National Theatre 2015 Season Details announced to January 2016

The National Theatre has now announced further details of its July 2015 to January 2016 season, with casting, creatives and booking dates for many of its upcoming productions.


As You Like It
By William Shakespeare, opens 3 November following previews from 26 October 2015, booking to 5 March 2016. Polly Findlay directs, with set design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Jon Clark, costume by Christina Cunningham, movement by Jonathan Goddard and sound by Carolyn Downing. Cast includes Rosalie Craig (Rosalind), Mark Benton (Touchstone), Paul Chahidi (Jaques) and Patsy Ferran (Celia).

Synopsis:"With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love."

A new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which features music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, will open on 2 December following previews from 23 November 2015, currently booking to 28 February 2016. Directed by Rufus Norris, with designs by Rae Smith, lighting by Rae Smith, movement by Javier De Frutos, costume by Katrina Lindsay and sound by Paul Arditti.

Synopsis: "Aly, 12, loves this extraordinary virtual world. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, lets her escape from her parents, from teachers, from herself. Online, Aly becomes Alice: brave, beautiful and in control. But some of the people she meets - the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen - seem strangely familiar. As hard as Aly tries to keep them apart, real life and begin to collide in ever more curious and dangerous ways."


By Harley Granville Barker, opens on 10 November following previews from 3 November 2015, currently booking to 16 January 2016. The production will be directed by Roger Michell, with designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound by John Leonard. Cast includes Charles Edwards and William Chubb.

Synopsis: "Backstage at a hung parliament, visionary Independent Henry Trebell is co-opted by the Tories to push through a controversial Bill. Pursuing his cause with missionary zeal, he’s barely distracted by his brief affair with a married woman until she suffers a lethal backstreet abortion. Threatened by public scandal, the Establishment closes ranks and coolly seals the fate of an idealistic man."

Here We Go
By Caryl Churchill, opens on 27 November following previews from 25 November 2015, booking to 19 December 2015. The production will be directed by Dominic Cooke, with designs by Vicki Mortimer and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Synopsis: "A funeral party for a man with an adventurous past and a ginger cat that needs a home. Where is he now? Is his heart lighter than a feather? How did he die? And what happens to his friends?"


Husbands and Sons
By DH Lawrence, adapted by Ben Power, opens on 27 October following previews from 19 October 2015, currently booking to 19 January 2016. Directed by Marianne Elliott with set design by Bunny Christie, lighting by Lucy Carter, movement by Scott Graham and sound by Ian Dickinson. Cast includes Anne-Marie Duff (Lizzie Holroyd), Joe Armstrong, Matthew Barker, John Biggins, Cassie Bradley, Louise Brealey, Susan Brown, Julia Ford, Johnny Gibbon, Tala Gouveia, Lloyd Hutchinson, Philip McGinley, Martin Marquez, Katherine Pearce, Josie Walker and Sue Wallace.

Synopsis: "On the cracked border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire stands the village of Eastwood. The women of the village, wives and mothers, struggle to hold their families and their own souls together in the shadow of the great Brinsley pit."

Evening at the Talk House
By Wallace Shawn, opens on 24 November following previews from 17 Novemver 2015, currently booking to 23 January 2016.
Directed by Ian Rickson, with set design by The Quay Brothers, lighting by Neil Austin, costume by Soutra Gilmour and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Synopsis: "A reunion at the almost legendary club, The Talk House. Still presided over by the kindly Nellie, there’s the same genteel atmosphere, the familiar drinks and the special snacks. The playwright, the composer, the actress. The former television star brutally beaten up. The possibility of a pleasant night."


The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare, in a new version by Ben Power for young audiences opens on 21 October and is booking until 6 November 2015. The production will be directed by Bijan Sheibani, will run during daytimes and is suitable for children aged 8 – 12.

Synposis: "In a city celebrating carnival, two sets of identical twins seek each other amidst a riot of music and colour. Separated for many years, the brothers face comedic confusion, arrests, and multiple mistaken identities before a final joyful reunion."

Booking information:

Public booking open for Wonder.Land.

Public booking opens on 20 July 2015 for: As You Like It, Waste, Here We Go, Husbands and Sons, Evening at the Talk House and The Comedy of Errors.

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