The National Theatre announces new 2017 Season

Further details of the 2017 National Theatre season announced.

National Theatre

The National Theatre on London's South Bank have today announced details of their upcoming 2017 season across all three theatres, the Lyttelton, the Olivier and the Dorfman Theatre. Artistic Director Rufus Norris announced a number of new productions as well as updated information, dates and venues for previously announced new shows.

Highlights of the new season include the previously announced production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America which will run at the Lyttelton Theatre in May 2017. Directed by Marianne Elliot, it will star Andrew Garfield (Prior Walter), Nathan Lane, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey (Joe Pitt). The production will go on sale in January 2017, aside from the rest of the season with full scheduling of both parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika to be finalised.

As previously announced, the National will stage a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's musical Follies, starring Imelda Staunton (Sally Durant Plummer), which will be directed by Dominic Cooke, also starring Janie Dee (Phyllis Stone) and Philip Quast (Benjamin Stone) at the Olivier Theatre.

Rufus Norris will direct two new plays in the Dorfman Theatre, a new verbatim archive piece about the country in collaboration with Carole Ann Duffy titled My Country, a Work in Progress and new play Mosquitos by Lucy Kirkwood which will star Olivia Coleman.

Further information about the season is as follows:


Olivier Theatre

A revival of Amadeus run at the Olivier Theatre from 19 October to 26 January 2017, alongside a new stage adaptation of Peter Pan which runs from 24 November to 28 January 2017.

Tamsin Grieg stars as Malvolio in a new production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, alongside Daniel Rigby as Aguecheek, Tamara Lawrence as Viola, Doon Mackichan as Feste and Daniel Ezra as Sebastian.

Salome in a new version written and directed by Yaël Farber will feature an international cast, including Olwen Fouéré.

A large scale new play titled Common by D.C Moore. Described as an “epic ferocious new history play” it will be co produced by Headlong and directed by Jeremy Herrin. "Set in the early days of the Industrial Revolution, the common land of England is under threat."

Follies will be directed by Dominic Cooke with choreography by Bill Deamer, music supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, musical direction by Nigel Lilley, lighting design by Paule Constable and sound design by Paul Groothuis.



Their current season includes the new David Hare play The Red Barn, which opens at the Lyttelton Theatre on 17 October, running to 17 January 2017.

Ivo van Hove brings a new adaptation of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler starring Ruth Wilson in the title role.

Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino directed by Indhu Rubasingham. It tells the story of an American soldier injured on tour in Afghanistan who returns to her family home. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a new world to escape her pain.



Norris commented that the new season in the Dorfman will attempt to harness the spirit of The Temporary Theatre in the main house:

The previously announced production of Alexander Zeldin's Love.

Lost Without Words – directed by Lee Simpson and Phelim McDermott alongside Improbable. This theatrical experiment sees Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson work with older actors in their seventies and eighties, who will improvise on stage without a script.

Us/Them – a remarkable two hander about how children cope with extreme situations, presented with Richard Jordan. "During a siege at a school in Beslan terrorists chose a group of children as their victims. With humour and a matter-of-fact approach, it contrasts the views of children with those of the adults around them."

Dublin Oldschool by Emmett Kirwan. A play about brothers, Dublin and dance music it features high octane performances by Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson, and is directed by Phillip McMahon.

Consent by Nina Raine – co-production with Out of Joint directed by Roger Michell.

Barbershop Chronicles by Inua Ellams. It unfolds in a succession of barber shops across Africa and the UK. Directed by Bijan Sheibani, it’s a co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

This information is being updated - please stay tuned for further information.

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