New Chief Executive TESSA ROSS and Director RUFUS NORRIS announce plans for their opening year at the National Theatre

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Wednesday 21 January 2015

New Chief Executive TESSA ROSS and Director RUFUS NORRIS announce plans for their opening year at the National Theatre

Chief Executive Designate Tessa Ross and Director Designate Rufus Norris, announcing plans for their opening year at the National Theatre, said today:

It’s with great pleasure and excitement that we present our first season at the National.

We want to make the very best theatre and share it with as many people as possible. So we’ve started by putting together a group of extraordinary performers, writers and theatre-makers, led by our new team of Associates: Paule Constable, Dominic Cooke, Marianne Elliott, Tom Morris, Ben Power and Lyndsey Turner.

The work we make over the coming years will strive to be as open, as diverse, as collaborative and as national as possible. We want to inspire artists and audiences to think in new ways, to constantly re-imagine the act of making theatre. This first season is just a beginning, but it contains the seeds of what is to come.


Thanks to our continuing partnership with Travelex, we’ll have over 100,000 tickets available at £15, and our building is more open and inviting than ever before. We hope there is something here for everyone, whether they’ve been to the National many times or are thinking about their first visit. We look forward to welcoming them all.’

In summary:

  • New plays by Alice Birch, Caryl Churchill, Patrick Marber, Duncan Macmillan and Wallace Shawn
  • Re-imagined classics:

A new version of Everyman by Carol Ann Duffy with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role

A new musical, by Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini

New adaptations of Turgenev and DH Lawrence

New productions of Shakespeare, Farquhar and Granville Barker

Sally Cookson’s staging of Jane Eyre

  • Modern masterpieces by Caryl Churchill, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Timberlake Wertenbaker and August Wilson

  • A commitment to regional relationships, beginning with co-productions with Bristol Old Vic, Headlong, Manchester International Festival and the Royal Exchange Theatre

  • In the Temporary Theatre, work by RashDash, Alexander Zeldin, Tim Crouch and Islington Community Theatre

  • Travelex’s sponsorship of £15 Tickets continues with almost half the tickets for four productions still at £15; Friday Rush £20 tickets introduced for all shows

  • Paule Constable, Dominic Cooke, Marianne Elliott, Tom Morris, Ben Power and Lyndsey Turner to be NT Associate Directors; also directing at the NT this year are Sally Cookson, Nadia Fall, Polly Findlay, Simon Godwin, Jeremy Herrin, Roger Michell, Ian Rickson and Indhu Rubasingham

  • National Theatre: On Demand in Schools launches with Frankenstein, King Lear and Othello available free in every secondary school in the UK

  • National Theatre Live broadcasts Everyman from the NT and the Young Vic’s A View from the Bridge from the West End; the film of London Road will be released later in the year

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and One Man, Two Guvnors continue their UK tours

Details of the artistic plans are given below.


EVERYMAN Travelex £15 Tickets, Olivier Theatre

adapted by Carol Ann Duffy

Previews from 22 April, press night 29 April, continuing in repertoire

NT Live broadcast on 16 July

Rufus Norris will direct EVERYMAN, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role, opening in the Olivier Theatre as part of the Travelex £15 Tickets season on 29 April. 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.

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to

abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

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, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.

Carol Ann Duffy is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009. Her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and

T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2011The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize.

Chiwetel Ejiofor returns to the National – where he last appeared in 2000 as Romeo, Peer Gynt, and in Blue/Orange, receiving the Evening Standard Best Newcomer Award – to play the title role. His many film and TV performances since then include 12 Years A Slave for which he won the BAFTA Award for Leading Actor and received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations; A Season in the Congo, Half of a Yellow Sun, 2012, The Shadow Line, Dancing on the Edge, Tsunami: the Aftermath, Kinky Boots and Dirty Pretty Things (Independent Film Award for Best Actor). Theatre includes The Seagull (Royal Court) and the title role in Othello at the Donmar, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.

