In a historic move, London’s National Theatre will have four productions running at the same time in the West End from March. Allan Bennett’s autobiographical double bill Hymn and Cocktail Sticks will move into the Duchess Theatre and will be entitled, “Untold Stories.”
War Horse, One Man, Two Guvnor and The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time will also be featured in the commercial sector on March 22, and will run for 12 weeks.
Another four shows will also play simultaneously at its South Bank premises. This will leave the National Theatre with a total of eight shows open across London. That number could possibly hit double digits, as Hynter is expected to announce a new season starting in April. The National has the ability to sell as many as 40,000 tickets each week in London. This is significantly more than twice its capacity at home.
Over the past few years, the National Theatre has raised its commercial output and set up a dedicated team to take care of its UK transfers. It is also in the process of opening an office in New York to supervise its overseas operations.
Untold Stories is set to become the fourth of Alan Bennett’s plays to have appeared in the West End in the past five years.