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Our new 2016-17 season at a glance

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Today, we announced the details of new productions, casting and extensions, alongside three NT Live broadcasts. Here’s a recap of what’s coming up between now and early 2017.



New productions


Hedda Gabler
Lyttelton Theatre
From 15 December 2016

Ruth Wilson takes the title role in Patrick Marber’s new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ivo van Hove directs, making his National Theatre debut.

Visit the Hedda Gabler page.

Dorfman Theatre
From 6 December 2016 to 10 Jan 2017

A co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre,  LOVE is a new work by Alexander Zeldin, following the critically-acclaimed Beyond Caring. Written through a devising process with an ensemble of actors, it follows three families placed into cramped temporary accommodation in the run up to Christmas.

Visit the LOVE page.



Extending productions


The Red Barn
Lyttelton Theatre
From 7 October to 17 Jan 2017

Elizabeth Debicki and Nigel Whitmey join Mark Strong and Hope Davis in the cast of David Hare’s The Red Barn, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon. Robert Icke directs.

Visit the The Red Barn page.


A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer
Dorfman Theatre

From 14 October to 29 November

A Pacifist’s Guide is a co-production with Complicite Associates in association with HOME Manchester. This brand new musical confronting the scariest word we know is directed by Bryony Kimmings.

Visit the A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer page.


Olivier Theatre
From 19 October 2016 to 26 January 2017 (more dates to be announced)

Lucian Msamati plays Salieri alongside Adam Gillen as Mozart and Karla Crome as Constanze. Part of the Travelex £15 seasonAmadeus is directed by Michael Longhurst, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Visit the Amadeus page.


Peter Pan
Olivier Theatre
From 16 November 2016 to 28 January 2017 (more dates to be announced)

A co-production with Bristol Old Vic, devised by the companies. Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the NT after a sell-out run in Bristol. Half price tickets available for under-18s.

Visit the Peter Pan page.



National Theatre Live


Following a celebrated run on Broadway and a UK tour, No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be broadcast from Wyndham’s Theatre on 15 December.

Josie Rourke’s production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, with Gemma Arterton, will be broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse on 16 February.

Ivo van Hove’s production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber, and with Ruth Wilson in the title role, will be broadcast from the NT on 9 March.

For venue information and booking details, visit the NT Live website.



Platforms, events and exhibitions


We will have a full schedule of Platform talks, discussions and interviews around the building, as well as debates and in-depth explorations in the Clore Learning Centre.

We are hosting a series of panel discussions in the Dorfman Theatre, responding to issues raised by the repertoire or affecting the nation as a whole: Youth, Culture and Identity on 29 September, Nationhood, Ireland and Scotland on 3 November and Death, final matters on 24 November.

There will be three free exhibitions: Concrete Reality: Denys Lasdun and the Architecture of the NT in the Olivier Circle Gallery, Adapt or Die, on how adaptations have influenced NT productions, in the Lyttelton Lounge from 7 October and The Art of Make Believe: Staging Children’s Stories in the Wolfson Gallery from 14 November.