National Theatre announces new season including UK premiere of Hadestown

National Theatre

A season has been announced at the National Theatre, and it includes the UK premiere of the musical Hadestown, and the return of its award-winning production of Follies.

With music, lyrics and a book by musician Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown is about a loved-up couple: a songwriter called Orpheus and his muse Eurydice. Eurydice is tempted into the industrial underworld of Hadestown, and Orpheus is sent on a quest to save her. The production, which has been developed with Rachel Chavkin, will run in the Olivier from 2nd November to 26th January, and will then transfer to Broadway.

Also in the Olivier, there will be three performances of William Shakespeare’s Pericles, adapted by Chris Bush with music by James Fortune. Directed by Emily Lim, the production will feature a company of all ages from across London alongside professional artists, and it will run on 26th, 27th and 28th August.

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies is set to return to the Olivier in 2019. From 19th February, the musical, which has a book by James Goldman, will run in the Olivier. Janie Dee and Peter Forbes will reprise their roles in the musical, which is directed by Dominic Cooke.

Casting has also been announced for Exit the King, which will also run in the Olivier. Adrian Scarborough, Debra Gillett, Derek Griffiths and Amy Morgan will join Rhys Ifans and Indira Varma in the new adaptation by Patrick Marber, which opens on 17th July.

It has also been announced that Katherine Parkinson will star in Laura Wade’s play Home, I’m Darling in the Dorfman Theatre. It will be directed by Theatr Clwyd artistic director Tamara Harvey, and will also feature Kathryn Drysdale, Sara Gregory, Richard Harrington, Barnaby Kay and Sian Thomas.It runs form 24th July to 5th September.  

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