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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.