U.K. National Theatre Announces Casting and Dates For New Shows, Including The Flick from Off-Broadway

News   U.K. National Theatre Announces Casting and Dates For New Shows, Including The Flick from Off-Broadway Casting and full dates have been announced for a slew of new National Theatre productions, including the London transfer of Annie Baker's The Flick, new productions of Brecht/Weill's The Threepenny Opera, Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea and Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars.

The season also features the transfer of the Young Chekhov season of Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull from Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as the world premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell's Sunset at the Villa Thalia

The Flick will begin performances April 13 prior to an official opening April 19, for a run through June 15 in the Dorfman Theatre. Sam Gold will direct Matthew Maher and Louisa Krause, reprising the roles they previously played in New York, newly joined by Jaygann Ayeh, as a trio of underpaid employees who mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts. The production is designed by David Zinn, with lighting by Jane Cox and sound by Brady Poor, with associate lighting by Isabella Byrd. It is produced in association with Scott Rudin. 

Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera, which is being presented in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens, will begin performances May 18 prior to an official opening May 26 in the Olivier Theatre. Rufus Norris, National Theatre artistic director, will direct a cast that includes Jamie Beddard, Rosalie Craig, Nick Holder and Rory Kinnear. The production will be designed by Vicki Mortimer, with musical direction by David Shrubsole, choreography by Imogen Knight, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Arditti and fight direction by Rachel Bown Williams and Ruth Cooper of RC-ANNIE Ltd.



The Chichester Festival Theatre productions that comprise the Young Chekhov trilogy will begin performances July 14 prior to an official opening Aug. 3 in the Olivier Theatre. The productions are directed by Jonathan Kent, with set designs by Tom Pye, costumes by Emma Ryott, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Jonathan Dove, sound by Paul Groothuis and fight direction by Paul Benzing. Performed by one ensemble of actors, each play can be seen as a single performance over different days or as an all-day theatrical experience. The cast includes Emma Amos, Pip Carter, Anna Chancellor, Jonathan Coy, Mark Donald, Peter Egan, Col Farrell, Beverley Klein, Adrian Lukis, Des McAleer, James McArdle, Mark Penfold, Nina Sosanya, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Sarah Twomey, David Verrey, Olivia Vinall and Jade Williams.

The Deep Blue Sea will begin performances June 1 prior to an official opening June 8 in the Lyttelton Theatre. Carrie Cracknell directs a cast led by Helen McCrory; they previously worked together at the National on Medea in 2014. It will feature set designs by Tom Scutt, lighting by Guy Hoare, music by Stuart Earl, sound by Peter Rice and movement direction by Polly Bennett.



The Plough and the Stars begins performances July 20 prior to an official opening July 27 in the Lyttelton Theatre. Howard Davies directs, with designs by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by James Farncombe, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound design by Paul Groothuis. The cast includes Stephen Kennedy, Justine Mitchell and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Sunset at the Villa Thalia begins performances May 25 prior to an official opening June 1 in the Dorfman Theatre. Simon Godwin directs, with designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Natasha Chivers, music by Michael Bruce, movement direction by Jonathan Goddard and sound design by Tom Gibbons. The cast includes Elizabeth McGovern (Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for her role as Cora Crawley in "Downton Abbey"), Ben Miles (Tony winner for the Broadway transfer of the RSC production of Wolf Hall), Christos Callow, Sam Crane, Glykeria Dimou, Ben Miles, Pippa Nixon and Eve Polycarpou.



Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State , a verbatim documentary play written by Gillian Slovo and developed by Nicolas Kent from his original idea, will begin performances April 9 prior to official opening April 15 for a run to May 7 in the Temporary Theatre. It is designed by Lucy Sierra, with lighting by Matthew Eagland, video design by Duncan McLean and sound by Mike Winship. The cast includes Nathalie Armin, Zara Azam, Gunnar Cauthery, Jack Ellis, Nabil Elouahabi, Ronak Patani, Gary Pillai, Farshid Rokey, Sirine Saba, Lara Sawalha, Phaldut Sharma and Tim Woodward.



 To book tickets, which go on public sale from March 4, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000 or visit nationaltheatre.org.uk

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