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National Theatre News – Casting Update for PETER PAN, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic

Sophie Thompson has had to withdraw from the cast of Peter Pan, the National Theatre’s Christmas show, due to a broken wristAnna Francolini, last seen at the NT in wonder.land, will take over the role of Captain Hook/ Mrs Darling. The NT is delighted that Anna was available to step into the role, and wishes Sophie a speedy recovery.

All children, except one, grow up… 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan © Sam Robinson

When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe.

Director Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the National Theatre after a sell-out, critically acclaimed run at Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Peter Pan will open in the Olivier Theatre on Wednesday 16 November, with press night on Wednesday 23 NovemberAnna Francolini will play Captain Hook and Mrs Darling, reinstating the double casting intended by J M Barrie for his original production.

The cast also includes Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Lois Chimimba, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Jessica Temple, Dan Wheeler and Madeleine Worrall.

Directed by Sally Cookson, with dramaturgy by Mike Akers, set design by Michael Vale, costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound design by Dominic Bilkey, movement by Dan Canham, aerial direction by Gwen Hales, fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd, and puppet direction and design by Toby Olié.

Suitable for children aged 7+. Half-price tickets for under-18s.

Press night: Wednesday 23 November, 7pm

A relaxed performance of Peter Pan will take place on Saturday 21 January at 2pm.

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A new season of work in the Dorfman Theatre

Brussels-based BRONKS, one of Belgium’s leading theatres for young audiences bring their acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit Us/Them to the Dorfman Theatre from 16 January 2017 (press night 20 January).  In September 2004, during a hostage drama at a school in Beslan, the greatest of evils (terrorists) chose the greatest good (a group of children) as their victim. Us/Them is not a straightforward account of this terrible drama, but is about the entirely individual way children cope with extreme situations. Us/Themruns until 18 February and is suitable for those aged 12+.  BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Big in Belgium and Summerhall.

Us/Them

Us/Them

Project Arts Centre presents Dublin Oldschool, a new play by Emmet Kirwan from 24 – 31 January. Join wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin, stumbling from one misguided misadventure to another.  Somewhere between the DJs, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past; his brother Daniel.  They haven’t spoken in years but, over a lost weekend, they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips and their city.  A razor sharp spoken word odyssey, Dublin Oldschool snaps and crackles, with high octane performances by Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson and is directed by Phillip McMahon. It is presented with Project Arts Centre in association with Soho Theatre and supported by Culture Ireland.

Improbable and the National Theatre present: Lost Without Words, a theatrical experiment in the Dorfman Theatre from 4 – 18 March. Improbable have been improvising on stage all their lives then one day they had a fantasy: What would happen if they took older actors in their 70s and 80s, actors who had spent their lives on stage bringing life to a writer’s words – what would happen if we put those actors on stage without a script? What scenes would they create? What stories would unfold? What might they tell us about what awaits us all at the other end of life? The cast includes Georgine Anderson, Caroline Blakiston, Anna Calder-Marshall, Lynn Farleigh, Charles Kay and Tim Preece.  Lost without Words is Directed by Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson with lighting by Colin Grenfell and music by Steven Edis.  Lost Without Words is a co-production with Improbable.

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management

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On stage “House of Commons – style” seating for James Graham’s This House released today

Take your place in the House of Commons as extra on stage seating have now just been released for James Graham’s This House.

This House by James Graham at Chichester Festival Theatre.

This House by James Graham at Chichester Festival Theatre. Credit: Johan Persson. Click on the image to book your tickets now.

In keeping with the original design for the National Theatre, designer Rae Smith has reworked the Garrick Theatre to allow for on stage seating on “House of Commons-style” green benches. Get closer to the action in director Jeremy Herrin’s production which captures the theatricality and mayhem of British politics. The on stage seats are priced from £10.

James Graham said “The way Jeremy Herrin and designer Rae Smith have managed to replicate the chaos and atmosphere of the Commons in This House is thrilling to me. And for some lucky audience members to get up and close to the action, right there on the green benches, is I hope an even more exciting way to experience this show.”

James Graham’s critically acclaimed political drama This House will transfer to the Garrick Theatre, following its run at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. Having originally played two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, This House opens for previews on 19 November, with a press night on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

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Phil Daniels, Kevin Doyle, David Hounslow, Ed Hughes, Lauren O’Neil, Nathaniel Parker, Steffan Rhodri, Malcolm Sinclair and Sarah Woodward lead the cast which also includes Robert Gilbert, Christopher Godwin, Peter Landi, Matthew Pigeon, Giles Taylor, Tony Turner and Orlando Wells.

