World premiere season for the National Theatre

National Theatre

Ten world premieres are among the National Theatre productions announced this week by Nicholas Hytner, including new plays by Tom Stoppard and David Hare.

Three plays by Rona Munro and directed by former Royal & Derngate artistic director Laurie Sansom, about the Stewart Kings James I, James II and James III of Scotland, mark the NT’s first co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland.

Classic revivals include Euripides’ Medea with Helen McCrory in the title role, and Ralph Fiennes in Shaw’s Man and Superman.

Euripides’s Medea, a new version by Ben Power and directed by Carrie Cracknell opens in July in the Olivier Theatre.

The James Plays evoke three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the fifteenth century. The ensemble cast will include Sofie Gråbøl (as the Danish-born Queen Margaret), Blythe Duff, and James McArdle, Andrew Rothney and Jamie Sives as the three kings.

In the Olivier from September.

A new play by David Hare, Behind The Beautiful Forevers, based on the book by Katherine Boo, directed by Rufus Norris, will open in the Olivier in November.

A new play, as yet untitled, by Tom Stoppard will open in the Dorfman Theatre in January, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Ralph Fiennes will return to the National as John Tanner in Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman in the Lyttelton, next February.

Cillian Murphy is reunited with writer and director Enda Walsh on Ballyturk. He is joined in the cast by Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea at the Lyttelton this September.

In the Lyttelton this summer there will be a new play by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Adam Penford’s revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business with Nigel Lindsay as Jack McCracken, joins the Olivier repertoire on April 8, alongside Sam Mendes’ production of King Lear with Simon Russell Beale which will extend its run to 2 July.

Howard Davies’ production of The Silver Tassie, by Sean O’Casey, opens in the Lyttelton on April 23.

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