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Why you should visit the National Theatre this winter?

Pinocchio

For the first time on stage, featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film, Pinocchio comes to life as never before. This spectacular new production brings together John Tiffany, the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Dennis Kelly, the writer of Matilda the Musical. Previews from1 December, press night 13 December, on sale until 7 April. Half-price tickets for under-18s are available for all performances (excluding £15 tickets).

Talk: Bob Crowley and Toby Olié on Pinocchio14 December, 5.30pm

Follies

Tracie BennettJanie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, the production is directed by Dominic Cooke for the first time at the NT.

Talk: Peter Forbes and Imelda Staunton on Follies11 December 3pm

Talk: Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett on Follies18 December, 3pm

Barber Shop Chronicles

Following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre and West Yorkshire PlayhouseInua Ellams’ dynamic new play Barber Shop Chroniclesreturns to the National Theatre this November. Previews from 20 November, playing until 9 January

Talk: Inua Ellams on Barber Shop Chronicles, 7 December, 6.15pm

FRIDAY RUSH

Every Friday at 1pm an allocation of £20 tickets is released to buy online for the following week’s performances at all three theatres at the NT, even for sold out shows.

The Jungle – Young Vic Theatre

Join refugees and volunteers from around the world over fresh-baked naan and milky chai at the Afghan Café. From Good Chance Theatre, a new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people. A Young Vic and National Theatre co-production. Previews from 7 Dec, until 6 January.

Enhance Your Visit

National Theatre Posters Exhibition

Curated by Rick Poynor, Professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading, this exhibition explores the evolution of poster design at the National Theatre from 1963 to the present day. Free entry. Wolfson Gallery, until 31 March 2018.

Gift-buying is made easy this Christmas thanks to the NT Bookshop. The NT’s Pinocchio-inspired range has arrived in-store alongside the landmark new production. Sunday 17 December is a special Christmas shopping day, with discounts in the NT Bookshop and festive treats in Kitchen cafe.

The NT’s unique afternoon tea experience inspired by Pinocchio includes a limited edition Hi-Diddle-Dee-Tea – specially created treats from Stromboli calzones to blue fairy cakes, as well as a welcome glass of fizz for grown-ups.

For the festive season, the Green Room has put a modern spin on holiday classics for their three-course Christmas menu with tasty items including buttermilk fried turkey burger and gingerbread French toast. Visit the Sipsmith Frost Fair to enjoy a specially curated menu of delicious hot gins, including Mulled Sloe Gin and Gin Hot Toddy.

The National Theatre on tour around the UK

The National Theatre’s acclaimed productions of War Horse and Hedda Gabler continue to tour the UK and Ireland. Visit warhorseonstage andheddagablerontour for more information.

At a cinema near you this winter

Young Marx NT Live

Rory Kinnear plays Marx and Oliver Chris plays Engels in Young Marx directed by Nicholas Hytner and broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre in London on 7 December.