London's National Theatre has confirmed dates and further casting for its slate of new productions this winter.
These include new productions of Twelfth Night, the European premiere of Lindsey Ferrentino's Ugly Lies the Bone, the world premiere of Nina Raine's Consent, and new shows in the Dorfman.
Twelfth Night, which begins performances February 15, 2017, prior to an official opening February 22 in the Olivier Theatre, will be directed by Simon Godwin. Tamsin Greig will star as a transformed Malvolia (instead of Malvolio), alongside a cast that also includes Oliver Chris (Orsino), Daniel Ezra (Sebastian), Phoebe Fox (Olivia), Tamara Lawrance (Viola), Doon Mackichan (Feste), and Daniel Rigby (Sir Andrew Aguecheek). The production will have set designs by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by James Farncombe, movement by Shelley Maxwell, music by Michael Bruce, sound by Christopher Shutt, and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.
Ugly Lies the Bone will begin performances February 22, prior to an official opening March 1 in the Lyttelton Theatre. Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of London's Tricycle Theatre, will direct a cast led by Kate Fleetwood in the role of Jess, who after three tours in Afghanistan and months in a severe burns unit, finally returns to Florida. In a small town on the Space Coast, as the final shuttle is about to launch, Jess must confront her scars, and a home that may have changed even more than her. The production will be designed by Es Devlin, with video design by Luke Halls, costume design by Johanna Coe, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham, and fight direction by Rachel Brown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd.
Consent will begin performances March 28 prior to an official opening April 4 in the Dorfman Theatre, playing in rep to May 17. Co-produced with Out of Joint, it is directed by Roger Michell, with set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Dinah Collin, lighting design by Rick Fisher, and sound design by John Leonard. In the play, friends Ed and Matt take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.
Also in the Dorfman, Limited Edition presents the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe productions Us/Them (beginning performances January 16 prior to an official opening January 20, for a run in rep through February 18) and Dublin Oldschool (January 24-31). My Country; a work in progress, a response to Brexit in the words of people across the U.K. and Carol Ann Duffy, will begin performances February 28 for a run in rep through March 22, prior to a national tour. Lost Without Words, a co-production with Improbable, will be presented March 4-18. There will also be Shakespeare for Younger Audiences productions of Macbeth (for audiences 13 and older) February 6-20, and Romeo and Juliet (for audiences 8-12) February 11-24.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000 or visit nationaltheatre.org.uk.