Ralph Fiennes to return to UK's National Theatre

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2014 at 9:24 am •  Published: March 20, 2014

LONDON (AP) — New plays by theatrical giants Tom Stoppard and David Hare and the stage return of Ralph Fiennes are highlights of the next year at Britain's National Theatre.

The theater announced Thursday that Hare's adaptation of Katherine Boo's acclaimed book about Mumbai, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," will open in November. Stoppard's as-yet-untitled play will run from January 2015.

Fiennes — currently onscreen in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" — will star in George Bernard Shaw's political-philosophical drama "Man and Superman" from February.

The coming year will also see a trilogy by Rona Munro about three 15th-century Scottish kings — a timely co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland as Scots prepare to vote on independence in September.

Artistic director Nicholas Hytner said the plays are "very much about Scottish identity," and the companies relished the thought that they would be performed as the independence debate rages.