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Booking soon
 

This summer, we’re staging two epic new productions on the South Bank with hundreds of £20 tickets available, plus a National Theatre favourite returns to London for Christmas:

Paradise by Kae Tempest

A thilling tale of pride, glory and betrayal with Lesley Sharp leading an all-female cast directed by Ian Rickson.

Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock

Miranda Cromwell directs this award-winning 'swirling journey through black history' (★★★★ Guardian) direct from the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens

Marrianne Elliott's acclaimed production celebrates its 10th year in 2022, and plays Wembley Park Theatre from December as part of a 16-venue UK & Ireland tour.

Public booking for all three shows will open on Friday 25 June.

Streaming online now 

In the meantime, you can enjoy the Bridge Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Old Vic Theatre’s All My Sons on National Theatre at Home, with Consent also now available with audio-description.  

Subscribers can access 23 shows in total with new productions added monthly.

Learn more about What’s On this summer

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An unmissable autumn
 

Coming up later this year on the South Bank, around the world and on a screen near you:

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

A major new revival in the Olivier theatre this September, marking 35 years since its UK premiere. Dominic Cooke directs a cast including Ben Daniels, Liz Carr, Daniel Monks and Danny Lee Wynter. A co-production with Fictionhouse.

East Is East by Ayub Khan Din

This modern classic reopens our Lyttelton theatre in October, with Iqbal Khan directing Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s 25th anniversary production.

Hex by Tanya Ronder, Jim Fortune and Rufus Norris 

Rufus Norris directs our thrilling new Olivier theatre musical, which ​goes beyond the kiss that woke the Sleeping Beauty to tell the fairy’s tale.

Manor by Moira Buffini

Enjoy a darkly comic new play in the Lyttelton over Christmas, as Fiona Buffini directs Nancy Carroll as the owner of a rundown manor house, which shelters an explosive mix of people during a storm.

Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress

Over in the Dorfman, Nancy Medina directs Tanya Moodie in this ground-breaking satire of the white-dominated theatre scene of Broadway in the 1950s.

West End: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Joel Horwood

Don't miss the West End premiere of Katy Rudd's five-star production at the Duke of York's Theatre from October.

On screen: Death of England: Face to Face by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams

We’re back on television screens with this new film directed by Clint Dyer, following the acclaimed stage productions Death of England and Death of England: Delroy. With a cast including Neil Maskell, Giles Terera and Phil Daniels, the film will be available to everyone in the UK for free on Sky Arts.

NT Live: Follies

We’re returning to cinemas around the world this September with our award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, following two smash-hit runs in our Olivier Theatre.

On Broadway: The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power

Sam Mendes' acclaimed production is back on Broadway with Adrian Lester joining Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley. The show then visits San Francisco and Los Angeles, casting to be announced. A co-production with Neal Street Productions. 

On Broadway and touring internationally: Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell

This beloved musical also returns to Broadway from September with a North American tour in October. A South Korean production will also open in Seoul during August.

Larry Kramer

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Further ahead
 

Reasons to be excited as we head into 2022 and beyond:

The Father and the Assassin by Anupama Chandrasekhar  

Indhu Rubasingham directs a new play for the Olivier theatre, which tells the story of Nathuram Godse and his journey from being a devout follower of Gandhi to becoming his eventual assassin in 1948.  

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, adapted by Emma Rice

In the Lyttelton next year, Emma Rice transforms the 19th century masterpiece into a powerful and uniquely theatrical experience. Our co-production with Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic and York Theatre Royal will also go on to tour the UK. 

The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams

A sensation when it first premiered, Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical play is given a bold new staging in the Lyttelton by director Dominic Cooke with a cast including Nicola Walker and Iwan Davies.

Our Generation by Alecky Blythe

In the Dorfman, Daniel Evans directs this extraordinary, verbatim new play that follows the lives of 12 young people from across the UK.  A co-production with Chichister Festival Theatre. 

Touring: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Joel Horwood

Following its West End premiere in October, our acclaimed production will head out on tour during 2023.

Read our June 2021 announcement in full (pdf 281KB)

The Corn is Green with Nicola Walker. A photo of Nicola Walker pushing her bicycle towards the camera, through a crowd of black coated miners all walking away from camera

Indhu Rubasingham

Thank you to the Garfield Weston Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, American Express, Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen, Graham and Joanna Barker, the Genesis Foundation, The Linbury Trust, Northern Trust, Jeff and Liz Peek, Mark Pigott KBE, The Polonsky Foundation, Sky Arts and disguise.

Image credits: Paradise photography (Lesley Sharp) by Alex Telfer; Rockets and Blue Lights by The Masons; A Midsummer Night’s Dream camera rehearsal photography by Graham Pearson; Photogrpahy (Larry Kramer) by Jean Carlomusto; Hadestown production photography by Matthew Murphy; The Ocean at the End of the Lane production photography by Manuel Harlan; Follies production photography by Johan Persson; The Corn is Green photography (Nicola Walker) by Laura Pannack; Rehearsal photography (Indhu Rubasingham) by Mark Douet