Details Announced for New Season at the National Theatre

The National Theatre has announced details for its upcoming Summer season including dates, casting and transfer news.

Full casting has been announced for Helen Edmundson’s new stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award winning book, SMALL ISLAND. The principal cast features Leah Harvey  as Hortense, Aisling Loftus as Queenie and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr as Gilbert. The additional cast features CJ Beckford, Jacqueline Boatswain, Phoebe Frances Brown, Chereen Buckley, Cavan Clarke, Shiloh Coke, Beatie Edney, Adam Ewan, David Fielder, Amy Forrest, John Hastings, Stephanie Jacob, Sandra James-Young, Natey Jones, Trevor Laird, Johann Myers and Andrew Rothney.

SMALL ISLAND follows the story of two couples across Jamaica and Lincolnshire in the midst of WWII. The play is directed by the venue’s artistic director Rufus Norris and features set and costume design by Katrina Lindsay, projection design by Jon Driscoll, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph, movement by Coral Messam, fight direction by Kate Waters and original compositions by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell. SMALL ISLAND runs in the Olivier Theatre from 17th April until 20th August. It will be broadcast to cinemas nationwide on 27th June via NT Live.

Casting has also been announced for Ella Hickson, Ben Ringham and Max Ringham’s ANNA, running in the Dorfman Theatre from 11th May. Phoebe Fox will play the ritual character and will be joined in the cast by Nathalie Armin, Max Bennett, Jamie Bradley, Georgia Landers and Dwane Walcott. Set in East Berlin, ANNA is described as a tense thriller with the audience wearing individual headsets for intimate access to the events as the unfold. It runs at the NT until 15th June.

Justine Mitchell will join the previously announced Roger Allam in Polly Findlay’s revival of Githa Sowerby’s RUTHERFORD AND SON. The production reunites actor Mitchell and director Findlay following their work on BEGINNING at the National Theatre in 2017. RUTHERFORD AND SON will feature set and costume design by Lizzie Clachlan, lighting by Charles Balfour, movement by Polly Bennett, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Kerry Andrew. RUTHERFORD AND SON is currently booking in the Lyttelton Theatre from 16th May to 19th June, with further performances still to be announced.

Further casting has been confirmed for David Hare’s new adaptation of Ibsen’s PETER GYNT in the Olivier Theatre. Joining the previously announced James McArdle in the title role will be Caroline Deyga, Jonathan Coy and Ann Louise Ross. PETER GYNT is a coproduction with the Edinburgh International Festival with London dates taking place from 27th June to 8th October. The play is directed by Jonathan Kent with set and costume design by Richard Hudson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Christopher Shutt and movement by Polly Bennett.

Additional casting is confirmed for Lyndsey Turner’s revival of Caryl Churchill’s TOP GIRLS, opening in the Lyttelton from 26th March. Lucy Black, Jessica Brindle, Lucy Ellinson, Amanda Hadingue, Ebony Jonelle, Charlotte Lucas, Roisin Rae, Nadia Williams and Naomi Yang join the previously announced Liv Hill, Katherine Kingsley, Wendy Kweh, Amanda Lawrence, Ashley McGuire, Ashna Rabheru and Siobhan Redmond in the show. TOP GIRLS features set design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Merle Hensel, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Christopher Shutt.

It’s been announced that Inua Ellam’s BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES will return to London as part of its 2019 UK tour. The show premiered in the National Theatre’s Dorfman in Summer 2017 and returned to the venue in early 2018. It has since toured internationally to Australia and the USA. BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES will run at London’s Camden Roundhouse from 18th July to 24th August.

The National Theatre hit WAR HORSE, which recently returned to the Southbank venue over Christmas, will once again return to London, this time at the brand new Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. This production will run from 18th October to 23rd November.

Meanwhile, the Broadway production of the NT’s NETWORK starring Bryan Cranston, has extended its run at the Belasco Theatre to 28th April. Also in the US, it’s co-production THE JUNGLE, now playing in New York, will transfer to San Fransisco’s Curran Theatre this Spring.

The new National Theatre season will go on sale from 15th February.

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