It’s 1974. And Westminster is about to go to war with itself. Set in the engine rooms of the House of Commons, James Graham’s This House dives deep into the secret world of the Whips who roll up their sleeves and go to often farcical lengths to influence an unruly chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

In an era of chaos, both hilarious and shocking, fist fights break out in the parliamentary bars, high- stake tricks and games are played, while sick or dying MPs are carried through the lobby to register their crucial votes as the government hangs by a thread.

Produced by Nica Burns, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions and Headlong in association with Jonathan Church Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and TC Beech Ltd.

9 November, with a press night on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

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Rufus Norris announces new work for the National Theatre in 2017 

Rufus Norris
Rufus Norris

Rufus Norris

New work by Inua Ellams, Yaёl Farber, DC Moore, Lindsey Ferrentino and Nina Raine is announced today by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Four world premieres and two European premieres are further announced as forthcoming productions for the National Theatre in 2017.

Acclaimed writer and director Yaёl Farber returns to the National with the European premiere of Salomé and co-productions with Headlong, Fuel, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Out of Joint and Improbable are among the collaborations with theatre companies from across the UK.

Leading actors will include Imelda Staunton, Olivia Colman, Philip Quast, Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Russell Tovey, James McArdle, Susan Brown, Janie Dee, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Daniel Rigby, Tamara Lawrence, Doon Mackichan, Daniel Ezra and Olwen Fouere.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time continues its West End run at the Gielgud Theatre and begins a second major tour of the UK and Ireland from January 2017. Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre, a co-production between the NT and Bristol Old Vic, begins a tour of the UK in April 2017 and War Horse begins its second major tour of the UK on 15 September 2017.

NT Live announcements include Amadeus, with Lucian Msamati, broadcast live from the NT on 2 February 2017Saint Joan, with Gemma Arterton, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse on 16 February 2017 and Hedda Gabler, with Ruth Wilson, broadcast live from the NT on 9 March 2017.

Olivier Theatre 

Follies, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman, comes to the NT for the first time in 2017. NT Associate Director Dominic Cooke directs a cast including Imelda Staunton as Sally Durant Plummer, Janie Dee as Phyllis Rogers Stone and Philip Quast as Benjamin Stone. Director Dominic Cooke; Choreographer  Bill Deamer; Music Supervisor  Nicholas Skilbeck; Music Director Nigel Lilley; Lighting Designer Paule Constable; Sound Designer Paul Groothuis and Associate Choreographer Kylie Cruikshanks.

There are few stories that have more of a vexed relationship to the western canon than that of Salomé. This radical revision of the biblical tale, in which a figure buried by history gains her voice, marks Yaёl Farber’s return to the Olivier following her acclaimed production of Les Blancs in 2016. The world premiere of Salomé was produced by Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington DC, the NT production marks its European premiere and will be on stage in May 2017. This new production is part of the 2017 Travelex £15 ticket season. Cast includes Olwen Fouere. Director Yaёl Farber; Designer Susan Hilferty; Lighting Designer Tim Lutkin; Music and Sound Adam Cork; Movement Director Ami Shulman and Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg.

Common, a world premiere by DC Moore, will be directed by Jeremy Herrin in the Olivier Theatre. Set in the early days of the Industrial Revolution, the common land of England is under threat. An epic new history play co-produced with Headlong, this new production is part of the 2017 Travelex £15 ticket season.

As previously announced, Tamsin Greig will return to the National to play ‘Malvolia’ in Twelfth Night, opening in the Olivier in February 2017: the first of two Shakespearean productions being directed by Simon Godwin, who will later direct Ralph Fiennes in Antony and Cleopatra in 2018. Further casting for Twelfth Night includes Daniel Rigby as Aguecheek, Tamara Lawrence as Viola, Doon Mackichan as Feste and Daniel Ezra as Sebastian. Director Simon Godwin; Designer Soutra Gilmour; Lighting Designer James Farncombe; Movement Director Shelley Maxwell; Music Michael Bruce; Sound Designer Christopher Shutt and Fight Director Kev McCurdy.

Lyttelton Theatre

Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino makes its European premiere at the NT in March 2017.  An American soldier is injured on tour in Afghanistan and returns to her family home. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a new world to escape her pain. Lindsey Ferrentino won the National Arts Club’s 2016 Kesselring Prize for Ugly Lies the Bone. Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Set Designer  Es Devlin; Video Designer Luke Halls; Costume Designer Johanna Coe; Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick; Music and Sound Ben & Max Ringham; Fight Directors, Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd.

