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Coming up at the NT

2018 and beyond

all 3 theatres at the National

Coming up at the NT

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Olivier Theatre

Michael Longhurst's sell-out production of Amadeus returns to the Olivier in January 2018. Lucian Msamati once again leads the company of actors, singers and musician.

In Spring 2018 Rufus Norris directs Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff in Macbeth Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, 25 years after his last Shakespeare production. Broadcast to cinemas by NT Live in 2018.

Translations by Brian Friel
From May 2018
Ian Rickson directs a cast including Colin Morgan in Brian Friel’s powerful account of language and nationhood. Rae Smith designs. Part of the Travelex £15 season.

Exit the King by Eugène Ionesco, adapted by Patrick Marber
From July 2018
Patrick Marber directs his own adaptation of Ionesco’s dark comedy, designed by Anthony Ward. Cast includes Rhys Ifans (King) and Indira Varma (Queen). Part of the Travelex £15 season.

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
From September 2018
Simon Godwin follows the success of Twelfth Night with another Olivier Theatre Shakespeare. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the titular lovers, with design by Hildegard Bechtler.

Pericles by William Shakespeare, adapted by Chris Bush
August 2018
Emily Lim directs a large community ensemble and small cast of professional actors in the first Public Acts production.

Lyttelton Theatre

John Tiffany directs the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly with songs and score from the Walt Disney film by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington and Paul J. Smith, newly adapted by Martin Lowe. Presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.

Absolute Hell by Rodney Ackland
From April 2018
Joe Hill-Gibbins directs Ackland’s plunge into post-war Soho, 30 years after its rediscovery. Set design by Lizzie Clachan.

Julie by Polly Stenham
From June 2018
Carrie Cracknell directs this reimagining of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, designed by Tom Scutt, with cast including Vanessa Kirby. Part of the Travelex £15 season.

The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
A co-production with Neal Street Productions

From July 2018
Sam Mendes directs the epic story of Lehman Brothers from its inception in 1844 to the financial crash 163 years later. Ben Power adapts Stefano Massini’s play, which has been a success across Europe.

I’m not Running by David Hare
From Autumn 2018
I’m not Running, David Hare’s 18th play at the National Theatre, is directed by Neil Armfield. It tells the story of two friends and their involvement, or lack of it, in British party politics.

Dorfman Theatre

John by Annie Baker
From early 2018
Following The Flick in 2016, Annie returns to the Dorfman with her new play, John. James Macdonald directs the European premiere.

The Great Wave by Francis Turnly
A co-production with the Tricycle Theatre

From March 2018
Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, returns to the National Theatre to direct The Great Wave by Francis Turnly, who wrote it while on a Channel 4 playwrighting bursary at the Kilburn theatre.

Nine Night by Natasha Gordon
From April 2018
Natasha Gordon’s debut play is a funny and touching exploration of the rituals of family. Nine Night is directed by Roy Alexander Weise, with design by Rajha Shakiry.

An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
A co-production with Orange Tree Theatre

From June 2018
Ned Bennett’s production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ satire was highly praised at Orange Tree Theatre. It’s coming to the Dorfman from early next summer.

Home, I’m Darling by Laura Wade
A co-production with Theatr Clwyd

From July 2018
Theatr Clwyd’s artistic director Tamara Harvey directs Laura Wade’s NT and Theatr Clwyd debut, a new comedy with cast including Katherine Parkinson. Anna Fleischle designs. It will open at Theatre Clwyd in June.

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, adapted by Justin Audibert and the company
February 2018
Justin Audibert directs an exciting new version of the Shakespeare play  for primary school children, with design by Lucy Sierra. Shakespeare for younger audiences is supported by: The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust.

NT Live

National Theatre Live will broadcast Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, from 22 February, the Young Vic's production with Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell, which was captured live on stage.

The Bridge Theatre production of Julius Caesar will be brodcast live on 22 March.

At the National Theatre, broadcasts include Macbeth broadcast live on 10 May.