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The new National Theatre season goes on sale today

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The latest slew of world-class shows at our country’s flagship theatre go on sale at 8.30am today.

In short order, they are ‘Tartuffe, a new version of the classic French comedy given a ferocious modern makeover and starring Denis O’Hare from ‘True Blood’ in the title role as a charismatic charlatan (Lyttelton Theatre, February 9-April 30).

Top Girls’ is a revival of Caryl Churchill’s hallucinatory feminist masterpiece, which stars Katherine Kingsley as a businesswoman who has abandoned her past in order to achieve a form of success (Lyttelton Theatre, booking from March 26-April 22).

Downstate’ is written by ‘Clybourne Park’ hitmaker Bruce Norris but will probably make his scabrous race relations satire look tame: it’s a drama about a group of convicted sex offenders living together in an Illinois safe house (Dorfman Theatre, March 12-April 27).

There is also one last show in the season, but tickets are being dealt with separately (ie they’re not on sale today). ‘When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other’ is the new play by Martin Crimp, and it stars one Cate Blanchett. As you might imagine, it’s expected to be popular – there is a dedicated ballot you'll be able to enter on November 22 in order to win the chance to buy tickets.

See our full National Theatre listings.

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