In May 2017, Marianne Elliott will direct Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, with Andrew Garfield returning to the National as Prior Walter. The company also includes Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey. Millennium Approaches, the first of the two plays which form Angels in America, received its British premiere at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre in 1992, and was joined by Perestroika in a double-bill the following year. Director Marianne Elliott; Set  Designer Ian MacNeil; Costume Designer Nicky Gillibrand; Lighting Designer Paule Constable; Movement Director Robby GrahamPuppets and movement Finn Caldwell; Music Adrian Sutton; Sound Designer Ian Dickinson and Illusions Chris Fisher.

Dorfman Theatre

My Country; A Work in Progress – In the days after the European Referendum in June 2016, the National Theatre began a national listening project. From Londonderry to Leicester and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow, the National Theatre has created a verbatim archive of conversations from across the UK. Rufus Norris will collaborate with Carol Ann Duffy as he directs a performance based on the first round of material.

Consent by Nina Raine will receive its world premiere in a co-production with Out of Joint in the Dorfman Theatre in April 2017. The play explores questions of law, justice and forgiveness. Directed by Roger Michell.

Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood will have its world premiere in the Dorfman Theatre in July 2017. Rufus Norris will direct this new play about families and particle physics, with a cast that includes Olivia Colman. Mosquitoes is presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club, which commissioned the play with funds provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Designer Katrina Lindsay; Lighting Designer Paule Constable; Music Adam Cork and Sound Designer Paul Arditti. A recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.

Improbable and the National Theatre present: Lost Without Words, a theatrical experiment in the Dorfman Theatre in March 2017. Improbable have been improvising on stage all their lives then one day they had a mischievous fantasy: What would happen if they took older actors in their seventies and eighties, actors who had spent their lives on stage bringing life to a writer’s words, actors who now they are old appear in our theatres less and less – what would happen if we put those actors on stage without a script? What scenes would they create? What stories would unfold? What might they tell us about what awaits us all at the other end of life? Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson will direct with Colin Grenfell as Lighting Designer and music by Steve Edis. Lost Without Words is a co-production with Improbable.

Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles will have its world premiere at the National Theatre in June 2017, before moving to West Yorkshire Playhouse in July. This new play unfolds in a succession of barber shops across Africa and the UK. The play is directed by Bijan Sheibani and is a co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Director Bijan Sheibani; Designer Rae Smith.

On stage in the Dorfman Theatre in January 2017, Project Arts Centre presents Dublin Oldschool, a new play by Emmet Kirwan. A play about brothers, Dublin and dance music, Dublin Oldschool snaps, crackles, raps and rhymes, with high octane performances by Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson, directed by Phillip McMahon. Project Arts Centre in association with Soho Theatre, supported by Culture Ireland.

Brussels-based BRONKS is one of Belgium’s leading theatres for young audiences and in January 2017, following its acclaimed and sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, BRONKS brings Us/Them to the NT. During a hostage drama at a school in Beslan terrorists chose a group of children as their victims. Us/Them is not a straightforward account, it is about the individual way that children cope with extreme situations. With humour and a matter-of-fact approach, it contrasts the views of children with those of adults. On stage in the Dorfman from 16 January – 18 February 2017. BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Big in Belgium and Summerhall.

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.

National Theatre throughout the UK, in the West End and internationally 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book and directed by Marianne Elliott enters its fifth year in London, continuing its run at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.  Joseph Ayre leads the West End cast as Christopher Boone, with tickets currently on sale until 22 April 2017.  Its official card partner is American Express.

A North American tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time began at Rochester’s Auditorium Theater in September 2016, and will go on to play more than 30 cities, including Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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

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

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris begins its second major tour of the UK on 15 September 2017 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, where it will run until 14 October 2017.   It continues to the Bristol Hippodrome (18 October – 11 November 2017), the Empire Theatre, Liverpool (15 November – 2 December 2017), New Theatre, Oxford (13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018), Brighton Centre (25 January – 10 February 2018), Bradford Alhambra Theatre  (14 February – 10 March 2018), the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (14 March – 7 April 2018) and the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (18 April – 12 May 2018), The Lowry, Salford (11-30 June 2018), the Milton Keynes Theatre (17 September-6 October 2018) and Plymouth Theatre Royal (29 August to 15 September 2018).   Further dates and venues will be announced.  www.warhorseonstage.com

The National Theatre’s Learning Programme goes from strength to strength in 2017, and one year on from the launch of On Demand in Schools, 2,200 schools are now signed up to the free service, with two-thirds of schools located outside of London and the South East. This includes schools in Derby, Dumfries, Derry, Morecambe, Machynlleth, Truro, Antrim, Ullswater, Poole, Cirencester and Northampton, alongside many more, representing a third of all state secondary schools in the UK.  The plays are supported by curriculum-linked learning resources to help teachers incorporate the productions into their teaching practice.

