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National Theatre Assisted Performances: October 2015 – May 2016

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Olivier Theatre

by William Shakespeare. Directed by Polly Findlay

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy comes to the National for the first time in over 30 years. Rosalie Craig plays Rosalind.


  • Tuesday 19 January at 7.30pm
  • Sunday 7 February at 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 2 March at 7.30pm


  • Friday 8 January at 7.30pm
  • Saturday 9 January at 2pm
  • Saturday 13 February at 2pm


  • Saturday 9 January at 12.30pm
  • Saturday 13 February at 12.30pm

A co-production with Manchester International Festival
Created by Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini and Rufus Norris

Music by Damon Albarn, book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, directed by Rufus Norris is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives. Aly is struggling with all the pressures of being a teenager: family, school, friends and her own insecurities. Then she discovers – a mysterious online world where, perhaps, she can create a whole new life. The web becomes her looking-glass – but will Aly see who she really is?

Suitable for 10 years +


  • Sunday 24 January at 2.30pm
  • Saturday 27 February at 2pm


  • Friday 15 January at 7.30pm
  • Saturday 16 January at 2pm
  • Saturday 12 March at 2pm


  • Saturday 16 January at 12.15pm
  • Saturday 12 March at 12.15pm

by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Yaël Farber

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. A family and a nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity as this brave, illuminating and powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution. Staged eleven years after A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama is an unknown masterpiece of the American stage and a highly theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa.


  • Wednesday 4 May at 7.30pm

 Lyttelton Theatre


by Patrick Marber, after Turgenev, directed by Patrick Marber

Russia. A beautiful country estate. The mid-nineteenth century. A handsome new tutor brings reckless romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love. The love left unsaid and the love which must out.

Ivan Turgenev’s passionate, moving comedy, A Month in the Country, has been a source of inspiration for films, a ballet and the plays of Chekhov. It’s presented here in a new version by Patrick Marber whose work includes Closer and The Red Lion.


  • Sunday 18 October at 2.30pm

 a co-production with Bristol Old Vic


devised by the Company, based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë, directed by Sally Cookson

★★★★★  'Enchanting. Magnificent. Theatre at its most imaginative.' Daily Mail

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.


Sunday 25 October at 2pm
Tuesday 27 October at 7pm


  • Saturday 24 October at 1.30pm
  • Saturday 14 November at 1.30pm


  • Saturday 24 October at 12noon
  • Saturday 14 November at 12noon

a new play by Caryl Churchill, directed by Dominic Cooke

A funeral party for a man with an adventurous past and a ginger cat that needs a home. A short play about death.


  • Saturday 19 December at 2pm

by Harley Granville Barker, directed by Roger Michell

Famously banned by the censors, in 1907, Harley Granville Barker’s controversial masterpiece gathers a large ensemble to expose a cut-throat, cynical world of sex, sleaze and suicide amongst the political elite of Edwardian England. Charles Edwards plays Henry Trebell.


  • Wednesday 17 February at 2.15pm
  • Thursday 10 March at 7.30pm


  • Saturday 6 February at 2.15pm
  • Monday 8 February at 7.30pm


  • Saturday 6 February at 12.45pm


by August Wilson, directed by Dominic Cooke

Chicago, 1927. In a recording studio on the city’s South Side, a battle of wills is raging.

Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, uses every trick in the book to fight her record producers for control of her music. Hardened by years of ill-treatment and bad deals, she’s determined that ‘Black Bottom’, the song that bears her name, will be recorded her way. But Levee, the band’s swaggering young trumpet player, plans to catapult the band into the jazz age. His ambition puts them all in danger. Inspired by the real-life Blues legend and infused with her music, August Wilson’s play speaks powerfully of a struggle for self-determination against overwhelming odds.


  • Saturday 26 March at 2.15pm
  • Monday 18 April at 7.30pm


  • Friday 29 April at 7.30pm
  • Saturday 30 April at 2.15pm


  • Saturday 30 April at 12.45pm

by Suhayla El-Bushra, after Erdman, directed by Nadia Fall

Things are getting tough for Sam. No job, benefits stopped and stuck in a tiny flat with his girlfriend Maya and her mum. The pressure is building. It feels like there might be only one way out. But every ending is a beginning and there are plenty of people keen to capitalise on Sam’s momentous decision. From corrupt local politicians to kids trying to raise the number of views of their online videos, everyone wants a piece of Sam’s demise. It scarcely matters what Sam actually wants. Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth? Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman (1900-1970) and smashes it into contemporary urban Britain.


