OSLO, JANE EYRE, and More Part of National Theatre's Newest Season

By: Apr. 06, 2017
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a new play by J.T. Rogers

Opens 5 September (press night 12 September) until 23 September

Continues at the Harold Pinter Theatre from October

The Lincoln Center Theater production direct from Broadway for a limited season.

In 1993, in front of the world's press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo.

OSLO tells the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats who coordinated top-secret talks and inspired seemingly impossible friendships. Their quiet heroics led to the ground-breaking Oslo Peace Accords.

Bartlett Sher's acclaimed production of this new play by J.T. Rogers (Blood and Gifts, The Overwhelming, Madagascar, White People, The Great Game: Afghanistan) sets a deeply personal story against an epic historical landscape. A darkly funny political thriller, OSLO comes to the NT following a sell-out run in New York, and prior to a West End run at the Harold Pinter from 30 September in association with ATG.

Set design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg and projections by 59 Productions.

Cast to be announced.


based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë

in co-production with Bristol Old Vic

devised by the original company

Opens 26 September until 21 October

Also on tour throughout the UK from 8 April

Following a critically acclaimed season at the NT and a UK tour, Jane Eyre returns to the National Theatre this September. This innovative reimagining of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic and is directed by Sally Cookson.

The classic story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfillment on her own terms. Jane Eyre's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

Directed by Sally Cookson, dramaturgy by Mike Akers, set design by Michael Vale, costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting design by Aideen Malone, movement by Dan Canham, music by Benji Bower and sound design by Dominic Bilkey. Cast includes Hannah Bristow, Matthew Churcher, Nadia Clifford, Ben Cutler, Tim Delap, Alex Heane, Jenny Johns, Melanie Marshall, Evelyn Miller, Paul Mundell, Dami Olukoya, David Ridley, Lynda Rooke, Francesca Tomlinson and Phoebe Vigor.


LGBT+ Stories & Social Change

In partnership with Pride in London

May - July

To mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, the NT looks at how theatre has charted the LGBT+ experience through a series of rehearsed readings, exhibitions, talks and screenings.

Rehearsed Readings

6 - 10 July

To celebrate Pride weekend a world-class group of directors and actors bring seminal queer plays back to the stage in an act of celebration and remembrance. Directors include Tarell Alvin McCraney Stephen Daldry and Polly Stenham.

Free Exhibition - In Visible Ink

Tracing LGBT+ stories at the NT.

See Learning on page 12




a new play by Yaël Farber

Previews from 2 May, press night 9 May, continuing in the repertoire until 15 July

The story has been told before, but never like this.
An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the Olivier stage.

Salomé is designed by Susan Hilferty with lighting design by Tim Lutkin, music and sound by Adam Cork, movement direction by Ami Shulman, fight direction by Kate Waters and dramaturgy by Drew Lichtenberg. Cast includes Philip Arditti, Paul Chahidi, Ramzi Choukair, Uriel Emil, Olwen Fouéré, Roseanna Frascona, Lloyd Hutchinson, Shahar Isaac, AiDan Kelly, Yasmin Levy, AnDrew Lewis, Anna Lindup, Theo T J Lowe, Isabella Niloufar, Lubana al Quntar and Raad Rawi.

Hundreds of Travelex Tickets at £15 available per performance.

This production is supported by Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater

Broadcast to cinemas by NT Live on 22 June.


by William Shakespeare

Last chance to see - ends 13 May

Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production. Tamsin Greig is a transformed Malvolia, performing alongside Adam Best, Oliver Chris, Claire Cordier, Imogen Doel, Mary Doherty, Ammar Duffus, Daniel Ezra, Phoebe Fox, Whitney Kehinde, Emmanuel Kojo, Tamara Lawrance, Andrew MacBean, Doon Mackichan, Tim McMullan, Brad Morrison, Daniel Rigby, Imogen Slaughter, James Wallace and Niky Wardley. The production is designed 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.

Production supported by Shawn M.Donnelley and Christopher M.Kelly.

Broadcast to cinemas by NT Live on 6 April.


a new play by DC Moore. A co-production with Headlong.

Previews from 30 May, press night 6 June, continuing in repertoire until 5 August

Mary's the best liar, rogue, thief and faker in this whole septic isle. And now she's back.
As the factory smoke of the industrial revolution belches out from the cities, Mary is swept up in the battle of her former home. The common land, belonging to all, is disappearing.
DC Moore's dark and funny new play is an epic tale of unsavoury action and England's lost land.