Schools can now watch recordings of six National Theatre productions in their classroom: Frankenstein, Hamlet, Othello, She Stoops to Conquer, The Comedy of Errors and the NT’s first title aimed at primary schools, Treasure Island. National Theatre On Demand In Schools is supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. Productions for primary schools are supported by Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

From February 2017, the NT will stage two contemporary re-tellings of Shakespeare for younger audiences. Romeo and Juliet, in a version by Ben Power for primary school audiences aged 8 – 11 years, is a remount of the successful 2013 production, directed by Bijan Sheibani, and accompanied by a creative learning programme.  Macbeth will be adapted and directed by Justin Audibert for secondary school audiences aged 13 – 16 years. Both productions will tour to state schools across London and play in the Dorfman. Cast includes Tripti Tripuraneni, Nana Amoo-Gottfried, Jay Saighal, Madeleine Appiah, Ronak Pattani, Kayla Meikle and Ashley Gurlach.

Romeo and Juliet will also play at Stratford Circus as part of the London Borough of Newham’s Every Child a Theatregoer programme. Macbeth will tour to schools in Thurrock as part of the Royal Opera House’s Thurrock Trailblazers scheme. The productions are expected to be seen by over 12,000 young people across the tour. Booking for schools is now open via the website. Schools touring is supported by The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, The Ernest Cook Trust, Jill and David Leuw.

270 schools and youth theatre companies across the country have signed up in 2017 for Connections, the NT’s long standing youth theatre initiative. Each company will produce one of 10 newly commissioned plays and take their production to one of 28 major producing theatres partnering with the NT.

The plays are FOMO by Suhayla El-Bushra, Extremism by Anders Lustgarten, Musical Differences by Robin French, Status Update by Tim Etchells, The School Film by Patrick Marber, The Monstrum by Kellie Smith, The Snow Dragons by Lizzie Nunnery, Three by Harriet Braun, #YOLO by Matthew Bulgo, Zero For The Young Dudes! by Alistair McDowall. NT Connections is supported by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms, and supporters of the Connections Appeal.

The National Theatre’s New Work Department has announced Anupama Chandrasekar as Writer in Residence, succeeding Suhayla El-Bushra. Anupama took up the position in September 2016 and is the NT’s first international writer in residence, she joins the organisation from Chennai, India. The Writer in Residence programme is supported by Lookout Point.

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s ground-breaking initiative to bring theatre to cinemas. Recently celebrating our 50th broadcast, National Theatre Live has given 6 million people worldwide the chance to see quality theatre. The current season features productions from partner theatres and the National Theatre itself:

  • 15 December sees NT Live broadcast the acclaimed No Man’s Land live from the stage of the Wyndham’s Theatre, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in Harold Pinter’s classic play, produced by Playful Productions.
  • On 2 February 2017 Lucian Msamati takes on the role of Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, featuring live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia, broadcast direct from the NT.
  • Josie Rourke directs Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc in Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse on 16 February 2017.
  • Ruth Wilson plays the titular role in a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, directed by Ivo van Hove, broadcast live from the NT on 9 March 2017.

NT Live broadcasts in 2017 will also include Twelfth Night, Salomé and Angels in America with dates to be announced soon.

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SPONSORS 

Travelex £15 Tickets sponsored by 

Amadeus is generously supported by the Amadeus Production Syndicate

Hedda Gabler is generously supported by the Williams Charitable Trust

The National Theatre is working in partnership with American Express 

NT Future is supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

The National Theatre’s Partner for Connectivity is Cisco 

The National Theatre’s Outdoor Media Partner is Clear Channel 

The National Theatre’s Workshops Partner is Flints Theatrical Chandlers 

The National Theatre’s International Hotel Partner is Intercontinental Hotels Group

New writing at the National Theatre is supported by ITV plc

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management 

The National Theatre’s Pouring Partner is Nyetimber 

The National Theatre’s partner for Lighting and Energy is Philips 

The official hotel partner of the National Theatre is Edwardian Hotels London

The National Theatre wishes to acknowledge its partner National Angels Limited 

The National Theatre is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Previews begin in the Lyttelton for The Red Barn on 6 October, Amadeus starts previewing in the Olivier from 19 October

The highly acclaimed Young Chekhov trilogy PlatonovIvanovand The Seagull finishes its run in the Olivier Theatre on Saturday 8 November.