Rufus Norris’ productions for the National include Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Amen Corner, Table, London Road, Death and the King’s Horseman and Market Boy. His other work includes Feast, Vernon God Little and Tintin for the Young Vic; the Olivier Award-winning Cabaret in the West End and on tour; Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway; and Festen at the Almeida, West End and New York. Screen work includes Broken, which won the British Independent Film Award for Best Film, and the film of London Road which will be released later this year.


LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Travelex £15 Tickets, Lyttelton Theatre

by Caryl Churchill

Previews from 15 April, press night 23 April, in repertoire until 22 June

LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE by Caryl Churchill will be directed by Lyndsey Turner, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre on 23 April. The production will have 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 Trystan Gravelle, Joshua James, Amanda Lawrence, Ashley McGuire, Simon Manyonda and Alan Williams.

In the aftermath of a bloody and brutal civil war, England stands at a crossroads. Food shortages, economic instability, and a corrupt political system threaten to plunge the country into darkness and despair. The Parliament men who fought against the tyranny of the King now argue for stability and compromise, but the people are hungry for change.


For a brief moment, a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and dissenters dare to imagine an age of hope, a new Jerusalem in which freedom will be restored to the land.

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. 

Caryl Churchill’s seminal plays include Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, The Skriker (NT 1994), A Number and Love and Information. Her new version of Strindberg’s A Dream Play was seen here in 2005. Caryl Churchill’s new play, Here We Go, will open in the Dorfman Theatre in December (see page 10).

Lyndsey Turner’s directing credits include Fathers and Sons and Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Donmar Warehouse); Machinal (Roundabout, New York); Chimerica (Almeida and West End); Posh (Royal Court and West End); There Is A War and Edgar and Annabel (National Theatre); Alice and The Way Of The World (Sheffield Theatres); and Our Private Life, Contractions and A Miracle (Royal Court).


THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM Travelex £15 Tickets, Olivier Theatre

by George Farquhar

Previews from 19 May, press night 26 May, continuing in repertoire

Simon Godwin will direct Farquhar’s THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM, a Travelex £15 Tickets production opening in the Olivier on 26 May; with 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.

Lodged at the local inn, posing as master and servant, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a fervent French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer and a strange, turbulent priest.

But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.

For the National, Simon Godwin has directed Strange Interlude and Man and Superman (opening in February); he is an Associate Director of the Royal Court, where his productions include Routes, NSFW, The Witness, Goodbye to All That, The Acid Test, and Wanderlust. His work elsewhere includes Two Gentlemen of Verona for the RSC, Regeneration (Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton/UK tour) and The Winter’s Tale (Headlong/Nuffield Theatres); and for Bristol Old Vic, where he is an Associate Artist,The Little Mermaid, Krapp’s Last Tape/A Kind Of Alaska, The Faith Healer and Far Away. Manchester International Festival, 2 – 12 July

by Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini Olivier Theatre, from November, a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, will be directed by Rufus Norris in a co-production with Manchester International Festival; commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the National Theatre and the Théâtre du Châtelet. It will open at MIF with performances from 2 – 12 July (previews from 29 June), and come to the Olivier Theatre in November for the winter season; in 2016, will visit the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The production will have set designs by Rae Smith, with projections by 59 Productions, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Arditti, choreography by Javier De Frutos and musical direction by David Shrubsole.

Welcome to, where you can be exactly who you want to be.

Aly, 12, loves this extraordinary virtual world. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, lets her escape from her parents, from teachers, from herself.

Online, Aly becomes Alice: brave, beautiful and in control. But some of the people she meets – the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen – seem strangely familiar. As hard as Aly tries to keep them apart, real life and begin to collide in ever more curious and dangerous ways.

Damon Albarn is a Grammy and Brit Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and composer. His first full-length opera composition, Monkey: Journey to the West, created in collaboration with Jamie Hewlett and Chen Shi Zheng, premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2007. His second opera Dr Dee, co-created with Rufus Norris, premiered at MIF in 2011. Albarn has written music for film soundtracks to 101 Reykjavik, Ravenous and Broken. Releases outside of Blur and Gorillaz also include: Mali Music, The Good The Bad and The Queen, Rocket Juice & The Moon, Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes and, most recently, his Mercury-nominated debut solo album Everyday Robots.

