New season at Britain's National Theatre includes Hare, Stoppard, Ralph Fiennes
This is a Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 file photo of actor Ralph Fiennes as he answers journalists questions at the press conference for the film The Grand Budapest Hotel during the International Film Festival Berlinale, in Berlin. (AP / Axel Schmidt)
Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:56AM EDT
LONDON -- New plays by theatrical giants Tom Stoppard and David Hare and the stage return of Ralph Fiennes are highlights of the next year at Britain's National Theatre.
The theatre announced Thursday that Hare's adaptation of Katherine Boo's acclaimed book about Mumbai, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," will open in November. Stoppard's as-yet-untitled play will run from January 2015.
Fiennes -- currently onscreen in Wes Anderson'sNew season at Britain's National Theatre includes Hare, Stoppard, plus return of Ralph Fiennes "The Grand Budapest Hotel" -- will star in George Bernard Shaw's political-philosophical drama "Man and Superman" from February.
The coming year will also see a trilogy by Rona Munro about three 15th-century Scottish kings -- a timely co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland as Scots prepare to vote on independence in September.
Artistic director Nicholas Hytner said the plays are "very much about Scottish identity," and the companies relished the thought that they would be performed as the independence debate rages.
The season is the last under Hytner, who has led the London-based theatre since 2003. His replacement, Rufus Norris, takes over next year.
The National has often played to full houses during Hytner's reign, which saw the company produce international hits including "War Horse," "The History Boys" and "One Man, Two Guvnors."
The theatre and says it expects to break even financially this year despite the cancellation of one of its West End productions, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time." The play's run was called off after part of a ceiling at London's Apollo Theater collapsed mid-performance in December, injuring almost 80 people.
The National Theatre says it is waiting to learn whether a 3 million pound ($4.8 million) insurance claim over the incident will be accepted.