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National Theatre announce 2016 season and beyond

The National Theatre has announced a new season for 2016 and beyond.

Highlights include:

  • Andrew Garfield in Angels in America in May 2017
  • Rufus Norris directing Rory Kinnear in The Threepenny Opera in May 2016
  • Alexi Kaye Campbell’s new play Sunset at The Villa Thalia, directed by Simon Godwin, June 2016
  • Helen McCrory and Carrie Cracknell reunite in June 2016 for Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea
  • Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre trilogy, The Young Chekhov series: Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull starring Anna Chancelor, in new versions by David Hare
  • Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars will be directed by Howard Davies
  • Simon Godwin directs Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night in February 2017 and Ralph Fiennes in Antony and Cleopatra in 2018
  • Robert Icke will make his NT directorial debut with The Red Barn, a new play by David Hare.

Andrew Garfield will play Prior Walter in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America directed by Marianne Elliott in May 2017. The actor, who became known for films such as Never Let Me Go and Spiderman, last performed at the National in 2006. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 2012 for his performance of Bud in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

Rufus Norris’ new season will include a production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera in a new version by Simon Stephens, directed by Norris. Rory Kinnear will play Macheath and Jamie Beddard, Rosalie Craig and Nick Holder will join him. The Threepenny Opera will open in May 2016.

Alexi Kaye Campbell’s new play Sunset at The Villa Thalia will open in June 2016. Directed by Simon Godwin the play features Elizabeth McGovern alongside Christos Callow, Sam Crane, Glykeria Dimou, Ben Miles, Pippa Nixon and Eve Polycarpou.

Helen McCrory and Carrie Cracknell reunite in June 2016 following the acclaimed 2014 production of Medea, for Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea.

Howard Davies directs Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars from 20 July 2016, casting includes Stephen Kennedy, Justine Mitchell and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

The Young Chekhov series which opened at Chichester Festival Theatre last year will transfer to the National theatre in July, with Anna Chancellor reprising her role as Akardina in The Seagull.

In October 2016, Lucian Msamati will play Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus. Msamati is currently performing in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National.  Also in October 2016, Robert Icke will make his NT directorial debut with The Red Barn, a new play by David Hare, which is based on Georges Simenon’s novel La Main. Following this, Belgian director Ivo van Hove will head up a new production of Hedda Gabler in December. It will be a revised version of his original production for the New York Theatre Workshop with British actors.

Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel’s A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer with music from Tom Parkinson will arrive at the Dorfman in October 2016. There will also be a new play written and directed by Alexander Zeldin Love opening at the Dorfman in December.

Tamsin Greig also returns to the National as part of the new season. The comedy actress will take on the role of Malvolia, usually Malvolio, in Twelfth Night, which will open in February 2017. Twelfth Night will be the first of two Shakespeare plays to be directed by Simon Godwin, the following being Antony and Cleopatra in 2018 starring Ralph Fiennes.

New plays in the Dorfman include one from Lucy Kirkwood – Mosquitoes, directed by Rufus Norris – and Consent by Nina Raine, which plays from April 2017.

The final show at the National Theatre’s Temporary Shed will be Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State by Gillian Slovo and directed by Nicholas Kent in April.

Norris said at the press conference “Another World is going to be the last fully resourced production that we do in the theatre. We don’t know yet whether we will be knocking it down after the last plays, we’re looking at a couple of options.”

The theatre also announced that Sir Lenny Henry will be a member of the NT board.

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