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Winter Season 2016-2017 at the National Theatre

National TheatreSimon Godwin directs a cast including Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 22nd February 2016.

Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino makes its European premiere in the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2017, with Kate Fleetwood playing the role of Jess.

Consent by Nina Raine will receive its world premiere in a co-production with Out of Joint in the Dorfman Theatre in April 2017.

Limited Edition presents the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe productions Us/Them and Dublin Oldschool; My Country; a work in progress a response to Brexit in the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy, prior to a national tour; and Lost Without Words, a co-production with Improbable in the Dorfman Theatre.

TWELFTH NIGHT Olivier Theatre
Previews from 15 February, press night 22 February, continuing in the repertoire with further performances to be announced.
Simon Godwin directs this joyous new production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 22 February. Tamsin Greig is a transformed Malvolia, alongside a cast including; Oliver Chris (Orsino), Daniel Ezra (Sebastian) Phoebe Fox (Olivia), Tamara Lawrance (Viola), Doon Mackichan (Feste) and Daniel Rigby (Sir Andrew Aguecheek). The production will have set designs by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by James Farncombe, movement by Shelley Maxwell music by Michael Bruce, sound by Christopher Shutt, and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s uptight housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

UGLY LIES THE BONE Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 22 February, press night 1 March continuing in the repertoire with further performances to be announced.
Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino makes its European premiere in the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2017. ‘Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone; beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.’ After three tours in Afghanistan and months in a severe burns unit, Jess (Kate Fleetwood) finally returns to Florida. In a small town on the Space Coast, as the final shuttle is about the launch, Jess must confront her scars, and a home that may have changed even more than her. Experimenting with pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.

Award winning playwright Lindsey Ferrentino’s honest and funny new drama is directed by Indhu Rubasingham, with set design by Es Devlin; video design by Luke Halls; costume design by Johanna Coe; lighting design by Oliver Fenwick; music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham; and fight direction by Rachel Brown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd.

CONSENT Dorfman Theatre
Previews from 28 March, press night 4 April, in repertoire until 17 May
Consent by Nina Raine will receive its world premiere in a co-production with Out of Joint in the Dorfman Theatre in April 2017. Why is justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Friends Ed and Matt take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged. Nina Raine’s powerful, painful, funny play sifts the evidence from every side and puts justice herself in the dock. Cast to be announced. Directed by Roger Michell, with set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Dinah Collin, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by John Leonard.

US/THEM Dorfman Theatre
From 16 January, press night 20 January, final performance 18 February
In September 2004 a group of terrorists stormed a school in Beslan taking hundreds of children hostage. The ensuing siege lasted three days and left many dead. Us/Them is not a straightforward account of this terrible tragedy, but an exploration of the entirely individual way children cope with traumatic situations. After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 and winning The Scotsman Fringe First Award, Us/Them comes to the Dorfman Theatre from 16 January – 18 February 2017.
Us/Them by Carly Wijs, BRONKS and Richard Jordan Productions with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Big in Belgium in association with Summerhall. Suitable for 12yrs+.

DUBLIN OLD SCHOOL Dorfman Theatre
24-31 January
Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan. sees wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin, stumbling from one misguided misadventure to another. Somewhere between the DJs, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past: his brother Daniel. They haven’t spoken in years but, over a lost weekend, they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips and their city. A razor sharp spoken word odyssey, Dublin Oldschool snaps and crackles, with high octane performances. Presented by Project Arts Centre in association with Soho Theatre. Supported by Culture Ireland.

MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS Dorfman Theatre
28 February – 22 March, prior to national tour.
My Country; a work in progress in the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy. In the days following the EU referendum, the National Theatre began a nationwide listening project. A team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow – to hear their views of the country and town they live in, their lives, their future, and the referendum. Using exact words taken from the interviews, My Country; a work in progress puts those conversations centre stage. Rufus Norris, Director of the NT, collaborates with Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, to create this new production, which opens in London before playing at venues around the country. Created in collaboration with eight UK arts organisations; Citizens Theatre, Curve, Derry Playhouse, Live Theatre, National Theatre Wales, Sage Gateshead, Salisbury Playhouse and Strike A Light Festival in association with Cusack Projects Limited.

LOST WITHOUT WORDS Dorfman Theatre
4 – 18 March
Lost Without Words, a co-production with Improbable. ‘If we don’t get lost, how can we find a new route?’ Pioneering improvisers and theatre makers Improbable bring you their latest show, Lost Without Words – a theatrical experiment. Imagine older actors in their 70s and 80s, actors who have spent their lives being other people, bringing life to other people’s words. Imagine they were on stage with nothing but themselves and no words but their own. No script, no map, a different show every night, all they have is a lifetime of theatre to help them find their way.

