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 © 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, 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 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 © 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.



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.



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 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.



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27 Jan, 5.45pm – Peter Pan – archetypal adolescent

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

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



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

29 Sep, 6pm – Youth – culture and identity

3 Nov, 5.45pm – Nationhood – Ireland and Scotland

24 Nov, 5.45pm – Death – final matters



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

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

9 Dec, 5.30pm – Cathy Come Home

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

19 Nov, 10.30am – The Wind in the Willows



Free, and open daily

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

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

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

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

Further information on Learning at the National Theatre –


NT’s award winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to Mayflower Theatre in 2017

The National Theatre has announced dates and venues for the 2017 tour of its multi-award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time will be returning to Mayflower Theatre from 27 March – 1 April 2017.

The Curious Incident of the Night-Time UK Tour

Joshua Jenkins and Stuart Laing in The Curious Incident of the Night -Time

Curious Incident’s first phenomenally successful tour was seen by almost 400,000 people nationwide.

National Theatre producer Kash Bennett said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reception from audiences around the UK and Ireland when we toured The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2014-15, and are delighted to take this beautiful and inventive show to new venues and make a return visit to others next year.’

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design and five Tony Awards on Broadway including Best Play. Curious Incident continues to play to packed houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, with bookings recently extended to the end of January 2017.  A Broadway production continues its acclaimed run at the Barrymore Theatre until 4 September 2016, and a new US Tour officially opens in October 2016 at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, after an exclusive tour launch engagement in Rochester, NY.

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

Director Marianne Elliott also co-directed the National Theatre’s record-breaking production of War Horse which will be touring from September 2017.

The show tells the story of Christopher Boone, who is fifteen years old.  He stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which 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 murdered 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.

Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director of the National Theatre where her productions have included: Husbands and Sons (at the NT’s Dorfman Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester), War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris), The Light Princess, Port, Season’s Greetings, All’s Well that Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre), and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the National Theatre and also directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall.   Marianne’s next show for the National Theatre is Angels in America which begins rehearsals in January 2017.

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.

Simon Stephens’  new translation of The Threepenny Opera, directed by Rufus Norris with Rory Kinnear as Macheath will open at the NT’s Olivier Theatre on 18 May 2016.  His other plays for the National Theatre include:  Port (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott) at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre, Harper Regan and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play).  His many other plays include Carmen Disruption, Heisenberg,  BirdlandBlindsidedThree Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas and Herons; A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge); an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown.  His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre.

Tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Monday 27 March – Saturday 1 April 2017) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833


Highly Acclaimed National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic production Jane Eyre comes to Mayflower Theatre

The National Theatre have announced details of its upcoming tour of Sally Cookson’s energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre. The highly acclaimed co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic will play at Mayflower Theatre from Monday 8 – Saturday 13 May 2017.

Felix Hayes (Rochester) and Madeleine Worrall (Jane). Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Felix Hayes (Rochester) and Madeleine Worrall (Jane). Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

This is a very significant time to be announcing the tour, as 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth and 2017 is the 170th anniversary of when Jane Eyre was first published.

This exciting new stage version of Jane Eyre was originally presented in two parts at Bristol Old Vic, and then transferred to the National Theatre, re-imagined as a single performance, playing to sold out houses at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre.  The production was devised by the original company, with set designs by Michael Vale, costumes by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound by Mike Beer, movement by Dan Canham and dramaturgy by Mike Akers.  Casting for the production is yet to be announced.

Director Sally Cookson said: ‘Adapting a novel for the stage is a challenging prospect – especially when that novel is cited as many people’s favourite of all time. It is always daunting when you’re working on a story which everyone knows so well, because you want to surprise and maybe challenge people’s expectations, without losing any of the things which make them like the story in the first place.’

Cookson continued: ‘I chose this particular title because it’s a story that I love and have enjoyed a close relationship with ever since I was intrigued, as a child, by Orson Welles’ black and white melodrama with fabulous music by Bernard Herrmann.’

‘I didn’t actually read the novel until I was in my early twenties and I remember thinking while I read it: ‘this is a clarion cry for equal opportunities for women, not a story about a passive female who will do anything for her hunky boss’. I was struck by how modern Jane seemed – her spirit and strong will, her peculiar and brilliant mind striving for personal freedom to be who she is, lashing out against any constraint that prevents her from being herself. She was exactly the sort of person I wanted to be.’

Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production tells the story of one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment.

From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

Cookson is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic, where her productions include Treasure Island and Peter Pan; and elsewhere, Boing! (Sadler’s Wells), Cinderella (St James Theatre), an adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather (West End and UK tour), and Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Tickets for Jane Eyre (Monday 8- Saturday 13 May 2017) are on sale from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833