We now have dates for when the Dorfman Theatre at the U.K.’s National Theatre will be transformed into a pulsating club. The previously reported British transfer of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love, the hit off-Broadway immersive theatrical event, will play September 30 through January 8, 2015. Opening night is set for October 13. The National’s upcoming season will also include David Hare’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
Incoming National artistic director Rufus Norris will helm Hare’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Starring Meera Syal and based on the book by Katherine Boo, the production will open in the Olivier Theatre on November 18, with design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Paul Arditti. The show is based in an India surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own.
Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, John, a co-production between the National Theatre and DV8 Physical Theatre, will run October 30 through January 13 at the Lyttelton Theatre, with opening night set for November 4. A dance-theater work, the cast will feature Taylor Benjamin, Lee Boggess, Gabriel Castillo, Ian Garside, Ermira Goro, Garth Johnson, Hannes Langolf, Vivien Wood and Andi Xhuma. Set design will be by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Richard Godin and sound by Gareth Fry; the creative associate is Hannes Langolf.
Siobhan Finneran will star in 3 Winters, a new play by Tena Štivičić, directed by Howard Davies. The production will begin previews on November 26 and officially open in the Lyttelton Theatre on December 3, continuing in repertory. Set against a country, Croatia, in turmoil, 3 Winters creates the portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive. The show will be designed by Tim Hatley with lighting design by James Farncombe, fight direction by Terry King, music by Dominic Muldowney, sound design by Mike Walker and projection design by Jon Driscoll.
Finally, Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny, Treasure Island, will play at the Olivier Theatre in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery. Starring Patsy Ferran, the production will begin previews on December 3, with press night set for December 10, continuing in repertory. Directed by Polly Findlay, the show will be designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting by Bruno Poet, fight direction by Bret Yount, music and sound by Dan Jones and songs by John Tams.