The National Theatre has today announced dates and further details for upcoming productions in its 2016-2017 winter season, including:
- Simon Godwin directs a cast including Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 22 February.
- Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino makes its European premiere in the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2017, with Kate Fleetwood playing the role of Jess.
- Consent by Nina Raine will receive its world premiere in a co-production with Out of Joint in the Dorfman Theatre in April 2017.
- My Country; a work in progress, a response to Brexit in the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy, opens in the Dorfman on 28 February, prior to a national tour
- Also in the Dorfman: Limited Edition presents the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe productions Us/Them and Dublin Oldschool; and Lost Without Words, a co-production with Improbable.
In the Olivier
Previews from 15 February, press night 22 February, continuing in the repertoire with further performances to be announced.
Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 22 February. Tamsin Greig is a transformed Malvolia, alongside a cast including; Oliver Chris (Orsino), Daniel Ezra (Sebastian) Phoebe Fox (Olivia), Tamara Lawrance (Viola), Doon Mackichan (Feste) and Daniel Rigby (Sir Andrew Aguecheek). The production will have set designs by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by James Farncombe, movement by Shelley Maxwell music by Michael Bruce, sound by Christopher Shutt, and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s uptight housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
In the Lyttelton
UGLY LIES THE BONE
Previews from 22 February, press night 1 March continuing in the repertoire with further performances to be announced.
Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino makes its European premiere in the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2017. ‘Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone; beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.’ After three tours in Afghanistan and months in a severe burns unit, Jess (Kate Fleetwood) finally returns to Florida. In a small town on the Space Coast, as the final shuttle is about the launch, Jess must confront her scars, and a home that may have changed even more than her. Experimenting with pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.
Award winning playwright Lindsey Ferrentino’s honest and funny new drama is directed by Indhu Rubasingham, with set design by Es Devlin; video design by Luke Halls; costume design by Johanna Coe; lighting design by Oliver Fenwick; music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham; and fight direction by Rachel Brown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd.
In the Dorfman
Previews from 28 March, press night 4 April, in repertoire until 17 May
Consent by Nina Raine will receive its world premiere in a co-production with Out of Joint in the Dorfman Theatre in April 2017. Why is justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Friends Ed and Matt take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged. Nina Raine’s powerful, painful, funny play sifts the evidence from every side and puts justice herself in the dock. Cast to be announced. Directed by Roger Michell, with set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Dinah Collin, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by John Leonard.
From 16 January, press night 20 January, final performance 18 February
In September 2004 a group of terrorists stormed a school in Beslan taking hundreds of children hostage. The ensuing siege lasted three days and left many dead. Us/Them is not a straightforward account of this terrible tragedy, but an exploration of the entirely individual way children cope with traumatic situations. After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 and winning The Scotsman Fringe First Award, Us/Them comes to the Dorfman Theatre from 16 January – 18 February 2017.
Us/Them by Carly Wijs, BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Big in Belgium in association with Summerhall. Suitable for 12yrs+.
Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan. sees wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin, stumbling from one misguided misadventure to another. Somewhere between the DJs, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past: his brother Daniel. They haven’t spoken in years but, over a lost weekend, they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips and their city. A razor sharp spoken word odyssey, Dublin Oldschool snaps and crackles, with high octane performances. Presented by Project Arts Centre in association with Soho Theatre. Supported by Culture Ireland.
MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS
28 February – 22 March, prior to national tour.
My Country; a work in progress in the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy. In the days following the EU referendum, the National Theatre began a nationwide listening project. A team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow – to hear their views of the country and town they live in, their lives, their future, and the referendum. Using exact words taken from the interviews, My Country; a work in progress puts those conversations centre stage. Rufus Norris, Director of the NT, collaborates with Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, to create this new production, which opens in London before playing at venues around the country. Created in collaboration with eight UK arts organisations; Citizens Theatre, Curve, Derry Playhouse, Live Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Sage Gateshead, Salisbury Playhouse and Strike A Light Festival in association with Cusack Projects Limited.
