facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
National Theatre entrance (Photo: Philip Vile)

The National Theatre (Photo: Philip Vile)

Olivia Colman stars in National Theatre 2017 programme

First Published 11 October 2016, Last Updated 11 October 2016

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, has today announced the iconic institution’s programme for 2017, featuring four world premieres and two European premieres.

The hugely exciting announcement adds further shape to a season set to include Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Philip Quast, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Janie Dee, Daniel Rigby, Tamara Lawrence, Susan Brown, Doon Mackichan, Daniel Ezra and Olwen Fouere in leading roles.

New work has been announced by Inua Ellams, Yaёl Farber, DC Moore, Lindsey Ferrentino and Nina Raine, while NT Live announcements include Amadeus on 2 February 2017, Saint Joan on 16 February and Hedda Gabler on 9 March, following the live broadcast of No Man’s Land on 15 December of this year.

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies will arrive at the National Theatre for the first time in 2017, led by multi-Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton. Directed by NT Associate Director Dominic Cooke, and with a supporting cast including Janie Dee and Philip Quast, the moving story of a discordant reunion finds a new home in the Olivier Theatre.

Yaёl Farber, whose production of Les Blancs earlier this year drew widespread critical acclaim, will direct her new adaptation of Salomé, a radical revision of the biblical canon, in its European premiere in the Olivier Theatre in May, with casting including Olwen Fouere, while the venue will also host a world premiere in the shape of industrial revolution epic play Common, penned by DC Moore and led by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin in a co-production with the esteemed company.

As previously announced, the NT’s largest venue will welcome Tamsin Greig, Daniel Rigby, Tamara Lawrence, Doon Mackichan and Daniel Ezra to play Malvolia, Aguecheek, Viola, Feste and Sebastian respectively in Twelfth Night from February, the first of two Shakespearean productions led by Simon Godwin, who will later direct Ralph Fiennes in Antony And Cleopatra in 2018.

The Lyttelton Theatre will see Lindsey Ferrentino’s war drama Ugly Lies The Bone make its European premiere at the NT in March, with direction from Indhu Rubasingham and a set designed by Es Devlin. Having suffered serious injury on tour, an American soldier evades her pain through virtual reality video game therapy.

This will be followed by the eagerly anticipated production of Tony Kushner’s Angels In America, with a cast including Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter, as well as Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, Denise Gough, Russell Tovey, James McArdle and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Having received its British premiere as a double-bill at the NT in 1993, director Marianne Elliott will revive this seminal examination of AIDs and homosexuality with an all-star company.  

Finally, the Dorfman Theatre will play host to verbatim project My Country; A Work In Progress, a show crafted by Rufus Norris and Carol Ann Duffy from the results of a national listening project in the days after the European Referendum, while a co-production with Out Of Joint will see Consent, a play questioning law and justice by Nina Raine, receive its world premiere in April.

Rising star Lucy Kirkwood’s new play Mosquitoes, about families and particle physics, will be directed by Rufus Norris in its July world premiere, with a cast including celebrated actress Olivia Colman.

This is preceded at the venue by Dublin Oldschool, a new play about brothers, Dublin and dance, and Us/Them, an acclaimed play from one of Belgium’s leading theatres for young audiences, BRONKS, in January; Lost Without Words, an improvised theatrical experiment utilising older actors with swathes of stage experience, in March; and Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles, a new play about barber shops across Africa and the UK, in June.

With such an exciting line-up in store for the new year, the National Theatre can also celebrate the international successes of current productions of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time in London, America and across the UK, as well as forthcoming tours of Jane Eyre and the acclaimed production War Horse.

From February 2017, the NT will stage contemporary retellings of Shakespeare for younger audiences, complementing its Learning Programme and youth theatre initiative.

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.