Highlights of the next new season at London’s National Theatre, running from May to October 2019, include several new productions and new broadcasts and outdoor activity announced to celebrate NT Live’s 10th birthday:
- Hansard, a new play by Simon Woods, directed by Simon Godwin, to premiere in the Lyttelton Theatre with Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings
- Roy Alexander Weise returns to the National Theatre to direct ‘Master Harold’…and the boys by Athol Fugard with Lucian Msamati and Hammed Animashaun in the cast
- The Sydney Theatre Company production of The Secret River by Kate Grenville adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell, and directed by Neil Armfield to open in the Olivier Theatre following performances at Edinburgh International Festival
- Following a sell-out run last year Brian Friel’s Translations, directed by Ian Rickson returns to the Olivier stage with Ciarán Hinds reprising the role of Hugh
- Andy Stanton adapts his award-winning children’s book into a musical, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical! with music by Jim Fortune directed by Amy Hodge, premiering in the Dorfman Theatre in July
- Following its sold-out run at the Bush Theatre, Ben Weatherill’s Jellyfish plays in the Dorfman Theatre with Sarah Gordy returning to play Kelly
- Full casting announced for Peter Gynt by David Hare, after Henrik Ibsen, joining James McArdle who takes on the title role
The Secret River
22 August to 7 September 2019, in rep (opening night is 27 August)
A moving and unflinching journey into Australia’s dark history. Adapted from Kate Grenville’s acclaimed novel, this multi-award-winning production from Sydney Theatre Company tells the story of two families divided by culture and land. Neil Armfield directs an ensemble cast of 22. Live music composed by Iain Grandage will play a central role in the play, which was conceived in collaboration with indigenous artists and is performed in Dharug language as well as English.
15 October to 26 September 2019, in rep (opening night is 21 August, additional performances to be announced)
Following a sold-out run in 2018, Ian Rickson’s production returns with Ciarán Hinds reprising his critically acclaimed role of patriarch and school master, Hugh, whose livelihood and culture are at risk. He will be re-joined by Seamus O’Hara and Judith Roddy, with further cast to be announced. Brian Friel’s modern classic sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.
22 August to 24 October 2019, in rep (opening night is 3 September, additional performances to be announced)
Simon Godwin directs Simon Wood’s witty and devastating portrait of the governing class with Alex Jennings as Robin and Lindsay Duncan as his wife, Diana.
‘Master Harold’… And The Boys
21 September to 26 October 2019, in rep (opening night is 1 October, additional performances to be announced)
Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love. Roy Alexander Weise directs Lucian Msamati and Hammed Animashaun as Sam and Willie with additional casting to be announced.
5 to 16 July 2019
Following a sold-out run at the Bush Theatre last year, Sarah Gordy returns to play Kelly for a limited run of this funny and tender new play, directed by Tim Hoare. She performs alongside Penny Layden and Nicky Priest who also reprise their roles. Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age with Down’s Syndrome in a seaside town. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose? All performances will play in a more relaxed performance environment.
Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear – The Musical!
25 July to 31 August 2019, in rep (opening night is 31 July)
Based on the hilariously anarchic, award-winning children’s books, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical! promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionally-burping extravaganza for children and adults alike. Author Andy Stanton creates the book and lyrics, with music by Jim Fortune. Directed by Amy Hodge.
National Theatre Live
National Theatre Live will turn ten on 25th June this year – the date of the first ever NT Live broadcast which was Phédre with Helen Mirren. To mark this, there will be new broadcasts as well as encore and outdoor screenings.
Over ten years there have been over 80 theatre productions that have been shown in 3,500 venues worldwide, reaching an overall audience of nearly 9 million people.
Screenings will include War Horse at Latitude Festival on 18 July with Joey himself will making a special appearance at the festival on the day of the screening. One Man Two Guvnors with James Corden will screen on Brighton Beach with the Luna Cinema on 16 August and returns to UK and international venues on 27 September for a special birthday ten-year screening.