LOST WITHOUT WORDS
4 – 18 March
Lost Without Words, a co-production with Improbable. ‘If we don’t get lost, how can we find a new route?’ Pioneering improvisers and theatre makers Improbable bring you their latest show, Lost Without Words – a theatrical experiment. Imagine older actors in their 70s and 80s, actors who have spent their lives being other people, bringing life to other people’s words. Imagine they were on stage with nothing but themselves and no words but their own. No script, no map, a different show every night, all they have is a lifetime of theatre to help them find their way.
SHAKESPEARE FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES
6 – 20 February
Amid bloody rebellion and the deafening drums of war, Macbeth and his wife will stop at nothing to fulfil their ambition. Witchcraft, murder, treason and treachery are all at play in this murky world. A bold contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays. Suitable for 13yrs+
Romeo and Juliet
11 – 24 February
Set against a vibrant urban backdrop bursting full of excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight tell the most famous love story of all time. Join us for this swift, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare’s masterpiece as we bring Romeo and Juliet to life for a new generation. Suitable for 8 – 12yrs
New dates & casting
This winter, Peter Pan, JM Barrie’s much-loved tale takes flight. Press night on 2 December, Peter Pan is in repertoire in the Olivier Theatre until 4 February 2017. Cast includes Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Benji Bower, Will Bower, Lois Chimimba, Laura Cubitt, Anna Francolini, Phoebe Fildes, Ruth Hammond, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Ekow Quartey, Jessica Temple, Dan Wheeler and Madeleine Worrall. Director Sally Cookson; Dramaturg Mike Akers; Set Designer Michael Vale; Costume Designer Katie Sykes; Lighting Designer Aideen Malone; Music Benji Bower; Sound Designer Dominic Bilkey; Movement Director Dan Canham; Aerial Director Gwen Hales; Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd. Puppetry Designer and Director Toby Olié.
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Patrick Marber. Press night on 12 December, Hedda Gabler is in repertoire in the Lyttelton Theatre until 21 March 2017. Cast includes Harry Anton, Annabel Bates, Robert Bradley, Ebony Buckle, Miriam Cooper, Kate Duchêne, Jason Langley, Chukwudi Iwuji, Éva Magyar, Sinéad Matthews, Kyle Soller, Rafe Spall and Ruth Wilson. Director Ivo van Hove; Set and Lighting Designer Jan Versweyveld; Costume Designer An D’Huys; Sound Designer Tom Gibbons.
LOVE by Alexander Zeldin. Press night 13 December, in repertoire in the Dorfman Theatre until 10 January 2017. Cast includes Emily Beacock, Darcey Brown, Anna Calder-Marshall, Luke Clarke, Grace Doherty, Janet Etuk, Nick Holder, Vitaly Outkine, Yonatan Pelé Roodner, Bobby Stallwood. Director Alexander Zeldin; Designer Natasha Jenkins; Lighting Designer Marc Williams; Sound Designer Josh Anio Grigg. A co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliott, will go on sale in January 2017 – dates tbc. Cast includes Susan Brown, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Russell Tovey.
National Theatre Live
- No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. Live from Wyndham’s Theatre. Following their celebrated run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the UK stage in Sean Mathias’ acclaimed production of one of Pinter’s most entertaining plays. Broadcast live on Thursday 15 Dec, 7pm Encore screenings from Thursday 5 Jan.
- Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. Lucian Msamati plays Salieri, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Broadcast live on Thursday 2 February 7pm.
- Saint Joan live from the Donmar Warehouse Josie Rourke directs Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc in Bernard Shaw’s electrifying classic. Broadcast live on Thursday 16 Feb, 7pm Encore screenings from Thursday 2 March
- Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Patrick Marber. Live from the NT. Ruth Wilson plays the title role in Ivo van Hove’s production. Broadcast live on Thursday 9 March, 7pm Encore screenings from Thursday 23 March.
- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Live from the NT. Tamsin Greig plays Malvolia in Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity. Directed by Simon Godwin. Broadcast live on Thursday 6 April.
- Also in 2017, Yaël Farber’s radical revision of the biblical tale, Salomé and Marianne Elliott’s new production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, will be broadcast live from the NT with dates to be announced.