Authors on Stage at the National Theatre

This Friday pull out your diary and book tickets as they go on sale for a new summer series at the National Theatre. Authors on Stage will see talks from top names; Adam Kay author of This is Going to Hurt, will be in conversation with comedian Rob Delaney discussing their shared passion for the NHS. Matt Haig, author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet will take the audience on a journey through the modern world and how to navigate the rise in technology. Fatima Bhutto, author of memoir Songs of Blood and Sword and most recently The Runaways, discusses radicalism and our current global political climate in a debate and discussion with Gary Younge, The Guardian’s editor-at-large and author of, most recently, Another Day in the Death of America. Plus lots more besides including Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi on the Lyttleton stage together, exploring food and identity with writer Bee Wilson, Stacey Dooley, Candice Carty-Williams, Edna O’Brien and Mae Martin.

The series culminates in the already announced launch event of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, her highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, which will also be broadcast live to over 1,200 cinemas around the world on the date of its publication (

The full program is here, and tickets go on sale to the public at 10am on Friday 7 June:

12 Aug, 7.30pm   Elif Shafak

13 Aug, 7.30pm   Adam Kay & Rob Delaney

14 Aug, 7.30pm   Mae Martin & Deborah Frances-White

15 Aug, 7.30pm   Nigella Lawson & Yotam Ottolenghi

5 Sep, 7.30pm   Edna O’Brien

7 Sep, 1pm   Stacey Dooley & Fiona Campbell

7 Sep, 4pm   Candice Carty-Williams

7 Sep, 8pm   Matt Haig

9 Sep, 7.30pm   Fatima Bhutto & Gary Younge

10 Sep, 7.30pm   Margaret Atwood

Authors on Stage at the National Theatre
12 August - 10 September 2019
The National Theatre Lyttelton Stage, SE1 9PX
£15 - £45
— Daisy Allsup
4th June 2019