London's National Theatre has announced the productions planned for its upcoming spring/summer season, which will play April-August. The first offering of the season will be Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude, directed by Simon Godwin (The Witness). Strange Interlude, which will kick off on May 28 and open June 4, follows one family during the aftermath of World War II. Anne-Marie Duff (Saint Joan) will star alongside Geraldine Alexander, Patrick Drury, Charles Edwards, Darren Pettie, Wilf Scolding, and Jason Watkins.
Next up will be The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, running June 4-August 14, the tale of Sister Margaret, the uncompromising pastor of a Harlem church. Rufus Norris (London Road) will direct the production, which stars Eric Kofi Abrefa, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sharon D. Clarke, and Lucian Msamati. Then, beginning July 31, former NT Director Richard Eyre (Welcome to Thebes) will direct Luigi Pirandello's Liola in a new version by Tanya Ronder (Table), a drama that takes place in the heart of a rural community. Lisa Dwyer Hogg, James Hayes, Rory Keenan, Carla Langley, Niamh McGowan, Roxanna Nic Liam, and Jessica Regan will star.
An adaptation by Carl Miller (White Suit) of Erich Kästner's Emil and The Detectives will continue the season in November. The production, directed by Bijan Sheibani (The Kitchen) follows young Emil as he says goodbye to his mother and sets off on a journey that will change his life.
The Shed at the National Theatre is a temporary venue that will provide a third stage from April 2013-February 2014 while the company's Cottesloe is closed for redevelopment. Upcoming productions in The Shed will include The Grandfathers by Rory Mullarkey (from July 9-13), Matthew Herbert and Ben Power's The Hush (from July 17-August 3), Nadia Fall's Home (from August 7-December 7), and Ben Power's new version of Romeo and Juliet for young audiences (from July 24-August 18).