SHAKESPEARE FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES Dorfman Theatre
Macbeth
6 – 20 February
Amid bloody rebellion and the deafening drums of war, Macbeth and his wife will stop at nothing to fulfil their ambition. Witchcraft, murder, treason and treachery are all at play in this murky world. A bold contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays. Suitable for 13yrs+

Romeo and Juliet
11 – 24 February
Set against a vibrant urban backdrop bursting full of excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight tell the most famous love story of all time. Join us for this swift, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare’s masterpiece as we bring Romeo and Juliet to life for a new generation. Suitable for 8 – 12yrs

NEW DATES AND CASTING
This winter, Peter Pan, JM Barrie’s much-loved tale takes flight. When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him reattach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. Following the acclaimed Jane Eyre, Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the NT after a sell-out run at Bristol Old Vic.

Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe. Suitable for 7yrs+. A co-production with Bristol Old Vic Peter Pan by JM Barrie devised by the Companies. Press night on 2 December, Peter Pan is in repertoire in the Olivier Theatre until 4 February 2017.

Cast includes Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Benji Bower, Will Bower, Lois Chimimba, Laura Cubitt, Anna Francolini, Phoebe Fildes, Ruth Hammond, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Ekow Quartey, Jessica Temple, Dan Wheeler and Madeleine Worrall. Director Sally Cookson; Dramaturg Mike Akers; Set Designer Michael Vale; Costume Designer Katie Sykes; Lighting Designer Aideen Malone; Music Benji Bower; Sound Designer Dominic Bilkey; Movement Director Dan Canham; Aerial Director Gwen Hales; Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd. Puppetry Designer and Director Toby Olié.

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Patrick Marber. Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free… Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors makes his NT debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) plays the title role in a vital new version by Patrick Marber (Three Days in the Country, The Red Lion). Press night on 12 December, Hedda Gabler is in repertoire in the Lyttelton Theatre until 21 March 2017.

Cast includes Harry Anton, Annabel Bates, Robert Bradley, Ebony Buckle, Miriam Cooper, Kate Duchêne, Jason Langley, Chukwudi Iwuji, Éva Magyar, Sinéad Matthews, Kyle Soller, Rafe Spall and Ruth Wilson. Director Ivo van Hove; Set and Lighting Designer Jan Versweyveld; Costume Designer An D’Huys; Sound Designer Tom Gibbons.

LOVE by Alexander Zeldin. In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal. In this new play by Alexander Zeldin, written through a devising process, the audience are invited to bear witness to an intimate story of family love for our times. Alexander Zeldin’s previous work includes the critically acclaimed, ‘raw’ (Financial Times) and ‘unforgettable’ (The Times) Beyond Caring. LOVE continues this unique approach to theatre. Press night 13 December, in repertoire in the Dorfman Theatre until 10 January 2017.

Cast includes Emily Beacock, Darcey Brown, Anna Calder-Marshall, Luke Clarke, Grace Doherty, Janet Etuk, Nick Holder, Vitaly Outkine, Yonatan Pelé Roodner, Bobby Stallwood. Director Alexander Zeldin; Designer Natasha Jenkins; Lighting Designer Marc Williams; Sound Designer Josh Anio Grigg. A co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Amadeus, by Peter Shaffer. Olivier Theatre. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the NT in 1979, before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. In this new production, Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) plays Salieri. With live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Cast includes Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Karla Crome, Tom Edden, Adam Gillen, Matthew Hargreaves, Alexandra Mathie, Lucian Msamati, Eamonn Mulhall, Hugh Sachs, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Peter Willcock. Director Michael Longhurst; Designer Chloe Lamford; Music Director and Additional Music Simon Slater; Choreographer Imogen Knight; Lighting Designer Jon Clark; Sound Designer Paul Arditti. Final performance in the Olivier Theatre 18 March 2017.

The Red Barn a new play by David Hare based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon in the Lyttelton Theatre. Connecticut, 1969. On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely… The great detective writer Georges Simenon escaped France at the end of World War Two, and arrived in the USA to start again. With his American wife, he settled at Shadow Rock Farm in Lakeville. Years later, he wrote La Main, a psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse. David Hare has taken this novel, and forged from it a startling new play.

Cast includes Oliver Alvin-Wilson,Hope Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Elwyn, Stuart Milligan, Anna Skellern, Mark Strong, Nigel Whitmey and Jade Yourell. Director Robert Icke; Designer Bunny Christie; Lighting Designer Paule Constable; Sound Designer Tom Gibbons; Video Designer Tim Reid. Final performance in the Lyttelton Theatre 17 January 2017.

Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliott, will go on sale in January 2017 – dates tbc. Cast includes Susan Brown, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Russell Tovey.

National Theatre Live
No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. Live from Wyndham’s Theatre. Following their celebrated run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the UK stage in Sean Mathias’ acclaimed production of one of Pinter’s most entertaining plays. Broadcast live on Thursday 15 Dec, 7pm Encore screenings from Thursday 5 Jan.
Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. Lucian Msamati plays Salieri, with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Broadcast live on Thursday 2 February 7pm.

