The National Theatre announces 15 productions of new plays and fresh adaptations

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The National Theatre has today announced 15 productions of new plays and fresh adaptations by leading writers which will be staged at the National Theatre and beyond over the next 12 months.



The new announcements include: Lucy Kirkwood‘s return to the NT with her new play, THE WELKIN, directed by James Macdonald and with a cast including Maxine PeakeNatasha Cottriall, Cecilia Noble, Dawn Sievewright and Ria Zmitrowicz; the premiere of Moira Buffini‘s timely new play MANOR, directed by Fiona Buffini and starring Nancy CarrollTony Kushner‘s new adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s masterpiece, THE VISIT, or The Old Lady Comes To Call, directed by Jeremy Herrin and starring Lesley Manville as Claire Zachanassian, alongside Richard Durden, Sara Kestelman, Joseph Mydell, and Nicholas Woodeson; and April De Angelis’ adaptation of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, based on the bestselling novels by Elena Ferrante, and directed by Melly Still. MY BRILLIANT FRIEND will be re-worked for the Olivier Theatre following a sell-out run at the Rose Theatre Kingston, and see the entire original cast return including Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack.

Clint Dyer will become the first Black British artist to have acted, written and directed at the NT with DEATH OF ENGLAND, written by Roy Williams and Dyer, and performed by Rafe Spall, and Francesca Martinez will make her playwriting debut and take the lead role in ALL OF US, directed by Ian Rickson.



Other new productions include: Inua Ellams’ adaptation of Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS, relocated to 1960s Nigeria and directed by Nadia FallKate Tempest‘s NT debut, PARADISE, a powerful reimagining of Philoctetes by Sophocles, directed by Ian Rickson and starring Lesley Sharp; a new play by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris, JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN, based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals and directed by Thea Sharrock; an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed novel, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd; the UK premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker‘s latest play, THE ANTIPODES, co-directed by Annie Baker and Chloe Lamford, and starring Matt Bardock, Arthur Darvill, Imogen Doel, Hadley Fraser, Conleth Hill, Sinéad Matthews, Stuart McQuarrie and Bill Milner.



NT Artist in Residence Alexander Zeldin returns with FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITYcompleting his trilogy of plays about life at the margins of society, and a new edition of Ex Machina’s epic THE SEVEN STREAMS OF THE RIVER OTA, directed by Robert Lepage, will also return to the NT as part of a world tour.

Following a run at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall’s WELCOME TO IRAN will play in the Dorfman for a limited run in May 2020, and Chris Bush will adapt Bertolt Brecht’s THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE for the third Public Acts production to be performed at Cast in Doncaster in August 2020, directed by James Blakey.


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