Directed by Jonathan Kent, with set designs by Tom Pye, costumes by Emma Ryott, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Jonathan Dove, sound by Paul Groothuis and fight direction by Paul Benzing. Performed by one ensemble of actors, each play can be seen as a single performance over different days or as a thrilling all-day theatrical experience. Cast is Nicole Agada, Emma Amos, Cara Balling, Pip Carter, Anna Chancellor, Jonathan Coy, Mark Donald, Peter Egan, Col Farrell, Debra Gillett, Joshua James, Beverley Klein, Adrian Lukis, Des McAleer, James McArdle, Mark Penfold, Nina Sosanya, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Sarah Twomey, David Verrey, Olivia Vinall and Jade Williams.

Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars has its final four performances from 20 October. Co-directed by Howard Davies and Jeremy Herrin, designed by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by James Farncombe, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Paul Groothuis and fight direction by Kate Waters, The cast includes Adam Best, Kieran Gough, Lloyd Hutchinson, Grainne Keenan, Stephen Kennedy, Lucia McAnespie, Justine Mitchell, Roisin O’Neill, Judith Roddy, Eoin Slattery, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Josie Walker and Fionn Walton.

The Red Barn a new play by David Hare, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 6 October (press night 17 October).

David Hare has taken this novel and forged from it a startling new play that unfolds in Connecticut in 1969. On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely.

Directed by Robert Icke, with designs by Bunny Christie, lighting by Paule Constable, Video design by Tim Reid and sound by Tom Gibbons. The cast is Hope Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Elwyn, Stuart Milligan, Anna Skellern, Mark Strong, Oliver Wilson, Nigel Whitmey and Jade Yourell.

The Red Barn plays in the Lyttelton Theatre from Thursday 6 October until 17 January and is produced in association with Scott Rudin.

Amadeus begins previews in the Olivier Theatre from 19 October. Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. In this new production, directed by Michael Longhurst, Lucian Msamati plays Salieri, Adam Gillen plays Mozart, and Karla Crome plays Constanze.  The cast also includes Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Tom Edden, Matthew Hargreaves, Andrew Macbean, Alexandra Mathie, Eamonn Mulhall, Robyn Allegra Parton, Hugh Sachs, Eleanor Sutton, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Peter Willcock with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Amadeus is designed by Chloe Lamford, with music direction and additional music by Simon Slater, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.

Amadeus is a Travelex production with hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance.

Amadeus will be broadcast by NT Live from the Olivier on Thursday 2 February.

 

Rafe Spall joins the cast of “Hedda Gabler” alongside Kyle Soller and with Ruth Wilson in the title role

Rafe Spall joins the cast of “Hedda Gabler” alongside Kyle Soller and with Ruth Wilson in the title role.

Tickets go on public sale today for the National Theatre’s September – February season.

Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors, makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.  Hedda Gabler previews from 5 December in the Lyttelton Theatre.  Press night is 12 December.  The production will continue in repertoire with additional performances to be announced.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler © Lea Nielson

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

In this vital new version by Patrick Marber (Three Days in the CountryThe Red Lion), Ruth Wilson (LutherThe Affair) returns to the NT to play the title role alongside a cast which includes Rafe Spall (Constellations) Chukwudi Iwuji, currently playing Hamlet for the Public Theater in New York, Kate Duchêne, Éva Magyar, Sinéad Matthews and Kyle Soller, who is currently appearing as Francis in the BBC’s Poldark.   The production will have set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.

Hedda Gabler will be broadcast by NT Live to cinemas around the world on 9 March with encore performances from 23 March.

Hedda Gabler is supported by the Williams Charitable Trust.

National Theatre launches a new series of National Debates

The National Theatre is launching a new series of topical panel discussions this autumn centred on Youth, Nationhood and Death. The discussions will respond to issues raised by the repertoire or affecting the nation as a whole, will last for 1 hour, and tickets cost £6 (£5 concessions).

