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  • King Lear with Simon Russell-Beale

    King Lear

    An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. Simon Russell Beale plays Lear, directed by Sam Mendes.

    Now playing

  • A Taste of Honey with Lesley Sharp and Kate O'Flynn on a terraced street

    A Taste of Honey

    Written by Shelagh Delaney, A Taste of Honey is one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s. Kate O'Flynn plays Jo, and Lesley Sharp her mother, Helen.

    Now playing until 11 May

  • Home

    After a sell-out run in August, the critically acclaimed Home returns to The Shed.

    In The Shed until 30 April

  • A Small Family Business. With Nigel Lindsay in a warehouse

    A Small Family Business

    Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987.

    Now playing


  • The Silver Tassie, with a photo of Ronan Raftery in British army uniform

    The Silver Tassie

    Sean O’Casey’s powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 displays a jagged madness that belies its Dublin tenement setting and gives full expression to the horror and waste of war...

    Playing from 15 April

  • Yellow Face. Close up of a face from forehead to bridge of nose, right side with white make-up

    Yellow Face

    Tony award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang, explores the impact race has had on the East Asian experience in America.

    In The Shed from 5 to 24 May

  • The Animals and Children Took to the Streets. A white-faced mime, gesturing to shout, in a red top, caught in a spotlight against a black background

    The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

    Seamlessly synchronizing live music and performance with stunning film and animation, the internationally acclaimed show by 1927 returns in May for just six performances.

    From 23 to 26 May

  • Hotel. A figure swimming, top half of body, viewed from below


    A tropical thriller by Polly Stenham where nothing is quite what it seems. Beyond the white sand and beautiful sunsets, dark clouds gather. A storm is coming.

    In The Shed from 31 May - 2 August

  • 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. Photo of Mark Thomas

    100 Acts of Minor Dissent

    Mark Thomas sets himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring.

    7.30pm on 2 June

  • Medea


    Helen McCrory returns to the National to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power.

    From 14 July

  • James I - photo of James McArdle against a stormy sky

    James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock

    Through bold and irreverent storytelling, James I explores the complex character of the colourful Stewart king – poet, lover and law-maker.

    From 10 September

  • Ballyturk


    An ambitious and tender new work by Enda Walsh. Cillian Murphy returns to the National, and is joined by Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea.

    From 11 September

  • James II - photo of Andrew Rothney against a stormy sky

    James II: Day of The Innocents

    A violent royal playground is depicted in James II: a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives.

    From 15 September

  • James III - photo of Jamie Sives against a stormy sky

    James III: The True Mirror

    Like the king himself, James III is colourful and unpredictable, turning its attention to the women at the heart of the royal court.

    From 19 September

  • The James Plays

    The James Plays: Three Show Day

    See all three of The James Plays on the same day. Please note: on these three show days the plays cannot be booked individually.

    25 Sep and 25 Oct

  • Treasure Island. graphic outline of a sailing galleon on a calm sea at night with stars

    Treasure Island

    This winter, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story is brought to life on the Olivier stage in a thrilling new adaptation by Bryony Lavery.

    From December

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