James Graham's new play Dear England will make its world premiere in the largest of the National Theatre's three venues, the Olivier, this summer. Previews will begin June 10 ahead of a June 20 opening night for a limited engagement through August 11.
Telling the story of England's men's football team, Dear England will be led by Joseph Fiennes (Othello, Shakespeare in Love, The Handmaid's Tale) as team manager Gareth Southgate. Rupert Goold will direct the play that National Theatre Director Rufus Norris says is "a captivating examination into the complex psychology of the much loved 'beautiful game.'"
Further casting will be announced at a later date. The production will also feature set design by Tony winner Es Devlin, costume design by Evie Gurney, lighting design by Jon Clark, and video design by Ash J Woodward.
The National also announced that Olivier winner Lyndsey Turner's production of The Crucible will transfer to the West End's Gielgud Theatre for a limited engagement. Arthur Miller's classic take on the 1692 Salem witch hunts will run June 7-September 2 with opening night set for June 15. Casting will be announced at a later date.
The production's creative team includes set designer Es Devlin, costume designer Catherine Fay, lighting designer Tim Lutkin, sound designers Tingying Dong and Christopher Shutt, composer and arranger Caroline Shaw, and music director and arranger Osnat Schmool. Casting is by Alastair Coomer and Naomi Downham. They are joined by fight director Bret Yount, intimacy directors Ita O’Brien and Louise Kempton, and dialect coaches Danièle Lydon and Hazel Holder.