National Theatre New Season Jul 2014 - Jan 2015

The National Theatre has now announced its schedule up to Jan 2015, including 4 previously unannounced new productions, and the first production in the new Dorfman Theatre (formerly The Cottesloe)

Public Booking opens on Fri 18 July 2014 for these newly announced productions.


by David Hare, based on the book by Katherine Boo opens 18 Nov 2014, following previews from 11 Nov - booking to 14 Jan 2015. Directed by Rufus Norris, cast includes Meera Syal. Synopsis: India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

Previously announced productions in the Olivier include...
A Small Family Business now closes on 27 Aug 2014.
Medea from 14 July - closes on 4 Sep 2014.
James I from 10 Sep - closes on 28 Oct 2014.
James II from 15 Sep - closes on 29 Oct 2014.
James III from 19 Sep - closes on 29 Oct 2014.
Treasure Island from 3 Dec - extends to 19 Feb 2015.



JOHN, a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre, opens 1 Nov 2014, following previews from 30 Oct, Closes 13 Jan 2015. Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson. The performers are Taylor Benjamin, Lee Boggess, Gabriel Castillo, Ian Garside, Ermira Goro, Garth Johnson, Hannes Langolf, Vivien Wood, and Andi XhumaSynopsis: 'JOHN is a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director . of DV8 Physical Theatre. Newson interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most. John authentically depicts real-life stories, where movement and spoken word combine to create an intense, moving and poignant theatrical experience.'

by Tena Stivicic, opens 3 Dec 2014, following previews from 26 Nov - booking to 10 Jan 2015. Directed by Howard Davies, cast includes Siobhan Finneran. Synopsis: 'From the remnants of monarchy to Communism, democracy, war and the EU: Croatia 1945–2011. The Kos family argue, adapt, fall in and out of love. World after world is erected and torn down around them. The one constant is the ivy-clad house in Zagreb, built by aristocrats, partitioned, owned by all, owned by a few; witness to four increasingly educated and independent generations of women. But when the family assemble for Lucia’s wedding, Alisa learns that her nouveau-riche brother-in-law has bought the once nationalized house. For the bride this is progress, for her sister it’s a shady act of greed. For their principled parents, finally, it’s one battle too many. Against a country in turmoil, Tena Stiviac's new play creates the portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive.'

Previously announced productions in the Lyttelton include...
Great Britain closes 23 Aug 2014.
Ballyturk from 11 Sep, closes 11 Oct 2014.



From 30 Sep 2014 to 08 Jan 2015

HERE LIES LOVE musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, opens 13 Oct 2014, following previews from 30 Sep, Closes 8 Jan 2015. A Public Theater production. It is directed by Alex Timbers. Synopsis: 'Here Lies Love traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power, to descent into infamy and disgrace. The new Dorfman Theatre is transformed into a pulsating club for this immersive theatrical event; Alex Timbers’ production combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and a remarkable 360-degree staging. Dress comfortably, and come ready to dance!'



ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare, 29 Oct to 14 Nov 2014.Adapted by Ben Power for younger people (suitable for ages 8 to 12 years). Directed by Bijan Sheibani. Synopsis: 'A modern city. A deadly feud. And a pair of star-crossed lovers. Set against a vibrant urban backdrop bursting with excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight recreate the most famous love story of all time. Join us for this swift, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare’s masterpiece bringing Romeo and Juliet to life for a new generation.'

Previously announced productions in the Temporary include...
Hotel closes 2 Aug 2014.

New Platforms
Unless stated: 6pm / Length 45 mins/ £4

Francesca Martinez
Fri 25 July, Temporary Space
The comedian talks to Clive Anderson aboutnWhat the **** is Normal?!, a powerful and political call-to-arms which encourages us to be happy with who we are.

Medea: Ancient and Modern:Helen McCrory
Fri 22 Aug, 3pm (1hr), Olivier, £5/£4
The actress talks about the challenges and rewards of playing the title role in Medea.

Kika Markham
Wed 24 Sep, Lyttelton
In Our Time of Day, Kika Markham reflects on her passionate and turbulent marriage to Corin Redgrave, and their shared love of acting, family and leftwing activist politics.

