Dino Fetscher is cast as Felix in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart alongside Ben Daniels as Ned Weeks and Liz Carr as Dr. Emma Brookner

Opening in the Olivier on 23 September is Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, in a co- production with Fictionhouse. Directed by NT Associate Dominic Cooke, Kramer’s largely autobiographical play about the AIDS crisis in 1980 New York has not been performed professionally in London since its European premiere in 1986.

Ben Daniels will perform the role of Ned Weeks, the co-founder of an AIDS advocacy group fighting to change the world around him, with Dino Fetscher as Felix, and Richard Cant joining the previously announced Robert Bowman, Liz Carr, Daniel Krikler, Daniel Monks, Elander Moore, Luke Norris, Henry Nott, Freddie Stabb and Danny Lee Wynter.

Set design is by Vicki Mortimer, costume design by Lisa Duncan, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Carolyn Downing and fight direction by Bret Yount. Production supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

Love, anger and activism during the 1980s AIDS crisis. 

A new virus is infecting gay men across New York City. 

As the rising death toll is ignored by government and the medical establishment, fear and confusion turns to rage and division. 

Using this anger, writer and activist Ned Weeks sets out to unite the community in their fight for recognition and right to survive. 

Marking 35 years since its explosive UK premiere, Dominic Cooke(Follies) directs Larry Kramer’s ground-breaking play. 

The cast includes Ben Daniels (The Crown), Liz Carr (Silent Witness) and Luke Norris (Poldark)

Booking at the National Theatre to 6th November 2021

In rehearsal for The Normal Heart, Elander Moore and Henry Nott (Photo: Helen Maybanks)