Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart is to play the National Theatre in September 2021.
Originally due to run in February, The Normal Heart will be co-produced by Fictionhouse.
Directed by Dominic Cooke, Kramer’s largely autobiographical play about the AIDS crisis in 1980 New York has not been performed professionally in London since its European premiere in 1986.
Ben Daniels will perform the role of Ned Weeks, the co-founder of an AIDS advocacy group fighting to change the world around him.
Further casting includes Liz Carr, Daniel Monks and Danny Lee Wynter.
Vicki Mortimer is Set Designer and Paule Constable is Lighting Designer.
Dates and tickets for The Normal Heart’s rescheduled run are to be announced in due course.
Director Dominic Cooke said: “As a student I was lucky enough to see the landmark Royal Court production of The Normal Heart starring Martin Sheen. It had a profound effect on me at the time and I’ve wanted to direct the play ever since. It is the rarest of things; a history play written by one of its key participants.
“It deals with the nature of political activism, the internal battle many LGBT people fight to feel worthy of love and, topically, the refusal of those in power to face the reality of an unfolding health crisis. Larry Kramer was a firebrand and The Normal Heart is written with all of his characteristic ferocity, political insight and wit.
“I’ve been talking with Ben Daniels for over five years about playing Ned Weeks. He is one of our greatest actors and I cannot wait to begin working with him, alongside the rest of the company and the brilliant team at the NT who Kate Horton and I, as Fictionhouse, will be co-producing with.”
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