The AndyGram

Friday, Apr 27th

You are here: Home
Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:29

LONDON: National Theatre Schedule April - Sep 2012

The National Theatre

Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale in TIMON OF ATHENS for the Travelex £12 Tickets season

Howard Davies directs Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory and Julie Walters in THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS, a new play by Stephen Beresford

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s novel, is directed by Marianne Elliott

Bernard Shaw’s THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA opens in the Lyttelton

Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s LONDON ROAD is revived in the Olivier

Repertoire highlights feature in the London 2012 Festival;
NATIONAL THEATRE INSIDE OUT celebrates the Jubilee and Olympic summer

The 2012 CONNECTIONS festival of new plays for young performers comes to the Cottesloe & Lyttelton

Tickets go on sale for THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE presents encore screenings of Danny Boyle’s FRANKENSTEIN


{module ad_london_hotels}THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS  London 2012 Festival, Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 12 June, press night 19 June, continuing in repertoire

THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS, a new play by Stephen Beresford, opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 19 June, directed by Howard Davies. The cast includes Rory Kinnear, Matthew Marsh, Helen McCrory and Julie Walters;  the production will be designed by Vicki  Mortimer, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Christopher Shutt and projection design by Jon Driscoll, and is the first of the summer’s repertoire highlights to feature in the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman (Julie Walters) remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon Coast.  After an operation, she’s joined by wayward offspring Nick (Rory Kinnear) and Libby (Helen McCrory), sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter (Matthew Marsh), and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family’s crumbling swimming pool.  Together they share a few sweltering months as they alternately cling to and flee this louche and chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.

THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS examines the fate of the revolutionary generation and offers a funny, touching and at times savage portrait of a family full of longing that’s losing its grip.

THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS is Stephen Beresford’s first stage play. He has written a number of original dramas for BBC and Channel 4;  he is now writing a feature film for Working Title and three television projects for Carnival/NBC Universal. As an actor he has worked extensively with Out of Joint and has appeared at the NT.

Julie Walters returns to the National, where she has previously appeared in All My Sons (Olivier Award for Best Actress) and Fool for Love.  Her extensive screen work includes seven Harry Potter films, Mamma Mia!, Becoming Jane, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot (Evening Standard, BAFTA and Critics’ Circle Awards), Stepping Out, Personal Services and Educating Rita (BAFTA, Golden Globe and Variety Awards). Her many television appearances include A Short Stay in Switzerland, Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, Dinnerladies, GBH, Talking Heads, Acorn Antiques and Boys from the Blackstuff.

Rory Kinnear’s roles for the National include Hamlet (Evening Standard Best Actor Award), Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode (Olivier Award and the 2007 Ian Charleson Award).  His film and TV work includes Black Mirror: The National Anthem, Quantum of Solace, Margaret Thatcher – The Long Walk to Finchley, Mansfield Park, Edwin Drood, Lennon Naked, Cranford and The Thick of It.

Helen McCrory’s theatre work includes Blood Wedding and The Seagull for the National Theatre; The Late Middle Classes, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse); and As You Like It (West End).  Film and television work includes Becoming Jane, The Queen, Harry Potter, Street Life (RTS & Monte Carlo Best Actress Awards), Anna Karenina, The Jury, North Square (Critics’ Circle Award), The Fragile Heart and Messiah.

Howard Davies is an Associate Director at the NT, where his recent productions include The Cherry Orchard, The White Guard (Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Burnt by the Sun, Gethsemane, Her Naked Skin, Never So Good, Philistines and The Life of Galileo

THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS is sponsored by Accenture.
Press night:  Tuesday 19 June

TIMON OF ATHENS                                    
World Shakespeare Festival            Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Previews from 10 July, press night 17 July, continuing in repertoire

Nicholas Hytner directs Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare’s TIMON OF ATHENS, opening in the Olivier on 17 July as part of the Travelex £12 Tickets season. The cast also includes Martin Chamberlain, Jason Cheater, Stavros Demetraki, Paul Dodds, Deborah Findlay, Ciaran McMenamin and Nick Sampson.  One of the National’s contributions to the World Shakespeare Festival, which is part of the London 2012 Festival, the production will be designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Shakespeare’s strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin was written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton. Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens showers gifts and hospitality on the city's elite. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.