  • Saturday 14 May at 2.15pm


  • Saturday 21 May at 2.15pm


  • Saturday 21 May at 12.45pm

Dorfman Theatre


by Duncan Macmillan, directed by Jeremy Herrin

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

People, Places and Things is the latest collaboration between Headlong and the National, following the acclaimed Earthquakes in London and The Effect.


  • Monday 2 November at 7.30pm


by DH Lawrence, adapted by Ben Power, Directed by Marianne Elliott

Husbands & Sons interweaves three of DH Lawrence’s greatest dramas, and plays them simultaneously. Describing the world he came from with fierce tenderness, Lawrence evokes a now-vanished world of manual labour and working-class pride.  Anne-Marie Duff returns to the National to play Lizzie Holroyd, in this new adaptation.


  • Monday 7 December at 7pm
  • Monday 11 January at 7pm
  • Friday 5 February at 7pm


  • Friday 4 December at 7pm
  • Saturday 5 December at 1pm


  • Saturday 5 December at 11.30am

a new play by Wallace Shawn, directed by Ian Rickson, produced in association with Scott Rudin

A devious comedy, a dark homecoming and a frightening provocation. The world premiere of a new play by Wallace Shawn, whose last play to premiere at the National was The Designated Mourner, 1996.


  • Monday 4 January at 8pm
  • Thursday 21 January at 8pm


  • Friday 22 January at 8pm
  • Saturday 23 January at 3pm


  • Saturday 23 January at 1.30pm


by Sarah Kane, directed by Katie Mitchell
The playwright Sarah Kane (1971-99) receives her National Theatre debut with an unflinching new production of Cleansed, directed by Katie Mitchell. Tinker practises the art of atrocity, but even he isn’t immune from the need for love. Existing on the border between beauty and brutality, Cleansed imagines a world in which language, human relationships and the body itself are pared away to bare bone. Cleansed contains graphic scenes of physical and sexual violence.


  • Saturday 19 March at 2.30pm
  • Monday 21 March at 7.30pmTOUCH TOUR
  • Saturday 19 March at 1pm


by William Shakespeare, in a new version for young audiences by Ben Power. Directed by Bijan Sheibani

A fast-paced, energetic retelling of Shakespeare’s hilarious and moving farce.
Suitable for 8 – 12 yrs


Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication disorders, or learning disabilities.

  • Thursday 5 November at 1.30pm


  • Wednesday 4 November at 1.30pm

by Jon Klassen, book and lyrics by Joel Horwood, music by Arthur Darvill, directed by Wils Wilson

Bear’s hat is gone. He loves his hat. He wants it back. Jon Klassen’s brilliant, witty book was published in 2011, and has fast become a modern children’s classic. I Want My Hat Back now comes to the stage in a joyous new adaptation stuffed with humour, music and surprises.

A treat for everyone aged 3 – 300.


  • Monday 21 December at 2pm


  • Saturday 19 December at 11am

Sherman Cymru presents

by Gary Owen, directed by Rachel O’Riordan

Effie’s life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day – till one night gives her the chance to be something more.

Suitable for 14yrs+. Contains strong language and themes of an adult nature.


  • Monday 15 February at 8pm


  • Saturday 20 February at 3pm


  • Saturday 20 February at 1.30pm

A Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production

by Jack Thorne, directed by Amit Sharma

  • 26 February – 19 March

A fully accessible production, integrating captions and audio description at all performances.

Phil and Alice are in love. Phil and Alice are healing wounds. Phil and Alice are desperate to communicate. Candid, uninhibited and visceral, this is an intimate, tender portrait of loss, hurt and recovery. The Solid Life of Sugar Water was winner of the Accessible Theatre Award 2015. It contains strong language and scenes of an adult and sexual nature.

Islington Community Theatre present
by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and the company

A fearless company of teenagers investigate the workings of the adolescent brain. Created with leading cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and drawing upon the life experiences of the cast, Brainstorm is an exploration of the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us.


  • Friday 1 April at 7pm


  • Saturday 2 April at 3pm


  • Saturday 2 April at 1.30pm



based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford in association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company

The National Theatre’s award-winning production ends its record-breaking run at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016.
Suitable for 10 years +


Saturday 6 February at 2.30pm


Saturday 27 February at 2.30pm


Saturday 27 February at 12.30pm


Saturday 20 February at 2.30pm

Public Information:

Box Office 020 7452 3000

Email [email protected]

For more information about facilities and services call 020 7452 3000, visit or email [email protected]

Tickets for Audio-Described and Captioned performances in the Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman Theatres are £16, plus companion at same price. Tickets for Audio-Described and Captioned performances in the Temporary Theatre are £15, plus companion at the same price. Tickets for the Relaxed Performance of The Comedy of Errors are £8; tickets for the relaxed Performance of I Want My Hat Back are £10. All tickets for Here We Go are £15.
Tickets for Travelex productions are £15, plus companion at same price.