Headlong's Artistic Director, Jeremy Herrin, (People, Places and Things,This House) directs Anne-Marie Duff as Mary. Cast includes Lois Chimimba, John Dagleish, Brian Doherty, Anne-Marie Duff, Trevor Fox, Hannah Hutch, Cush Jumbo, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Tim McMullan and John O'Dowd. Design is by Richard Hudson, lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Stephen Warbeck, movement direction by Joseph Alford, sound design by Ian Dickinson, fight direction by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd, dance by Siân Williams.

Hundreds of Travelex Tickets at £15 available per performance.


book by James Goldman. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Previews from 22 August, press night 6 September, booking until 4 November with additional performances to be announced

1971, New York. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I'm Still Here and Losing My Mind. Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical is staged for the first time at the NT.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it's directed by Dominic Cooke (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim's previous work at the NT includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Design by Vicki Mortimer, choreography by Bill Deamer, musical supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical director Nigel Lilley, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound designer by Paul Groothuis. Cast includes Josephine Barstow, Tracie Bennett, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Janie Dee, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Forbes, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Kate Parr, Philip Quast, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Imelda Staunton, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker and Alex Young.


by Peter Shaffer

in association with Southbank Sinfonia.

Returns 22 January, booking until 17 February 2018 with additional performances to be announced

Music. Power. Jealousy.

Peter Schaffer's iconic play had its premiere at the NT in 1979, before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

With live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Director Michael Longhurst, designer Chloe Lamford, music director and additional music Simon Slater, choreographer Imogen Knight, lighting design Jon Clark and sound design Paul Arditti.

Cast includes Adam Gillen and Lucian Msamati.

Supported by the Amadeus production syndicate.



by Lindsey Ferrentino

Last chance to see - ends 6 June

After three tours to Afghanistan and months in a severe burns unit, Jess finally returns to Florida to confront her scars. 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, movement direction by Lucy Hind and fight direction by Rachel Brown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd. The cast are MariAnne Adams, Katy Brittain, Olivia Darnley, Buffy Davis, Kate Fleetwood, Ralf Little, KriS Marshall, Tom Peters and Siân Polhill-Thomas.

Hundreds of Travelex Tickets at £15 available per performance.

ANGELS IN AMERICA: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

by Tony Kushner

Previews from 11 April, press day 4 May, continuing in repertoire until 19 August

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis, and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

This new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award-winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the NT in 1992, and was joined by Perestroika in a double-bill the following year. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the shows.

Set design is by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Paule Constable, choreography and movement by Robby Graham, music by Adrian Sutton, sound design by Ian Dickinson, puppetry direction and movement by Finn Caldwell, puppet design by Finn Caldwell and Nick Barnes, illusions by Chris Fisher, aerial direction by Gwen Hales and fight direction by Kate Waters.

The cast are Stuart Angell, Mark Arnold, Arun Blair-Mangat, Susan Brown, Laura Caldow, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Kate Harper, John Hastings, Claire Lambert, Nathan Lane, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, Becky Namgauds, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Russell Tovey, Paksie Vernon, Stan West and Lewis Wilkins.

The Angels in America ballot presented by Delta - thousands of £20 tickets for otherwise sold out performances will be released during the run through this special online ballot.

Broadcast to cinemas by NT Live - Part One on 20 July, Part Two on 27 July



a new play by Nina Raine

a co-production with Out of Joint.

Last chance to see - ends 17 May

Consent by Nina Raine had its world premiere in the Dorfman Theatre. Why is justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? This powerful, painful and funny play sifts the evidence in a rape case from every side and puts justice in the dock. 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. Cast are Priyanga Burford, Pip Carter, Ben Chaplin, Heather Craney, Daisy Haggard, Adam James and Anna Maxwell Martin.


a new play by Inua Ellams, directed by Bijan Sheibani.

a co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Previews from 30 May, press night 7 June, in repertoire until 8 July

Transfers to West Yorkshire Playhouse 12 - 29 July

Newsroom, political platform, local hot-spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world.

This dynamic new play journeys from a barber shop in London, to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

Barber Shop Chronicles is Inua Ellams' third play at the NT, following the exhilarating The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection.

