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In the Olivier Theatre
by David Hare
James McArdle takes the title role in this epic story of transformation, following his acclaimed performances in Platonov and Angels in America. He is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.
From 27 June 2019
In the Lyttelton Theatre
by Caryl Churchill
For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions. Lyndsey Turner (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Chimerica) directs.
From 26 March
Rutherford and Son
by Githa Sowerby
Githa Sowerby’s astonishing play was inspired by her own experience of growing up in a family-run factory in Gateshead. Roger Allam (Les Misérables, The Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new production directed by Polly Findlay (Beginning).
From 16 May 2019
Announced but not yet booking:
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.
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
a new play by Bruce Norris
This provocative new play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Bruce Norris’ (Clybourne Park, The Low Road) new play, directed by Pam MacKinnon, comes to the National Theatre direct from its premiere at Steppenwolf, Chicago.
From 12 March 2019
Created by Ella Hickson, Ben and Max Ringham
Created by playwright Ella Hickson (The Writer) and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, this tense new thriller is directed by Natalie Abrahami (Machinal).
From 11 May 2019