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The National Theatre of Great Britain is one of the world’s leading theatre producing houses, staging over 20 theatre productions a year across three permanent auditoriums – the Olivier Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre and Dorfman Theatre – presenting a mix of new plays and classics, with up to six productions in repertory at any one time.


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National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, London, SE1 9PX
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National Theatre – new season July 2015 – January 2016
The National Theatre has announced details of its new season running from July 2015 until January 2016 including Ann-Marie Duff in Husbands & Sons and Rosalie Craig in As You Like It. Highlights include: Anne-Marie Duff in DH Lawrence’s Husbands & Sons Polly Findlay directs Rosalie Craig in Shakespeare’s As You Like It Charles Edwards in Harley Granville-Barker’s Waste A new play by Wallace Shawn, Evening at the Talk House Dominic Cooke directs Here We Go, a new play by Caryl Churchill A new musical by Damon Albarn, An adaptation of I Want My Hat Back by Joel Horwood and Arthur Darvill HUSBANDS & SONS- Dorfman Theatre Anne-Marie Duff stars in Ben Powers adaptation of Husbands & Sons by DH Lawrence. HUSBANDS & SONS interweaves three of D H Lawrence’s greatest dramas (The Daughter-in-Law, A Collier’s Friday Night and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd), and plays them simultaneously. Describing the world he came from with fierce tenderness, Lawrence evokes a now-vanished world of manual labour and working class pride Directed by Marianne Elliott, HUSBANDS & SONS plays at the National Theatre from 19 October 2015 until 19 January 2016. It will then transfer to the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester where it will play from 19 February 2016 until 19 March 2016. MORE INFO> AS YOU LIKE IT - Olivier Theatre Polly Findlay directs the National Theatre’s first production of As You Like It in over 30 years. Shakespeare’s comedy of love and change stars Rosalie Craig as Rosalind which plays at the Olivier theatre from 26 October 2015, continuing in repertoire until 5 March 2106. As You Like It is broadcast by National Theatre Live on 25 February 2016. MORE INFO > JANE EYRE - Lyttelton Theatre Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfi lment on her own terms. BOOK TICKETS > WASTE - Lyttelton Theatre Famously banned by the censors in 1907, Harley Granville Barker’s controversial masterpiece gathers a large ensemble to expose a cut-throat, cynical world of sex, sleaze and suicide amongst the political elite of Edwardian England. MORE INFO> Directed by Roger Michell, Harley Granville Barker’s Waste plays at the National Theatre from 3 November 2015 until 16 January 2016. I WANT MY HAT BACK - Temporary Theatre Jon Klassen’s brilliant and witty children’s book I Want My Hat Back comes to the stage in a joyous new adaptation stuffed with humour, music and surprises. Adapted by Joel Horwood and Arthur Darvill I Want My Hat Back plays the National’s Temporary theatre from 12 November 2015 until 2 January 2016. MORE INFO > EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE - Dorfman Theatre A new play by Wallace Shawn, EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE receives its world premiere at the Dorfman Theatre on 24 November 2015.  Directed by Ian Rickson, Evening At The Talk House will play from 17 November 2015 until 23 January 2016 at the Dorfman theatre. MORE INFO > HERE WE GO - Lyttelton Theatre Dominic Cooke directs a new, short play by Caryl Churchill about death.  HERE WE GO will play from 25 November 2015 until 19 December 2015 at the National theatre. Caryl Churchill’s seminal plays include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (recently revived at the NT), Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, The Skriker, A Number and Love and Information. Her new version of Strindberg’s A Dream Play was seen at the National in 2005. MORE INFO> - Olivier Theatre Directed by Rufus Norris in a co-production with Manchester International Festival, is a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn. plays from 23 November 2015 until 28 February 2016 at the National theatre. BOOK TICKETS > THE COMEDY OF ERRORS - Temporary Theatre Bijan Sheibani directs Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, in a new version by Ben Power for young audiences aged 8 – 12. A fast-paced and energetic re-telling of Shakespeare’s hilarious and moving farce. The Comedy of Errors plays daytime performances in the Temporary Theatre from 21 October 2015 until 6 November 2015. MORE INFO > NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the title role in EVERYMAN, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and directed by Rufus Norris; it will be broadcast from the Olivier Theatre on 16 July 2015. Farquhar’s late Restoration comedy THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM, directed by Simon Godwin, will be broadcast live to the UK and Europe on 3 September 2015 (and to the rest of the world on 24 September 2015). The Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role, will have an encore screening in the UK on 24 September 2015 (and in the rest of the world from 12 November 2015). Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title role in HAMLET, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and broadcast live from the Barbican on 15 October 2015 (varying dates internationally). JANE EYRE, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, directed by Sally Cookson, devised by the company and based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë, will be broadcast from the Lyttelton Theatre on 8 December 2015. Polly Findlay’s production of AS YOU LIKE IT, with Rosalie Craig as Rosalind, will be broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre on 25 February 2016.
