Marber, Brontë and Albarn head new season at National Theatre

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre

The new season at the National Theatre includes new versions of Three Days In The Country and Jane Eyre plus the London transfer of Damon Albarn’s

Patrick Marber directs his own new version of Three Days In The Country which opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on July 28 and stars Amanda Drew, Gawn Grainger, John Simm and Cherrelle Skeete.

Ivan Turgenev’s passionate, moving comedy has been the source of inspiration for films, a ballet and the plays of Chekhov.

Set in 19th century Russia, over three days one summer, a handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household.

Our Country's Good

Nadia Fall directs Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good which opens in the Olivier Theatre on August 26.

Observed by a lone, mystified Aboriginal Australian, the first convict ship arrives in Botany Bay in 1788, crammed with England’s outcasts.

Colony discipline in this vast and alien land is brutal. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment?

People, Places and Things, a new play by Duncan Macmillan from Headlong and the NT, opens in the Dorfman Theatre in September.

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else.


Orange Tree Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, transfers Alistair McDowall’s Pomona to the National’s Temporary Theatre from September 10.

Pomona is a sinister and surreal thriller from Alistair McDowall, writer of Talk Show (Royal Court), Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange Theatre, Bruntwood Prize-winner) and Captain Amazing (Live Theatre Newcastle).

Bristol Old Vic’s highly praised staging of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre, directed by Sally Cookson, and devised by the company, comes to the Lyttelton in September.

The cast includes Benji Bower, Will Bower, Craig Edwards, Felix Hayes, Phil King, Melanie Marshall, Simone Saunders, Maggie Tagney and Madeleine Worrall. The production will return to Bristol Old Vic in January.

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms., a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, will be directed by Rufus Norris in a co-production with Manchester International Festival.

It opens at MIF this July and comes to the Olivier Theatre in November.

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