Dear Octopus at the National Theatre. Photo by Marc Brenner

Photos: Dear Octopus at the National Theatre starring Lindsay Duncan

Photos have come in from the National Theatre for their forthcoming revival of Dodie Smith’s classic play Dear Octopus, starring Lindsay Duncan.

The production images and rehearsal photos are by Marc Brenner.

Dear Octopus is playing in the Lyttelton theatre of the National Theatre from 7 February to 27 March 2024.

Directed by Emily Burns (Jack Absolute Flies Again), this is the first revival of the play since the 1960s, and is billed as a heartbreaking and moving dissection of family and what it means to grow up and return home.

The cast includes Olivier Award-winner Lindsay Duncan (Hansard) as Dora Randolph, with Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach) as her youngest child Nicholas, and Bessie Carter (Bridgerton) as Dora’s companion Fenny.

They are joined by Amaia Naima Aguinaga, Alice Bounsall, Pandora Colin, Miriam Cooper, Bethan Cullinane, Kate Fahy, Tom Glenister, Jo Herbert, Ethan Hughes, Deven Modha, Syakira Moeladi, Amy Morgan, Celia Nelson, Dharmesh Patel, Malcolm Sinclair, Natalie Thomas and John Vernon.

Dear Octopus – Production pictures

Nine children are also performing the roles of Kathleen (Scrap), Bill and Guinevere (Flouncy) over the course of the season: Kalyani D’Ambra, Ariella Elkins-Green, Serena Guo, Isla Ithier, Molly Jin, Felix Tandon, Ashwin Sakthivel, Tarun Sivakanesh and Asha Sthanakiya.

The creative team also includes set and costume designer Frankie Bradshaw, lighting designer Oliver Fenwick, sound designer Tingying Dong, composer Nico Mulhy, casting director Bryony Jarvis-Taylor, company voice work by Shereen Ibrahim and Liz Flint and staff director Júlia Levai.

Dear Octopus, Lyttelton theatre from 7 February to 27 March 2024.

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Photos: Dear Octopus – in rehearsal

UPDATES: First published 22 January 2024 with rehearsal photos of Dear Octopus; Updated 13 February 2024 with production images

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📷 Main photo: Dear Octopus at the National Theatre. Photo by Marc Brenner

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