National Theatre New Season to May 2014

The National Theatre has announced its schedule to May 2014

Public Booking opens 14 Feb 2014 for the two new productions and extensions.


by Alan Ayckbourn, opens 8 April 2014, following previews from 1 April - booking to 31 May 2014. Directed by Adam Penford, cast includes Nigel Lindsay (Jack McCracken), Debra Gillett, Gawn Grainger, Amanda Hadingue, Amy Marston, Gerard Monaco, Samuel Taylor, Niky Wardley. A 'riotous exposure' of entrepreneurial greed. Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

Coming up at the Olivier Theatre, from September to October 2014 are the co-productions with The National Theatre of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival THE JAMES PLAYS Three new plays about James I, II and III of Scotland, by Rona Munro, directed by Laurie Sansom. Ensemble cast includes: Cameron Barnes, Daniel Cahill, Blythe Duff, Sofie Gråbøl, Sarah Higgins, James McArdle, Rona Morison, Mark Rowley, Fiona Wood. At the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Festival in August 2014, exact dates and booking at the Olivier, The National Theatre London to be confirmed.


by Sean O’Casey, opens 23 April 2014, following previews from 15 April - booking to 21 May 2014. Directed by Howard Davies, cast includes Ronan Raftery (Harry Heegan), Adam Best, Aidan Kelly, Stephen Kennedy, Aidan McArdle, Deirdre Mullins. Ireland, World War One. Dashing Harry Heegan leads his football team to victory, arriving home in swaggering celebration before he grabs his kit and heads for the trenches. A nightmare world awaits. The men, reduced to cannon-fodder, speak in mangled incantations as the casualties stack up. Months later, Harry returns, a cripple at the football club party. Everyone but the shattered war veterans dances and forgets.


Productions Extending ....
A Taste of Honey extends and closes 11 May 2014
King Lear extends to 28 May 2014

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

In Context: King Lear
Mon 10 March 2014
2 – 5pm, John Lyon Education Studio, £20
An in-depth introduction to King Lear led by Dr. Abigail Rokison (University of Birmingham) with member of the NT company.

Andrew Sachs
Thu 27 March, Lyttelton
The actor talks to David Cohen about I Know Nothing, charting his journey from Berlin childhood to Fawlty Towers mayhem.

Alan Ayckbourn on A Small Family Business
Thu 10 April, Olivier
The legendary playwright discusses his work, marking the revival of his macabre comedy, A Small Family Business.

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry
Tue 29 April, Lyttelton
Grown men aren’t supposed to cry. Anthony Holden introduces readings from poems which haunt and move a host of eminent men; they explain why, in words as moving as the poems themselves.

Craig Brown and Friends
Fri 9 May, Lyttelton
In celebration of his 25 glorious years with Private Eye, Craig Brown and guests present a parodic One-Stop Literary Festival.

In Context: A Small Family Business
Mon 12 May 2014
2 – 5pm, John Lyon Education Studio, £20
State of the nation or morality play? Ayckbourn’s biographer Paul Allen and playwright Mark Ravenhill explore A Small Family Business.

First World War Poetry
Fri 16 May, Lyttelton
Kenneth Cranham is among the guests reading WWI poetry, with Josephine Hart’s potent introductions.

Sean O’Casey: Beyond Dublin
Sat 17 May, 10.30am (90mins), Lyttelton, £5
A chance to explore the later work of playwright Sean O’Casey with Abbey Theatre archivist Mairead Delaney, author James Moran, and reading by NT actors.

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