Moira Buffini’s plays include Welcome to Thebes and Dinner for the National Theatre and A Vampire Story for NT Connections; Handbagged for the Tricycle Theatre/Vaudeville (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Dying For It (adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide) and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida Theatre; Loveplay for the RSC; and Silence for Birmingham Rep (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize). Her screenplays include Tamara DreweJane Eyre and Byzantium. She recently directed her first short film, Father

Rufus Norris directed Dr Dee at Manchester International Festival in 2011 and at ENO in 2012.

Member booking for the MIF performances opens today, with public booking from 22 January; booking for the NT run will open in April.



by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Previews from 10 June, press night 17 June, continuing in repertoire

THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT by Stephen Adly Guirgis will receive its UK premiere, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, opening on 17 June in the Lyttelton. The designer will be Robert Jones, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by Carolyn Downing.

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. 

Steven Adly Guirgis’ play received six Tony nominations on Broadway, where it premiered in 2011. Poetic, profane and hilarious, this whip-smart look at love and addiction finds light even in the darkest corners of New York City.

A playwright, screenwriter, director and actor, Stephen Adly Guirgis is a member and former co-artistic director of New York City’s LAByrinth Theater Company. His stage plays include Between Riverside and Crazy, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange.

Indhu Rubasingham is Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, where her work includes the forthcoming Multitudes; Red Velvet (also New York), Handbagged (also West End: Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Paper Dolls, The House That Will Not Stand; and before becoming Director, Women Power and Politics, Stones in his Pockets (also UK tour), Detaining Justice and The Great Game: Afghanistan (also US tour). Recent work elsewhere also includes Ruined (Almeida); at the NT she has directed Tanika Gupta’s The Waiting Room and the Birmingham REP production of The Ramayana.


THE RED LION Dorfman Theatre

a new play by Patrick Marber

Previews from 3 June, press night 10 June, continuing in repertoire

Patrick Marber returns to premiere a fifth play at the National Theatre, THE RED LION, opening at the Dorfman Theatre on 10 June. Directed by Ian Rickson, the cast is Calvin Demba, Daniel Mays and Peter Wight. It will be designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Small time semi-pro football, the non-league. A world away from the wealth and the television cameras. A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own. And the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory.

A new play about the dying romance of the great English game – and the tender, savage love that powers it.

Patrick Marber’s previous plays for the National are Dealer’s Choice (Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy); Closer (Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, Laurence Olivier and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), for which he also wrote the screenplay; Howard Katz; and The Musicians for Connections. Three Days in the Country, his new version of Turgenev’s ‘A Month in the Country’, will open in the Lyttelton in July. His other plays include Don Juan in Soho, After Miss Julie and an adaptation of Trelawny of the Wells, all premiered at the Donmar Warehouse; and the screenplay Notes on a Scandal.

Calvin Demba’s TV credits include Hollyoaks and Youngers; and on stage, Routes at the Royal Court.

Daniel Mays’ theatre work includes Mojo (West End), The Same Deep Water as Me, Trelawny of the Wells, Moonlight (Donmar Warehouse), Scarborough, Motortown and The Winterling (Royal Court). Screen work includes Ashes to Ashes, Outcasts, Public Enemies, Mrs Biggs, The Great Fire, Red Riding, Vera Drake, Made in Dagenham and Dad’s Army.

Peter Wight’s film and TV credits include Mr Turner, Hot Fuzz, Vera Drake, Pride and Prejudice, The Paradise, Case Sensitive and Public Enemies; his theatre work includes Ivanov (NT), In the Republic of Happiness (Royal Court), Trelawny of the Wells (Donmar) and Electra (Young Vic).

Ian Rickson has previously directed The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still for the National. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1998 – 2006; recent productions include Electra and The Cherry Orchard (Old Vic), The River (Royal Court and Broadway), Old Times, Mojo (West End), Hamlet (Young Vic) and Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End & Broadway).

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.


BEYOND CARING Temporary Theatre

by Alexander Zeldin 28 April – 16 May

Alexander Zeldin’s BEYOND CARING, presented by The Yard Theatre where it premiered last year, will play in the Temporary Theatre from 28 April – 16 May, with a press night on

1 May.

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.

