For the first time on stage, featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disneyfilm, Pinocchio comes to life as never before. This spectacular new production brings together John Tiffany, the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Dennis Kelly, the writer of Matilda the Musical. Previews from 1 December, press night 13 December, on sale until 7 April. Half-price tickets for under-18s are available for all performances (excluding £15 tickets).
Talk: Bob Crowley and Toby Olié on Pinocchio, 14 December, 5.30pm
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, the production is directed by Dominic Cooke for the first time at the NT.
Talk: Peter Forbes and Imelda Staunton on Follies, 11 December 3pm
Talk: Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett on Follies, 18 December, 3pm
Barber Shop Chronicles
Following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Inua Ellams’ dynamic new play Barber Shop Chronicles returns to the National Theatre this November. Previews from 20 November, playing until 9 January
Talk: Inua Ellams on Barber Shop Chronicles, 7 December, 6.15pm
Every Friday at 1pm an allocation of £20 tickets is released to buy online for the following week’s performances at all three theatres at the NT, even for sold out shows.
The Jungle – Young Vic Theatre
Join refugees and volunteers from around the world over fresh-baked naan and milky chai at the Afghan Café. From Good Chance Theatre, a new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people. A Young Vic and National Theatre co-production.Previews from 7 Dec, until 6 January.
Enhance Your Visit
National Theatre Posters Exhibition
Curated by Rick Poynor, Professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading, this exhibition explores the evolution of poster design at the National Theatre from 1963 to the present day. Free entry. Wolfson Gallery, until 31 March 2018.
Gift-buying is made easy this Christmas thanks to the NT Bookshop. The NT’s Pinocchio-inspired range has arrived in-store alongside the landmark new production. Sunday 17 December is a special Christmas shopping day, with discounts in the NT Bookshop and festive treats in Kitchen cafe.
The NT’s unique afternoon tea experience inspired by Pinocchio includes a limited edition Hi-Diddle-Dee-Tea – specially created treats from Stromboli calzones to blue fairy cakes, as well as a welcome glass of fizz for grown-ups.
For the festive season, the Green Room has put a modern spin on holiday classics for theirthree-course Christmas menu with tasty items including buttermilk fried turkey burger and gingerbread French toast. Visit the Sipsmith Frost Fair to enjoy a specially curated menu of delicious hot gins, including Mulled Sloe Gin and Gin Hot Toddy.
The National Theatre on tour around the UK
At a cinema near you this winter
Young Marx NT Live
Rory Kinnear plays Marx and Oliver Chris plays Engels in Young Marx directed byNicholas Hytner and broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre in London on 7 December.