Tickets for War Horse in the West End are £25, plus companion at same price.

Assisted performances are supported by the E Dennis Armstrong Trust, Joseph Levy Foundation and The Sobell Foundation.

Captioned performances staged by Stagetext.

Events about SEND


Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology Events

ACE Centre, the national charity that provides expert advice and services in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology, is holding three events across October and November. 

AAC encompasses the different methods of communication that can be used to help people with speech disabilities solve everyday communicative challenges.

Assistive Technology refers to the equipment, software, program or systems that can be used to increase, maintain or improve the capabilities of individuals with communication and learning difficulties.

ACE Centre Local AAC Services Day

(Basingstoke & Oldham)

Date: 13th and 20th October 2016 

Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

ACE Centre is hosting a Local AAC Services Day on 13th October 2016 in Oldham and 20th October in Basingstoke. 

The informative Local AAC Services Day will bring together teachers, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists and other AAC and AT professionals from across the North West and South region to explore existing and emerging local AAC provision with local commissioners.  

Attendees will be able to hear about the challenges and benefits of accessing Local AAC provision, the emerging AAC services in there their and take part in a Q&A session  with a panel that includes a CCG commissioner of a local AAC service, a specialised AAC service manager and a person who uses AAC. 

These free events will take place at Hollinwood Business Centre in Hollywood, Oldham on 13th October and at The Ark Conference Centre Ltd in Basingstoke, Hampshire on 20th October. 

For further information, visit

ACE Centre Network Day

Date: 3rd November 2016

Time: 9am - 4pm

Location: Andover, Hampshire

ACE Centre is holding a Network Day in Andover, Hampshire. The day will bring together experts and suppliers in the field of AT and AAC.  

The event will offer teachers and health professionals and families the opportunity to hear from specialists on the four blocks approach to literacy for children with complex communication needs, gain advice on what to consider when matching communication needs with access to AAC / AT and find out about the latest developments in the field.  

Mike Clarke from the University College London will be talking about the Functional Near Vision Screening in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy tool while representatives from the MND Association will be informing attendees on where to get support at a national and regional level for those with motor neurone disease.  

This networking event takes place at Longparish Village Hall in Andover, Hampshire. The event costs £25 for parents, guardians, carers and users of ACE products and £85 for schools, occupational therapists, speech and language professionals and other experts or suppliers.  

Further information on this event can be found here:  

Event: Designing Study Programmes that Prepare for Adulthood

Preparing for Adulthood Events:

Preparing for Adulthood and the NDtI are running a series of courses for Post-16 professionals: Designing Study Programmes that Prepare for Adulthood

The purpose of these regional events is to bring schools and colleges together to better understand how they can work co-operatively to support young people into adulthood.

They will do this by:

  • developing an awareness of the role that each provider plays in helping young people with SEND to prepare for adulthood;
  • facilitating local schools and colleges to develop partnerships that provide a joined-up post-16 education pathway;
  • demonstrating good practice in producing outcomes based on young people’s aspirations;
  • sharing examples of outcome focused curriculum developments.

Programme to include:

  • Preparing for Adulthood – Aspirations, outcomes and pathways
  • Partnership working across schools and colleges
  • Progress on designing the post-16 curriculum:
    -  Careers advice
    -  Study programmes and supported internships
    -  Engagement and participation of young people

The events are mainly for special schools, mainstream schools, colleges.

Local authorities are also welcome as are families and young people.

The events are free to attend.

Event Dates:

14th October 2016 - East Midlands region.  Venue - New P`arks House, Leicester:  Click here to book a place

14th October 2016 - South East region.  Venue - King's Centre, Oxford: Click here to book a place

17th October 2016 - North West region.  Venue - Ribby Hall, Preston: Click here to book a place

17th October 2016 - West Midlands region.  Venue - Colmore Gate, Birmingham:  Click here to book a place

31st October 2016 - North East region.  Venue - The Durham Centre, Belmont, Durham: Click here to book a place

7th November 2016 - South East region.  Venue - Blackfriars Settlement: Click here to book a place

9th November 2016 - North West region.  Venue - Partnership for Learning Centre, Speke:  Click here to book a place

21st November 2016 - South West region.  Venue - Somerdale Pavilion, Keynsham:  Click here to book a place

28th November 2016 - South West region.  Venue - Ellen Tinkham College, Exeter:  Click here to book a place

29th November 2016 - East of England region.  Venue - Herts Development Centre:  Click here to book a place

8th December 2016 - London region.  Venue - London Councils:  Click here to book a place

If you have any qestions regarding these events, or how to register, please contact or call 01225 789135