National Theatre 2015 Season Details announced

The National Theatre has now announced further details of its 2015 season, with casting and booking dates for many of its upcoming productions. This season will mark the first of new Chief Executive Tessa Ross and director Rufus Norris.


adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, opens 29 April following previews from 22 April 2015, currently booking to 16 July 2015. The production stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Everyman), Stephen Aintree, Philip Martin Brown, Paul Bullion, Adam Burton, Michelle Butterly, Sharon D Clarke, Dermot Crowley, Kate Duchêne, Amy Griffiths, Nick Holder, Nicholas Karimi, Joshua Lacey, Penny Layden, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Coral Messam, Jeshaiah Murray, Amanda Minihan, Itxaso Moreno, Tumo Reetsang, Kiruna Stamell, Clemmie Sveaas and Joshua Tikare.

It will directed by Rufus Norris and feature set design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Paul Anderson and choreography by Javier De Frutos.

A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it is known as one of the great primal, spiritual myths, which asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

The Beaux Stratagem
by George Farquhar from 19 May 2015 with an official opening on 26 May, booking to 19 July 2015. The full cast includes: Esh Alladi, Samuel Barnett (as Aimwell), Jamie Beamish, Pippa Bennett-Warner (as Dorinda), Jane Booker, Cornelius Clarke, Susannah Fielding (as Mrs Sullen), Molly Gromadzki, John Hastings, Richard Henders, Lloyd Hutchinson, Chris Kelham, Nicholas Khan, Barbara Kirby, Ana-Maria Maskell, Amy Morgan, Pearce Quigley, Ana-Maria Maskell, Amy Morgan, Mark Rose, Chook Sibtain, Geoffrey Streatfeild (as Archer) and Timothy Watson.

Directed by Simon Godwin, with designs by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Jon Clark, movement by Jonathan Goddard, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Farquhar’s final play is described as "a fabulous carnal comedy". The 'Beaux' Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.
is a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which features music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini. It will be directed by Rufus Norris in a co-production with Manchester International Festival, and run at the Olivier Theatre from 27 November 2015, with an official opening to be announced.

The production will have set designs by Rae Smith, with projections by 59 Productions, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Arditti, choreography by Javier De Frutos and musical direction by David Shrubsole.

"Welcome to, where you can be exactly who you want to be. Aly, 12, loves this extraordinary virtual world. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, lets her escape from her parents, from teachers, from herself."

Our Country's Good
by Timberlake Wertenbaker will be directed by Nadia Fall, and run at the Olivier from 19 August to 17 October, with an official opening on 26 August 2015.

The production will feature designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Neil Austin, choreography by Arthur Pita and sound by Carolyn Downing.

Observed by a lone, mystified Aboriginal Australian, the first convict ship arrives in Botany Bay in 1788, crammed with England’s outcasts. Colony discipline in this vast and alien land is brutal. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment? The ambitious Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark steps forward with a play. But as the mostly illiterate cast rehearses, and a sense of common purpose begins to take hold, the young officer’s own transformation is as marked and poignant as that of his prisoners.


Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
by Caryl Churchill will be directed by Lyndsey Turner and run from 15 April to 22 June 2015, with an official opening on 23 April 2015. The full cast for the production includes Trystan Gravelle, Joshua James, Amanda Lawrence, Ashley McGuire, Simon Manyonda, Alan Williams, Leo Bill, Joe Caffrey, Elizabeth Chan, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Daniel Flynn, Nicholas Gleaves, Trystan Gravelle, Ash Hunter, Joshua James, Amanda Lawrence, Adelle Leonce, Ashley McGuire, Simon Manyonda, Ann Ogbomo, Steffan Rhodri, Joseph Rowe, Alan Williams and Sargon Yelda.

The drama tells the story of the men and women who went into battle for the soul of England. It speaks of the revolution we never had and the legacy it left behind. In the aftermath of a bloody and brutal civil war, England stands at a crossroads. Food shortages, economic instability, and a corrupt political system threaten to plunge the country into darkness and despair. The Parliament men who fought against the tyranny of the King now argue for stability and compromise, but the people are hungry for change. It will have set designs by Es Devlin, costumes by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Bruno Poet, movement by Joseph Alford, music by Helen Chadwick, and sound by Christopher Shutt.

The Motherf**ker with a Hat
by Stephen Adly Guirgis will receive its UK premiere at the venue, where it runs from 10 June, booking to 7 July with an official press night on 17 June 2015. It will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham, designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by Carolyn Downing.

The full cast for the production includes Nathalie Armin, Lisa Caruccio Came, Ricardo Chavira, Alec Newman, Flor De Liz Perez and Yul Vazquez.

The play received six Tony nominations on Broadway, where it premiered in 2011. Poetic, profane and hilarious, this whip-smart look at love and addiction finds light even in the darkest corners of New York City. "Things are looking up for Jackie. He’s out of jail and staying clean thanks to his sponsor. He might even have found a job. And of course there’s Veronica, who he’s loved since 8th grade. Nothing could come between them – except a hat."

Three Days in the Country
by Patrick Marber is "unfaithful version of A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev". Directed by the author, it will run at the Lyttelton from 21 July to 21 October 2015, with an official opening on 28 July 2015.

The cast will include Amanda Drew, Gawn Grainger, John Simm and Cherrelle Skeete "Russia. A beautiful country estate. The mid-nineteenth century. A handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love. The love left unsaid and the love which must out."

The production will be designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Neil Austin, music and sound by Adam Cork and movement by Polly Bennett; it is produced in association with Sonia Friedman Productions.

Jane Eyre
based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë and devised by the Company will come to the Lyttelton from 8 September to 25 October 2015, with an official opening on 17 September 2015, before opening at the Bristol Old Vic in January 2016.

"From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart."

Directed by Sally Cookson, the production has set designs by Michael Vale, costumes by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound by Mike Beer, movement by Dan Canham. The cast will include: Benji Bower, Will Bower, Craig Edwards, Felix Hayes, Phil King, Melanie Marshall, Simone Saunders, Maggie Tagney and Madeleine Worrall.


People, Places and Things
is new play by Duncan Macmillan which will run at the venue from 25 August to 10 October 2015, with an official opening on 1 September 2015.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin in a co-production with Headlong, it will feature set design by Bunny Christie, with costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Tom Gibbons.

"Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?"


by Alistair McDowall runs from 10 September to 10 October 2015, with an official opening on 14 September 2015. Presented by the Orange Tree Theatre (where it had an acclaimed run in 2014) and in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, it is directed by Ned Bennett and designed by Georgia Lowe, with lighting by Elliott Griggs, sound by Giles Thomas and movement by Polly Bennett.

"Ollie’s sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona, an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born."

The thriller is unsuitable for those aged 14+ and contains adult themes.

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