Following Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum Dreams, this is the second show developed and produced by The Yard Theatre to come to the NT.

Alexander Zeldin’s UK work includes Black Battles with Dogs (Southwark Playhouse), his own play Glimpses (Edinburgh Festival) and The Constant Prince (Arcola Theatre/Oxford Playhouse/Cairo). He is a recipient of the Quercus Trust Award 2015, through which he will direct a main-stage production at Birmingham REP.

WE WANT YOU TO WATCH Temporary Theatre

a new play by RashDash and Alice Birch 11 June – 11 July

RashDash and the National Theatre present WE WANT YOU TO WATCH, directed by Caroline Steinbeis, playing from 11 June – 11 July with a press night on 15 June.

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.

RashDash is Artistic Directors Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland and Producer Charlotte Bennett. Past productions include: Oh, I Can’t Be Bothered, The Ugly Sisters, Scary Gorgeous (Scotsman Fringe First Award 2011), and Another Someone (Scotsman Fringe First Award 2010); and the outdoor shows SET FIRE TO EVERYTHING!!! and The Frenzy. RashDash is an associate company of West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Alice Birch’s writing includes Little Light at the Orange Tree Theatre, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again for the RSC and Little on the Inside for the Almeida and Clean Break.

AN OAK TREE Temporary Theatre

by Tim Crouch 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.

Tim Crouch’s work as an actor, director and writer includes Adler and Gibb and The Author for the Royal Court; what happens to the hope at the end of the evening (with Andy Smith) for the Almeida Theatre, My Arm for the Traverse Theatre and, for younger audiences, plays including I, Malvolio.

BRAINSTORM Temporary Theatre

by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and the company 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.

Islington Community Theatre trains and supports a permanent ensemble of theatre-makers aged 11-19, all of whom are referred by teachers, youth workers or social workers as someone who will benefit from long-term involvement in the programme. Brainstorm was originally presented at Park Theatre and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Summer and beyond

THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY Lyttelton Theatre, from July

An unfaithful version of A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev

by Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber will direct his own ‘unfaithful version’ of Turgenev’s play, which is presented in association with Sonia Friedman. His work as a director includes Blue Remembered Hills for the National, The Old Neighbourhood (Royal Court) and The Caretaker (West End).

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD Travelex £15 Tickets, Olivier Theatre, from August

by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good will be directed by Nadia Fall. Timberlake Wertenbaker is the writer and translater of over 40 plays, including The Grace of Mary Traverse, The Love of the Nightingale, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, The Break of Day, After Darwin and The Ant and the Cicada.

Nadia Fall’s productions for the NT include Dara, Home, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Chewing Gum Dreams and Hymn;  other recent work includes Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Disgraced (Bush Theatre).

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS Dorfman Theatre, from August

a new play by Duncan Macmillan

People, Places and Things, a new play by Duncan Macmillan, will be presented in a co-production with Headlong, directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Duncan Macmillan’s plays include Every Brilliant Thing (Paines Plough/Pentabus, Edinburgh, UK tour & New York), George Orwell’s 1984 (co-adapted with Robert Icke, Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse/Almeida/West End), Lungs (Paines Plough & Sheffield Theatres, Washington DC), Don Juan Comes Back from the War (Finborough), and Monster (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Jeremy Herrin is Artistic Director of Headlong. His recent work includes This House for the National, Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC, The Nether (Headlong/Royal Court/West End), Another Country, South Downs (both Chichester/West End), Uncle Vanya (Chichester), Absent Friends (West End), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); and the upcoming production of The Absence of War, opening next month in Sheffield.

JANE EYRE Lyttelton Theatre, from September

devised by the Company Bristol Old Vic from January 2016

based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë

Bristol Old Vic’s highly-praised staging of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre, originally presented in two parts, will come to the National as a single evening co-production, again directed by Sally Cookson. It will return to Bristol in January 2016.

Sally Cookson is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic, where her productions include Treasure Island and Peter Pan; and elsewhere, Boing! (Sadler’s Wells), Cinderella (St James Theatre), an adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather (West End and UK tour), and the forthcoming Romeo and Juliet at The Rose Theatre, Kingston.