When he calls upon his erstwhile associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring ever more surreal curses on a morally bankrupt Athens.

Simon Russell Beale’s extensive recent theatre work for the National includes Collaborators, London Assurance, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist and The Life of Galileo; elsewhere,The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard (New York and Old Vic); and Bluebird (New York).  His films include My Week with Marilyn and The Deep Blue Sea; television includes Spooks, Falstaff in the forthcoming BBC film of Henry IV, and presenting the series Sacred Music and Symphony.

Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Stephen Pimlott), Rafta, Rafta… , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, England People Very Nice, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet, Collaborators, Travelling Light and One Man, Two Guvnors.

2012 marks the tenth anniversary of Travelex Tickets at the National. Almost half the tickets for Timon of Athens, London Road and three other plays in the Olivier Theatre are £12 (the rest are £22 and £32).  Media partner:  The Independent.

Press night: Tuesday 17 July


THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA                                     Lyttelton Theatre
Previews from 17 July, press night 24 July, continuing in repertoire

THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA by Bernard Shaw will open at the Lyttelton Theatre on 24 July.  Directed by Nadia Fall, the production will be designed by Peter McKintosh with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Gregory Clarke;  the cast includes Tom Burke, Aden Gillett, Paul McLeary, Genevieve O’Reilly and Malcolm Sinclair.

Disturbingly funny and psychologically incisive, THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA takes on with an irreverent glee the dubious ethics of the men who play God. 

Harley Street doctor Sir Colenso Ridgeon’s revolutionary tuberculosis treatment remains experimental and his resources restricted to ten selected patients.  The arrival of the striking and persuasive Jennifer Dubedat, desperate to save the life of her brilliant artist husband, nevertheless prompts Ridgeon to invite the young couple to a dinner where he and his colleagues may assess the merits of the case. 
Beguiled by the charismatic Dubedat and his lovely wife, they concur that his is a life worth saving, even at the expense of another. Yet no sooner are the medics congratulating themselves on their decision, than they are confronted by Dubedat’s questionable morality.  Meanwhile, their impoverished colleague Blenkinsop, the most worthy but least exceptional of the lot, reveals himself in dire need of treatment.

Aden Gillett, who plays Ridgeon, has previously appeared at the National in Noises Off; recent theatre work includes Accolade (Finborough), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing(Bath Theatre Royal) and Mary Poppins (West End). His television credits include Silk, The House of Elliot, Ivanhoe and The Queen's Sister.
Genevieve O’Reilly (Jennifer Dubedat) has appeared at the NT in 13 and Emperor and Galilean. In the West End she played Isabelle in Birdsong; her film appearances include Star Wars Episode III, The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded.

Press night:  Tuesday 24 July

Suitable for 13 years +                         London 2012 Festival, Cottesloe Theatre
Previews from 24 July, press night 2 August, continuing in repertoire

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, will open in the Cottesloe Theatre on 2 August, directed by Marianne Elliott.  The production is the third of this summer’s productions to feature in the London 2012 Festival. The cast includes Matthew Barker, Niamh Cusack, Maggie Service, Nick Sidi, Una Stubbs, Luke Treadaway, Nicola Walker and Howard Ward.  It will be designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, movement by Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, sound by Ian Dickinson and fights by Kate Waters.

Simon Stephens’ adaptation of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME offers a richly theatrical exploration of the touching and bleakly humorous, award-winning novel by Mark Haddon.

Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion.  He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.  He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers.  But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Simon Stephens’ previous plays for the National are Harper Regan and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play); Port, originally produced at the Royal Exchange in 2002, will receive its London premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2013, again directed by Marianne Elliott.  His many other plays include Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas and Herons; A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge); and an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind.

Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director at the National, where her productions include Season’s Greetings, All’s Well That Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre)and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director); and the award-winning War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris).

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is sponsored by Neptune Investment Management, the National Theatre’s Cottesloe partner.