The production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David, sound design by Gareth Fry and musical direction by Michael Henry. The cast is Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun, Peter Bankolé, Maynard Eziashi, Simon Manyonda, Patrice Naiambana, Cyril Nri, Kwami Odoom, Sule Rimi, Abdul Salis, David Webber, and Anthony Welsh.


a new play by Lucy Kirkwood

Previews from 18 July, press night 25 July, in repertoire until 28 September

Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron particle collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.

Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.

When tragedy throws them together, their family is soon headed for a collision that threatens them all with chaos.

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams play the sisters and Amanda Boxer their mother in this new drama from Chimerica writer Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Rufus Norris. Design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Adam Cork, sound design by Paul Arditti, video design by Finn Ross and Ian William Galloway.

Mosquitoes is supported by the Winton Charitable Foundation and Rosetrees Trust and is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.


a new play by Rob Drummond

Previews from 11 August, press night 14 August, runs until 28 August

Following the acclaimed Bullet Catch in The Shed, Rob Drummond returns to the NT with a new show about democracy. The Majority charts Rob's journey as he navigates the Scottish Independence Referendum, Brexit, Trump... and whatever today brings.

So take your seat and push the button. Yes or No. Can you change the show with your votes? Every night will be different, depending on the majority.

Directed by David Overend, designed by Jemima Robinson, lighting design by Michael Harpur, music and sound by Scott Twynholm and video associate Mogzi Bromley-Morgans. Originally co-commissioned with The Arches, Glasgow.


The National Theatre's ground-breaking initiative to bring world-class theatre to a cinema near you. launched in 2009 and has since reached an overall global audience of 6.5 million people. National Theatre Live currently screens to 2,500 cinemas in 60 countries including 700 in the UK.

Obsession by Luchino Visconti in a new production by Ivo Van Hove. Jude Law stars in this new stage adaptation, produced by Barbican Productions and Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre on Thursday 11 May.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. James MacDonald directs a new production of Edward Albee's landmark play. With Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots. Broadcast live from the Harold Pinter Theatre on Thursday 18 May.

Peter Pan, Sally Cookson's wondrously inventive production recorded live during its run at the NT will be screened from Saturday 10 June.

Salomé by Yaël Farber. A radical retelling of the biblical story of one young woman's political awakening. Directed by Yaël Farber. Broadcast live from the NT on Thursday 22 June.

Angels in America, Marianne Elliott's new production of Tony Kushner's two-part play will be broadcast live from the NT. Part 1: Millennium Approaches on Thursday 20 July and Part 2: Perestroika on Thursday 27 July.

Yerma Billie Piper stars in Yerma as a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. Simon Stone creates a radical new production of Lorca's achingly powerful masterpiece. Broadcast live from the Young Vic on Thursday 31 August.

National Theatre Live in the UK is sponsored by Sky Arts.

Find your nearest venue at ntlive.com


The NT will tour to 49 venues in 37 towns and cities across the UK in 2017-18.


Scenes from the US Senate's confirmation hearings 2017 for President Trump's Cabinet.

A staged reading edited and directed by Nicolas Kent.

Presented by the National Theatre, London and The Public Theater, New York.

24 April at 7.30pm at the Vaudeville Theatre

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) will present a public staged reading of All The President's Men? in New York in May.

In January, one week before the president's inauguration a fierce fight erupted in the Senate between Republicans and Democrats over the confirmation of the key figures for President Trump's cabinet.

These four powerful men lead the Trump administration's policy on Russia, the Middle East, Iran and North Korea, on human rights worldwide, on the Paris Climate control agreement, as well as on the civil rights and the health of millions of Americans.

They are: Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon/Mobil, nominee for Secretary of State responsible for America's foreign policy; Jeff Sessions, a leading campaigner for the President and now his chief law officer; Dr Tom Price, a strident critic of Obamacare and nominee for Health Secretary; and Scott Pruitt, a climate change sceptic nominated as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

In front of four separate Senate committees the nominees were subjected to tough and relentless cross-examination. They were questioned forensically about their ethics, beliefs and political philosophies. Each of them had to fend off accusations ranging from corruption to deceit or racism.

These gripping and dramatic verbatim Senate sessions probed their fitness for office, and give us a vital insight into the future policies and direction of a Trump Presidency.

