NT September to February season
London's National Theatre has released details of its season running from September 2012 to February 2013.
Alan Bennett's new play People will be in the Lyttleton Theatre from 31 October directed by Nicholas Hytner and designed by Bob Crowley. It will star Frances de la Tour, Selina Cadell and Linda Bassett, also featuring Frances Ashman, Philip Childs, Jack Chissick, Giles Cooper, Andy de la Tour, Peter Egan, Nicholas le Prevost, Jess Murphy, Alastair Parker and Robin Pearce.
Alongside People, Alex Jennings will play Bennett in two recollections, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, which will be performed in the Lyttleton from 22 November and 5 December respectively.
John Lithgow will appear in the title role of The Magistrate by Arthur Wing Pinero directed by Timothy Sheader with Nancy Carroll as his wife and Joshua McGuire in the Olivier Theatre from 14 November designed by Katrina Lindsay.
Lucy Prebble's new play The Effect will be a co-production with Headlong directed by Rupert Goold featuring Tom Goodman-Hill, Anastasia Hille, Jonjo O’Neill and Billie Piper in the Cottesloe from 6 November.
Marianne Elliott will revive Simon Stephens's Stockport-set Port—which she originally directed at the Royal Exchange Theatre in 2002—in the Lyttleton from 22 January designed by Lizzie Clachlan.
Christmas in the Cottesloe will be celebrated with Katie Mitchell's production of Hansel and Gretel written by Lucy Kirkwood from 7 December with a design by Vicki Mortimer and a cast including Ruby Bentall.
1927 will return to the National with last year's sell-out show The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, combining live music, performance and storytelling with film and animation, from 12 December to 10 January.
The NT Live series of live broadcasts to cinemas around the world continues with The Last of the Haussmans by Stephen Beresford on 11 October, William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens on 1 November and Arthur Wing Pinero's The Magistrate on 17 January.
Public booking for the season opens on 21 September at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk or on 020 7452 3000.