HUSBANDS AND SONS Dorfman Theatre, from October

by D H Lawrence Royal Exchange Theatre, from February 2016 adapted by Ben Power

Marianne Elliott will direct HUSBANDS AND SONS by DH Lawrence in a co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; the cast will be led by Anne-Marie Duff. Lawrence’s trilogy of mining dramas, The Daughter-in-Law, A Collier’s Friday Night and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, will be adapted by Ben Power into a single play.

Anne-Marie Duff won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actress Awards for Saint Joan at the NT; her recent theatre work has included Macbeth (Lincoln Center, NY), Strange Interlude (NT), Cause Célèbre (Old Vic) and Berenice (Donmar Warehouse). Her extensive screen work includes Shameless, Parade’s End, The Accused – Mo’s Story, Margot and The History of Mr Polly.

Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director of the National Theatre, where her work includes Rules for Living, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Light Princess, Port, Season’s GreetingsAll’s Well That Ends WellHarper ReganSaint Joan and War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris). Previously she was an Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange, Manchester where her productions included Port, Design for Living, As You Like It and A Woman of No Importance.

AS YOU LIKE IT Olivier Theatre, from November

by William Shakespeare

Polly Findlay will direct Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, in the play’s first main stage production at the NT since 1980. Her productions for the NT include Treasure Island, Protest Song, Antigone, The Swan and Nightwatchman; the German-language production of War Horse in Berlin; and Arden of Faversham for the RSC.

WASTE Lyttelton Theatre, from November

by Harley Granville Barker

Roger Michell will direct Harley Granville Barker’s political tragedy Waste. His previous NT work includes Blue/Orange, Honour and Landscape with Weapon; other recent theatre includes Rope (Almeida), Tribes (Royal Court) and Farewell to the Theatre (Hampstead). His many films include Notting Hill, Changing Lanes, Enduring Love, Venus, Hyde Park on Hudson and Le Week-End.

EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE Dorfman Theatre, from November

a new play by Wallace Shawn

evening at the Talk House, a new play by Wallace Shawn, will be directed by Ian Rickson and produced in association with Scott Rudin.

The actor and writer Wallace Shawn’s stage plays include The Designated Mourner, The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon; among his screenplays are My Dinner with André and Vanya on 42nd Street.

HERE WE GO Dorfman Theatre, from December

a new play by Caryl Churchill

Here We Go, a new play by Caryl Churchill, will be directed by NT Associate Director Dominic Cooke. Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 2007 – 2013, his productions there included Caryl Churchill’s Identical Twins, This is a Chair, Seven Jewish Children and Ding Dong the Wicked; and The Low Road, In the Republic of Happiness, Choir Boy, Chicken Soup with Barley, Clybourne Park, Aunt Dan and Lemon,The Fever, Wig Out!, Now or Later, The Pain and The Itch and Other People. He directed The Comedy of Errors for the National Theatre in 2011; for the BBC, he has directed the forthcoming The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Lyttelton Theatre, from January 2016

by August Wilson

Dominic Cooke will return to the NT to direct August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, in its first major London revival since the UK premiere at the NT in 1989.

National Theatre throughout the UK, in West End and internationally

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is now touring the UK until November 2015; following Salford and Hull, its 31-city tour visits York, Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Plymouth, Aylesbury, Northampton, Nottingham, Cardiff, Bradford, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Birmingham, Leicester, Southampton, Truro, Oxford, Liverpool, Bristol, Sunderland, Glasgow, Leeds, Aberdeen, Norwich, Sheffield, Dublin, Belfast, Bath and Milton Keynes. Curious Incident also continues its runs at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End and at the Barrymore Theatre in New York. The official card partner is American Express.

WAR HORSE at the New London Theatre is now booking until October 2015, and is currently completing its UK tour in Bristol. A Dutch-language production is touring the Netherlands, with a visit to Belgium in May. A Chineselanguage production will open in August 2015 in Beijing, followed by touring in China, as part of the NT’s new partnership with the National Theatre of China.

Richard Bean’s ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS is entering the last leg of its 37-city UK tour, with forthcoming visits to Sunderland, Nottingham, Bromley, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Oxford, Wimbledon, York and Wolverhampton where the tour ends in March.

