National Theatre announces 2016-2017 Winter Season

Winter Season 2016-2017 at the National Theatre

The National Theatre has this morning announced full plans for its 2016-2017 Winter Season, as well as new dates and casting for current productions and new additions to the National Theatre Live programme.



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.



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.



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.

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.



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+.



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.



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.



Dorfman Theatre 

4 – 18 March       

Lost Without Words is 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.

For more information, and to register for tickets, please Click Here.

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