Olivier Theatre


adapted by Helen Edmundson

based on the novel by Andrea Levy

Previews from 17 April in repertoire until 10 August 2019 

press night 1 May, 

Andrea Levy’s epic, Orange Prize-winning novel bursts into new life on the Olivier Stage. A cast of 40 tell a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain through the Second World War to 1948, the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.


Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson Small Island follows the intricately connected stories of two couples. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

Initial casting includes Leah Harvey as Hortense, Aisling Loftus as Queenie and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr as Gilbert.

They will perform alongside: CJ Beckford, Jacqueline Boatswain, Phoebe Frances Brown, Chereen Buckley, Cavan Clarke, Shiloh Coke, Beatie Edney, Adam Ewan, David Fielder, Amy Forrest, John Hastings, Stephanie Jacob, Sandra James-Young, Natey Jones, Trevor Laird, Johann Myers and Andrew Rothney.


Directed by Rufus Norris, set and costume design by Katrina Lindsay, projection design by Jon Driscoll, lighting design by Paul Anderson, composer Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, sound design by Ian Dickinson, movement direction by Coral Messam and fight direction by Kate Waters.

Production supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen.

Hundreds of £15 tickets available for every performance.

Broadcast as part of the NT Live Season on 27 June 2019


by David Hare

after Henrik Ibsen

a co-production with Edinburgh International Festival

Thursday 27 June until 8 October 2019 

press night 9 July 2019

Playing at Edinburgh International Festival in August

Peter Gynt has always set his heart on being special, on being a unique individual, on being unlike anyone else. When he steals the bride from a local wedding, he sets off on a lifetime journey which will take him to Florida, to Egypt, to a mountain of trolls, and finally, only when death approaches, back to his home in Scotland.

In this radical new version David Hare kidnaps Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century. James McArdle takes the title role in this epic story of transformation, following his acclaimed performances in Platonov and Angels in America. He is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.

Cast also includes Caroline Deyga, Jonathan Coy and Ann Louise Ross with further cast to be announced.


Directed by Jonathan Kent, set and costume design by Richard Hudson, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Christopher Shutt and movement direction by Polly Bennett.

Lyttelton Theatre


by Caryl Churchill

Previews from 26 March until 22 June 2019

press night 3 April 2019

Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there.

With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her.

For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s (Far Away, A Number and Escaped Alone) wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions. Lyndsey Turner (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Chimerica) directs. 

Cast includes: Lucy Black, Jessica Brindle, Lucy Ellinson, Amanda Hadingue, Liv Hill, Ebony Jonelle, Katherine Kingsley, Wendy Kweh, Amanda Lawrence, Charlotte Lucas, Ashley McGuire, Siobhán Redmond, Ashna Rabheru, Roisin Rae, Nadia Williams and Naomi Yang.

With set design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Merle Hensel, lighting design by Jack Knowles and sound design by Christopher Shutt. The composer is Cassie Kinoshi.


by Githa Sowerby

16 May until 19 June

press night 28 May,

In a Northern industrial town, John Rutherford rules both factory and family with an iron will. But even as the furnaces burn relentlessly at the Glassworks, at home his children begin to turn against him.

Githa Sowerby’s astonishing play was inspired by her own experience of growing up in a family-run factory in Gateshead. Writing in 1912, when female voices were seldom heard on British stages, she now claims her place alongside Ibsen and Bernard Shaw with this searing depiction of class, gender and generational warfare.

Roger Allam (Les Miserables, The Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new production directed by Polly Findlay (Beginning). Justine Mitchell joins Roger Allam in the role of Janet Rutherford. 

Set and costume design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting design by Charles Balfour, movement direction by Polly Bennett, sound design by Paul Arditti, and music by Kerry Andrew.

by Simon Woods 
Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings play a married couple reckoning with a fundamental difference they cannot resolve. 
In the Lyttelton from September 2019. Booking dates to be announced.

Three Sisters
by Inua Ellam, after Chekhov
Nadia Fall (Dara) directs this new version of the play, that transports the action to 1960s Nigeria, before, during and after the Biafran Civil War.
A co-production with Fuel.
In the Lyttelton in Autumn 2019. Booking dates to be announced. 

Dorfman Theatre


created by Ella Hickson, Ben and Max Ringham

May 11 until 15 June 2019

press night 21 May 2019

Anna and Hans are married, in love and moving up in the world - but it is a world ruled by suspicion. Who can be trusted when everyone is listening? Can we ever escape our past?

Phoebe Fox (Twelfth Night, A View from the Bridge) performs the role of Anna and is cast alongside Nathalie Armin, Max Bennett, Jamie Bradley, Georgia Landers and Dwane Walcott.

Created by Ella Hickson (The Writer), Ben and Max Ringham with story by Ella Hickson and composition and sound design by Ben and Max RinghamNatalie Abrahami (Machinal) directs this tense new thriller which uses individual audio headsets to give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening.

Set and costume design by Vicki Mortimer, lighting design by Jon Clark and movement direction by Anna Morrissey.

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South Bank
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