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Ugly Lies the Bone

Ugly Lies the Bone ‘Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone; beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.’

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The Plough and the Stars

The Plough and the Stars Sean O’Casey places a fixed lens to watch as a dozen vivid characters come and go – selfless, hilarious and desperate by turns – while the heroic myth of Ireland is fought over elsewhere.

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The Suicide

The Suicide Suhayla El-Bushratakes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into urban London. It’s provocative and funny, bringing fast-paced humour and live music to the Lyttelton stage.

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom 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.

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Waste Backstage at a hung parliament, visionary Independent Henry Trebell is co-opted by the Tories to push through a controversial Bill. Pursuing his cause with missionary zeal, he’s barely distracted by his brief affair with a married woman until she suffers a lethal backstreet abortion. Threatened by public scandal, the Establishment closes ranks and coolly seals the fate of an idealistic man.

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

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Three Days In The Country

Three Days In The Country A handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the 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.

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The Motherf**ker With The Hat

The Motherf**ker With The Hat Things are looking up for Jackie. He's out of jail and staying clean thanks to his sponsor. He might even have found a job. And of course there's Veronica, who he's loved since 8th grade. 

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Dara 1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother's death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession. 

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3 Winters

3 Winters From the remnants of monarchy to Communism, democracy, war adn the EU: Croatia 1945-2011. The Kos family argue, fall in and out of love. Against a country in turmoil, Tena Stivicic's 3 Winters created the portrait of an eclectic family, held  together by the courage to survive. 

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The Silver Tassie

The Silver Tassie Peppered with acrid wit and dark vaudeville humour, Sean O' Casey's powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928. 

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A Taste Of Honey

A Taste Of Honey Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste Of Honey is one of the great defining and taboo breaking plays of the 1950's. 

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From Morning to Midnight

From Morning to Midnight Georg Kaiser’s German Expressionist masterpiece From Morning to Midnight (1912), in a new version by Dennis Kelly, explores the tragedy of an ordinary man who steps outside his humdrum life and, over the course of one crazy, alienating day, destroys himself.

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The Light Princess

The Light Princess The Light Princess brings together iconic singer songwriter Tori Amos with playwriter Samuel Adamson and director Marianne Elliot (Curious Incident) in this spectacular coming of age story. A dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love.

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Liola This high-spirited drama by Pirandello defies expectations. It is not the intellectual whirlwind of his Six Characters in Search of an Author but takes us instead to the heart of a rural community where property and kinship provoke fierce passions. Liolà, a young man untroubled by tradi-tion, takes the part of nature all the way.

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Strange Interlude

Strange Interlude Shattered when the love of her life is killed in the war and haunted by their unconsummated passion, Nina escapes her jealous Ivy League father and embarks on a series of tawdry sexual escapades until, cajoled by her appalled, long-suffering suitor Charles, she marries the amiable young Sam. But while pregnant, Nina learns a horrifying secret that precipitates a desperate, life-changing decision and propels her fatally into the arms of another.

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Children of the Sun

Children of the Sun Maxim Gorky’s darkly comic play is set in Russia as the country rolls towards revolution. It depicts the new middle-class, foolish yet likable, as they flounder about, philosophising and flirting, blind to their impending annihilation.

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People A new play by Alan Bennett. Frances de la Tour takes the part of Dorothy in her third new play by Alan Bennett at the National following The History Boys and The Habit of Art. She is joined by Selina Cadell and Linda Bassett.

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Port A richly colourful portrait of a town with the everyday writ large, Simon Stephens' Port is a celebration of the human spirit as Ra-chel, through sheer courage and despite an economic and political climate that pushes her into the very margins, looks to the future and opts for love and life and for something better.

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Scenes From An Execution

Scenes From An Execution Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution makes sixteenth-century Venice the setting for a fearless exploration of sexual politics and the timeless tension between personal ambition and moral responsibility, between the patron's demands and the artist's autonomy.

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