The National Theatre has announced two new projects to join their Winter 2022/2023 season: Shakespeare’s Othello and Kerry Jackson, a new play by April De Angelis.
In November, Clint Dyer, deputy artistic director of the National Theatre, will direct Shakespeare’s Othello in the Lyttelton theatre. The cast includes Giles Terera (Death of England: Face to Face) as Othello, Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) as Desdemona and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance) as Iago.
Other cast includes Jack Bardoe, Rory Fleck Byrne, Kirsty J Curtis, Tanya Franks, Gareth Kennerley, Martin Marquez, Amy Newton, Steffan Rizzi and Jay Simpson.
Joining Clit Dyer in the creative team is set designer Chloe Lamford, costume designer Michael Vale and lighting designer Jai Morjaria. Music and Sound will be by Pete Malkin and Benjamin Grant, movement director is Lucie Pankhurst and the fight director is Kev McCurdy.
Othello will also be broadcast to cinemas worldwide in 2023 via National Theatre Live.
Kerry Jackson, a biting new comedy by April De Angelis, will premiere in the Dorfman theatre from 30 November 2022, directed by Indhu Rubasingham.
The play stars Fay Ripley as Kerry, owner of a new restaurant in fashionable Walthamstow. Wearing her working-class roots as a badge of honour, Kerry navigates the local characters in a bid to make the tapas restaurant a success – without losing herself in the process. The play also stars Gavin Spokes, and further cast to be announced.
Set and costume design is by Richard Kent, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, movement director is Lucy Hind and casting director is Juliet Horsley CDG.
In other National Theatre news, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane will tour the UK and Ireland later in 2022 for 40 weeks, directed by Katy Rudd (Camp Siegfried) and adapted by Joel Horwood (Skins, I Want My Hat Back). The tour opens at The Lowry in Salford from 12 December 2022 to 7 January 2023.
Also, The Doncastrian Chalk Circle, with the National joining forces with the community of Doncaster for an epic third Public Acts production, will feature over 100 local performers alongside a professional company and live band.
The National’s The Lehman Trilogy is coming back to the West End this January, in a co-production with Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions, The play recently won five 2022 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Director, and heads to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London from January 2023.
Directed by Sam Mendes, the play is written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, with set design is by Es Devlin, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, video design by Luke Halls, and Tony Award-winning lighting design by Jon Clark. The Composer & Sound Designer is Nick Powell, the Co-Sound Designer is Dominic Bilkey, with music direction by Candida Caldicot and movement by Polly Bennett. The West End Director is Zoé Ford Burnett. Casting is by Jessica Ronane CDG CSA.