Emma Rice is adapting Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, in a co-production between her company Wise Children and the National Theatre.
Rice will also direct the production, which opens in the Lyttelton in the autumn of 2020 before touring the UK.
Locations for the tour are yet to be announced, however the show will be produced in association with York Theatre Royal.
Rice said: “I loved Wuthering Heights with a passion as a teenager. I thought it was a love story, a wild romance. I now find little love within its page, but these multi-layered readings are what makes it such a fascinating story.”
She described her forthcoming production as a “revenge tragedy for our time”, adding: “It will also be about hope. I want to wrestle hatred to the earth and let a new story grow. Wild and fierce, elemental and true – I cannot wait to start work on this timeless classic. And that is theatre romance, right there.”
The National Theatre has also announced further casting for some of its forthcoming shows.
Hugo Weaving will join Lesley Manville in Tony Kushner’s The Visit or the Old Lady Comes to Call, which runs in the Olivier from January, while Ben Daniels, Amy Forrest and Edward Judge will join the cast of Moira Buffini’s new play Manor, alongside the previously announced Nancy Carroll. It runs in April in the Lyttelton.
Lucy Briers, Crystal Condie and Kevin Hely will appear in All of Us by Francesca Martinez, which will be directed by Ian Rickson in the Dorfman next March.
Sarah Niles has been cast in Inua Ellams’ adaptation of Three Sisters, which relocates Chekhov’s play to 1960s Nigeria.
She joins previously announced cast members, Natalie Simpson and Rachael Ofori. The production, directed by Nadia Fall, runs in the Lyttelton from December, in a co-production with Fuel.