Kristin Scott Thomas will star in Phaedra and Jack Thorne has written a new play as part of the National Theatre’s new season, which also includes a transfer of musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge.
The season also features Nicola Walker in The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams, which is directed by Dominic Cooke and runs from June in the Lyttelton Theatre, and the return of Small Island in October in the Olivier Theatre. Roy Williams’ Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, which originally ran at Chichester Festival Theatre, will play in the Dorfman from September.
Thomas will star opposite Assaad Bouab in a production of Phaedra adapted by Simon Stone, who also directs, which runs in the Lyttelton in December, while Standing at the Sky’s Edge, which originally ran in Sheffield and is directed by Robert Hastie, will transfer to the Olivier Theatre in January next year.
Also in the season is Outline. Transit. Kudos. by Alice Birch, directed by Katie Mitchell. This will run in the Lyttelton in October. Elsewhere, Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky will be directed by Lynette Linton, who makes her NT debut with the production. It will star Giles Terera and runs in the Lyttelton from February next year.
April de Angelis’ new play, Kerry Jackson, also features in the season, directed by Indhu Rubasingham. It will run in the Dorfman, directed by Nicole Charles, from September,
Thorne has written After Life, a play based on the film of the same name by Hirokazu Kore-eda. It is co-created with Bunny Christie and Jeremy Herrin and will open in January 2021.
The season will also see The Ocean at the End of the Lane transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre in October, while Wuthering Heights has been adapted by Emma Rice, in a co-production with her company Wise Children. It will star Lucy McCormick as Cathy, and John Pfumojena as Heathcliffe and opens in the Lyttelton in September.