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National Theatre to reopen with Death of England and Dick Whittington panto

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London's The National Theatre will reopen in October with two productions announced.

The venue will open its doors on October 21 with its Olivier theatre having been newly configured for performances in the round.

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The first show to play will be Death of England: Delroy, a new play by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams starring Giles Terera.

A synopsis shares:

London, 2020. Delroy is arrested on his way to the hospital.

Filled with anger and grief, he recalls the moments and relationships that gave him hope before his life was irrevocably changed.

Written in response to their play Death of England, Giles Terera plays Delroy in this new standalone work by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams, which explores a Black working class man searching for truth and confronting his relationship with White Britain.

Death of England: Delroy plays October 21-28 with tickets on sale in October.

Later on in the year, the NT is set to stage a pantomime production of Dick Whittington, written by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd and directed by Ned Bennett.

Dates and cast for the panto are to be confirmed.

The National Theatre's director Rufus Norris said: "We're both delighted and relieved to be reopening the National Theatre with the Olivier in-the-round season, which will allow us to present live work to as many people as possible while social distancing remains in place. It is dynamically appropriate to begin the season with Death of England: Delroy, an extraordinarily important and timely piece of work by the hugely talented Clint Dyer and Roy Williams, and we are also proud and privileged to be presenting DIck Whittington this Christmas, helmed by the inspirational Jude Christian, Cariad Lloyd and Ned Bennett.

"Pantomime is an essential part of the living fabric of our nation, and it is devastating that so many theatres across the country have had no choice but to postpone their pantos this year because of the unprecedented financial impact of Coronavirus. We'll do all we can to keep the flame alive: brilliant theatre artists will serve up a slice of joy to families on the South Bank, and we'll be asking everyone to support their local theatres by booking ahead for their 2021 pantomimes. Of course, we hope that it will be possible for theatres to perform safely to fuller audiences long before then."

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