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NATIONAL THEATRE… NOVEMBER 2021 – MAY 2022

NATIONAL THEATRE… NOVEMBER 2021 – MAY 2022

The National Theatre today announces the on-sale dates of upcoming productions Middle, Our Generation, The Corn is Green and The Father and The Assassin. Tickets go on sale to the public on 2 December 2021.

Following their five-star production of Beginning, which played to sold-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End, writer David Eldridge and director Polly Findlay reunite with new play Middle, a raw, touching and funny portrait of a 21st-century marriage.

Middle is the second of three plays by David Eldridge to explore love and relationships and will open in the Dorfman theatre in April 2022.  Claire Rushbrook and Daniel Ryan will perform the roles of Gary and Maggie. Set and costume design by Fly Davis, and sound design by Donato Wharton.

Alecky Blythe returns to the National Theatre with her panoramic new verbatim play that tells the stories of a generation. Opening in the Dorfman theatre in February and created from five years of interviews with 12 young people from across the UK, Our Generation is a captivating portrait of their journey into adulthood. Making his NT directorial debut, Daniel Evans leads the team in this co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre.

The cast is Dee Ahluwalia, Joe Bolland, Anna Burnett, Anushka Chakravarti, Debbie Chazen, Gavi Singh Chera, Rachelle Diedericks, Hasan Dixon, Hélder Fernandes, Sarita Gabony, Conor Gormally, Alex Jarrett, Callum Mardy, Poppy Shepherd and Stephanie Street.

Set design is by Vicki Mortimer, costume design by Kinnetia Isidore, video design by Akhila Krishnan, lighting design by Zoe Spurr, sound design by Paul Arditti, movement direction by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, music composition, production & direction by DJ Walde, dramaturgy by Sebastian Born and casting by Charlotte Sutton.

Opening in the Lyttelton theatre in April 2022 is the rescheduled production of The Corn is Green. Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical play is given a bold new staging by director Dominic Cooke in its first London revival for over 35 years. Nicola Walker will lead the company playing the role of Miss Lily Moffat, a teacher newly arrived in rural North Wales, determined to help young local miners out of poverty by teaching them to read and write.

Further casting includes Adam Baker, Saffron Coomber, Gareth David-Lloyd, Iwan Davies, Ben Alyn Francis, Megan Grech, Jonathan Hawkins, Matthew Hargreaves, Steffan Hughes, Gareth Kennerley, Richard Lynch, Jo McInnes, Alice Orr-Ewing, Steffan Rizzi, Rebecca Todd, Garyn Williams, Peter Willcock and Rufus Wright.

Set and Costume Design is by ULTZ, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Christopher Shutt, music arrangements and direction by Will Stuart.

Opening in May 2022 in the Olivier theatre is The Father and The Assassin, a gripping new play by Anupama Chandrasekhar, one of India’s most exciting playwrights, directed by Indhu Rubasingham. The play traces Nathuram Godse’s life over 30 years during India’s fight for independence: from devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter. Shubham Saraf is cast as Godse alongside Sagar Arya, Ayesha Dharker and Peter Singh.

Set and costume design is by Rajha Shakiry, lighting design is by Oliver Fenwick and sound design is by Alex Caplen. Music composed by Siddhartha Khosla.


Digital

The National Theatre has added Kae Tempest’s Paradise, Winsome Pinnock’s Rockets and Blue Lights and James Graham’s This House to the NT’s streaming service National Theatre at Home. New productions are added each month and there are now 40 productions available to stream on the platform, including newly filmed shows from the NT’s stages and classics from the archives. Available to watch online anywhere in the world at any time. All are available with captions and 23 have audio description.

NT Learning for young people

Live performances for young people and nationwide schools touring returns in January 2022, beginning with a new version of Jekyll & Hyde touring into secondary schools, followed by the previously announced retelling of Hamlet. Both tours will reach over 15,500 primary and secondary pupils nationwide, these initiatives will support pupils’ creative learning following disruption caused by the pandemic.

The radical re-imagining by playwright Evan Placey of Robert Louis Stevenson‘s classic tale and directed by Kirsty Housley, will tour to over 10,500 students in secondary school halls nationwide from January 2022 on an 8-week schools tour which forms part of the NT’s Theatre Nation Partnerships to grow and sustain new audiences for live theatre. With support from our partner theatres, the production will visit outer East London (with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), Wakefield (with Theatre Royal Wakefield), Doncaster (with Cast), Sunderland (with Sunderland Culture and Sunderland Empire), Wolverhampton (with The Grand), and Greater Manchester (with The Lowry). The production is designed by Amanda Stoodley with sound design by Ben Grant and LX design by Joshua Pharo.

Opening in the Dorfman theatre in March 2022 is an energetic retelling of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedy, Hamlet aimed at children aged 8 – 12. Adapted by Jude Christian, and directed by Tinuke Craig, the production will be a perfect introduction for young audiences to the world of Shakespeare. The production will also tour into schools in four partner areas reaching over 5,000 pupils across four weeks. The production is designed by Frankie Bradshaw.

West End

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Ocean at the End of the Lane announced a three-week extension, with performances running at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 14 May. The first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work, this fantasy novel is brought to life in an adaptation by Joel Horwood, directed by Katy Rudd. A modern myth, where the power of imagination and storytelling transports audiences on a spellbinding and spectacular adventure

On Tour

The internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time embarks on a third UK and Ireland tour this month. Adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, and directed by Marianne Elliott, the production will celebrate its 10th year in 2022. Opening at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre on 20 November for a seven-week run, the tour will then play will then play at 19 venues across the UK. Visit curiousonstage.com for tour dates, with more venues to be announced.

