National Theatre New Season to May 2015

The National Theatre has now announced its schedule up to April/May 2015. Includes Man + Superman by Bernard Shaw with Ralph Fiennes, The Hard Problem a new play by Tom Stoppard, Rules for Living by Sam Holcroft, Dara by Shahid Nadeem.

Public Booking opens 23 Oct 2014 for the new shows and the extensions


No new productions announced. Previously announced productions extending & closing include...

TREASURE ISLAND from 3 Dec 2014, now extended and closes 8 April 2015, starring Arthur Darvill (Long John Silver)

BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo, from 10 Nov 2014, now extended to 13 April 2015



by Shahid Nadeem, adapted by Tanya Ronder, opens 27 Jan 2015, following previews from 20 Jan - closing 4 April 2015. Directed by Nadia Fall. Cast includes Nathalie Armin, Rudi Dharmalingam, Vincent Ebrahim, Ranjit Krishnamma, Anjli Mohindra, Anneika Rose, Chook Sibtain, Anjana Vasan Synopsis: 1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, euniches and harems. Two brothers, whose mother's death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession. Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people - and of his emperor father - but younger brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India's future. Islam inspires poetry in Dara, puritanical rigour in Aurangzeb. Can Jahanara, their beloved sister, assuage Aurangzeb's resolve to seize the Peacock Throne and purge the empire?

by Bernard Shaw, opens 25 Feb 2015, following previews from 17 Feb - closing 17 May 2015. Directed by Simon Godwin, cast includes Ralph Fiennes. Synopsis: Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary. Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

Previously announced productions extending & closing include...

JOHN, a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson, from 30 Oct 2014, now extended and closes 13 Jan 2015

3 WINTERS, by Tena Stivicic, from 26 Nov 2014, now extended and closes 3 Feb 2015



a new play by Tom Stoppard, opens 28 Jan 2015, following previews from 21 Jan - booking to 16 April 2015. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Synopsis: Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is 'the hard problem' which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

by Sam Holcroft, opens 24 March 2015, following previews from 13 March - booking to 18 April 2015. Directed by Marianne Elliot. Synopsis: Everyone creates their own coping strategies or rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas and they each follow those rules, rigidly?

Previously announced productions extending & closing include...

HERE LIES LOVE, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, closes 8 Jan 2015


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

In Context: 3 Winters
Wed 3 Dec, 2.30pm-5pm
Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, £45
Playwright Tena Stivicic, author and academic Vesna Goldsworthy and translator Celia Hawkesworth discuss the historical and social background to the play.

In Context: Here Lies Love: David Byrne's Reference Library
Fri 12 Dec, 2.30pm
John Lyon Education Studio, £45
Explore David Byrne's research collection and discover the history that inspired Here Lies Love, plus a screening of th doculmentry, Imelda and Me.

10 Years of Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
Thu 29 Jan, Temporary Space
A discussion to mark the 10th anniversary of the UK's biggest playwriting competition; guests include Miranda Sawyer, Simon Stephens and previous winner Duncan Macmillan

Tena Stivicic on 3 Winters
Fri 30 Jan, Lyttelton

Joan Plowright
Mon 2 Feb, 2.30pm in Dorfman (90mins)
Dame Joan Ploywright is joined by director Richard Digby Day to talk about her long and distinguished career.

Nicholas Hytner & Tom Stoppard on The Hard Problem
Fri 6 Feb, 5.30pm in Olivier

Michael Pennington
Mon 9 Feb, Dorfman
Michael introduces Let Me Play the Lion Too, an idiosyncratic but practical guide on how to be an actor.

The Hard Problem: Evolutiionary Biology
Mon 16 Feb, Dorfman
Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, talks about some of the themes surrounding Stoppard's new play.

Simon Godwin on Man and Superman
Thu 26 Feb, 5.30pm Lyttelton

In Context: Bernard Shaw
Thu 5 March, 2pm-5pm
Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, £45
Mark Lawson, Nadia Fall and Ben Power investigate how Shaw wrote dramas which responded urgently to the problems of the time.

In Context: Representing India
Wed 11 March, 2pm-5pm
Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, £45
Within Indian historian Sunil Khilnani, the journalist and writer Ian Jack and Indian film specialist, Rachel Dwyer..

Antonia Fraser
Thu 12 March, 5.30pm Lyttelton
In her memoir My History, the writer reflects on the start of her lifelong love of history. Chaired by Mark Lawson.

Shaw and Superman
Fri 13 March, 5.30pm Lyttelton
Philosopher Keith Ansell-Pearson and biographer MIchael Holroyd discuss the Nietzeschean concept of the 'ubermensche' and its influence on Shaw's writing.

Nadia Fall and Tanya Ronder on Dora
Wed 18 March, Lyttelton

Marianne Elliot and Sam Holcroft on Rules for Living
Thu 26 March, 6.30pm Dorfman

In Context: Adapting Novels for Young People for the Stage
Thu 19 March, 2.30pm-5pm
Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, £45
Playwrights Bryony Lavert and Dennis Kely talk about their adaptations of classic novels

Ralph Fiennes
Fri 15 May, 3pm Lyttelton (1hr) £5
The actor talks about the challenges and rewards of playing Jack Tanner in Man and Superman.

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