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Coming up at the NT

2018 and beyond

all 3 theatres at the National

Coming up at the NT

Read on for details of future productions at the National.


Olivier Theatre

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

From September. Booking opens later this year.
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.

Lyttelton Theatre

I’m Not Running by David Hare

From Autumn. Booking opens later in the year.
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.

War Horse

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

From November. Booking opens later in the year.
The remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of the Armistice.


Dorfman Theatre

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.
From January 2019.  Booking opens later this year.


NT Live


Broadcast live 6 Sep. 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 Sep. The Chichester Festival Theatre production with Ian McKellan in the title role, directed by Jonathan Mumby.

The Madness of George III

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