News: Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley to star in Romeo and Juliet at the National Theatre

The National Theatre has announced new shows for December 2019 to June 2020, including Romeo and Juliet starring Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley.

Announced today:

– NT Associate Simon Godwin directs ROMEO & JULIET with Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley as the star-crossed lovers and Fisayo Akinade as Mercutio

– SEA SICK written and performed by Alanna Mitchell will play in the Dorfman Theatre following a Canadian tour and sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe earlier this year

– HAMLET reimagined for younger audiences by Jude Christian and directed by Tinuke Craig will tour to state schools across London, before performances in the Dorfman Theatre in March

– Gary Owen’s new play ROMEO AND JULIE, a co-production with Sherman Theatre, with Callum Scott Howells and Rosie Sheehy as Romeo and Julie, will tour to four Theatre Nation Partnership venues across the UK, before performances in the Dorfman Theatre and the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff

– NT Live broadcasts in 2020 to include CYRANO DE BERGERAC with James McAvoy from the Playhouse Theatre, and THE WELKIN, JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN and ROMEO & JULIET from the NT

Updates on previously announced productions:

– Laurie Davidson and Natalie Simpson will play Jack Absolute and Lydia Languish with Caroline Quentin as Mrs Malaprop and Richard Fleeshman as Dudley Scunthorpe in JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN, Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’s new play directed by Thea Sharrock

– Daneka Etchells, Jenny Galloway, Haydn Gwynne, Zainab Hasan, June Watson, Laurence Ubong Williams, Shaofan Wilson and Hara Yannas join the company of Lucy Kirkwood’s new play THE WELKIN, which also includes Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz

– Jason Barnett, Joseph Mydell, Sara Kestelman and Nicholas Woodeson join Lesley Manville and Hugo Weaving in the company of THE VISIT or THE OLD LADY COMES TO CALL

– Chris Anderson, Bryan Dick, Francesca Mills and Wanda Opalinska join the cast of ALL OF US alongside Francesca Martinez in her debut play

– Michele Austin and David Hargreaves join Nancy Carroll and Ben Daniels in the cast of MANOR, a new play by Moira Buffini, directed by Fiona Buffini

Rufus Norris, Director, said: ““I am pleased to announce four new productions coming to the National Theatre next year. In the Dorfman we have Alanna Mitchell’s remarkable one-woman show about the state of the ocean, SEA SICK, opening in April. Following its sell-out run in Edinburgh earlier this year the production tells the story of the science behind our seas and could not be more important as we all look to find ways to tackle the climate emergency. Shakespeare has been reimagined for younger audiences by Jude Christian in her energetic re-telling of HAMLET directed by Tinuke Craig. Created for 8-12 year olds, this production will tour directly into schools across London before performances in the Dorfman in April 2020. Also in the Dorfman, Rachel O’Riordan directs Gary Owen’s new play ROMEO AND JULIE which takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s play to create a funny and poignant look at the hope and heartbreak of two working class teenagers. A co-production with Sherman Theatre, we’re delighted to be able to tour this production to four of the brilliant Theatre Nation Partnership venues that we have been working closely with to build audiences over the last three years. It’s also wonderful to be welcoming Simon Godwin back to the NT to direct Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET in the Olivier. Combining Simon’s impeccable classical credentials with the brightest young actors, this is sure to be an unmissable production. These productions are announced today, alongside the news that Francesca Martinez’s new play ALL OF US, Moira Buffini’s MANOR and Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’ JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN, will all go on sale this December.”

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