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New for 2017 and 2018

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Today, Rufus Norris announced more details of the National Theatre's programme for 2017 and beyond. Here's a snapshot of today's news:

Ivo van Hove will direct the world premiere of Network, based on the Oscar-winning film and featuring a UK stage debut for Bryan Cranston. Anne-Marie Duff is coming to the Olivier Theatre twice: first in DC Moore’s Common and then alongside Rory Kinnear in Macbeth, directed by Rufus Norris. Also in the Olivier, Amadeus returns, with Lucian Msamati reprising his role as Salieri.

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.

Saint George and the Dragon, Beginning and The Majority continue the NT’s commitment to new work and contemporary stories on our stages, including three new plays on the Olivier stage in 2017. Annie Baker returns to the Dorfman with her new play John, following her acclaimed The Flick. Of the 12 new plays now announced for the year, 50% are by women.

Beyond the South Bank, National Theatre Live has added four new broadcasts: Peter Pan and Macbeth from the National Theatre, The Old Vic’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire and The Young Vic’s Yerma, featuring Billie Piper.

Denise Gough returns to People, Places and Things in a transfer to New York’s St Ann’s Warehouse. The production will also travel the UK with a brand new cast, joining four other touring productions: Jane Eyre, My Country; a work in progress, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse.

There’s more, too: River Stage and Connections return this summer and there are three new exhibitions, including a look back at we’re here because we’re here.

Finally, we’re doubling the number of Entry Pass tickets: making 25,000 seats available at a reduced price for young people aged 16 to 25. More details to follow.

Full details of the what's coming up below.

 

New Productions

 

Olivier Theatre

 

Saint George and the Dragon by Rory Mullarkey
From October 2017

An epic new folk play tells of a knight who became a myth, and a country in need of a story. The world premiere is directed by National Theatre Associate Lyndsey Turner with design by Rae Smith, lighting design by Bruno Poet, music by Grant Olding, choreography by Lynne Page and sound design by Christopher Shutt. Hundreds of Travelex tickets at £15 available per performance.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
From spring 2018

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

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
From January 2018

Michael Longhurst's sell-out production returns to the Olivier. Lucian Msamati once again leads the company of actors, singers and musicians. Amadeus is directed by Michael Longhurst with design by Chloe Lamford, music direction and additional music by Simon Slater, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting design by Jon Clark and sound design by Paul Arditti. Amadeus is produced in association with Southbank Sinfonia, supported by the Amadeus production syndicate.

 

Lyttelton Theatre

 

Network by Lee Hall
From November 2017

This new adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky is directed by Ivo van Hove. Cast includes Tony award winner Bryan Cranston in the role of Howard Beale. Set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costume design by An D’Huys, music by Eric Sleichim and sound design by Tom Gibbons. Network is produced in association with Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies. Production supported by Marcia Grand for the memory of Richard Grand.

Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly
From December 2017

John Tiffany directs the world premiere of Pinocchio with songs and score from the Walt Disney film by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington and Paul J. Smith, newly adapted by Martin Lowe. With design and puppet co-design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Paule Constable, music supervision, orchestrations and additional music by Martin Lowe, choreography by Steven Hoggett, puppet co-design and puppetry direction by Toby Olié, sound design by Simon Baker and illusions by Jamie Harrison. Presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.

 

Dorfman Theatre

 

The Majority by Rob Drummond
From August 2017

Following the acclaimed run of Bullet Catch in The Shed, Rob returns to the National with a new one-man show about democracy. Directed by David Overend and originally co-commissioned with The Arches, Glasgow.

Beginning by David Eldridge
From October 2017

In the early hours of the morning, in the aftermath of a party in north London, two people meet. And nothing will ever be the same for them again. The world premiere of David Eldridge’s new play is directed by Polly Findlay. With design by Fly Davis, lighting design by Jack Knowles and sound design by Paul Arditti.

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.

 

Updates on previously-announced productions

 

There’s casting news for Follies, as Dame Josephine Barstow, Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes and Phillip Quast all join Imelda Staunton, while Olivia Colman is cast in Lucy Kirkwood’s new play Mosquitoes, directed by Rufus Norris in the Dorfman. Three new productions go on general sale on 24 February: Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams, Salome by Yaël Farber and Common by D C Moore. Follow the links to read more about those shows, or see the full programme in our What's On section.

 

National Theatre Live

 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard.
Thursday 20 April

Fifty years after the play premiered at The Old Vic, David Leveaux directs Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern alongside David Haig as The Player in this iconic mind bending situation comedy.

Peter Pan in new version by Sally Cookson
Saturday 10 June

Sally Cookson’s wondrously inventive production recorded live during its run at the NT.

Yerma by Federico García Lorca
Thursday 31 August

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 31 August.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
2018

Macbeth will be broadcast by NT Live in 2018. Date to follow.

The four new broadcasts join the six already announced: Amadeus, Saint Joan, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night, Salomé and Angels in America (Parts One and Two).

 

Throughout the UK, in the West End and Internationally

 

Denise Gough returns to People, Places & Things in a transfer to New York’s St Ann’s Warehouse in October 2017. People, Places & Things will also embark on a UK tour with a brand new cast, joining four other UK tours: Jane Eyre, My Country; a work in progress, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse. In 2017-18, the NT will tour to 47 venues in 35 towns and cities across the UK.

 

Also announced

 

River Stage returns this summer with take-over weekends from East London’s The Glory, HOME Manchester and Rambert. Also back for the summer is Connections; 250 school and youth companies will perform 10 new plays by leading playwrights in venues around the UK, followed by one production of each at the NT this summer.

There are three new exhibitions, too: Bright Young Tings, about Black Theatre in London in the 1980s, In Visible Ink, tracing some of the changes for the LGBT+ community over the past 25 years  and we’re here because we’re here’, which tells the story of last year’s Somme commemoration.