NEWS: National Theatre to Present UK Premiere of Oslo

London’s National Theatre has announced that it will be presenting the UK premiere of Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of the new play by J T Rogers, directed by Bartlett Sher. 


Playing at the National Theatre from the 5th to the 23rd September, the production will then transfer to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre from the 30th September until the 30th December.

Currently in previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway, Olso is a thriller as well as a personal story of men and women working and fighting together to change the world.

In 1993, in front of the world’s press, the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. Few watching would have guessed that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo.

Oslo tells the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats who coordinated top secret talks and inspired seemingly impossible friendships. Their quiet heroics led to the groundbreaking Oslo Peace Accords.

Talking about the news National Theatre Director Rufus Norris said: “The National Theatre is privileged to have the opportunity to present Lincoln Center Theater’s production of J T Rogers’ extraordinary play, told with passion and humour, about a significant period in our recent political history. We are delighted to be able to share it with our audiences here at the National Theatre on the South Bank, and in the West End.”

Bartlett Sher’s production marks the return of J T Rogers to the National, following his plays Blood and Gifts, which premiered at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2010 and The Overwhelming, a co-production between the National Theatre and Out of Joint.

It also marks the National Theatre directorial debut of Bartlett Sher, whose previous work includes Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse in 2015, Two Boys for the ENO and South Pacific for the Barbican in 2011, and TFANA’s Cymbeline at the RSC’s The Other Place in 2001.

Casting has yet to be confirmed.

Oslo will play at the National Theatre from the 5th to the 23rd September and will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 30th September until the 30th December. 

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