Press night:  Thursday 2 August

LONDON ROAD                               Travelex £12 Tickets, Olivier Theatre
Performances from 28 July, playing in repertoire until 6 September

Following a sell-out run in the Cottesloe last year, Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s highly acclaimed music-theatre piece London Road returns, this time to the Olivier Theatre as part of the Travelex £12 Tickets season. Winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Musical, Rufus Norris’s production will play for a limited run in repertoire from 28 July until 6 September.  Original cast members returning include Clare Burt, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley and Duncan Wisbey.  The production will be designed by Katrina Lindsay, with lighting by James Farncombe, movement by Javier de Frutos, sound by Paul Arditti; the original lighting design was by Bruno Poet.

LONDON ROAD documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the dscovery of the bodies of five women.  Adam Cork’s music uses the melodic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe’s recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual dependence.

Half the tickets for LONDON ROAD are Travelex £12 tickets;  the rest are £22 and £32.

{module ad_london_flights}

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO                          Olivier Theatre
Previews from 17 November, press night 27 November, continuing in repertoire
Suitable for 10yrs+;  half price tickets for under 18yrs.

Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, adapted by Richard Bean, comes to the National Theatre in a theatrical adventure for family audiences.  Opening on 27 November, it will be directed by Timothy Sheader, Artistic Director of Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre, making his NT debut, and designed by Katrina Lindsay.

Edmond Dantes – illiterate young sailor of Marseilles – is drawn into conspiring with the exiled Napoleon and imprisoned for ten years. Incarcerated in a desolate gaol with no-one but a mad monk for company, Dantes begins an unconventional education.  As his enemies become more powerful, all hope of justice and of a reunion with his sweetheart appears to be gone. Still, Dantes clings to hope.  Eventually, his chance comes: he escapes his prison, adopts a disguise and the Count of Monte Cristo is born.

Suitable for age 10 and above, with under 18s half price on top three ticket prices.

Press night:  Tuesday 27 November


Between 1 June and 9 September, the National will stage NATIONAL THEATRE INSIDE OUT, offering a packed festival programme as the theatre bursts out onto its riverside terraces and squares. Support for National Theatre Inside Out is one element of a multi-year partnership between American Express and the NT.
The Pop-up Workshop on the terrace balcony will offer a range of free performances and activities for all ages. Visitors will be able to try their hand at puppetry and prop-making and learn about stage combat, costume design, or the art of slapstick and commedia. There will be plays performed by young people, story-telling for the very young and a chance to see the winning play from the NT’s New Views playwriting competition.  Cesario, a new play by Bryony Lavery for ages 7+ commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival, will be performed from 22 – 25 August with a cast of young people from London schools directed by Anthony Banks.

The annual Watch This Space Festival will showcase the best of national and international outdoor performance, with a range of work from world-renowned companies. Highlights include the London premiere of Barricade by NoFit State Circus, a maelstrom of high-skill aerial and acrobatics, France’s Cie Bilbobasso, who return to Theatre Square with Polar, a stunning tango danced in flames and
The Ark-ive, created by the National Theatre and WildWorks.

In a first for the National, two of its Studio affiliate companies, Made In China and non zero one, have been commissioned to create site-specific work to be performed on the National Theatre’s balcony and terrace spaces. Made In China’s Get Stuff Break Free from 25 June – 4 July is a funny and moving parable of consumerism, disconnection and the flickering hope of overcoming them. From 6  - 14 July non zero one’s you’ll see [me sailing in antarctica] invites audiences to meet around a table, to explore the way we look and the way we see.

A specially designed riverfront cafe bar, The Propstore, will evoke the National’s backstage world. Fully licensed and open seven days a week from 12 noon, it will offer late night music on Fridays and Saturdays until 2am.

There will be Inside Out activity in the theatre’s foyers too. From 9 – 26 June, Me and My Shadowsees an interactive pod, linking four European cities, transporting people live to a shared digital space with life-size projections and dynamic sound. Two exhibitions, The Making of War Horse (18 June – 9 September) and The Making of Timon, in association with the British Museum (17 July – 9 September), will follow these two productions on their journey from the National Theatre’s Studio, workshops and rehearsal rooms – the hidden spaces that make the National unique.

