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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 EYRELyttelton 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 >

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 >


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.

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