National Theatre announces new productions for 2018

News | 03 Oct 2017

National Theatre announces new productions for 2018

The National Theatre has announced a range of new productions for 2018, including a trilogy of Shakespeares and new work from David Hare, Natasha Gordon and Laura Wade.

Other highlights include Sam Mendes' UK premiere production of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy, about the rise and fall of the banking dynasty, and Ian Rickson's revival of Brian Friel's Translations starring Colin Morgan in his NT debut.

Elsewhere Patrick Marber will adapt and direct Ionesco's Enter the King, while Polly Stenham updates Strindberg's tragedy Miss Julie in a production directed by Carrie Cracknell and starring Vanessa Kirby.

The Dorfman will host a transfer of the Orange Tree's hit production of An Octoroon, as well as Tricycle artistic director Indhu Rubasingham's production of Japan-set drama The Great Wave. 

Also announced by artistic director Rufus Norris today was a schools tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and a new involvement initiative called Public Acts that will see community ensembles work alongside professional actors.

Journalists were also given a demonstration of new captioning glasses that will enable greater accessibilty to all performances.

In the Olivier:

- Translations by Brian Friel, directed by Ian Rickson. Cast includes Colin Morgan with designs by Rae Smith, lighting by Neil Austin and music by Stephen Warbeck. Opens May.

- Exit the King by Ionesco, adapted and directed by Patrick Marber. Designed by Anthony Ward, lighting Hugh Vanstone and music and sound Adam Cork. Cast includes Rhys Ifans as the King and Indira Varma as his Queen. Opens July.

- Pericles by Shakespeare, adapted by Chris Bush and directed by Emily Lim, choreographed by Imogen Knight with music composed by James Fortune. Marks the first 'Public Acts' production featuring a large community ensemble and small cast of professional actors. Opens August.

- Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare, directed by Simon Godwin. Stars Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo. Set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic, lighting by Tim Lutkin, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Christopher Shutt. Opens September.

In the Lyttelton:

- Absolute Hell by Rodney Ackland, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins with set design by Lizzie Clachan, costumes designed by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti. Opens April.

- Julie by Polly Stenham based on Strindberg's Miss Julie. Carrie Cracknell directs Vanessa Kirby in this new version designed by Tom Scutt.

- The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power and directed by Sam Mendes. Opens July.

- I'm not Running by David Hare based on the recent history of the Labour Party. Directed by Neil Armfield. Opens Autumn.

In the Dorfman:

- The Great Wave by Francis Turnly. Directed by Indhu Rubasingham with design by Tom Piper, video projection by Luke Halls, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, movement direction by Polly Bennett, music by David Shrubsole and sound design by Alex Caplen. Opens March.

- Nine Night, Natasha Gordon's debut play. Roy Alexander Weise directs, with design by Rajha Shakiry. Cast includes Cecilia Noble. Opens April.

- An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Ned Bennett based on his Orange Tree production.  Opens June.

- Home, I'm Darling by Laura Wade, "a comedy about sex, cake and the quest to be a perfect 50s housewife". Directed by Tamara Harvey and designed by Anna Fleischle, cast includes Katherine Parkinson. Opens July following its premiere at Theatr Clwyd.

- The Winter's Tale directed and adapted by Justin Audibert for younger audiences. Designed by Lucy Sierra with music by Jonathan Girling. Opens February.

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