Youth – culture & identity 

Thu 29 September, 6pm, Dorfman

What’s it like to be young in the 21st century? A panel discuss the influences, pressures, challenges, opportunities and threats encountered by young people as they explore identity, cultural place, global politics and media, to try and understand the state of the young nation.

The panel:

Jennifer Blake, a youth worker and former gang leader, who has run an award-winning charity, Safe’N’Sound, based in Peckham in South London, for the past 12 years, helping young people nationally to get out of gangs, drugs and abuse. http://www.snsyouth.co.uk/

Juno Dawson (formerly known as James), an author and activist. She was voted Queen of Teen in 2014, and writes YA fiction and non-fiction, tackling puberty, sex, relationships, and LGBT and mental health issues in a frank and funny fashion. She contributes to Attitude, GT, Glamour and the Guardian and to news items concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education on Woman’s Hour, Front Row, This Morning and Newsnight. She is a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall@junodawson http://www.junodawson.com/

James Massiah, performance poet, lyricist and music producer, who focuses on relationships with youth culture, religion, sexuality and ethics. He has worked for the BBC, the Guardian and Nike, has performed at Tate Modern, The Southbank Centre and the Houses of Parliament and was part of Shakespeare reCITED at Selfridges, a series of music and art performances from grime and spoken word artists in collaboration with cult streetwear brands, in his case, British designer Liam Hodges. @JamesMassiah http://www.jamesmassiah.com/

Barbara Ntumy, a recent graduate in International Relations, Peace and Conflict from London Metropolitan University, she sits on the National Executive Council of NUS and is currently Deputy President of London Met Students’ Union. She is founder of the political apparel line, Sassy Tees, which she has channelled into her political work.

@BarbaraNtumy @BarbaraMetSU http://sassytees.co.uk

Chaired by Ayshea Buksh. a reporter for BBC News and BBC London News since 2007. She also works for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, reporting on issues such as competitive robotics in schools, parenting, and most recently, knife crime. @AysheaBuksh

Nationhood – Ireland and Scotland

Thu 3 November, 5.45pm, Dorfman

The National Theatre has recently staged classic and modern drama from Ireland (The Plough and the Stars) and Scotland (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour). Four months after the UK made the momentous decision to leave the EU, and while it is re-examining its sense of citizenship, belonging and neighbourhood, relating to both geography and community, a panel discusses national identity and cultural responses to the idea of nationalism.

Guests include David Greig, playwright and Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, who has emerged as a significant political commentator in contemporary Scotland, intervening in the debates over Creative Scotland in 2012 and proving an advocate of Scottish independence in the run-up to the Referendum in 2014.

Death – final matters

Thu 24 November, 5.45pm, Dorfman

Death is a subject that society finds difficult to discuss, but a panel will attempt to do just that, by looking at questions such as the language we use when dealing with disease and illness; the impact on those left behind; the digital legacy; end of life and hospice care; and euthanasia and dignity in dying choices.

Guests include Dr Kathryn Mannix, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Newcastle Hospitals, and Andrew McDonald, Chair of the Board of disability rights charity Scope, and former CEO of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

Chaired by Nick Robinson, journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

 

To book tickets, and for more information, visit the National Theatre Website

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National Theatre announces Flints Theatrical Chandlers as Workshops Partner

The National Theatre today announces Flints Theatrical Chandlers, the major retailer of theatrical goods in the UK, as a Workshops Partner with the National Theatre.

As part of the partnership, Flints will provide apprentice welcome toolkits to a number of apprentices joining the NT in 2016-2017. The kits will contain craft-specific equipment to aid the apprentices with their work. This is an exciting first for the National Theatre and Flints, and there are plans to extend the partnership into subsequent years.

 Flints Theatrical Chandlers Team

Flints Theatrical Chandlers Team

The NT launched its apprenticeship and trainee programme in 2012. The programme provides opportunities for people who might not otherwise have considered a career at the NT or in theatre, and helps to address issues of diversity in theatre more generally. An apprentice studies for a qualification- usually at Level 2 or Level 3- with an appropriate learning provider, and has an opportunity to put those college lessons into practice in the workplace, guided by some of the best practitioners in the country. Currently, the NT has apprentices working in a variety of departments, including Costume/Tailoring, Lighting, Prop-Making, Scenic Carpentry and Metal Fabrication, Learning Events, Wigs, Hair & Make-up, IT and Marketing.

