Ayesha Dharker, Garry Robson, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, performers recruited through our community partners and seven cameo performance groups who represent the cultural diversity of London: Ascension Eagles, Faithworks Gospel Choir, London Bulgarian Choir, Manifest Nation, The Archetype Dance Team, The Bhavan and The Youthsayers.

The NT has commissioned Chris Bush, a writer with extensive experience working with large community companies, to adapt Shakespeare’s Pericles which will be directed by NT Resident Director Emily Lim. Music for the production is by James Fortune. The production is designed by Fly Davis and choreographed by Robby Graham.  Lighting design is by Paule Constable, sound design by Paul Arditti and Tarek Merchant is Music Director.

Emily Lim said, “Public Acts is founded on the belief that theatre can be a force for change, bringing communities together to experience the power of collective purpose and imagination. We are so excited to be celebrating our first year of community partnerships this Summer with Pericles, our first Public Acts production, under the National Theatre’s Artistic Director Rufus Norris.”  

Public Acts is inspired by Public Works, the Public Theater’s ground-breaking programme in New York and by the visionary participatory work of other theatres across the UK over the past decades.

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.

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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