Remembering Joan Littlewood
Tue 30 Sep, Lyttelton
To mark her centenary and a weekend of ‘Fun Palaces’, Stella Duffy, Murray Melvin and Peter Rankin celebrate the theatre maverick’s life and work.

Alan Bennett
Thu 2 Oct, Lyttelton
On National Poetry Day, Alan Bennett presents his anthology of verse, Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin, accompanied by his own enlivening commentary.

Bill Bryden and Nobby Clark
Thu 09 Oct, Lyttelton
In their new book, Bryden the director offers a funny and illuminating portrait of great lives in the theatre, accompanied by Clark’s photographs.

Richard Eyre
Tue 21 Oct, Olivier
The director talks about his new book, What Do I Know?, writings on people he has worked with, ideas he has struggled with, and things that have moved him.

A Warring Absence: Dylan and Caitlin Thomas
Fri 24 Oct, Olivier
Daniel Evans and Sian Thomas read a selection of writing by the late poet and his wife to mark his centenary, compiled by Tim Schneider; accompanied by new music from The Kane Players.

In Context: DV8 Physical Theatre
Wed 12 Nov, 2-4.30pm
The Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, £20
Professor Sita Popat of the University of Leeds talks to DV8's artistic director Lloyd Newson and members of the company. This session gives a rare insight into DV8's work past and present and Lloyd Newson's working methods.

The Female Voice
Thu 20 Nov, Olivier
Jeannette Nelson, the National’s Head of Voice, is joined by actors and directors to examine how women’s voices are represented and received in theatre.

Rufus Norris and Meera Syal
on Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Fri 21 Nov, Olivier
The director and actress discuss this new production.

In Context: Documentary & Verbatim Theatre
Tue 25 Nov, 2.30-5.30pm
Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, £20
This afternoon explores documentary and verbatim theatre from the 1960s to the present day through the work of Alecky Blyth, David Hare, Max Stafford-Clark and others. Speakers including Alecky Blythe (London Road), Bella Merlin (Professor of Acting, University of California, Davis) and Chris Megson (Royal Holloway, University of London) consider the development and popularity of the form as well as methods used by playwrights, directors and actors.

In Context: David Hare
Thu 27 Nov, 10.30am-5.30pm
Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, £45
David Hare has been writing plays for the National Theatre since 1974. As Behind the Beautiful Forevers opens in the Olivier, we celebrate 40 years of his extraordinary work on the NT stages and also his work beyond the NT and on screen. Readings, talks, panel discussion and the opportunity to put questions to David Hare himself. With Peter Ansorge and Richard Eyre.

Judi Dench
Thu 04 Dec, Lyttelton
The internationally celebrated actress returns to the National to talk to Angus MacKechnie about her life and career.

In Context: Women Pirates
Wed 10 Dec, 2.30-3.30pm
Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, £5
Women pirates feature prominently in Bryony Lavery's adaptation of the classic story, Treasure Island. This talk looks at the real women pirates of history and considers what their lives were like at sea as well as on land. With David Cordingly, maritime historian and a leading authority on pirates. He was formerly at the National Maritime Museum and is the author of Life among the Pirates: the Romance and the Reality and also Heroines and Harlots: Women at sea in the great age of sail.

An Evening with Private Eye
Fri 12 Dec, 5.45pm (1hr), Lyttelton
Ian Hislop is joined by Craig Brown, Harry Enfield, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens and John Sessions for a satirical round-up of the year’s people and events.

Theatre Quiz
Fri 19 Dec, 5.30pm, Olivier
Emma Freud hosts the annual battle for theatrical knowledge between two competing NT teams.

Lloyd Newson
Thu 8 Jan, Lyttelton
The Director of DV8 talks to Nicholas Hytner about the company’s working methods, as his latest production, John, visits the National.

Polly Findlay and Bryony Lavery on Treasure Island
Fri 16 Jan, 5.30pm, Olivier
The director and playwright discuss their new version of the adventure story.

Andrew Motion
Fri 23 Jan, 5.30pm, Olivier
The former Poet Laureate looks at the work of RL Stevenson, whose Treasure Island inspired his own sequels, Silver and The New World.

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