National Theatre – Spring Season 2015
The National Theatre has announced details of it new season for Spring 2015 including Chiwetel Ejiofor in Everyman and Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Highlights include: Rufus Norris directs Everyman in a new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinhamshire, directed by Lyndsey Turner Farquhar’s The Beaux' Stratagem, directed by Simon Godwin Stephen Adly Guirgis UK premiere of The MotherF**KER With The Hat Ian Rickson directs, The Red Lion, a new play by Patrick Marber NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Hard Problem, Man and Superman and Everyman from the NT, and the Young Vic’s A View from the Bridge from the West End Olivier Theatre EVERYMAN Previews from 22 April, press night 29 April, continuing in repertoire NT Live broadcast on 16 July Rufus Norris will direct Everyman, adapted by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 29 April. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, this new production has words by Carol Ann Duffy and movement by Javier De Frutos.  Everyman will have set designs by Ian MacNeil, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Paul Anderson, choreography by Javier De Frutos, music by William Lyons and sound by Paul Arditti. It will be broadcast to cinemas by NT Live on 16 July. Book tickets to Everyman THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM Previews from 19 May, press night 26 May, continuing in repertoire Farquhar’s The Beaux' Stratagem, directed by Simon Godwin opens in the Olivier Theatre on 26 May. Designs by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Jonathan Goddard, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Christopher Shutt. The 'Beaux': Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their 'Stratagem': to marry for money. But their greatest obstacle is love. Book tickets to The Beaux' Stratagem Lyttelton Theatre LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Previews from 15 April, press night 23 April, in repertoire until 22 June Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill, directed by Lyndsey Turner opens at the Lyttelton Theatre on 23 April. Set designs by Es Devlin, costumes by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Bruno Poet, movement by Joseph Alford, music by Helen Chadwick, and sound by Christopher Shutt. The cast will include Joe Caffrey, Trystan Gravelle, Joshua James, Amanda Lawrence, Ashley McGuire, Simon Manyonda, Ann Ogbomo and Alan Williams Light Shining in Buckinghamshire tells the story of the men and women who went into battle for the soul of England. It speaks of the revolution we never had and the legacy it left behind. THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Previews from 10 June, press night 17 June, continuing in repertoire The MotherF**CKER with The Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, receives its UK premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre, opeing on 17 June. Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, with designs by Robert Jones, lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by Carolyn Downing. Poetic, profane and hilarious, this whip-smart look at love and addiction finds light even in the darkest corners of New York City. Things are looking up for Jackie. He’s out of jail and staying clean thanks to his sponsor. He might even have found a job. And of course there’s Veronica, who he’s loved since 8th grade. Nothing could come between them – except a hat. Book tickets to The MotherF**cker With The Hat Dorfman Theatre THE RED LION  Previews from 3 June, press night 10 June, continuing in repertoire Patrick Marber premiere’s a fifth play at the National Theatre – The Red Lion. Directed by Ian Rickson, designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Ian Dickinson. The cast is Calvin Demba, Daniel Mays and Peter Wight. A new play about the dying romance of the great English game of football – and the tender, savage love that powers it. Temporary Theatre BEYOND CARING 28 April – 16 May Alexander Zeldin’s Beyond Caring premiered at The Yard Theatre in 2011 and is the second show developed and produced by The Yard Theatre to come to the NT. Four people arrive to work. They meet for the first time. They are employed as cleaners, by a temp agency. All are on zero-hours contracts. Through investigation and first hand experience, Alexander Zeldin’s brutally honest play exposes stories of an invisible class. WE WANT YOU TO WATCH 