Some of National Theatre Inside Out’s highlights will be part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.


CONNECTIONS                    20 – 25 June,Lyttelton and Cottesloe Theatres

CONNECTIONS is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for young performers. Over the past months, ten newly commissioned plays, telling stories from across the world, have been performed across the UK by 180 youth theatres.  Now ten companies have been selected to bring their productions to the NT, with performances from 20 – 25 June.  This year’s themes range from the plight of teenage soldiers caught in the military machine, to a British Punjabi wedding; and from a fresh new rock-musical take on Alice in Wonderland from the creators of Spring Awakening, to an imagined prequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The 2012 plays are ALICE BY HEART by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, GENERATION NEXT by Meera Syal, THE GRANDFATHERS by Rory Mullarkey, JOURNEY TO X by Nancy Harris, LITTLE FOOT by Craig Higginson, THE RITUAL by Samir Yazbek, PRINCE OF DENMARK by Michael Lesslie, SO YOU THINK YOU ARE A SUPERHERO? by Paven Virk, SOCIALISM IS GREAT by Anders Lustgarten and VICTIM SIDEKICK BOYFRIEND ME by Hilary Bell.

All ten plays will be published in an anthology by Methuen, which will be widely available in bookshops across the UK including the NT Bookshop.  National Theatre Connections is supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Accenture.



ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS on tour to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
Following two record-breaking runs at the National and the Adelphi Theatre, and now  playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Richard Bean’s ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play – will embark on a second UK tour this autumn.  Nicholas Hytner’s production will visit:  Leicester Curve (25 October – 3 November); Newcastle Theatre Royal (6 – 10 November); Glasgow Theatre Royal (13 – 17 November);  Belfast Grand Opera (20 – 24 November); Blackpool Grand (27 November – 1 December); Norwich Theatre Royal (4 – 8 December); Leeds Grand (11 – 15 December); Venue Cymru, Llandudno (2 – 5 January 2013); The Lowry, Salford (8 – 19 January); Wales Millennium, Cardiff (22 – 26 January);  and Nottingham Theatre Royal (29 January – 2 February), followed by an international tour.  One Man, Two Guvnors opens at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on 18 April. 


Owing to popular demand, Danny Boyle’s award-winning production FRANKENSTEIN returns to cinemas from June. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in Nick Dear’s new play, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, in a special two-part presentation.
Since its launch in 2009, over 700,000 people worldwide have seen a National Theatre Live broadcast.  Later this autumn will be broadcasts of The Last of the Haussmans (11 October) and Timon of Athens (1 November).

National Theatre Live is supported by Aviva. For venue information and booking details, please visit



The full cast for Lisa D’Amour’s play DETROIT, which receives its London premiere in the Cottesloe on 15 May directed by Austin Pendleton (who directed the original production at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company), is: Will Adamsdale, Clare Dunne, Stuart McQuarrie, Justine Mitchell and Christian Rodska.

Christopher Eccleston (as Creon) and Jodie Whittaker (in the title role) lead the cast of Polly Findlay’s production of ANTIGONE by Sophocles, in a version by Don Taylor, opening in the Olivier on 30 May as part of the Travelex £12 season.  The cast also includes Zoe Aldrich, Jamie Ballard, Jason Cheater, Stavros Demetraki, Jo Dockery, Paul Dodds, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Luke Newberry, Luke Norris and Annabel Scholey.

6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 unless stated;  BS = Platform followed by booksigning

Enda Walsh on MistermanThu 19 April, Lyttelton
Enda Walsh discusses his play, fresh from its New York run.

Travelling Light: The Film Pioneers                       Wed 25 April, Lyttelton
Film historian Christopher Frayling looks at real-life early Hollywood film-makers, including the Eastern European influx, as depicted in the new play, Travelling Light.

The Astaires: Fred and Adele with Ava Astaire & Matthew Bourne
Fri 4 May, Lyttelton BS
The Astaire siblings transformed musical theatre on both sides of the Atlantic at the peak of the Jazz Age. Theatre historian Kathleen Riley, author of a new book on the Astaires, celebrates their partnership and its legacy with Fred’s daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie and choreographer Matthew Bourne.

