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2018 and beyond

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Coming up at the NT

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Olivier Theatre

Translations by Brian Friel
From 22 May. Public booking opens on Friday 16 March, 8.30am
Ian Rickson directs a cast including Colin Morgan (Humans) and Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) 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. Booking opens later this year.
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. 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.

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

Follies, book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
In 2019, Dominic Cooke's five-star production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies returns to the Olivier.

Lyttelton Theatre

Absolute Hell by Rodney Ackland
From 18 April. Booking opens later in the year.
Joe Hill-Gibbins directs Ackland’s plunge into post-war Soho, 30 years after its rediscovery. Set design by Lizzie Clachan. Cast includes Charles Edwards, Kate Fleetwood, Sinéad Matthews and Danny Webb.

Julie by Polly Stenham
From 31 May. Public booking opens on Friday 16 March, 8.30am.
Carrie Cracknell directs this reimagining of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, designed by Tom Scutt, with cast including Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa. 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. Public booking opens on Friday 16 March, 8.30am.
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. Cast includes Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles.

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

Nine Night by Natasha Gordon
From 21 April
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. Cast includes Cecilia Noble.

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

From 7 June. Public booking opens on Friday 16 March, 8.30am.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ extraordinary play comes to the National Theatre after a sold-out run at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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

From July 2018. Booking opens later in the year.
Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey directs Laura Wade’s new comedy with cast which includes Katherine Parkinson. Opening at Theatr Clwyd in June.

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.