In this new stage version of All About Eve, Gillian Anderson (X-Files, A Streetcar Named Desire) stars as Margo Channing, the role immortalised by Bette Davis in Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1950 film. Margo Channing, grande dame of the theatre, is a star actress at the peak of fame, worshipped by her fans but haunted by insecurity about ageing and a terror of the abyss. She finds her life invaded by the ingénue Eve Harrington (Lily James) who barely conceals her own ambition to usurp the star on her pedestal. One of the world’s most innovative and sought-after directors, Ivo van Hove (A View From The Bridge) delves into the ambition, jealousy, egocentricity and cynicism within the entertainment industry and asks what is it with our seeming never-ending obsession with youth and celebrity. With original music by P. J. Harvey.
Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.
Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.
Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare's romantic comedy.
Academy Award winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons, broadcast live from The Old Vic in London.
America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They’ve built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. Long-buried truths are forced to the surface by the return of a figure from the past, and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House) directs the cast, which also includes Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin) alongside Bessie Carter, Oliver Johnstone, Kayla Meikle and Sule Rimi.
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy.
Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story.
Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare's fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
The play follows three intricately connected stories. 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.
A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story.
'To whom should I complain?'
When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her.
Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production.