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In the Olivier Theatre

The Visit, or The Old Lady Comes To Call

Tony Kushner, offers a post-war American context for his new version of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s blackly comic masterpiece. 
Lesley Manville, last seen at the NT in Mike Leigh’s Grief, will play Claire Zachanassian. Opens in February 2020.

Jack Absolute Flies Again

Written by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris, based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals - with the action relocated to the Battle of Britain.
Directed by Thea Sharrock. opens in April 2020.


Lyricist, novelist, poet and playwright, Kate Tempest makes her NT debut with this potent and dynamic reimagining of Philoctetes by Sophocles.
Lesley Sharp will play Philoctetes with Ian Rickson directing. Opens in June 2020.


In the Lyttelton Theatre

The Welkin

Lucy Kirkwood brings her new play to the Lyttelton Theatre in January.
Maxine Peake returns to the NT for the first time since 2002 in a production directed by James Macdonald. Opens in January 2020.


Moira Buffini's timely new play, with Nancy Carroll and Ben Daniels, directed by Fiona Buffini. Opens in March 2020.

The Seven Streams of the River Ota

Ex Machina's production returns to the National Theatre, where it first played in 1996, to mark 75 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.
Directed by Robert Lepage. Playing for 9 performances in March 2020.

Wuthering Heights

Emma Rice adapts and directs Emily Brontë’s iconic masterpiece Wuthering Heights, in a new co-production with Wise Children in association with York Theatre Royal.
Opening in the Lyttelton Theatre in autumn 2020 before touring across the UK 


In the Dorfman Theatre

Death of England

A new play by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams which began life as a short film created by the Royal Court and The Guardian.
Featuring Rafe Spall and directed by Clint Dyer. Opens February 2020.

All of Us

Francesca Martinez makes her NT debut with a new play which explores life and love during a time of austerity.
Martinez herself plays the lead role and Lucy Briers, Crystal Condie and Kevin Hely join the cast; Ian Rickson directs. Opens in March 2020.

Welcome to Iran

A new play written and directed by Nadia Fall, will play a limited run opening in May.
This is a Theatre Royal Stratford East and National Theatre co-production.

After Life

A new play created by writer Jack Thorne, director Jeremy Herrin and designer Bunny Christie. Based on the film by Hirokazu Kore-Eda, the Palme d’Or-winning director of Shoplifters, After Life takes place somewhere between life and death, and asks the people passing through it to pick one memory that they will live in for eternity.
Opening in January 2021, this is a Headlong Theatre and National Theatre co-production.



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