Following a strictly limited run at the NT's Lyttelton Theatre, the acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater production of OSLO transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End from 30 September until 30 December 2017. This gripping new play by JT Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher, tells the true story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. OsloThePlay.com

The National Theatre, Headlong and St Ann's Warehouse in association with Bryan Singer Productions will present the National Theatre/Headlong production of People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan at St Ann's Warehouse in New York from 19 October until 19 November 2017. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Macmillan's intoxicating new play opened at the NT's Dorfman Theatre in autumn 2015, and transferred to Wyndham's Theatre in March 2016 where it became the 'must see' show of the season. Denise Gough will reprise her award-winning role as Emma. Gough's raw and heart-breaking performance as an actress whose life has spun recklessly out of control because of her addiction to drink and drugs was unanimously acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, earning her the 2016 Olivier Award and the Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress. Further cast details to be announced.

Generous support to the National Theatre for People, Places and Things from: Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen and Leila Maw Straus MBE.

Duncan Macmillan's People, Places and Things will also begin a major UK tour with a new cast this autumn, in a co-production between the National Theatre, Headlong, HOME and Exeter Northcott Theatre. Full casting to be announced shortly. The tour begins at HOME, Manchester (22 September - 7 October), and continues to Oxford Playhouse (11 - 14 October), Theatre Royal Bath (17 - 21 October), Bristol Old Vic (24 - 28 October), Exeter Northcott Theatre (31 October - 4 November), Nuffield Southampton Theatres (7 - 11 November) and finish at Liverpool Playhouse Theatre (14 - 18 November).

The set is designed by Bunny Christie, the Olivier and Tony Award winning designer of the NT's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Costumes are by Christina Cunningham, lighting by James Farncombe, video by Andrzej Goulding and music is composed by Matthew Herbert with Olivier award-winning sound design by Tom Gibbons.

Original production sponsored by Neptune Investment Management

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon's bestselling book and directed by Marianne Elliott continues its run at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, with its final West End performance on Saturday 3 June 2017. Joseph Ayre leads the West End cast as Christopher Boone. By 3 June, Curious Incident will have been seen by over 1 million people in London, and almost 2.5 million people worldwide. Curious Incident has won a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design - more than any other single play in the history of the West End - as well as five Tony Awards during its run on Broadway. An exclusive Farewell to the West End Platform with members of the original creative team and chaired by ITV's Arts Editor, Nina Nannar, will take place at the Gielgud Theatre on 1 June at 5.15pm.

Its preferred card partner is American Express.

A North American tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time continues until September 2017, with forthcoming cities including Detroit, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. curiousonbroadway.com/tour.php

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has also began a major tour of the UK and Ireland and continues its journey until September 2017, with visits to the Nottingham Theatre Royal (4 - 15 April), Grand Opera House, Belfast (18 - 22 April), Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (25 - 29 April), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (2 - 6 May), Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (9 - 20 May), New Theatre, Oxford (22 - 27 May), Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (30 May - 10 June) , Bristol Hippodrome (13 - 17 June), Theatre Royal, Plymouth (26 June - 1 July), Birmingham Hippodrome (4 - 8 July), Venue Cymru, Llandudno (11 - 15 July), Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (18 - 22 July), Liverpool Empire Theatre (25 -29 July), Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (31 July - 5 August), His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen (8 - 12 August), King's Theatre, Glasgow (14 - 19 August), Theatre Royal, Norwich (29 August - 2 September) and Milton Keynes Theatre (4 - 16 September 2017). curiousonstage.com

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will continue on an international tour, visiting the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam, Holland (20 September - 1 October 2017) and the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada (10 Oct - 11 November 2017), with further dates and venues to be announced.

Following its run at the NT's Dorfman Theatre, My Country; a work in progress, created by Rufus Norris and Carol Ann Duffy and based on the words of people from around the UK, is currently on a UK tour. Tour dates are: Liverpool Playhouse (11 - 13 April), HOME, Manchester (18 - 22 April), Curve, Leicester (27 - 29 April), Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (2 - 6 May), Strike a Light, Gloucester Guildhall (8 - 9 May), Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (11 - 13 May), Birmingham REP (16 - 20 May), Warwick Arts Centre (25 - 27 May), Theatr Clwyd Cymru (30 May - 3 June), Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Rabozaal as part of the Holland Festival (7 - 8 June), Cambridge Arts Theatre (12 - 17 June) and Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London (19 June - 1 July).