11 June – 11 July RashDash and the National Theatre present a new play by RashDash and Alice Birch, We Want You To Watch directed by Caroline Steinbeis. This is about pornography. This is an interview. This is an intervention. This is an interrogation. We’re recording now. We want to pull its plug out. We want to stop its heartbeat. We want to blow its brains out and begin again. We know exactly what we’re doing. We’re not stupid. AN OAK TREE 23 June – 11 July Tim Crouch’s ground-breaking and Obie Award-winning production An Oak Tree receives a 10th anniversary revival, playing from 23 June – 11 July. An intricate story of loss and suggestion performed by two people: the playwright himself and a different second actor at each performance – an actor who will have neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in until they’re in it. BRAINSTORM 21 – 25 July Islington Community Theatre presents Brainstorm by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and the company, for six performances from 21 – 25 July, with a press night on 22 July. A fearless company of young people explore the workings of the adolescent brain, in a new piece from one of the UK’s leading companies making theatre with young people. Created with leading cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and drawing upon the life experiences of the cast, Brainstorm is an exploration of the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us.  National Theatre Live BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS, David Hare’s new play based on the book by Katherine Boo, directed by Rufus Norris. 12 March - broadcast live from the National Theatre, The Young Vic’s production of Arthur Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, directed by Ivo von Hove with Mark Strong. 26 March - broadcast live from the West End. THE HARD PROBLEM, Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Nicholas Hytner. 16 April - broadcast to cinemas. MAN AND SUPERMAN, with a cast led by Ralph Fiennes 14 May - broadcast. EVERYMAN, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and directed by Rufus Norris. 16 July - broadcast from the Olivier Theatre.   LINKS National Theatre - More info and booking
Nicholas Hytner to direct Carmen in the West End
New West End production of Bizet's Carmen to be directed by Nicholas Hytner [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Nicholas Hytner to bring Carmer to the West End[/caption] The outgoing artistic director of the National Theatre, Sir Nicholas Hytner, has named his first production upon leaving the National next year. He will direct a brand new adaptation of Bizet's Carmen by acclaimed playwright Lucy Prebble (Enron, The Effect). Prebble is moving the action from Seville to Cuba for the show, and the production is scheduled for a West End run in 2016 Lucy created her latest play - The Effect - for Nick at the National and it won best new play at the Critic’s Circle Awards. Her biggest success has been with Enron, which enjoyed sell-out runs at the Royal Court, the West End and on Broadway, won the best play Olivier Award and is currently in pre-production as a movie. Lucy also wrote hit TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl starring Billie Piper. Other plays include The Sugar Syndrome and Liquid. After he leaves the National, Hytner is setting up a theatre and film company with his outgoing National Theatre executive director Nick Starr. The new company may follow the model of Sam Mendes' theatre, film and TV company  Neal Street Productions (Penny Dreadful, Call the Midwife, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical, The Hollow Crown), which is rumoured to be for sale for £40 million. Former Donmar Warehouse director Michael Grandage has also established his own company, with two successful West End seasons and a new film currently in production. Current Hytner projects include directing the film version of Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, and directing Tom Stoppard’s new play The Hard Problem at the National starring Anthony Calf. LINKS More about The Lady in the Van
National Theatre – Winter Season 2015
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
NATIONAL THEATRE: Platform talks confirmed for 2014
