The National Theatre has announced its May – September 2018 season which includes Hadestown, a new version of Exit The King, Home, I’m Darling and the return of its glorious production of Follies.
Three new three new NT Live screenings have been announced, including Chichester Festival Theatre’s King Lear starring Ian McKellen and Nottingham Playhouse’s The Madness of George III with Mark Gatiss.
Exit The King will run in the Olivier from 17 July and marks the first time Eugène Ionesco’s work has been performed at the National Theatre. Marber will direct this new version which will star Rhys Ifans in the title role and Indira Varma (Man and Superman) as his first Queen.
Hadestown transfers to the National Theatre Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre. It will then transfer to Broadway for a 2019 run. Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed 2010 concept album into a new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz.
Casting has also been announced for Home, I’m Darling, a new play by Laura Wade. Co-produced with Theatre Clwyd, the play tells the story of a couple whose sparkling veneer starts to unravel. Katherine Parkinson stars in the production and is joined by Kathryn Drysdale, Sara Gregory, Richard Harrington, Barnaby Kay and Sian Thomas. Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd Tamara Harvey, will direct this production which opens in the Emlyn WilliamsTheatre on the 3 July ahead of transferring to the National’s Dorfman Theatre and runs from 24 July.
The National have also confirmed that Follies, which was recently named Best Musical Revial at the Olivier Awards, will return to the Olivier Theatre in February 2019. Janie Dee, reprising her Olivier nominated performance, and Peter Forbes return with further casting to be announced.
Other productions announced include Shakespeare’s Pericles and the Wardrobe Ensemble’s The Star Seekers.