New season at the National

Ted Hughes’ translation of Racine’s Phedre with Helen Mirren is the headline show and absolutely bound to sell out. Almost in anticipation of this, this is the prototype for the new NT Live programme: following on from the Met in New York and then the Royal Opera, the performance on the 25th of June will be broadcast live in high definition to cinemas around the country and around the world. Full venue details are here; no official word yet on whether they’ll be broadcasting to cinemas in London, but I’d be amazed if the Curzon didn’t snap this up; interesting to see if the Barbican see the value here as well.

From May to July, Marienne Elliott will be directing All’s Well That Ends Well in the Olivier. Travelex £10 tickets for this one.

My top pick is The Observer , a new play by Matt “Five Wives of Maurice Pinder” Charman, about international observes overseeing an election in West Africa country. It’s coming to the Cottesloe from May to July. The cast includes Chuk Iwuji, who you may know from the RSC Histories Cycle last year (eponomous role in Henry VI), and is directed by Richard Eyre, former Artistic Director at the NT.

Public booking opens from 13 March, advance members from 6 March.