NEWS: Colin Morgan & Ciarán Hinds to star in Brian Friel’s Translations at the National Theatre, War Horse returns

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Casting has been announced for the new National Theatre season. Highlights include:

  • Colin Morgan and Ciarán Hinds in Brian Friel’s Translations (part of the Travelex season with thousands of tickets available at £15)
  • Eric Kofi Abrefa and Thalissa Teixeira join Vanessa Kirby in the cast of Julie (part of the Travelex season with thousands of tickets available at £15)
  • Sam Mendes directs The Lehman Trilogy, a co-production with Neal Street Productions, cast includes Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale
  • Full cast announced for the award-winning An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, transferring to the National Theatre in a co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre


Written by Brian Friel, directed by Ian Rickson
Olivier Theatre: 22 May to 7 July 2018
Press Night: 30 May

Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.

Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community. Cast includes Dermot Crowley, Aoife Duffin, Adetomiwa Edun, Michelle Fox, Ciarán Hinds, Laurence Kinlan, Colin Morgan, Seamus O’Hara, Judith Roddy and Rufus Wright.


Written by Polly Stenham (after Strindberg), directed by Carrie Cracknell
Lyttelton Theatre: 31 May to 4 August 2018
Press Night: 7 June

Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristen clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival.

Fuelled by social division, Strindberg’s masterpiece remains shocking and fiercely relevant in this new adaptation by Polly Stenham (That Face, Neon Demon). Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea) directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby (The Crown), Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) and Thalissa Teixeira (Yerma, Young Vic). Cast also includes Thomasin Gulgec, Dak Mashava, Beatriz Meireles, Michela Meazza, Ashley Morgan-Davies, Yuyu Rau and Petra Söör.


Written by by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power (a co-production with Neal Street Productions), directed by Sam Mendes
Lyttelton Theatre: 4 July to 8 August 2018
Press Night: 12 July

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world, he is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

Sam Mendes returns to the National to direct Ben Power’s English version of Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play, a hit across Europe. Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale play the Lehman brothers, their sons and grandsons.


Adapted by Nick Stafford, from the Michael Morpurgo novel, directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
In repertoire from 8 November to 5 January 2019

War Horse, a remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, will return to the National Theatre 11 years after its NT debut for a limited run in November 2018. War Horse at the NT marks the centenary of the Armistice which brought World War I to an end. The production features ground-breaking puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company which brings living, breathing horses to life on stage.

War Horse returns to the National Theatre with the current UK touring production. Cast includes Marcus Adolphy, Adam Barlow, Peter Becker, Joëlle Brabban, Lucas Button, Jasper William Cartwright, Jo Castleton, Chris Charles, Jonathan Charles, Sebastian Charles, Anna Chessher, Nicky Cross, Thomas Dennis, Bob Fox, Max Gallagher, Chris Garner, Andrew Hodges, Lewis Howard, William Ilkley, Ben Ingles, Billy Irving, Elan James, Kiran Landa, Gwilym Lloyd, Jack Lord, Stephen Love, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Samuel Parker, Tom Quinn, Domonic Ramsden, Arinder Sadhra, Tom Stacy, Elizabeth Stretton, and Simon Victor.


Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (a co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre), directed by Ned Bennett
Dorfman Theatre: 7 June to 18 July 2018
Press Night: 14 June

Described by the New York Times as ‘this decade’s most eloquent statement on race in America today’, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ extraordinary and provocative play comes to the National Theatre after a sold out run at the Orange Tree Theatre. In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same.

Cast includes: Cassie Clare, Emmanuella Cole, Celeste Dodwell, Iola Evans, Ken Nwosu, Vivan Oparah, Alistair Toovey and Kevin Trainor, and with cellist, James Douglas.


Rufus Norris’ production of Macbeth will tour the UK and Ireland from autumn 2018. Following a sold-out run in London, the National Theatre will tour Macbeth, Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy, from September 2018. This epic and visually daring production will embark on a 18-venue tour of the UK and Ireland until March 2019, opening at The Lowry, Salford, with a press night on Thursday 4 October. Casting to be announced.

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