National Theatre announces new productions for summer 2024

Boys from the Blackstuff poster

The National Theatre has revealed an exciting lineup for its summer 2024 season, featuring new productions on all three South Bank stages.

The Olivier theatre will host Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff and Mnemonic, while Frank Galati’s The Grapes of Wrath will take to the Lyttelton theatre.

Additionally, the Dorfman theatre will see the UK premiere of Katori Hall’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, The Hot Wing King. Public ticket sales for all four productions start on Thursday, 8 February.

Olivier theatre

James Graham’s new adaptation of Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff, acclaimed at Liverpool’s Royal Court, is set to captivate audiences at the Olivier theatre (22 May – 8 June). Directed by Kate Wasserberg, the production features original cast members George Caple, Dominic Carter, Helen Carter, Aron Julius, Nathan McMullen, Lauren O’Neil, Barry Sloane and Mark Womack.

Following this is Mnemonic (22 June – 10 August), a ground-breaking show by Complicité, conceived by Simon McBurney. The production, exploring themes of memory, origins, and migration, includes original company members Richard Katz and Kostas Philippoglou, with further casting announcements pending.

Lyttelton theatre

Carrie Cracknell returns to direct a new production of Frank Galati’s Tony Award-winning adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath (17 July – 14 September), starring Cherry Jones as Ma Joad. This adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel promises a powerful portrayal of the Joad family’s journey across America in search of a better life.

Dorfman theatre

Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing King, directed by Roy Alexander Weise, makes its UK debut in the Dorfman theatre (11 July – 14 September). This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy brings a taste of Memphis’ culture and cuisine to the stage. The cast features Kadiff Kirwan as Cordell, with additional casting to be announced.

For more information and tickets, visit nationaltheatre.org.uk.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.