Saint Joan live from the Donmar Warehouse Josie Rourke directs Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc in Bernard Shaw’s electrifying classic. Broadcast live on Thursday 16 Feb, 7pm Encore screenings from Thursday 2 March
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Patrick Marber. Live from the NT. Ruth Wilson plays the title role in Ivo van Hove’s production. Broadcast live on Thursday 9 March, 7pm Encore screenings from Thursday 23 March.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Live from the NT. Tamsin Greig plays Malvolia in Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity. Directed by Simon Godwin. Broadcast live on Thursday 6 April.
Also in 2017, Yaël Farber’s radical revision of the biblical tale, Salomé and Marianne Elliott’s new production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, will be broadcast live from the NT with dates to be announced.
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National Theatre throughout the UK, in the West End and internationally
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book and directed by Marianne Elliott enters its fifth year in London, continuing its run at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Joseph Ayre leads the West End cast as Christopher Boone, with tickets currently on sale until 22 April 2017. Its official card partner is American Express.

A North American tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time began at Rochester’s Auditorium Theater in September 2016, and will go on to play more than 30 cities, including Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time begins a second major tour of the UK and Ireland at The Lowry in Salford in January 2017 (with its national press night at the Lowry on Wednesday 25 January at 7.30pm), before playing Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Leeds, Canterbury, Bath, Southampton, Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Sheffield, Oxford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham, Llandudno, Southend, Liverpool, Bradford, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Norwich and finishing in Milton Keynes on 16 September 2017. www.curiousonstage.com/tour

My Country; a work in progress in the words of people across the UK and Carol Ann Duffy. In the days after the EU referendum, the National Theatre began a nationwide listening project. A team of interviewers spoke to people around the country – from Leicester to Derry/Londonderry and Merthyr Tydfil to Glasgow – to hear their views of the country and town they live in, their lives, their future, and the referendum. Using exact words taken from the interviews, My Country: a work in progress puts those conversations centre stage. Rufus Norris, Director of the NT, collaborates with Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, to create this new performance. The production tours to Citizens Theatre – Glasgow, Derry Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, HOME – Manchester, Curve Theatre – Leicester, Sherman Theatre – Cardiff, Strike A Light Festival – Gloucester, Traverse – Edinburgh, Birmingham REP, Warwick Arts Centre Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Sally Cookson’s energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre, a co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, begins a tour of the UK at The Lowry in Salford on 8th April, with its press night on 12th April at 7.30pm, before continuing to Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Aberdeen and Birmingham. www.janeeyreonstage.co.uk

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris begins its second major tour of the UK on 15 September 2017 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, where it will run until 14 October 2017. It continues to the Bristol Hippodrome (18 October – 11 November 2017), the Empire Theatre, Liverpool (15 November – 2 December 2017), New Theatre, Oxford (13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018), Brighton Centre (25 January – 10 February 2018), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (14 February – 10 March 2018), the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (14 March – 7 April 2018), the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (18 April – 12 May 2018), The Lowry, Salford (13-30 June 2018), Plymouth Theatre Royal (29 August – 15 September 2018) and Milton Keynes Theatre (19 September- 6 October 2018). Further dates and venues will be announced. www.warhorseonstage.com

PLATFORMS
An eclectic programme of talks, discussions and interviews, offering the chance to learn more about the National’s work and the arts in general. Running time 45 minutes unless stated.
21 November, 6pm, Dorfman, James Hayes: Shouting in the Evenings
22 November, 6pm, Lyttelton, The Jocelyn Herbert Lecture Rae Smith – 3D Imagination
23 November, 6pm, Lyttelton, Alan Bennett: Keeping On Keeping On
25 November, 5.15pm (1hr), Olivier, A Poem for Every Night of the Year
13 December, 5.45pm (1hr), Lyttelton, An Evening with Private Eye
16 December, 5.30pm, Lyttelton, The Theatre Quiz with Emma Freud
4 January, 6pm, Dorfman, Alexander Zeldin on LOVE
11 January, 5.45pm (1hr), Olivier, Lucian Msamati on Amadeus
17 January, 6.30pm, Dorfman, Carly Wijs on Us/Them
20 January, 5.30pm, Olivier, Sally Cookson on Peter Pan
23 January, 3pm (1hr), Lyttelton, Ruth Wilson on Hedda Gabler
27 January, 5.45pm, Cottesloe Room, Peter Pan – archetypal adolescent
31 January, 6pm, Lyttelton, Ivo van Hove and Patrick Marber on Hedda Gabler
3 March, 6pm, Lyttelton, Lindsey Ferrentino and Indhu Rubasingham on Ugly Lies the Bone
10 March, 4.30pm, Dorfman, Improbable on Lost Without Words
14 March, 6.30pm, Dorfman, Pádraig Cusack and Rufus Norris on My Country; a work in progress
21 March, 6pm, Olivier, Simon Godwin on Twelfth Night
24 March, 3pm (1hr), Olivier, Tamsin Greig on Twelfth Night
31 March, 6pm, Olivier, Redressing the Balance: Gender in Shakespeare
12 April, 6pm, Dorfman, Roger Michell on Consent
26 April, 6pm, Dorfman, A Question of Consent

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