National Theatre Together

The ongoing National Theatre Together campaign continues to raise vital funds for the theatre’s ambitious recovery post-pandemic. Together, with the support of thousands of people from around the world, we are shaping a bright, creative future. With theatre-makers and communities. For audiences and young people.


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Leading arts organisation Icon Theatre to present ‘If Not Now’ at Rochester Castle in Kent

Leading arts organisation Icon Theatre to present ‘If Not Now’ at Rochester Castle in Kent

Icon Theatre will present If Not Now, a stunning large-scale movement-based production exploring poverty, prejudice, and the climate crisis, featuring professional artists alongside a volunteer cast of 100+ performers. The production will see breathtaking visuals projected onto the walls of Rochester Castle as part of Medway’s Light Nights.

The cast of If Not Now will consist of a large-scale collective of residents including community-based groups, local schools and young people supported by Icon Theatre’s Theatre31 programme alongside parkour runners, older adults, dancers and professional performers. The incredible visuals are created by video and projection designers Novak who have brought extraordinary work to the UK’s largest light festival, Lumiere (London, Durham and Derry/Londonderry), Brighton Festival and the internationally renowned Singapore Night Festival.

Influenced by the sweeping changes worldwide that have been unleashed through the response to Covid-19, If Not Now will give voice to local stories and explore how communities can come together to challenge and transform poverty, prejudice, and the climate crisis, and look at historical movements and moments which have launched extraordinary social change, including the establishment of the NHS and welfare state.

Through a process of co-creation, led by Artistic Director, Nancy Hirst, those involved will explore local social issues that matter to them and matter to Medway. The co-creation will look at how communities can come together to challenge and transform poverty and prejudice and the resulting ideas will be created and used in the production. The project will focus on working with Medway communities who have lived experience of social injustice, deprivation and inequality. Community participation will be both live and through previously recorded digital engagement, allowing elderly and vulnerable residents to engage.

The production will also showcase original new music that combines the power of Medway’s heritage with the dynamism of its contemporary people. An original score will be composed by local participants co-creating with a professional composer.

Icon Theatre is currently looking for Medway-based groups, schools, and individuals of all ages to be involved – no experience is necessary. They are looking for people to be involved both as performers and backstage, and to work with them to create digital and video projections in advance that will feature in the show.

Founder and Artistic Director Nancy Hirst comments, Since our production of The Chatham Witch at Fort Amherst in 2019, and through the pandemic, we’ve been itching to bring local people and professional artists together again to create another show with our talented community at its heart. In our usual style of outdoor immersive theatre, Medway will once again become our stage. This time we will be transforming the walls and grounds of the historic Rochester Castle. We are keen to hear from anyone who wants to be involved as performer, backstage or in the creation of the show – no experience is necessary. I hope to see you there.

If Not Now is an Icon Theatre production co-commissioned by Icon Theatre, Medway Council and Theatre31.

Medway’s Light Nights is commissioned by Medway Council in partnership with Emergency Exit Arts.

For individuals, schools and groups who wish to take part (no experience necessary), should email: naomi@icontheatre.org.uk or call 07810 772946.


  • Title: If Not Now
  • Dates: Thursday 11th February – Friday 12th February 2022
  • Location: Rochester Castle, Castle Hill, Rochester, ME1 1SW
  • Box Office: Free
  • Website: https://icontheatre.org.uk/
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ROYAL COURT THEATRE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF MARYLAND BY LUCY KIRKWOOD

ROYAL COURT THEATRE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF MARYLAND BY LUCY KIRKWOOD

The Royal Court Theatre’s script-in-hand performances of Lucy Kirkwood’s new play Maryland was due to end this Saturday but will now run until Saturday, 23 October 2021 in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

Alongside this extension, the Maryland performance script will be offered for free for any theatre company or drama training organisation in the UK who is interested to stage their own script-in-hand reading over the next six weeks.

The script is also now available online for any audiences unable to book to see Maryland.

Speaking previously on the play playwright Lucy Kirkwood said: “This play was for many years a private conversation with myself. The horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year have galvanised me into making it public. I hesitate to even call it a play when it is simply a howl, a way of expressing what I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I am sharing it because I wonder if it might express a little of what other people feel about it too. It was written very quickly, and I am grateful to the Royal Court for snatching up a gauntlet thrown down last Friday night with such energy, care and seriousness.

Maryland is co-directed by Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Royal Court Associate Directors Milli Bhatia and Lucy Morrison.

Approx running time 30 minutes, performances start at 7.45pm. Ticket prices are £5 for these readings and audiences are encouraged to make a donation to Rape Crisis England & Wales alongside buying tickets. https://www.justgiving.com/rapecrisisengland-wales


To access the play text see the Royal Court Theatre’s website.


The Royal Court would usually charge £12 for each ticket, but in this case are charging £5 and asking audiences to donate the £7 difference to Rape Crisis England & Wales charity here if they are able to.

Rape Crisis is the umbrella organisation for a network of independent Rape Crisis Centres who provide a range of specialist services for women and girls who have been raped or experienced any form of sexual violence – whether as adults or as children.

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