Cast joining Colin Morgan in Translations at National Theatre announced


Casting for numerous productions at the National Theatre has been announced, including for Brian Friel’s latest play, Translations.

Friel’s play is about Owen who returns to his rural Ireland hometown of Donegal from Dublin with two British army officers who aim to create a map of the area, changing the Gaelic names for English ones.  

Ciaran Hinds will join the previously announced Colin Morgan in Translations alongside Dermot Crowley, Aoife Duffin, Adetomiwa Edun, Michelle Fox, Laurence Kinlan, Seamus O’Hara, Judith Roddy and Rufus Wright. The production will be directed by Ian Rickson, with designs by Rae Smith, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Translations will in the Olivier Theatre from 22nd May to 7th July, with an official opening night on 30th May.

It also includes casting updates for Julie, a new adaptation of Strindberg’s play by Polly Stenham, and full casting for Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon.

Polly Stenham’s Julie will update Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie, and sets it in contemporary London. Directed by Carrie Crackell, it will star Vanessa Kirby (The Crown), Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) and Thalissa Teixeira (Yerma), Thomasin Gulgec, Dak Mashava, Beatriz Meireles, Michela Meazza, Ashley Morgan-Davies, Yuyu Rau and Petra Söör.

The production will be designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Guy Hoare, movement by Ann Yee, music by Stuart Earl and sound by Christopher Shutt. It will run in the Lyttelton rom 31st May to 4th August, with an official opening night on 7th June.

In the Dorfman, An Octoroon will play from 7th June following an earlier run at the Orange Tree Theatre last year. The cast, directed by Ned Bennett, includes Cassie Clare, Emmanuella Cole, Celeste Dodwell, Iola Evans, Ken Nwosu, Vivan Oparah, Alistair Toovey and Kevin Trainor, and cellist, James Douglas. It runs until 19th July, with an official opening on 14th June.

It has also been announced that the theatre’s touring production of War Horse will return to the National, with a run in the Lyttelton from 8th November to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

Last month, Adam Godley, Ben Miles and Simon Russell Beale were announced as part of the cast for the upcoming production of The Lehman Trilogy, which Sam Mendes will direct in the Lyttelton from July.

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