News Published 3 June 2011

National Theatre Announces Autumn Season

New work by Mikes Bartlett and Leigh.

Natasha Tripney

The National Theatre has today announced their autumn season. The line-up includes Mike Bartlett’s latest play 13, which will be directed by Thea Sharrock, as part of the Travelex Season.

In September, Bijan Sheibani will direct a revival of Arnold Wesker’s 1959 play, The Kitchen, in the Olivier with a cast including Tom Brooke (currently at the Young Vic in I am the Wind). The Kitchen will play in rep with Mike Bartlett’s ‘epic’ new play, which will open on 25th October. The Olivier will also play to host Jonathan Miller’s staging of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, which will be presented in collaboration with the Southbank Sinfonia. There will be nine performances of this production between 19th September and 2nd October 2011.

The Veil, a new play written and directed by Conor McPherson, will open in the Lyttelton in October and there will be a chance to catch Daniel Kitson’s magical It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later, originally staged at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe. As part of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, there will be  a series of readings directed of Nicholas Hytner, James Dacre and Polly Findlay.

Already announced, though still titleless, Mike Leigh’s upcoming play will tour to Bath and Cambridge during its repertory run in the Cottesloe. Leigh’s frequent collaborator Lesley Manville will star alongside Ruby Bentall, Sam Kelly and Wendy Nottingham. The production will be devised using Leigh’s traditional collaborative approach and will open on 21st September with previews from the 14th September.

For tickets and further information, visit the National Theatre website.

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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