New National Theatre boss Rufus Norris launched his first season today, and it looks like he’s hit the ground running.
It kicks off in just a couple of months as Chiwetel Ejiofor makes his first return to the stage since his blockbuster success with ’12 Years a Slave’ to star in a new version of the centuries-old British drama ‘Everyman’, adapted by poet Carol Ann Duffy and directed by Norris himself (Apr 22-Jul 16).
Other highlights include two plays from the legendary Caryl Churchill: a revival of ‘Light Shining In Buckinghamshire’ (Apr 15-Jun 22) and the new ‘Here We Go’ (December tba) and two from the great Patrick Marber, football drama ‘The Red Lion’ (Jun 3-Jul 25) and an adaptation of Turgenev’s ‘Three Days in the Country’ (July tba).
A big highlight for later in the year is Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini’s musical take on Lewis Carrol’s stories, ‘wonder.land’, which will play the Olivier in November after premiering at the Manchester International Festival in the summer.
News on the temporary theatre (aka the big red building formerly known as The Shed): it’ll be back open for business soon, with a season of four plays that includes the ten-year anniversary revival of Tim Crouch’s great experimental theatre piece ‘An Oak Tree’. And after a rather complicated history with regards to its name, Rufus Norris PERSONALLY promised Time Out that it would be receiving a new name soon.
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