Phaedre - National Theatre

Janet McTeer to play Phaedra at the National Theatre, more 2023 shows announced including Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Romeo & Julie

The National Theatre has announced that a new production of Seneca’s tragedy Phaedre is opening next year, starring Janet McTeer.

Writer-Director Simon Stone (Yerma at the Young Vic) is set to reimagine the famous Greek tragedy, after versions by Euripides, Seneca and Racine.

Alongside  Janet McTeer (Ozark) in the title role, will be Assaad Bouab (Call My Agent) making his UK stage debut.

The play will run from 1 February to 8 April 2023 in the Lyttelton Theatre.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Also coming to the National Theatre next year will be Sheffield Theatres’ production of new musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge.

Set to the songs of legendary Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, and with a book by Chris Bush, the musical is a heartfelt exploration of the power of community and what it is we call home. The show will be directed by Robert Hastie, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, and play in the Olivier Theatre from 9 February to 25 March 2023.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge won Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards and a 2020 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre following its sell-out run at the Crucible in Sheffield.

The cast will include Darragh Cowley, Ahmed Hamad, Samuel Jordan, Bobbie Little, Robert Lonsdale, David McKechnie, Maimuna Memon, Baker Mukasa, Alastair Natkiel, Faith Omole, Adam Price, Nicola Sloane, Jake Small, Deborah Tracey, Rachael Wooding and Alex Young.

The creative team will include set and costume design by Ben Stones, choreography by Lynne Page, music supervision, arrangement and orchestrations by Tom Deering, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Bobby Aitken, wigs, hair & make-up design by Cynthia De La Rosa, music direction by John Rutledge, plus the associate choreographer is Thomas Herron, assistant music director is Ehsaan Shivarani, staff directors are Thomas Herron and Elin Schofield and casting is by Stuart Burt CDG.

Prior to the National Theatre run, the show will play at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield this Christmas, from 10 December 2022 to 21 January 2023.

Romeo and Julie

Coming to the National’s Dorfman Theatre from 14 February to 1 April 2023 will be Sherman Theatre’s Romeo and Julie, written by Gary Owen and directed by Rachel O’Riordan. The team reunite following their smash-hit production of Iphigenia in Splott, which currently enjoying great acclaim at the Lyric Hammersmith. The new play is part of Sherman Theatre’s 50th anniversary season.

The cast will include Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin), who is currently starring in Cabaret in the West End, as Romeo, and Rosie Sheehy (Bird – Sherman Theatre, All’s Well That Ends Well  – RSC) as Julie.

Finally, a new show for kids is coming to the National. Hamlet Primary Theatre has been reimagined for young audiences by Jude Christian, and will play the Dorfman Theatre from 17 to 28 March 2023.


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