Anne-Marie Duff, who won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress for starring in the title role of St. Joan at the National, will appear in D.H. Lawrence's Husbands & Sons, beginning performances Oct. 19 prior to an official opening Oct. 27 in the Dorfman Theatre, for a run that is booking initially through Jan. 19. Further performances are yet to be announced. It will subsequently transfer to Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, who is co-producing it with the National, for a run from Feb. 19-March 19.
Duff's other National Theatre performances include Strange Interlude, Collected Stories (for which she was Olivier-nominated), King Lear, War and Peace and La Grande Magia.
Interweaving three of Lawrence's plays (The Daughter-in-Law, A Collier's Friday Night and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd) and playing them simultaneously, it is adapted by Ben Power, deputy artistic director of the National, where he has been dramaturg on over 20 productions, and has previously adapted Euripides' Medea and Ibsen's Emperor and Galilean. It is directed by Marianne Elliott, whose previous National Theatre productions include co-directing War Horse (London, Broadway and around the world) and directing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (currently in the West End, on Broadway and on a U.K regional tour).
The cast also includes Joe Armstrong, Matthew Barker, John Biggins, Cassie Bradley, Louise Brealey, Susan Brown, Julia Ford, Johnny Gibbon, Tala Gouveia, Lloyd Hutchinson, Philip McGinley, Martin Marquez, Katherine Pearce, Josie Walker and Sue Wallace. The production will be designed by Bunny Christie with lighting by Lucy Carter, video design by Tal Rosner, movement by Scott Graham, music by Adrian Sutton, sound by Ian Dickinson and fight direction by Kate Waters.
Rosalie Craig will star as Rosalind in As You Like It, beginning performances Oct. 26, prior to an official opening Nov. 3 in the Olivier Theatre, for a run in repertory though March 5. It will have a National Theatre Live broadcast into cinemas around the country and world Feb. 25. Craig has previously appeared at the National in The Light Princes (for which she won the 2013 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Performance and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Table and London Road.
The cast also includes Rosa Leon Annor, Philip Arditti, Mark Benton (as Touchstone), Paul Chahidi (as Jaques), Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Patsy Ferran (as Celia), Patrick Godfrey, Gemma Lawrence, Ken Nwosu, Ekow Quartey and Alan Williams. The production will be directed by Polly FIndlay, and will have set designs by Lizzie Clachan, costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Jon Clark, music by Orlando Gough, movement by Jonathan Goddard, sound by Carolyn Downing and fight direction by Kate Waters.
Charles Edwards will star in Harley Granville Barker's Waste, beginning performances Nov. 3 prior to an official opening Nov. 10 in the Littleton Theatre, booking initially through Jan. 16 with further performances to be announced.
Edwards will play independent Member of Parliament Henry Trebell, who is co-opted to push through a controversial bill, and has an affair with a married woman. When she suffers a lethal backstreet abortion and he is threatened by public scandal, the Establishment closes ranks on him and seals his fate.
Edwards has previously appeared at the National in Strange Interlude, Twelfth Night, The Duchess of Malfi and All My Sons. He is shortly appearing in the title role of Richard II at Shakespeare's Globe. West End credits include The 39 Steps (also Broadway), Hay Fever, The King's Speech and Blithe Spirit.
Wallace Shawn's Evening at the Talk House will begin performances Nov. 17 prior to an official opening Nov. 24 in the Dorfman Theatre, booking through Jan. 23 with additional performances to be announced.
Ian Rickson directs a cast that includes Sinead Matthews. It will have set designs by The Quay Brothers, costumes by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Ian Dickinson.
Caryl Churchill's Here We Go begins performances Nov. 26 prior to an official opening Nov. 27 in the Lyttelton Theatre, for a run that is booking through Dec. 19. A new, short play about death, it will be directed by Dominic Cooke and designed by Vicki Mortimer, with sound by Christopher Shutt.
Wonder.land will begin performances Nov. 23, prior to an official opening Dec. 2, in the Olivier Theatre, booking through Feb. 28 with additional performances to be announced.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland," it has music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini. It is directed by Rufus Norris, with set designs by Rae Smith, projections by 59 Productions, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Arditti and choreography by Javier De Frutos. It is co-produced with Manchester International Festival, where it opened July 2 and is currently running through July 12. In June 2016, it will visit the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, who co-commissioned it with the National and Manchester.
I Want My Hat Back, adapted from Jon Klassen's 2011 children's book by Joel Horwood and Arthur Darvill, and Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, will be presented for young and family audiences for ages 3+, beginning performances Nov. 12 prior to an official opening Nov. 16 in the Temporary Theatre, then playing in rep through Jan. 2.
A new production of The Comedy of Errors, beginning performances Oct. 21 for a run through Nov. 6, will precede it in the temporary theatre, suitable for children aged 8-12, directed by Bijan Sheibani in a new version by Ben Power.
Public booking opens July 20. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit nationaltheatre.org.uk.