Hytner announces National Theatre plans for 2014/15

Nicholas Hytner the outgoing Artistic Director of The National Theatre has today announced plans for the forthcoming 2014/15 season, which will be his last season at the Southbank venue.

New plays by David Hare and Tom Stoppard will join revivals of Medea starring Helen McCroy and Shaw's Man and Superman starring Ralph Fiennes. The theatre will also collaborate with The National Theatre of Scotland for the first time, with three new plays by Rona Munro. A new adaptation of Treasure Island by Bryony Lavery for family audiences will play over the Christmas season, directed by Polly Findlay and Nicholas Hytner will also direct a new play by Richard Bean, who wrote 'One Man, Two Guv'nors'.

In autumn 2014, the NT Future redevelopment project will also see the opening of the Dorfman Theatre, which is replacing The Cottesloe Theatre. The temporary space, The Shed, which was due to be taken down this year is expected to stay until 2017, if planning permission is gained.

New shows announced are as follows....


July 2014: A revival of Euripides' Medea, adapted by Ben Power and directed by Carrie Cracknell. Helen McCrory will play the title role.

Sept 2014: James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock, James II: Day of the Innocents and James III: The True Mirror. Three new plays by Rona Munro will evoke three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the fifteenth century. Known collectively as 'The James Plays', they will be directed by Laurie Sansom, and mark the first collaboration between the National Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland. The ensemble cast will include Sofie Gråbøl, Blythe Duff, and James McArdle, Andrew Rothney and Jamie Sives respectively as the three kings.

Nov 2014: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a new play by David Hare will be directed by Rufus Norris.

Dec 2014: Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery for family audiences, directed by Polly Findlay.


May 2014: The 1927's production of The Animals and Children Took to the Streets will return to the venue.

Summer 2014: A new play by Richard Bean, who wrote 'One Man, Two Guv'nors', will be directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Sept 2014: Ballyturk by Edna Walsh will run for a limited five- week season starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea.

Oct 2014: Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre will return to the Lyttelton with a new production called John.

Dec 2014: A new play by Tena Štivičić will be directed by Howard Davies.

Feb 2015: Man and Superman by Bernard Shaw will be directed by Simon Godwin and will star Ralph Fiennes as John Tanner.


May 2014: Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang will transfer from The Park Theatre, directed by Alex Sims.

June 2014: Hotel, Polly Stenham's latest play will be directed by Maria Aberg.


Jan 2015: A new play by Tom Stoppard, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

March 2015: Rules for Living, a new play by Sam Holcroft will be directed by Marianne Elliott.

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