Jane Eyre, Sally Cookson's energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece, a co-production between the NT and Bristol Old Vic, begins a tour of the UK at the Lowry in Salford on 8 April 2017 (with its press night on 12 April at 7.30pm). The tour continues throughout 2017 to the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (18 - 22 April), the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (24 - 29 April), Theatre Royal, Plymouth (1 - 6 May), Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (9 - 13 May), Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (15 - 20 May), Grand Opera House, York (22 - 27 May), New Victoria Theatre, Woking, (29 May - 3 June), Theatre Royal, Glasgow (5 - 10 June), Richmond Theatre (12 - 17 June), Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (19 - 24 June), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (27 June - 1 July), Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (3 - 8 July), Milton Keynes Theatre (10 - 15 July), Theatre Royal, Norwich (17 - 22 July), Brighton Theatre Royal (24 - 29 July), Grand Theatre, Leeds (31 July - 5 August), Grand Opera House, Belfast (21 - 26 August), His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen (28 August - 2 September), Birmingham REP (4 - 16 September) and Hull New Theatre (18-23 September) before returning to Lyttelton Theatre from 26 September until 21 October. janeeyreonstage.co.uk

The NT's acclaimed production of War Horse based on Michael Morpurgo's novel, and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris begins its second major tour of the UK on 15 September 2017 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, where it will run until 14 October 2017. It continues to the Bristol Hippodrome (18 October - 11 November), the Liverpool Empire Theatre (15 November - 2 December 2017), New Theatre, Oxford (13 December 2017 - 6 January 2018), Brighton Centre (25 January - 10 February 2018), Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (14 February - 10 March 2018), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (14 March - 7 April 2018) and the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (18 April - 12 May 2018), The Lowry, Salford (11 - 30 June 2018), Plymouth Theatre Royal (29 August - 15 September 2018), Milton Keynes Theatre (19 September - 6 October 2018) and Glasgow SECC (11 - 26 January 2019). Further dates and venues will be announced. warhorseonstage.com

Following its acclaimed run at the NT's Lyttelton Theatre, Patrick Marber's vital new version of Ibsen's masterpiece Hedda Gabler directed by Ivo Van Hove, begins a UK tour at Theatre Royal Plymouth (2-7 October) and continuing its journey across the UK to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre (17-21 October), Leicester Curve (23-28 October), The Lowry Salford (30 October-4 November), Norwich Theatre Royal (7-11 November), Hull New Theatre (13-18 November), His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen (21-25 November), Northampton Royal & Derngate (28 November- 2 December), Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (23-27 January 2018), Nottingham Theatre Royal (5-10 February) , Newcastle Theatre Royal (12-17 February) and Milton Keynes Theatre (27 February-3 March). Casting to be announced. heddagableronstage.com


28 July - 28 August

The NT's outdoor festival returns this summer, with partners from across the country taking over each weekend.

With free live music, guest DJs and vibrant dance and theatre, there's nowhere better to soak up the sun and the atmosphere this summer.

For the full programme and timings visit: nationaltheatre.org.uk/riverstage

28 - 30 July: The Glory

4 - 6 August: HOME Manchester

11 - 13 August: WOMAD

18 - 20 August: Rambert

25 - 28 August: National Theatre


NT Learning opens up theatre to people of all ages.


Celebrating the best new writing for and about young people.

Each year the NT commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow for a celebration of new writing.

250 youth theatre companies and 5,000 young people from every corner of the UK have taken part in the 2017 festivals.

This summer ten companies will bring their productions to the NT's Olivier and Dorfman Theatres 28 June - 3 July. Tickets will go on sale 25 May.

Connections is supported by: The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, The Garvey Family Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal.


Dorfman Theatre 4 July

The NT's annual playwriting competition for young people

Students from 64 schools from across the UK have submitted hundreds of short plays after being supported by playwrights visiting their schools. Eight shortlisted plays will be given rehearsed readings and the winning play will be performed in the Dorfman Theatre. The winning play will be announced on 5 June. Tickets will go on sale 12 June.

New Views is supported by Old Possum's Practical Trust, The Chapman Charitable Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, The Steel Charitable Trust.


New exhibitions in the upcoming season

We're here because we're here the story of the UK-wide project as it happened, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris and commissioned by 14-18 Now - Wolfson Gallery from 1 June to August 2017

In Visible Ink, tracing LGBT+ stories at the NT - Lyttelton Lounge from 23 June to September 2017

The National Theatre's Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


The NT is dedicated to making the best theatre and sharing it with as many people as possible. Access facilities include Captioned, Audio-Described, British Sign Language and Relaxed Performances, as well as Touch Tours, Braille and large print cast lists and infrared audio headsets. For more information visit nationaltheatre.org.uk/access or call Box Office: 020 7452 3000


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