Details have been released of the National Theatre’s season from May to September 2018. Highlights include:
- Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown comes to the National Theatre prior to a Broadway run in 2019.
- After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns to the Olivier Theatre in 2019.
- Adrian Scarborough, Debra Gillett, Derek Griffiths and Amy Morgan join Rhys Ifans and Indira Varma in a new version of Exit the King by Patrick Marber.
- Casting announced for the world premiere of Home, I’m Darling, a co-production with Theatr Clwyd.
- Shakespeare’s Pericles will have three performances in the Olivier Theatre this August marking the first Public Acts production.
Patrick Marber’s new version of Eugène Ionesco’s Exit the King previews in the Olivier Theatre from 17 July 2018 (press night is 25 July). The staging of the great tragi-comedy marks the first time Ionesco’s work has been performed at the National Theatre. Marber also directs.
Shakespeare’s Pericles will be seen in a new version by Chris Bush directed by Emily Lim with music by James Fortune (performances are on 26, 27, 28 August). A huge company of all ages from across London will join together with professional artists to breathe new life into this classic tale in a musical version on the Olivier stage.
Pericles launches Public Acts, the NT’s new initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community. The production marks the centre point of a two-year partnership, building in-depth relationships with eight organisations who deliver visionary work in their communities, together with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.
Hadestown, with music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell and developed with Rachel Chavkin, previews from 2 November (press night is 13 November 2018 and the show is in repertoire until 26 January 2019)
In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test.
Celebrated singer-songwriter Mitchell and director Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale. Cast to be announced.
After a sold-out run, James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019 (previews from 14 February). The show is on sale until 26 March with further performances to be announced.
Follies is directed by Dominic Cooke, designs are by Vicki Mortimer, winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Costume Design, and choreography is by Bill Deamer. Janie Dee and Peter Forbes return to reprise their roles, with further casting to be announced.
In the Dorfman Theatre Laura Wade’s new play Home, I’m Darling, a co-production with Theatr Clwyd, previews from 24 July 2018 (press night 31 July and the show is in repertoire until 5 September).
Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, things start to unravel, and being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it seems.
Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) plays Judy in this unsettling new comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife, written by Laura Wade (Posh). The cast also includes Kathryn Drysdale, Sara Gregory, Richard Harrington, Barnaby Kay and Sian Thomas.
Artistic director of Theatr Clwyd Tamara Harvey will direct this co-production which opens in the Emlyn Williams Theatre on the 3 July ahead of transferring to the Dorfman Theatre.
Also in the Dorfman is the Wardrobe Ensemble’s The Star Seekers (performances from 8 August until 1 September 2018). In this interactive family show, audiences take the steering wheel to shape the story and the actors improvise the rest.
Three new NT Live screenings have also been announced. BAFTA nominee Vanessa Kirby stars in an updated version of Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie (in cinemas on 6 September 2018), adapted by Polly Stenham and directed by Carrie Cracknell.
Jonathan Munby directs King Lear – with Ian McKellen in the title role – which will be broadcast live to cinemas on 27 September 2018 from the Duke of York’s Theatre.
NT Live also travels to Nottingham Playhouse for the first time to broadcast its new production of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III. Directed by Adam Penford, it will be live in cinemas on 20 November 2018, with Mark Gatiss as King George III and Adrian Scarborough as Dr Willis.
River Stage also returns to the National Theatre this summer featuring two new takeover partners: Sadler’s Wells and Nonclassical.