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In the Olivier Theatre


Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

From September. Now booking.
Simon Godwin follows the success of Twelfth Night with another Shakespeare in the Olivier Theatre. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play the titular lovers, with design by Hildegard Bechtler.

Hadestown music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell,
developed with Rachel Chavkin

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

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

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


In the Lyttelton Theatre


I’m Not Running by David Hare

From Autumn. Now booking.
David Hare’s 17th play at the National Theatre, directed by Neil Armfield, 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. Now booking.
The remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of the Armistice.


In the Dorfman Theatre


The Prisoner text by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

From September. Now booking
Peter Brook and his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne return to London with a provocative study of what it means to be free.

Stories a new play by Nina Raine

From October. Now booking.
Following the critically acclaimed ConsentNina Raine returns to the National Theatre with this funny and touching new play about the fertilisation of an idea.

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.