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Common Common is a brand new play by DC Moore about the disappearance of England’s shared land. Common is a co-production between the National Theatre and the celebrated theatre company Headlong. The Artistic Director of Headlong, Jeremy Herrin, directs.

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Platonov - Young Chekhov Season

Platonov - Young Chekhov Season Schoolteacher Mikhail Platonov has a problem – he’s irresistible to women. Set in the blazing heat of a rural summer, this freewheeling comedy is a cry of youthful defiance against the compromises of middle age.

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The Seagull - Young Chekhov Season

The Seagull - Young Chekhov Season On a summer’s day in a makeshift theatre by a lake, Konstantin’s cutting-edge new play is performed, changing the lives of everyone involved forever.

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The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera A landmark of twentieth century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera comes to the National Theatre in a bold new production. Simon Stephens’ vivid and darkly comic new translation of Brecht’s book and lyrics meets Kurt Weill’s extraordinary score. The original German text is based on Elisabeth Hauptmann’s German translation of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera

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Les Blancs

Les Blancs An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Racial tensions boil over. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.

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Everyman Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

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The Beaux' Stratagem

The Beaux' Stratagem The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money.

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Wonder.Land Online, Aly becomes Alice: brave, beautiful and in control. But some of the people she meets – the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen – seem strangely familiar. And as hard as Aly tries to keep them apart, real life and begin to collide in ever more curious and dangerous ways.

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Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Behind The Beautiful Forevers India is surging with global ambition . But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. 

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King Lear

King Lear An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing.

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A Small Family Business

A Small Family Business Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business

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Emil and The Detectives

Emil and The Detectives Don't miss the National Theatre’s latest family show, which comes to you in the exciting tradition of War Horse and His Dark Materials.

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Edward II

Edward II Hot on the heels of his coronation, Edward II recalls his lover Gaveston from exile, lavishing him with titles and riches. Their all-consuming lust makes enemies of the furious barons and bishops, alienates the King’s once-devoted Queen and tears England to pieces. Ultimately, the monarch himself is destroyed as are many of those who stood both at his side and in his way.

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Othello Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks. Iago, his ensign, passed over for promotion in favour of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

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The Amen Corner

The Amen Corner As the gospel singing soars, Sister Margaret, uncompromising pastor of her Harlem church, has a congregation already in revolt against her hardline leadership. Their resentment escalates with the return of her absentee husband, a trombone-playing sinner, and the wayward conduct of her formerly paragon, musical son. Charges of hypocrisy hang in the air and Margaret’s devout world looks perilously close to falling apart.

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The Captain of Kopenick

The Captain of Kopenick Released after fifteen years in prison, trapped in a bureaucratic maze, petty criminal Wilhelm Voigt wanders 1910 Berlin in desperate, hazard-ous pursuit of identity papers.

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This House

This House - National Theatre Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham’s This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes.

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The Magistrate

The Magistrate With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha his mother lopped five years from her true age and his when she married the amiable Posket.

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Damned By Despair

Damned By Despair This fast-paced adventure story embraces bandits and beautiful women between glimpses of heaven and hell. The subversive and at times riotous exploration of faith and the transformative power of love races across the Italian landscape, relishing the unpredictability of fate, an extraordinary array of characters and their very real dilemmas.

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AntigoneDesperate to gain control over a city ravaged by civil war, Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone's rebellious brother.

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