National Theatre announces shows through April 2023

Standing at the Sky's Edge will transfer to London.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The National Theatre has confirmed programming for shows through April 2023. Cabaret star Callum Scott Howells will star in Romeo and Julie, and Indhu Rubasingham directs Fay Ripley in Kerry Jackson. The National Theatre is currently home to The Crucible in the Olivier Theatre, Blues for an Alabama Sky in the Lyttelton Theatre, and The Boy with Two Hearts in the Dorfman Theatre.

As well as productions at the National Theatre, the Tony-winning play, The Lehman Trilogy will return to the West End, with performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in January 2023. Book The Lehman Trilogy tickets on London Theatre.

We’ve listed all upcoming shows at the National Theatre by venue.

National Theatre shows in the Olivier Theatre

After performances at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, Standing at the Sky’s Edge will transfer to the West End. The Sheffield-based musical follows three families over six decades and is a tribute to Park Hill Estate. Chris Bush writes Standing at the Sky’s Edge, with direction by Robert Hastie and songs by Richard Hawley.

Darragh Cowley, Ahmed Hamad, Samuel Jordan, Bobbie Little, Robert Lonsdale, David McKechnie, Maimuna Memon, Baker Mukasa, Alastair Natkiel, Faith Omole, Adam Price, Nicola Sloane, Jake Small, Deborah Tracey, Rachael Wooding and Alex Young star in Standing at the Sky’s Edge.

The show features set and costume design by Ben Stones, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting design by Mark Henderson, and sound design by Bobby Aitken. Standing at the Sky’s Edge runs from 9 February to 25 March.

National Theatre shows in the Lyttelton Theatre

Simon Stone directs his adaptation of the ancient Greek myth, Phaedra. Janet McTeer plays the title character who begins to focus on her personal life, but is eventually shaken by the reappearance of her stepson. Assaad Bouab and Mackenzie Davis make their UK stage debuts in Phaedra.

The show features set design by Chloe Lamford, costume design by Mel Page, lighting designer by James Farncombe, and sound design and composition by Stefan Gregor. Phaedra begins previews on 1 February, with an opening night on 9 February and performances to 8 April.

National Theatre shows in the Dorfman Theatre

Fay Ripley leads the cast of April De Angelis’ Kerry Jackson, centring on a tapas restaurant owner in Walthamstow. Indhu Rubasingham directs Madeline Appiah, Michael Fox, Michael Gould, Kitty Hawthorne and Gavin Spokes.

Set and costume design is by Richard Kent, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, and sound design by Nicola T Chang. Kerry Jackson begins previews on 30 November, with an opening night on 7 December and performances to 21 January.

Callum Scott Howells and Rosie Sheehy star in Gary Owen’s Romeo and Julie in the Dorfman Theatre. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the play follows two Welsh teens who fall in love, but fear a world of unequal opportunity.

Rachel O’Riordan directs Catrin Aaron, Paul Brennen and Anita Reynolds. Set and costume design is by Hayley Grindle, with lighting design by Jack Knowles, and sound design by Gregory Clarke. Romeo and Julie begins previews on 14 February, with an opening night on 21 February, and performances to 1 April.

Hamlet will play at the Dorfman Theatre in March 2023 as part of a nationwide tour. Jude Christian adapts Hamlet, with direction by Ellie Hurt.

Photo credit: Standing at the Sky's Edge (Photo courtesy of production)

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