News Published 2 September 2011

National Theatre Announces New Shows For Autumn

A new play from John Hodge and a starring role for Lenny Henry.

Natasha Tripney

The National Theatre has announced a number of new shows for their upcoming Autumn/Winter season. In November the theatre will stage a new play by regular Danny Boyle-screenwriter John Hodge (whose screen credits include Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and The Beach). Collaborators is set in 1930s Moscow and based on the life of Mikhail Bulgakov. Nicholas Hytner will direct the production which will star Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale.

The theatre will also stage Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, an Abbey Theatre co-production that will be seen first during this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. Howard Davies will direct and the cast will include Sinead Cusack and Ciaran Hinds. Also in November, the Royal Court’s Artistic Director, Dominic Cooke will make his National Theatre directing debut with a lavish staging of The Comedy of Errors in the Olivier. The production will open on the 29th November and the cast will include Lenny Henry, returning to Shakespeare after an acclaimed performance in the Northern Broadsides production of Othello.

The Theatre will also stage 1927’s acclaimed mixture of animation and live performance, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets in the Cottesloe in December, and as previously announced Daniel Kitson’s evocative solo show, It’s Always Right Now Until It’s Later, will be staged in the same space in October.

For tickets and further details, 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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