Outgoing National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner has unveiled his final ever season – and it’s a doozy.
There are highlights galore, but the obvious one is an unnamed new play from the legendary Tom Stoppard, his first since ‘Rock’n’Roll’ in 2006. Playing at the Dorfman – the new name for the Cottesloe Theatre, currently closed for refurbishment – Stoppard’s play will be directed by Hytner himself as his final act as NT boss.
Elsewhere there’s a clutch of big names: Cillian Murphy in Enda Walsh’s ‘Ballyturk’, coming to the Lyttelton in September; Ralph Fiennes in Bernard Shaw’s ‘Man and Superman’, also in the Lyttelton, in February next year; and Helen McCrory in the title role of Euripdes’s ‘Medea’, which opens this July in the Olivier.
Other highlights include a new David Hare play, ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’, directed by Hytner’s successor, Rufus Norris, Bryony Lavery’s new adaptation of ‘Treasure Island’ at this year’s big Olivier Christmas show, Rona Muro’s triple bill of plays about Scottish kings ‘The James Plays’, and an untitled new work from Richard Bean that’ll play this summer, assumed to be a farce about the phone-hacking scandal, though details are being kept under wraps.
Ticket for new Shed shows ‘Yellowface’ and ‘Hotel’ go on sale March 24, while tickets for ‘Medea’, ‘The James Plays’, ‘Ballyturk’ and ‘Treasure Island’ will follow on April 17.
Find out more at nationaltheatre.org.uk.