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Live theatre returns to the South Bank this summer

Close up of flowers in front of National Theatre building

We can’t wait to throw open our doors and welcome audiences back to the South Bank from June with two brand-new shows. 

‘Sharing our work online and on television over the last year has enabled us to reach millions of people and continue to keep culture alive, but the magic of live theatre is what we can now begin to look towards.’
Rufus Norris, Director & Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre

Under Milk Wood

Following his appearances in The Homecoming (1997), Look Back in Anger (1999) and The UN Inspector (2005), Michael Sheen (Staged) will return to our stages as part of an acting company that also includes Karl Johnson and Siân Phillips. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, they will breathe new life into Dylan Thomas’ poetic masterpiece, Under Milk Wood. With additional material written by Siân Owen, this bold new production will be staged in-the-round at the heart of our transformed Olivier theatre. 

Michael Sheen Siân Phillips Karl Johnson

Michael Sheen in The UN Inspector (2005), Siân Phillips in Les Blancs (2016), Karl Johnson in Frankenstein (2011)

After Life

Reopening our Dorfman theatre, for the first time since February 2020, is an exciting new collaboration with Headlong. Inspired by Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film, After Life is a beautiful work from Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things) and Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) that asks its audiences: if you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be?  


As we look towards the exciting few months ahead, your support is as vital as ever to our securing the future of the National Theatre. Click here to learn about ways you can donate, or why not join as a member and get early access to tickets for Under Milk Wood and After Life

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Thanks for sticking by us and we can’t wait to welcome you back.