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New updates for the 2019 season at the National Theatre

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The National Theatre has announced casting for upcoming productions, as well as updates on touring NT productions returning to London during the year.

Leah Harvey, Aisling Loftus and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr will star in Small Island, adapted for stage by Helen Edmundson from Andrea Levy's novel, telling the stories of individuals who travelled from Jamaica to Britain onboard HMT Empire Windrush.

Justine Mitchell has been announced in the casting of Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son alongside the previously announced Roger Allam. Written in 1912, the play is based on Sowerby's experiences of growing up in a family-run factory in the north of England.

Playing the eponymous role in Ella Hickson's ANNA, Phoebe Fox will lead a cast including Nathalie Armin, Max Bennett, Jamie Bradley, Georgia Landers and Dwane Walcott in a play where everything in Anna's world is ruled upon and dictated by suspicion and fear. 

Based on the text by Henrik Ibsen, David Hare's interpretation of Peter Gynt will star Caroline Deyga, Jonathan Coy and Ann Louise Ross with further casting to be announced. Set in the 21st century, Peter Gynt will visit Florida, Egypt and a mountain of trolls before heading home to Scotland.

Outside of NT venues, War Horse will play at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre later in the year, as part of a national and international tour. The new theatre is set to open in summer 2019, with War Horse playing at the venue from 18th October to 23rd November.

Inua Ellams' Barber Shop Chronicles will also return to London, playing at the Roundhouse in Camden from 18th July to 24th August as part of a national tour.

Photo credit: Elliot Brown (Flickr)

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