Darren Joyce, Head of Construction at the NT, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Flints to the NT as our Workshops Partner. The toolkits will make an enormous difference to the apprentices we have joining our departments, giving them the best start possible to a career in theatre production. Flints are equipping the creative craftspeople of the future.’

Alasdair Flint, Managing Director of Flints Theatrical Chandlers, said: ‘I’m delighted that Flints is now the Workshops Partner to the NT. Having supplied the theatre industry for over 35 years with backstage hardware and paints, it’s great to be able to put in place this kind of partnership to help support theatre-makers to reach their potential. 

We’re excited to be supporting the workshops apprentices at the NT with special tools and safety wear to help them get the most out of their time with the NT. The NT has a fantastic attitude towards engaging young people and inspiring future generations of theatre-goers and creators. We feel very passionate about this element of the NT at Flints so it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to support them in a way that’s more relatable to us, with a behind-the-scenes focus. The workshops partnership is a lot more creative than a typical corporate partnership and one that we hope to continually develop and build on over time.’

Two of the apprentices to receive toolkits are Laura Wigan, Scenic Carpentry Apprentice and Syeda Bukhari, Prop-Making Apprentice.

Laura Wigan, Scenic Carpentry Apprentice, said: ‘I’m very grateful that a company as prominent as Flints wants to support the apprenticeship scheme at the NT and the apprentices themselves. It’s reassuring and important to me that both the NT and Flints are interested in giving me the best training possible and I’m certainly in the right place for it.’

Syeda Bukhari, Prop-Making Apprentice, said: ‘My apprenticeship at the NT has equipped me with valuable prop-making skills and knowledge. It has also made me grow into a much more confident and outgoing person, and this has allowed me to participate in activities that I would not have dared to try before. The tool-kit that Flints has kindly provided will help me start my career as a prop-maker. I am so thankful for the help and support I have received from everyone at the NT and at Flints.’

Kathryn Geraghty, Apprenticeship Manager at the NT, said: ‘Since we began our Modern Apprenticeships programme in 2012, we have been thrilled at the new talent we have brought into the NT. Our apprentices come from all kinds of backgrounds and life experience and the attitude and outlook they bring helps us to ensure that our thinking remains fresh, whilst also ensuring that there is a growing pool of skilled people ready to enter the creative sector. We are justifiably proud of our former apprentices and are watching their progress into the sector with delight, which in turn strengthens our commitment to take on more.’

As a further part of the partnership, the NT will product test for Flints, and ‘NT approved’ products will be available in the Flints 2017 catalogue and on the Flints website.

Rehearsal images released of ‘The Red Barn’ a new play by David Hare with a cast including Mark Strong, Hope Davis and Elizabeth Debicki

The Red Barn a new play by David Hare, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 6 October (press night 17 October).

The great detective writer Georges Simenon escaped France at the end of World War Two, and arrived in the USA to start again. With his American wife, he settled at Shadow Rock Farm in Lakeville, Connecticut. Years later, he wrote La Main, a psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse.

REHEARSAL IMAGES – THE RED BARN

David Hare has taken this novel and forged from it a startling new play that unfolds in Connecticut in 1969. On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely.

The cast is Elizabeth Debicki, Hope Davis, Michael Elwyn, Stuart Milligan, Anna Skellern, Mark Strong, Oliver Wilson, Nigel Whitmey and Jade Yourell.

 The Red Barn plays in the Lyttelton Theatre from Thursday 6 October until 17 January. The Red Barn is produced in association with Scott Rudin.                        

The National Theatre lineup for the next 6 months

Ruth Wilson takes the title role in HEDDA GABLER in a new version by Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove.

 Alexander Zeldin will direct LOVE, a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 

 Elizabeth Debicki joins Mark Strong and Hope Davis in the cast of David Hare’s THE RED BARN, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, and directed by Robert Icke.

 Adam Gillen and Karla Crome join the cast of AMADEUS, Lucian Msamati as Salieri, directed by Michael Longhurst.

 NT Live announces broadcasts of NO MAN’S LAND by Harold Pinter, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart from the West End, Josie Rourke’s production of Bernard Shaw’s SAINT JOAN, with Gemma Arterton from the Donmar Warehouse and Ivo van Hove’s production of HEDDA GABLER with Ruth Wilson from the NT.

