National Theatre announces New Season for 2015

The National Theatre has now announced full details of its new season from April to July 2015, as well as new productions throughout the rest of 2015. This season will mark the first of new Chief Executive Tessa Ross and director Rufus Norris.

The new season from April to July will include: Everyman, a new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy starring Chiwetel Ejiofor directed by Rufus Norris; Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill, directed by Lyndsey Turner; The Beaux’ Stratagem by George Farquhar directed by Simon Godwin; The Red Lion, a new play by Patrick Marber directed by Ian Rickson; and The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis directed by Indhu Rubasingham.

Public Booking opens 12 February 2015 (The Red Lion on 26 February), with further details about upcoming show to be announced.


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 in the title role, along with Paul Bullion, Adam Burton, Joshua Lacey, Ira Mandela Siobhan and Clemmie Sveaas. 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. 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 November 2015.

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 August 2015. Timberlake Wertenbaker is the writer and translater of over 40 plays, including 'The Grace of Mary Traverse', 'The Love of the Nightingale', 'Three Birds Alighting on a Field', 'The Break of Day', 'After Darwin' and 'The Ant and the Cicada'.

As You Like it
by William Shakespeare, directed by Polly Findlay will be the National's first main stage production of the comedy since 1980. It will run at the Olivier from November 2015.


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 cast for the production will include Trystan Gravelle, Joshua James, Amanda Lawrence, Ashley McGuire, Simon Manyonda and Alan Williams.

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 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 July 2015.

Jane Eyre
based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë and devised by the Company will come to the Lyttelton from September 2015, directed by Sally Cookson, before opening at the Bristol Old Vic in January 2016.

by Harley Granville Barker will run at the venue from November 2015, in a production directed by Roger Michell.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson will be revived at the venue for the first time since its UK premiere at the NT in 1989, in a new production directed by Dominic Cooke in January 2016.


The Red Lion
a new play by Patrick Marber will open at the Dorfman on 10 June following previews from 3 June where it is currently booking to 25 July 2015. Directed by Ian Rickson, the cast includes Calvin Demba, Daniel Mays and Peter Wight. It will be designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Described as a new play about "the dying romance of the great English game – and the tender, savage love that powers it", it is set in the small time semi-pro football, the non-league. A world away from the wealth and the television cameras. A young player touched with brilliance arrives from nowhere. An ambitious manager determines to make him his own. And the old soul of the club still has dreams of glory.

People, Places and Things
is new play by Duncan Macmillan which will open at the venue in August 2015, directed by Jeremy Herrin in a co-production with Headlong.

Husbands and Sons
by DH Lawrence, adapted by Ben Power and directed by Marianne Elliott will run from October 2015, in a co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. It will star Anne-Marie Duff, and later run the Royal Exchange Theatre from February 2016.

Evening at the Talk House
a new play by Wallace Shawn, will be directed by Ian Rickson and produced in association with Scott Rudin at the Dorfman from November 2015.

Here We Go
a new play by Caryl Churchill, will be directed by NT Associate Director Dominic Cooke and premiere at the venue from December 2015.


Beyond Caring
by Alexander Zeldin will be presented by The Yard Theatre from 28 April to 16 May 2015, with an official opening on 1 May 2015.

Four people arrive to work. They meet for the first time. They are employed as cleaners, by a temp agency. All are on zero-hours contracts. Through investigation and first hand experience, Alexander Zeldin’s brutally honest play exposes stories of an invisible class.

We Want You To Watch
is a new play by RashDash and Alice Birch, directed by Caroline Steinbeis which runs from 11 June to 11 July with a an official opening on 15 June 2015.

This is about pornography. This is an interview. This is an intervention. This is an interrogation. We’re recording now. We want to pull its plug out. We want to stop its heartbeat. We want to blow its brains out and begin again. We know exactly what we’re doing. We’re not stupid.

An Oak Tree
Tim Crouch’s Obie Award-winning production will receives a 10th anniversary revival, playing from 23 June – 11 July 2015.

An intricate story of loss and suggestion performed by two people: the playwright himself and a different second actor at each performance – an actor who will have neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in until they’re in it. Tim Crouch’s work as an actor, director and writer includes 'Adler and Gibb' and 'The Author' for the Royal Court.

Islington Community Theatre will present this play by Ned Lasier, Emily Lim and the company for six performances from 21 to 25 July with an official opening on 22 July 2015.

A fearless company of young people explore the workings of the adolescent brain, in a new piece from one of the UK’s leading companies making theatre with young people. Created with leading cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and drawing upon the life experiences of the cast, Brainstorm is an exploration of the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us.

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