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In the Olivier Theatre

Hadestown, music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell,

developed with Rachel Chavkin

A genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.
From November. Now booking.

Follies, book by James Goldman,
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019
From February 2019. Now booking.

Announced but not yet booking:

Small Island, a new play by Helen Edmundson,
based on the novel by Andrea Levy

An epic new production that journeys from Jamaica to Britain through the Second World War to 1948, the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
In the Olivier from May 2019. Booking dates to be announced.

Peter Gynt, by David Hare, after Ibsen

David Hare kidnaps Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century, where he’s propelled into a free-wheeling world of music, dance, poetry, weddings, coronations, trolls and two-headed children.
A co-production with Edinburgh International Festival.
In the Olivier from July 2019, and will then transfer to Edinburgh for the International Festival in August 2019. Booking dates to be announced.


In the Lyttelton Theatre

War Horse

based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford 
in association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company

The remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
From November. Now booking.


by Molière,
in a new version by John Donnelly

Blanche McIntyre (The Writer) directs John Donnelly's (The Pass) ferocious new version of Molière's comic masterpiece.
From 9 February 2019. Public booking opens Friday 9 November, 8.30am.

Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill
Lyndsey Turner (Chimerica) directs Caryl Churchill's wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.
From 26 March 2019. Public booking opens Friday 9 November, 8.30am.

Announced but not yet booking:

Rutherford and Son
by Githa Sowerby
Polly Findlay (Beginning) directs Roger Allam as Rutherford, in the revolutionary Rutherford and Son
In the Lyttelton from May. Booking dates to be announced.

by Simon Woods
Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings play a married couple reckoning with a fundamental difference they cannot resolve. 
In the Lyttelton from September 2019. Booking dates to be announced.

Three Sisters
by Inua Ellam, after Chekhov
Nadia Fall (Dara) directs this new version of the play, that transports the action to 1960s Nigeria, before, during and after the Biafran Civil War.
A co-production with Fuel.
In the Lyttelton in Autumn 2019. Booking dates to be announced. 

In the Dorfman Theatre

The Tell-Tale Heart a new play by Anthony Neilson
based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe

From December. Now booking.
The Tell-Tale Heart is a twisted, graphic and darkly-comic treat.

Announced but not yet booking:

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson's Pamela

A new play by Martin Crimp
Directed by Katie Mitchell (Waves, Cleansed) with a cast including Cate Blanchett, who makes her National Theatre debut alongside Stephen Dillane returning to the National Theatre for the first time since The Coast of Utopia in 2002.
Martin Crimp’s play breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire, and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play.
Using Richardson’s novel as a provocation, five characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.
In the Dorfman from January 2019.  Booking opens later this year.


Coming up on NT Live



Broadcast live 6 September.
Polly Stenham’s new play based on August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Carrie Cracknell directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa.

King Lear

Broadcast live 27 September.
The Chichester Festival Theatre production with Ian McKellan in the title role, directed by Jonathan Mumby.

The Madness of George III

Broadcast live 20 November.
The Nottingham Playhouse production of Alan Bennett’s masterpiece. Mark Gatiss takes the title role, directed by Adam Penford.