The National Theatre has announced details of its new season for Winter 2015 including Arthur Darvill in Treasure Island and Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman.

Highlights include:

  • Arthur Darvill joins the cast of Treasure Island as Long John Silver in Polly Findlay’s production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story
  • Tom Stoppard’s new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner
  • Ralph Fiennes back to the National in George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman directed by Simon Godwin
  • Nadia Fall directs Dara, adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play
  • Marianne Elliott directs Rules for Living, a new play by Sam Holcroft

Casting Updates:

TREASURE ISLAND
Arthur Darvill will play Long John Silver in Polly Findlay’s production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, opening in the Olivier on 10 December. The cast also includes Daniel Coonan, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Paul Dodds, Heather Dutton, Patsy Ferran, Nick Fletcher, Joshua James, Helena Lymbery, Alexandra Maher, Alastair Parker, Tim Samuels, David Sterne, Ben Thompson, Zubin Varla and Roger Wilson. Arthur’s credits include Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Once (West End and Broadway) and Our Boys  BOOK NOW >

HERE LIES LOVE
The Public Theater, New York’s production of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s musical opens on next week on 13 October, directed by Alex Timbers. The full cast of the show is Christine Allado, Gia Macuja Atchison, Mark Bautista (Ferdinand Marcos), Lauren Chia, Christopher Chung, Julius Ebreo, Jim Andrew Ferrer, Li-Tong Hsu, Dean John-Wilson (Ninoy Aquino), Maria Lawson, Kok-Hwa Lie, Frances Mayli McCann, Natalie Mendoza (Imelda Marcos), Aaron Jan Mercado, Martin Sarreal, Julie Yammanee and Sunny Yeo.

BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS
David Hare’s new play, based on the book by Katherine Boo, opens in the Olivier on 18 November, directed by Rufus Norris. The cast includes: Hiran Abeysekera, Esh Alladi, Nathalie Armin, Pal Aron, Tia-Lana Chinapyel, Vincent Ebrahim, Sartaj Garewal, Mariam Haque, Thusitha Jayasundera, Muzz Khan, Ranjit Krishnamma, Manjeet Mann, Nikita Mehta, Anjli Mohindra, Tia Palamathanan, Bharti Patel, Ronak Patani, Chook Sibtain, Anneika Rose, Gavi Singh Chera, Stephanie Street, Meera Syal, Anjana Vasan, Assad Zaman and Shane Zaza.

3 WINTERS
The cast for Howard Davies’ production of Tena Štivičić’s new play, opening in the Lyttelton on 3 December, includes: Lucy Black, Peter Cadden, Susan Engel, Siobhan Finneran, Daniel Flynn, Hermione Gulliford, Jo Herbert, Alex Jordan, Gerald Kyd, James Laurenson, Jodie McNee, Alex Price, Adrian Rawlins, Sophie Rundle and Josie Walker. BOOK NOW >

Lyttelton Theatre Listings

DARA
From 20 January until 4 April 2015

DARA, adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play, originally performed by Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan, opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 27 January, directed by Nadia Fall. The cast includes Nathalie Armin, Rudi Dharmalingam, Vincent Ebrahim, Ranjit Krishnamma, Anjli Mohindra, Anneika Rose, Chook Sibtain and Anjana Vasan. DARA will be designed by Katrina Lindsay with lighting by Neil Austin, music by Niraj Chag, sound design by Carolyn Downing, movement by Liam Steel and fight direction by Kate Waters.

MAN AND SUPERMAN
From 17 February to 17 May 2015. NT Live broadcast on 14 May

Ralph Fiennes returns to the National as Jack Tanner in Simon Godwin’s reinvention of Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic, MAN AND SUPERMAN, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre on 25 February. The cast also includes Tim McMullan and Indira Varma (as Ann). The production will be designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting by James Farncombe, music by Michael Bruce, movement by Jonathan Goddard and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Dorfman Theatre Listings

THE HARD PROBLEM
From 21 January 2015/ NT Live broadcast on 16 April

A new play by Tom Stoppard, THE HARD PROBLEM, premieres at the Dorfman Theatre on 28 January, directed by Nicholas Hytner: his last production as Director of the National Theatre. It will be designed by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Arditti; the cast includes Vera Chok, Jonathan Coy, Damien Molony, Lucy Robinson, Parth Thakerar and Olivia Vinall (as Hilary).

RULES FOR LIVING
From 13 March 2015

RULES FOR LIVING, a new play by Sam Holcroft, directed by Marianne Elliott, will open in the Dorfman Theatre on 24 March. It will be designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting design by Neil Austin, music by Adrian Sutton, fight direction by Kate Waters and sound design by Ian Dickinson.
Everyone creates their own coping strategies or rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas and they each follow those rules, rigidly? In Sam Holcroft’s theatrically playful, dark comedy the family does just that. And when the instructions are there for all to see, audience included, there’s really no place to hide. As long-held mechanisms for survival are laid bare, even Mum, who’s been preparing this lunch since last January, becomes embroiled. Long-held rivalries and resentments will out. Accusations fly, relationships deconstruct, the rules take over.

LINKS

National Theatre – More info and booking