National Theatre Announces Plans for 2016 and Beyond

The National Theatre has announced plans for forthcoming productions at the venue along the Southbank towards the end of 2016 and heading into 2017.  Here is a closer look at what expect at the theatre in the months ahead. 

Young Chekhov – Olivier Theatre:  Jonathan Kent’s trilogy of works arrives from the Chichester Festival Theatre from July and officially opens at the theatre on the 3rd August. Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull are new versions of the classics, created by David Hare.

The productions will see Anna Chancellor as Arkadina in The Seagull and James McArdle in the title role of Platonov and as Lvov in Ivanov again lead the ensemble company, joined by Geoffrey Streatfeild in the title role of Ivanov and as Trigorin in The Seagull; members of the original cast also include Emma Amos, Pip Carter, Jonathan Coy, Nicholas Day, Peter Egan, Joshua James, Beverley Klein, Adrian Lukis, Des McAleer, Nina Sosanya and Olivia Vinall.

Meanwhile Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus will open at the Olivier Theatre from October, directed by Michael Longhurst. It will see Lucian Msamati, currently Toledo in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, playing the role of Salieri.

This will then be followed up by a co-production with Bristol’s Old Vic of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, directed by Sally Cookson and was last seen at the Bristol Old Vic in 2012.  The production will arrive at the National Theatre in November.

Heading into 2017, the National Theatre will see Tamsin Greig return to the venue, this time to play Malvolia in Simon Goodwin’s production of Twelfth Night, heading to the stage in February next year. Simon Goodwin will then return to direct Ralph Fiennes in Antony and Cleopatra. 

Lyttelton Theatre: 

First up in the new season at the Lyttelton venue will be a production of David Hare’s new play called The Red Barn. It is based on Georges Simenon’s novel La Main and sees director Robert Icke making his National Theatre debut with this production of Hare’s 17th new play at the venue when it appears on stage from October.

Ivo van Hove will also be making his debut at the National Theatre directing a new production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler on stage from December. It will feature a cast of British actors yet to be announced.

While heading forward to 2017, Marianne Elliot will direct Angels in America by Tony Kushner – appearing at the venue from April 2017. The cast will be led by Andrew Garfield, playing Prior Walter.

Dorfman Theatre: 

Lee Hall’s Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour will be directed by Vicky Featherstone from August. It is a stage adaptation of Alan Warner’s cult Scottish novel The Sopranos, marking the debut of the National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre production in London.

The theatre will also be playing host to A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer when it arrives on stage from October. It will be presented by  Complicite Associates in association with HOME Manchester, opening in Manchester in September, then the Dorfman the following month.

Meanwhile in December, Alexander Zelden’s Love will arrive on stage, directed by Zelden and is a co-production with Birmingham Rep. After its run at the Dorfman Theatre, it will transfer to Birmingham.

January 2017 will see the arrival of Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes directed by Rufus Norris, that will be presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club.

Finally, in April 2017, the Dorfman Theatre will present Nina Raine’s new play Consent in a co-production with Out of Joint.




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