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The National Theatre announces new LGBTQ+ programme

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The National Theatre has announced a series of LGBTQ+ events, as part of their new 2017 programme.

To mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, NT are looking at how theatre has captured the queer experience, in order to celebrate LGBTQ+ lives and culture.

In association with London Pride, NT has organised rehearsed readings, exhibitions, and talks from some of theatre's most revered queer talent.

Over Pride weekend, NT are bringing together world-class directors and actors to revive seminal queer plays.  

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Tarell Alvin McCraney is on board as a director. He wrote In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, which was the basis for Moonlight, the Oscar-winning film. His plays have been staged in major theatres in London, New York, and Chicago, and he has recently been appointed as the head of Yale's playwriting programme.

Stephen Daldry, director of stage and screen adaptations of Billy Elliot, is also on board.

Polly Stenham emerged as an exciting new talent after her debut play, The Face, premiered in 2007 when she was just 19-years-old.

Since then, she has staged two other plays, opened an art gallery in Camden, and co-written the screenplay for Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. She is also part of the Queer Theatre programme.

In addition, The National Theatre is staging Angels in America, which takes place in the midst of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, and stars Andrew Garfield. Initial ticket releases have sold out; however, don't fret –  the production will also be broadcast in cinemas on 20th July.   

To find out more about The National Theatre’s programme, visit their website at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on 

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