The National Theatre has confirmed its forthcoming series of Platforms talks for 2014. The eclectic programme of talks, discussions and interviews includes writers Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett and Enda Walsh ; directors Sam Mendes, Carrie Cracknell  and Neil Bartlett ; and actors Kenneth Cranham and Michael Palin. All Platforms begin at 6pm at the National Theatre and last for 45 minutes. Most are only £4 (£3 concessions). Alan Ayckbourn Thu 10 April, Olivier, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 The legendary playwright discusses his work. Adam Penford on A Small Family Business Tue 15 April, Olivier, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 The director talks about his new production of Ayckbourn’s play. Poems That Make Grown Men Cry Tue 29 April, Lyttelton BS, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 Melvyn Bragg, Richard Dawkins, Mike Leigh, Simon McBurney, Ian McEwan, Ben Okri, Simon Russell Beale and Simon Schama read from Amnesty International’s new book; directed by Richard Eyre. Alan Bennett Wed 7 May, 7pm (1hr), Olivier £4/£3 The playwright discusses his work with Nicholas Hytner. Family Values - A Taste of Honey: Helen and Jo Fri 9 May, 3pm (1hr) £5/£4 Lyttelton A series of interviews with members of the acting company, discussing the plays and what they’ve discovered about the relationships at the heart of them with Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn. Craig Brown and Friends Fri 9 May, Lyttelton, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 In celebration of his 25 glorious years with Private Eye, Craig Brown presents a parodic One-Stop Literary Festival – with a little help from his friends Eleanor Bron, Ian Hislop, Jan Ravens, Peter Serafinowicz and A N Wilson. First World War Poetry Fri 16 May, Lyttelton, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 Kenneth Cranham and Deborah Findlay read WWI poetry, with Josephine Hart’s potent introductions. O’Casey: Beyond Dublin Sat 17 May, 10.30am (90mins), Lyttelton, £5/£4 A chance to explore the later work of playwright Sean O’Casey with Abbey Theatre archivist Mairead Delaney, director Wayne Jordan, author James Moran, and readings by NT actors. Chaired by P J Mathews. Sam Mendes on King Lear Mon 19 May, 5.30pm, Olivier £4/£3 The film and stage director talks about his acclaimed production. Michael Palin Mon 2 June, Olivier BS, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 Michael Palin tells the story of how the famous shows and films were conceived, argued about, and brought to hilarious life in his new book, Monty Python at Work. Rebecca Front and Michael Simkins Fri 13 June BS, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 Two actors share their comedy experiences in their new books, Curious and The Rules of Acting. Family Values - A Small Family Business: Jack and Poppy Thu 26 June, 3pm (1hr) £5/£4 Olivier A series of interviews with members of the acting company, discussing the plays and what they’ve discovered about the relationships at the heart of them with Nigel Lindsay and Debra Gillett. Family Values - The Silver Tassie: Sylvester and Harry Thu 3 July, 3pm (1hr) £5/£4 Lyttelton A series of interviews with members of the acting company, discussing the plays and what they’ve discovered about the relationships at the heart of them with Aidan McArdle and Ronan Raftery. Connections Writers Mon 7 July, Lyttelton, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 The writers of this year’s Connections plays discuss their experience of the festival. Kate Adie Thu 31 July, Lyttelton BS, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 In Fighting on the Home Front, the distinguished journalist explores the momentous legacy of women in WWI. Neil Bartlett Fri 1 Aug BS, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 The director and writer talks about his novel, The Disappearance Boy, set in the tarnished world of 1950s variety theatres. Medea: Ancient and Modern - Carrie Cracknell and Ben Power Tue 12 Aug, Olivier, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 The director and playwright talk about their new version of Euripides’ tragedy. Medea: Ancient and Modern - Acts of Madness Tue 19 Aug, Olivier, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 Classicist Edith Hall and psychiatrist Femi Oyebode take a contemporary view of whether Medea’s behaviour is determined by ‘madness’. Medea: Ancient and Modern - Motives and Murder Thu 21 Aug, Olivier, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 Forensic psychiatrist Christopher Cordess and academic Julia Stroud look at the result of social environments on revenge killings and their psychological impact. Medea: Ancient and Modern - Women in Ancient Greece Mon 1 Sep, Olivier, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 Historian Bettany Hughes and theatre scholar Oliver Taplin discuss the place of women in religion and their depiction as dangerous and tragic figures. Enda Walsh on Ballyturk Fri 19 Sep, Lyttelton, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 The writer and director discusses his new play. John Lahr Mon 22 Sep, Lyttelton BS, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 As his definitive biography of Tennessee Williams is published, John Lahr talks to Nicholas Hytner. Rona Munro and Laurie Sansom on The James Plays Fri 26 Sep, Olivier, 6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 The playwright and director discuss this trilogy of plays about the kings of Scotland. LINKS National Theatre website National Theatre on
National Theatre new season announced 2014 – 2015
Nicholas Hytner has announced his last season as Artistic Director of the National Theatre. Highlights of the National Theatre's 2014 - 2015 season include: 10 world premieres including new plays by Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Richard Bean, Enda Walsh and Polly Stenham 3 plays by Rona Munro, about the Stewart Kings James I, James II and James III of Scotland Helen McCrory to star in Euripides' Medea, Ralph Fiennes in Shaw's Man and Superman, plus Cillian Murphy, Sofie Gråbøl, Stephen Rae Directors include Nicholas Hytner, Rufus Norris, Carrie Cracknell, Howard Davies, Simon Godwin, Marianne Elliot, Polly Findlay Family Christmas show to be Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island adapted by Bryony Lavery The new Dorfman Theatre to open this autumn Sir Nicholas Hytner has announced his final season as Artistic Director of the National Theatre for 2014 and 2015, with a range of productions including ten world premieres and starring roles for Helen McCrory and Ralph Fiennes. TRAVELEX SEASON [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Helen McCrory to star in Medea[/caption] Tickets to this year's Travelex season will go up to £15 and include a new production of Euripides's Medea, in a new version by Ben Power. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and starring Helen McCrory, Medea opens in the Olivier Theatre in July 2014, and will also be screened live to cinemas on 4 September 2014. Also part of the Travelex season will be three new plays by Rona Munro in collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland. James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock, James II: Day of the Innocents and James III: The True Mirror will evoke three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the fifteenth century. Directed by Laurie Sansom, the cast includes The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl (as the Danish-born Queen Margaret), Blythe Duff, and James McArdle, Andrew Rothney and Jamie Sives as the three kings.  The plays open in the Olivier Theatre from September 2014. The third play in the new Travelex season, opening in October in the Lyttelton Theatre, will see Lloyd Newson's DV8 Physical Theatre return to the National with a new show called John. The final play in the season will be a brand new work by David Hare called Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Based on a book by Katherine Boo, the play will be directed by in-coming artistic director of the National Rufus Norris, and will open in the Olivier Theatre in November 2014. CHRISTMAS SHOW Christmas 2014 will see a big new family show directed by Polly Findlay and  adapted by Bryony Lavery, as Robert Louis Stephenson's classic adventure Treasure Island is brought to the stage of the Olivier Theatre (from December 2014). THE DORFMAN THEATRE [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] Ralph Fiennes to star in Man and Superman[/caption] The new Dorfman Theatre will see a new play by Tom Stoppard open  in January 2015 (title as yet unknown), to be directed by Nicholas Hytner. Also at the Dorfman, a new play called Rules for Living by Sam Holcroft will open in March 2015, directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse). THE LYTTELTON This summer in the Lyttelton will see a brand new play that reunites writer Richard Bean and director Nicholas Hytner following their huge hit with One Man, Two Guvnors. September 2014 will see Cillian Murphy reunited with writer and director Enda Walsh, following their collaboration on Misterman, for Ballyturk. The cast  will also include Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] Cilian Murphy to star in Ballyturk[/caption] In December 2014, Howard Davies returns to the National to direct a new play by Croatian-born writer Tena Štivičić in the Lyttelton. Ralph Fiennes will return to the National in February 2015, to star as John Tanner in Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman in the Lyttelton, directed by Simon Godwin. THE SHED In The Shed, Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang, originally staged at The Park Theatre, will open in May 2014 directed by Alex Sims. In June sees a new play by Polly Stenham called Hotel, directed by Maria Aberg.   