Forthcoming NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE screenings include David Hare’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers on 12 March; the Young Vic’s production of A View from the Bridge from the West End on 26 March; Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem on 16 April; Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes on 14 May; and Rufus Norris’ production of Everyman on 16 July.

The feature film adaptation of London Road by Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork, directed by Rufus Norris, will be released in cinemas later this year. A Cuba Pictures / National Theatre production, the ensemble cast includes Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy alongside all the original members of the NT cast.

Associate Directors

Marianne Elliott and Ben Power continue as Associate Directors of the National Theatre, joined by lighting designer Paule Constable, and directors Dominic Cooke, Tom Morris and Lyndsey Turner.

Paule Constable’s extensive lighting designs include Behind the Beautiful Forevers, This House, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Phèdre, Waves, Saint Joan and War Horse for the National, as well as work for the RSC, Royal Court, Michael Grandage Company, Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic, as well as opera throughout the world. Among her many awards are a Tony and four Olivier Awards.

Tom Morris is Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, where his work includes Juliet and Her Romeo, Swallows and Amazons (also West End in association with the NT) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For the National, he produced Coram Boy, adapted A Matter of Life and Death, and co-directed War Horse with Marianne Elliott (Tony Award) and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour with Felix Barrett. His work in opera includes The Death of Klinghoffer (ENO and The Metropolitan Opera), Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s Messiah (Bristol Old Vic).

Ben Power was appointed Associate Director of the National Theatre in 2010 and since 2013 has been in charge of programming the Temporary Theatre. His work for the NT as a writer and dramaturg includes adaptations of Medea, Emperor and Galilean, The Elephantom, and Romeo and Juliet for young audiences; he co-created The Hush with Matthew Herbert.

For biographies of Dominic Cooke, Marianne Elliott and Lyndsey Turner, please see above under Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Husbands and Sons and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire respectively.


The Clore Learning Centre, the new dedicated space for Learning, is now open and has transformed the NT’s approach to education – offering events and courses for all ages, exploring theatre-making from playwriting to technical skills, often led by the NT’s own artists and staff.

National Theatre: On Demand in Schools will launch this autumn, with three acclaimed, NT productions made available free in every secondary school classroom in the UK.  Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Frankenstein and the Creature; and Nicholas Hytner’s productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Rory Kinnear, and Othello with Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear, will be free to stream on demand in the classroom for three years from September 2015. Comprehensive learning resources will support each play, and the recordings will be chaptered so teachers can find key scenes or show the full production over a number of lessons. The project is delivered in partnership with Frog Education Ltd, and supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

Connections, the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools, will this year feature new commissions from Jamie Brittain, Katherine Chandler, Elinor Cook, Ayub Khan Din, Katie Douglas, Cush Jumbo, Ben Ockrent, Eugene O’Hare, Stef Smith and Sarah Solemani, performed by 262 school and youth theatres at 27 partner theatre festivals all over the UK, prior to the NT festival in July.

A Drama Teachers Conference will be held at the Clore Learning Centre in February, along with a Student Conference on Behind the Beautiful Forevers.  Other forthcoming highlights of the adult programme include courses in prop-making and corset-making, seminars exploring the Black Plays Archive, and playwriting courses and masterclasses led by Jemma Kennedy, Sam Holcroft and April de Angelis. 

Friday Rush Tickets

Following a successful trial during Here Lies Love, the Friday Rush ticketing scheme will be extended to all productions in the Olivier, Lyttelton, Dorfman and temporary theatre. From 10 April, every Friday at 1pm, an allocation of £20 tickets for the following week’s performances will be released to buy online. A limited number of £15 Day Tickets will continue to be available in person on the day of the performance (excluding the temporary theatre).


21 January 2015

Booking information:

Public booking for Everyman, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, The Beaux’ Stratagem, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Beyond Caring, We Want You To Watch, An Oak Tree and Brainstorm opens on 12 February, and for The Red Lion on 26 February.

Public booking for the Manchester International Festival performances of opens on 22 January at 11.30am:

Further details and press nights for later productions will be announced with each new booking period.

Book tickets online at Box Office: 020 7452 3000

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