Lisa D’Amour and Austin Pendleton on DetroitWed 16 May, Cottesloe
The playwright and director talk about the production.

Esther Freud                                                                         Mon 21 May, Cottesloe BS
Esther Freud’s new novel, Lucky Break, follows a group of young actors from drama school into the ruthless world of auditions, agents, touring and red-carpet premieres.

Trinidadian Writing                                                  Tue 29 May, Cottesloe
Readings, poetry, prose and song from members of the cast of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, including Burt Caesar, Jenny Jules and Martina Laird, celebrate the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Polly Findlay on AntigoneFri 1 June, Olivier
The director discusses her new production of Sophocles’ play.

Orlando Figes                                                           Thu 7 June, Olivier BS
In Just Send Me Word, the historian recounts the true love story of two young Muscovites, whose smuggled letters to one another form a detailed and agonizing account of life in Stalin’s Soviet Union.

Janet Suzman                                                           Fri 8 June, Cottesloe BS
In her new book, Women in Theatre, the actress looks at some of her iconic roles – Phaedra, Cleopatra, Hedda – and questions their impact on today’s audience.

Connections Writers’ Forum                       Mon 25 June, The Pop-up Workshop BS
To celebrate this year’s Connections plays, the writers reflect on how they created their new dramas for young people.

Peter Bowles                                                             Fri 29 June, Cottesloe BS
The actor, whose work includes To the Manor Born and The Rivals, invites us backstage to witness the job of acting as it really is in his new book, Behind the Curtain.

Marianne Elliott on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Thu 16 Aug, Cottesloe
The director talks about this new production.

London Road: The Journey                                    Mon 20 Aug, Olivier
Writer Alecky Blythe, composer Adam Cork, director Rufus Norris and members of the cast reflect on the journey made by this groundbreaking piece of work.

Stephen Beresford on The Last of the HaussmansTue 21 Aug, Lyttelton
The playwright discusses his play.

Mark Haddon                                                             Tue 4 Sept, Cottesloe BS
The dramatist, artist and author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House presents a one-man talk, Swimming and Flying.

Nadia Fall on The Doctor’s Dilemma                      Tue 11 Sept, Lyttelton
The director discusses her production of Shaw’s play.

In Conversation with…                                            3pm (1hr), £5/£4
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter
about their current role and career, and answering your questions.
This summer’s In Conversation series will have live speech-to-text transcription provided by STAGETEXT, so that deaf and hard of hearing visitors can follow the interviews.
Julie Walters Fri 29 June, Lyttelton
Rory Kinnear & Helen McCrory Thu 5 July, Lyttelton
Christopher Eccleston Thu 19 July, Olivier
Simon Russell Beale Thu 23 Aug, Olivier


16 April – 4 June
From the riotous colour and noise of Rio to the more cerebral rhythms of Hay, festivals offer an escape route from the everyday to the urgent and boisterous celebration of harvests, music, books, tomatoes, and bog snorkelling. As we approach a summer of unprecedented festivity, images from the Corbis archive take
us into the pop-up worlds of the vibrant, the sacred and the very, very odd.
In association with Corbis, the National Theatre’s Photographic Images Partner.

New Work by Hilary Rosen
30 April – 9 June
Vibrant oil paintings depict the city at night illuminated by cars and the light spill from bars and clubs. The flora and fauna around Melbourne are captured in softer watercolour. Figures, alone and together, interrelate in starker monotone prints and drawings.

See also The Making of Timon and The Making of War Horse on page 8 above.