LINKS Book tickets to National Theatre shows National Theatre website
Rufus Norris named new National Theatre Artistic Director
The National Theatre has announced that director Rufus Norris will become its sixth Artistic Director, winning the most high-profile job in British Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Rufus Norris - new Artistic Director of the National Theatre[/caption] In an announcements at 10.45am today (15 October 2013) at the National Theatre on the South Bank in London, Rufus Norris was named the new Artistic Director of the National Theatre, taking over from current director Sir Nicholas Hytner in Spring 2015. The announcement comes in an important year for the venue, with celebrations for the National's 50th anniversary currently underway. The National Theatre was first run by Laurence Olivier in 1963. Rufus Norris is a celebrated and widely respected director who trained as an actor at RADA before turning to directing. An Associate Director of the National Theatre, he recently directed James Baldwin's The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, and new play Table in the National's Shed venue written by his wife, playwright Tanya Ronder. See a full biography of Rufus Norris here. The National's current Artistic Director, Sir Nicholas Hytner, has presided over a golden decade of activity at the National Theatre including a succession of hit shows on the South Bank, and a growing international commercial production division that has seen shows such as War Horse become worldwide theatrical successes. Hytner also introduced the hugely successful scheme of low-priced, £10 (now £12) tickets, sponsored by Travelex, and National Theatre Live broadcasting theatre to cinemas in the UK and overseas. The National is currently undergoing a major £80m redevelopment and building programme to be completed next year that will see its smallest stage, the Cottesloe, transformed and renamed after Travelex founder Lloyd Dorfman, and a new riverside bar and gardens and major education centre. The National Theatre's executive director, Nick Starr, will also leave when Hytner departs in 2014. It is believed that Hytner would like to continue producing after his tenure at the National ends, but not necessarily become a freelance director such as his predecessors Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn and Richard Eyre. "I'd want to continue to do something that wasn't just about me. I'm a director and always will be, but I love the relationship I have with directors, with writers I have never worked with directly and actors I have never worked with", he told the Guardian last year. FUN FACTS ABOUT THE NATIONAL 800 productions: The National has staged or hosted over 800 productions since its inception in 1963 Sir Denys Lasdun: The National's building on the South Bank was designed by Sir Denys Lasdun 1,000 people: Around 1,000 theatre staff work on the 5 acre site of the National, that houses the three theatres plus rehearsal rooms, set-building and scenic-painting workshops, costume and prop-making and digital design 3.6 million: the National Theatre's audience in 2012-2013, in London representing a THIRD of total play-going 90%: Average audience attendance on the South Bank £87 million: The income generated by the National in 2012-2013, 59% from box office receipts, 20% from the Arts Council 600 cinemas: The number of cinemas worldwide that screen National Theatre Live shows, including 260 in the UK ARTISTIC DIRECTORS OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE Lord Olivier OM: 1963 to 1973 Sir Peter Hall CBE: 1973 to 1988 Sir Richard Eyre CBE: 1988 to 1997 Sir Trevor Nunn CBE: 1997 to 2003 Sir Nicholas Hytner: 2003 to March 2015 LINKS Book tickets to National Theatre shows National Theatre website

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