Young Chekhov Trilogy, 'PLOUGH' Wrap Up This Autumn; THE RED BARN, AMADEUS Begin This Month

Final performances of the Young Chekhov trilogy begin this autumn in the Olivier Theatre, and The Plough and the Stars is wrapping up at the Lyttelton. In addition, previews begin in the Lyttelton for The Red Barn on 6 October (press night on 17 October), and Amadeus starts previewing in the Olivier from 19 October, (press night on 26 October).


The highly acclaimed Young Chekhov trilogy Platonov, Ivanov, and The Seagull finishes its run in the Olivier Theatre on Saturday 8 October.

Directed by Jonathan Kent, with set designs by Tom Pye, costumes by Emma Ryott, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Jonathan Dove, sound by Paul Groothuis and fight direction by Paul Benzing. Performed by one ensemble of actors, each play can be seen as a single performance over different days or as a thrilling all-day theatrical experience. Cast is Nicole Agada, Emma Amos, Cara Balling, Pip Carter, Anna Chancellor, Jonathan Coy, Mark Donald, Peter Egan, Col Farrell, Debra Gillett, Joshua James, Beverley Klein, Adrian Lukis, Des McAleer, James McArdle, Mark Penfold, Nina Sosanya, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Sarah Twomey, David Verrey, Olivia Vinall and Jade Williams.

Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars has its final four performances from 20 October. Co-directed by Howard Davies and Jeremy Herrin, designed by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by James Farncombe, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Paul Groothuis and fight direction by Kate Waters, The cast includes Adam Best, Kieran Gough, Lloyd Hutchinson, Grainne Keenan, Stephen Kennedy, Lucia McAnespie, Justine Mitchell, Roisin O'Neill, Judith Roddy, Eoin Slattery, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Josie Walker and Fionn Walton.

The Red Barn, a new play by David Hare, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 6 October (press night 17 October).

David Hare has taken this novel and forged from it a startling new play that unfolds in Connecticut in 1969. On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely.

Directed by Robert Icke, with designs by Bunny Christie, lighting by Paule Constable, Video design by Tim Reid and sound by Tom Gibbons. The cast is Hope Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Elwyn, Stuart Milligan, Anna Skellern, Mark Strong, Oliver Wilson, NIGEL WHITMEY and JADE YOURELL.

The Red Barn plays in the Lyttelton Theatre from Thursday 6 October until 17 January and is produced in association with Scott Rudin.

Amadeus begins previews in the Olivier Theatre from 19 October. Peter Shaffer's iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. In this new production, directed by Michael Longhurst, Lucian Msamati plays Salieri, Adam Gillen plays Mozart, and Karla Crome plays Constanze. The cast also includes Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Tom Edden, Matthew Hargreaves, Andrew MacBean, Alexandra Mathie, Eamonn Mulhall, Robyn Allegra Parton, Hugh Sachs, Eleanor Sutton, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Peter Willcock with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Amadeus is designed by Chloe Lamford, with music direction and additional music by Simon Slater, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.

Amadeus is a Travelex production with hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance. Amadeus will be broadcast by NT Live from the Olivier on Thursday 2 February.


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In 2015-2016 the NT:

- Staged 34 productions and gave 3,057 performances in the UK and internationally.

- Reached audiences of over 787,000 on the South Bank, and over 3.7 million worldwide (South Bank, West End, touring and NT Live).

- Broadcast, via the NT Live programme, to nearly 1.5 million people around the world.

- Engaged with over 189,000 participants through the NT Learning events programme.

For more, visit nationaltheatre.org.uk.



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