  

HEDDA GABLER                                          Lyttelton Theatre

Previews from 5 December, press night 12 December, continuing in repertoire with additional performances to be announced.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler © Lea Nielson

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors, makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

In this vital new version by Patrick Marber (Three Days in the Country, The Red Lion), Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) returns to the NT to play the title role alongside a cast which includes Chukwudi Iwuji, Kate Duchêne, Éva Magyar, Sinead Matthews and Kyle Soller. The production will have set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.

Hedda Gabler is supported by the Williams Charitable Trust.

 

LOVE                                                              Dorfman Theatre

Previews from 6 December, press night 13 December, in repertoire until 10 January

Love

Love © David Stewart

Alexander Zeldin will direct LOVE, a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 6 December.

In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sunday. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.

This new work by Alexander Zeldin is written through a devising process with an ensemble of actors. The audience are invited to bear witness to an intimate story of family love for our times. LOVE continues this unique approach to theatre.

LOVE will be designed by Natasha Jenkins with lighting design by Marc Williams and sound design is by Josh Anio Grigg. The cast includes Emily Beacock, Darcey Brown, Anna Calder-Marshall, Luke Clarke, Grace Doherty, Janet Etuk, Nick Holder, Vitaly Outkine, Yonatan Pele’Roodner and Bobby Stallwood.

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.

 

THE RED BARN

The Red Barn, a new play by David Hare, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, and directed by Robert Icke, will now run until 17 January. Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) has joined the cast which includes Hope Davis, Michael Elwyn, Stuart Milligan, Anna Skellern, Mark Strong, Nigel Whitmey, Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Jade Yourell.

Mark Strong

Mark Strong

Produced in association with Scott Rudin. Supported by Basil Alkazzi and Myoung-Cheul Chung.

 

AMADEUS

Amadeus will now run until 26 January with further dates to be announced. The cast includes Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Karla Crome, Tom Edden, Adam Gillen, Matthew Hargreaves, Andrew Macbean, Alexandra Mathie, Lucian Msamati, Eamonn Mulhall, Robyn Allegra Parton, Hugh Sachs, Eleanor Sutton, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Peter Willcock.

Amadeus

Amadeus © Seamus Ryan

Amadeus is part of the Travelex £15 season with hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance. Amadeus is presented in association with Southbank Sinfonia.

 

A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER

The full cast for Bryony Kimming’s new musical A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Amy Booth-Steel, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Hal Fowler, Amanda Hadingue, Francesca Mills, Golda Rosheuvel, Max Runham, Rose Shalloo, Gareth Snook, Lottie Vallis and Gary Wood.

A PACIFIST'S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER © Christa Holka

A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER © Christa Holka

This co-production with Complicite Associates will run in the Dorfman Theatre until 29 November in association with HOME, Manchester. The book is by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings.

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.

 

PETER PAN

Peter Pan will now run until 28 January with further dates to be announced. The full cast is Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Benji Bower, Will Bower, Lois Chimimba, Richie Crago, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Ruth Hammond, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Ekow Quartey, Jessica Temple, Sophie Thompson (Captain Hook/Mrs Darling), Dan Wheeler, Madeleine Worrall (Wendy).

Peter Pan

Peter Pan © Sam Robinson

Peter Pan is a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, devised by the Companies based on the work by J.M. Barrie.  It is directed by Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, NT & Bristol Old Vic).  Half price tickets are available for under-18s. A relaxed performance of Peter Pan will take place on Saturday 21 January at 2pm.

 

NT IN THE WEST END

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book and directed by Marianne Elliott enters its fifth year in London, continuing its run at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.  Joseph Ayre leads the West End cast as Christopher Boone, with tickets currently on sale until 18 February 2017.  Its official card partner is American Express.

Curious Incident

Curious Incident

 

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THE NATIONAL’S SPONSORS

Travelex £15 Tickets sponsored by

The National Theatre is working in partnership with American Express

 NT Future is supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 The National Theatre’s Partner for Connectivity is Cisco

 The National Theatre’s Outdoor Media Partner is Clear Channel

 The National Theatre’s workshops partner is Flints Theatrical Chandlers

The National Theatre’s international hotel partner is Intercontinental Hotels Group

 New writing at the National Theatre is supported by ITV plc

 The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management

 The National Theatre’s pouring partner is Nyetimber

The National Theatre’s partner for Lighting and Energy is Philips

The official hotel partner of the National Theatre is Radisson Blu Edwardian

 The National Theatre wishes to acknowledge its partner National Angels Limited

The National Theatre is supported using public funding by

Arts Council England.