Discover more at the National Theatre

For Secondary Schools & Colleges
Explore theatre-making skills, crafts and careers, with events that help students bridge the gap between school and professional practice.
Offstage Choices
An inspirational day for students to meet NT staff and find out how they create theatre, before trying their hand at different backstage skills. 23 April, KS3/4.
Exploring Black British Plays
Moon on a Rainbow Shawl director Michael Buffong, contemporary writers and academics discuss the breadth of black playwriting in the UK, illustrated with readings of excerpts from different plays.  30 April, 2-4.30pm, Post-16/
Student workshops
Active sessions, giving students an insight into acting, directing, design and producing at the NT. Dates on request, KS3+

Pre-show Q&A
Meet a member of the creative team and find out how director, designer and actors have realised the play. 30 minutes, pre-show, daes on request, KS3+
More events and information at
NT Inside Out – in the Pop-up Workshop
Discover the secrets of theatre-making at the NT. Create your own day, choosing from a range of technical and artistic workshops to give students the chance to experience what working at the National Theatre is really like. Selected dates,
11 June – 20 July, Post-16.

For Teachers
Explore different aspects of teaching drama, making theatre in school, and personal impact in the classroom.
Voice and the young actor Help students understand and use their voices better, 16 June.
Shakespeare on Stage Masterclasses with NT practitioners on directing Shakespeare with students, 9 July
Teacher Previews Book tickets at £5 for all productions at selected previews.

Theatreworks inspires confident and creative communications, drawing on the techniques used by actors and directors in the rehearsal room.
Open Courses
Personal Impact 16 May, 13 June, 4 September
Influence and Rapport 14 June
Advanced Personal Impact 26 Septembr
020 7452 3770/3693

Digital Classroom
Learn more about the art of making theatre online.  Free, beautifully designed, easy-to-use resources to enhance any learning experience. classroom

29 March 2012

Public Information:
Public phone/online booking for new productions in the April – September season opens on 18 April, except booking for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which opens on 4 May.
Book tickets online at  
Box Office:  020 7452 3000, open 9.30am – 8pm  Fax:  020 7452 3030
Information:  020 7452 3400

World Shakespeare Festival
The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare's Globe.

About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from 21 June until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September  2012. The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.

For more details on the programme and to sign up for information visit 


Travelex £12 Tickets                                   
The National Theatre would appreciate an acknowledgement in the body of the text and/or as a separate footnote following editorial copy, for example:

TIMON OF ATHENS, a Travelex £12 Ticket show’

Media partner of Travelex £12 Tickets: The Independent

The National Theatre is working in partnership with American Express

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is sponsored by Aviva

The National Theatre is a J.P.Morgan Signature Series partner

National Theatre Connections is supported by Accenture and Bank of America
Merrill Lynch

Innovation at the National Theatre is sponsored by Accenture

The National Theatre’s Cottesloe Partner is Neptune Investment Management

Philips and the National Theatre are working in partnership to reduce energy consumption.

Education at the National Theatre is supported by Goldman Sachs

The National Theatre’s airline partner is American Airlines

The National Theatre’s photographic images partner is Corbis

The National Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of US partner
Bob Boyett.

The National Theatre is supported by Arts Council England.

Tel: 020 7452 3235  Fax: 020 7452 3230  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Lyttelton Theatre
On tour

18 January
From March

Lucinda Morrison
Laura Horton


Olivier Theatre

31 January

Martin Shippen


Cottesloe Theatre

14 March

Martin Shippen


Cottesloe Theatre

13 April

Martin Shippen


Lyttelton Theatre

18 April

Mary Parker


Olivier Theatre

From 30 April

Mary Parker


Cottesloe Theatre

15 May

Martin Shippen


Olivier Theatre

30 May

Lucinda Morrison


Lyttelton Theatre

19 June

Mary Parker


Olivier Theatre

17 July

Mary Parker


Lyttelton Theatre

24 July

Martin Shippen


Olivier Theatre

From 28 July

Lucinda Morrison


Cottesloe Theatre

2 August

Lucinda Morrison


Olivier Theatre

27 November

Lucinda Morrison


From 2 June

Fiona Walsh
Laura Horton
Philippa Crossman


Theatre Royal Haymarket

On tour

From 2 March

From October

Janine Shalom, Premier PR

Laura Horton, NT


New London Theatre

Lincoln Center Theatre, New York

Janine Shalom,

Philip Rinaldi


Laura Horton


Duchess Theatre

From 5 October

Arabella Neville-Rolfe, Target Live